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1. Remains of 4 Vietnam War MIAs to be buried at Arlington. Four U.S. Navy sailors reported missing during the Vietnam War will be buried together Thursday in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors.
2. Committee to seek names for war memorial. A committee will begin seeking names for addition to the Kerr County War Memorial and has set a tentative date for review and acceptance of applications from family members and veterans groups.
3. Keeping JFK’s eternal flame burning at Arlington National Cemetery. A temporary burner is keeping the fire going at the grave of President John F. Kennedy at Arlington National Cemetery while an old burner system for the site’s eternal flame receives needed repairs.
4. Army recruits private companies to run its hotels. The U.S. Army wants its servicemembers and their guests to be all they can be in nicer hotels on bases across the country. Today, InterContinental Hotels Group will announce plans to take over hotels on 18 military bases in the next eight years, bringing the number of properties in its IHG Army Hotels program to 76 on 39 bases. The renovated or new hotels will replace Army-run lodging that a 2003 internal study deemed in desperate need of renovation.
5. Pakistan-US alliance takes hits on campaign trail . On the campaign trail in Pakistan, candidates boast about their readiness to stand up to Washington and often tout their anti-American credentials. One party leader even claims he would shoot down U.S. drones if he comes to power.
6.National Guard (in Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of April 30, 2013. The Army National Guard, Army Reserve, Navy Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve announced this week a decrease in activated National Guard members and reservists while the Air National Guard, Air Force Reserve and Coast Guard Reserve announced an increase of activated National Guard members and reservists. The net collective …
7.DOD Backs Military Spouse Training, Careers. The Defense Department is committed to helping military spouses find jobs and offers resources for education, training and networking, the department’s spouse employment and career opportunities program manager said. With Military Spouse Appreciation Day coming up May …
8.Get Ready for the Golden Age Games. Foreveryoungwny They will be competing in the 27th annual National Golden Age Games, a competition run by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. Beginning in 1985 in Albany, Georgia with only 115 competitors, the competition is known to showcase the rehabilitation …
9. Career-long mental health assessments proposed. Hyperlink to Story Army Times: An Indiana lawmaker wants to expand military suicide prevention programs to include an annual mental health assessment for active and reserve members, with reports from supervisors about any relationship or financial issues that might trigger stress or suicidal tendencies.
10. The US Spends Millions To Cover Sexual Assault In The Military. Hyperlink to Story Business Insider (The Fiscal Times): The Veterans Affairs department spent almost $872 million in 2010 to deal with the health impacts of sexual assaults on former military personnel. This figure is based on the $10,880 dollars the Veterans Administration spends to treat each sexual assault victim after he or she leaves the service.
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Special Report: DOD Highlights Safety for Military Riders; The Defense Department marks the start of prime motorcycle riding weather by designating each May as Motorcycle Safety Month. This American Forces Press Service special report highlights DOD and service-related efforts to enhance the safety and overall riding experience for troops and veterans through training, mentorship and education. View the special report at http://www.defense.gov/home/
features/2012/0412_ militaryrider/ .