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1. Police: 2 arrested in Canada al-Qaida-linked terror plot. Two men were arrested and charged with plotting a terrorist attack against a Canadian passenger train with support from al-Qaida “elements” in Iran, police said Monday.
2. Boston Marathon bombing suspect charged, could face death penalty. Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was charged in his hospital room Monday with using a weapon of mass destruction to kill, and he could face the death penalty if convicted.
3. AF: Fighters might be grounded, but pilots could get ready for combat quickly. Even though the Air Force has grounded a third of its fighter squadrons due to sequestration, Pacific-based pilots and planes could be ready for combat at a moment’s notice, officials said Monday.
4. Older VA disability claims to get top attention. Hyperlink to Story The Washington Post: Veterans waiting more than a year for a decision on their disability claims are moving to the front of the line, under a new program announced Friday.
5. VA Goes Paperless To Eliminate Claims Backlog. InformationWeek The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced an initiative to expedite compensation claims for veterans who have waited one year or longer for a decision. The initiative is part of a larger strategy set by VA secretary Eric Shinseki to …
6. Augusta-area schools, veterans benefit from GI Bill. Hyperlink to Story Augusta Chronicle: As the war on terror winds down, enrollment at colleges, universities and trade schools in the Augusta area has increased, in part thanks to a more generous GI Bill that Congress passed in 2008 to help post-9/11 veterans and their families afford an education.
7. Op-Ed: Public employee union’s ‘official time’ personnel bailout. Hyperlink to Story Washington Examiner: Around $156 million, that’s how much taxpayers spent in 2011 on federal employees who did no federal work at all… The VA department has over 250 employees working full time for unions such as the American Federation of Government Employees.
8. Betrayed, Not Broken. Hyperlink to Story U-T San Diego: Amber Ramirez didn’t mention her military service when she arrived last spring at St. Vincent de Paul Village in downtown San Diego, desperate for a roof over her head. Her brief time in the Army — cut short by a sexual assault, going absent without leave and an other-than-honorable discharge — didn’t make her a veteran, she thought. Now she knows otherwise.
9. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as April 23, 2013:
- April 23, 2013. The Senate Budget Committee will hold a hearing on the Department of Veterans Affairs FY 14 Budget Request. 10:30 A.M.; 608 Dirksen
- April 24, 2013. The HASC Military Personnel Subcommittee will hold a hearing to discuss the status of implementation of the requirements of the VOW Act and the recommendations of the Presidential Veterans Employment Initiative Task Force for the DoD Transition Assistance Program (GPS). 2:00 P.M.; 2212 Rayburn
- April 24, 2013. The House Veterans’ Affairs committee will conduct an oversight hearing regarding the strategic and policy implications of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA), on the healthcare provided to Veteran patients by VA. 10:00 A.M.; 334 Cannon
- April 24, 2013. The Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will conduct a hearing entitled, “Call to Action: VA Outreach and Community Partnerships.”
10:00 A.M.; 418 Russell
10. Today in History:
- 1815 – The Second Serbian Uprising – a second phase of the national revolution of the Serbs against the Ottoman Empire, erupts shortly after the annexation of the country to the Ottoman Empire.
- 1910 – Theodore Roosevelt made his The Man in the Arena speech.
- 1918 – World War I: The British Royal Navy makes a raid in an attempt to neutralise the Belgianport of Bruges-Zeebrugge.
- 1920 – The national council in Turkey denounces the government of SultanMehmed VI and announces a temporary constitution.
- 1920 – The Grand National Assembly of Turkey (TBMM) is founded in Ankara.
- 1927 – Turkey becomes the first country to celebrate Children’s Day as a national holiday.
- 1932 – The 153-year old De Adriaan Windmill in Haarlem, Netherlands burns down. It is rebuilt and reopens exactly 70 years later.
- 1935 – The Polish Constitution of 1935 is adopted.
- 1940 – The Rhythm Night Club fire at a dance hall in Natchez, Mississippi, kills 198 people.
- 1941 – World War II: The Greek government and King George II evacuate Athens before the invading Wehrmacht.
- 1942 – World War II: Baedeker Blitz – German bombers hit Exeter, Bath and York in retaliation for the British raid on Lübeck.
- 1945 – Adolf Hitler‘s designated successor Hermann Göring sends him a telegram asking permission to take leadership of the Third Reich, which causes Hitler to replace him with Joseph Goebbels and Karl Dönitz.
- 1946 – Manuel Roxas is elected the last President of the Commonwealth of the Philippines.
- 1949 – Chinese Civil War: Establishment of the People’s Liberation Army Navy.
- 1951 – American journalist William N. Oatis is arrested for espionage by the Communist government of Czechoslovakia.
- 1961 – Algiers putsch by French generals.
- 1968 – Vietnam War: Student protesters at Columbia University in New York Citytake over administration buildings and shut down the university.
- 1971 – Bangladesh Liberation War: The Pakistan Army and Razakarsmassacred approximately 3,000 Hindu emigrants in the Jathibhanga area of East Pakistan (now Bangladesh).
- 1985 – Coca-Cola changes its formula and releases New Coke. The response is overwhelmingly negative, and the original formula is back on the market in less than 3 months.
- 1993 – Eritreans vote overwhelmingly for independence from Ethiopia in a United Nations-monitored referendum.
- 1993 – Sri Lankan politician Lalith Athulathmudali is assassinated while addressing a gathering, approximately 4 weeks ahead of the Provincial Council elections for the Western Province.
- 1997 – Omaria massacre in Algeria: 42 villagers are killed.
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§ U.S. Department of Energy’s Hiring Process Creates New Opportunities for Veterans ; Lead public affairs specialist for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge Office Capt. Ron Freeman turns on the computer monitor in his Heidelberg, Germany home and sits anxiously re-reading his resume one last time before his video conference call begins with a federal agency in Oak Ridge, Tenn. Read More →Read more »