Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 05, 2013


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Benjamin Purcell, highest ranking Army POW in Vietnam, dies at 85.  Forty years after he was released as a prisoner of war in North Vietnam, former Columbus resident and retired Army Col. Benjamin Harrison Purcell Jr. died Tuesday of natural causes at his home in Clarksville, Ga. He was 85.
Texas students come together to bury homeless sailor.  The huge parade of cars, full Catholic funeral Mass and a military burial with rifle salute were fit for any local dignitary Wednesday, but it was all to honor a homeless Navy veteran.
Baker relieved of duties as Task Force-Horn of Africa commanderGen. Carter Ham, AFRICOM commander, lost confidence in Army Maj. Gen. Ralph Baker’s ability to lead, but the command isn’t releasing any further details at this time because the alleged misconduct is being appealed, a spokesman said.

World War II veteran recalls 1945 devastation in Dresden.  The images of the German city of Dresden after the Allied firebombing in February 1945 are still vivid in the mind of 87-year-old Gerald “Jerry” Lamb.

Sexual assault prevention focus of awareness training at USAREUR garrisonsThe skit played out like this: A young male soldier was pounding out pushups with ease, while a female soldier keeping count made a point of letting him know she noticed.
Military porn case shrinks barracks privacy.  A newly upheld conviction of a former Fort Bragg soldier on charges of possessing computer-animated child porn offers several key lessons for military men and woman well beyond the sprawling North Carolina Army base.
Army calls on VA to work harder on disability checks.  USA TODAY  The Department of Veterans Affairs is under growing pressure to reduce a mountain of pending veteran disability claims, and a new voice has been added to the chorus — the U.S. Army. The Army has spent tens of millions of dollars and doubled staffing …
Creation of vets affairs office in US to lobby for WW II PH vets claims pushed.  GlobalPost  Under the bill, the Office of Veterans Affairs is mandated with the task to represent, negotiate and lobby for the rights, privileges and benefits of the Filipino veterans with the appropriate US offices. “Veterans who have fought for our country …
Researchers Hope Medical Database Will Advance Veterans’ Health.  Southern Maryland Online  By creating a medical database of health information gathered from U.S. veterans, the Department of Veterans Affairs hopes to better understand how genes affect the health of both veterans and civilians. The Million Veteran Program aims…
PGA Announces Down Range Golf Clinic at American Lake Veterans  The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced an inaugural Down Range Golf Clinic (DRGC), an exciting new therapeutic program for disabled Veterans.A

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