Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 06, 2013


Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources


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1.   FACE-TO-FACE WITH PTSD.  U-T San Diego  The answer is yes, according to San Diego veterans in a recent study of post-traumatic stress disorder therapy by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The finding could be important, as the VA has been criticized — even sued by veterans groups and …

2.   Conference in Farmington reaches out to women veterans.  Farmington Daily Times  According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, women are now the fastest-growing subgroup of the U.S. veteran population. The number of women veterans is expected to increase dramatically in the next 10 years as combat operations wind down in …
3.   Chapel House love sets spiraling veteran straight – The Citizen.  Auburn Citizen  Chapel House has been working with veterans, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, since last year. Veterans as individuals are as diversified as the general population, and just, if not more, interesting. Some of their stories ...

4.   Navy plans to buy up to 10 destroyers.  The Navy plans to announce contracts next month for as many as 10 new destroyers, and Maine’s Bath Iron Works is expected to compete for the work.
5.Letter: National Nurse Week puts spotlight on VA staffHyperlink to Story Topeka Capital-Journal:  The theme of National Nurses Week 2013 is “Nurses: Delivering Quality & Innovation in Patient Care” and no one puts more passion into the health care profession than VA nurses. Veterans Affairs is the nation’s largest single employer of nurses and VA nurses lead their profession in education and training, clinical responsibility and research.
6.Veterans slowly finding jobsHyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes:  The good news, however, is that for the nation’s 2.1 million post 9/11 veterans, unemployment is falling fast. It dropped 2.2 percentage points from 2011 to 2012, while overall U.S. joblessness dipped only 0.8 percent in the same period.
7.   Anderson: A way for veterans to get out and huntHyperlink to Story Star Tribune:  “With the limitations some of these veterans have, Camp Ripley allows them to get into the field in a safe, controlled environment,’’ said Dennis Erie, an employee of the St. Cloud VA Health Care System and chief organizer of the event at the 53,000-acre military training facility near Little Falls in central Minnesota.

8.   Outcry prompts VA to review local official’s presidential award.  Hyperlink to Story  Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: After a growing chorus of congressmen, veterans, U.S. Veterans Affairs employees and family of victims of a Legionnaires’ outbreak in Pittsburgh expressed their outrage, the VA said late Friday that it is reviewing a presidential award and bonus given to a regional director three days after a federal report blamed lax management for the outbreak.

9.Financial strain pushes many veterans to the breaking point.  Hyperlink to Story  “We keep hearing of suicides rising. How much pressure do you think one person can take?” asks Christopher Fitzpatrick, deputy director of VeteransPlus, a nonprofit that has fielded more than 170,000 calls from ex-service members with imminent financial concerns… “No one wants to talk about the fact that there are other reasons, besides PTSD, for suicide at 2 in the morning.
10.Two woman helping other military families find workHyperlink to Story MSNBC:  Two women, Lisa Bradley and Cameron Cruse, have taken Obama’s mission into their own hands, creating jobs for their fellow military spouses who move on average every two and a half years… Their company R. Riveter employs military spouses to make and sell handbags that are handmade from military materials.

Have You Heard?

Gender differences in PTSD symptoms.  The prevalence of PTSD appears to be similar in male and female Veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is less clear whether there are differences in the types of symptoms reported. A study by researchers from the National Center for PTSD suggests more similarity than difference. Read more…



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