Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – April 23, 2013


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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 bailoutHyperlink 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 BrokenHyperlink 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
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§  U.S. Department of Energy’s Hiring Process Creates New Opportunities for VeteransLead 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 »


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