Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – May 21, 2013


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


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1.   Native Americans had codes to victory.  Almost everything about warfare changed throughout three big conflicts in the 20th century — World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War — except the presence of Native American languages.
2.   Young royals keep spotlight on wounded warriors.  Just back from a successful American tour with a strong military theme, Prince Harry joined brother Prince William Monday in continuing to focus their high-beam spotlight on wounded veterans in Britain.
3.   Pentagon requests $79.4 billion for combat operations.  The Pentagon on Friday sent two budget items to Congress – one to provide funding for combat operations next year, and another to limit the sting of sequestration this year.
4.   Federal cuts slice Big Apple economy: No Fleet Week.  This was supposed to be the week when thousands of free-spending Norfolk sailors were to descend on lower Manhattan, where New Yorkers promised to shower them with gifts, drinks and kisses.
5.   Petraeus in DC for suicide awareness runSaturday’s “Run as One” event in the nation’s capital featured a low-key appearance for disgraced former CIA director David Petraeus, who participated in the 5K amid some of his most ardent supporters.
6.   Department Of Veterans Affairs Takes Action On Claims Initiative.  On April 19 the US Department of Veterans Affairs published two news releases on new initiatives to tackle the backlog of disability compensation …
7.   Repeated Brain Injuries Up Soldiers’ Suicide Risk.  Hyperlink to Story Soldiers who suffer more than one mild traumatic brain injury (TBI) face a significantly higher risk of suicide, according to a new study.
8.   New machines zap VA hospital room infectionsHyperlink to Story Times Leader: The Wilkes-Barre Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center has invested nearly $1 million in Intelligent Room Sterilization, known as IRiS, recently purchasing eight devices that produce high-intensity ultraviolet rays that aid in the disinfection of patient rooms and treatment areas by killing multidrug-resistant organisms.

9.   Researchers reveal robots designed to help vets, others with disabilities.  Hyperlink to Story Beaver County Times: Researchers at the Human Engineering Research Laboratories in Pittsburgh swung open their doors Thursday as part of National Veterans Affairs Research Week. They demonstrated how robotic technology helps the disabled, especially veterans.
10. Military sex abuse victims seek VA help.  Hyperlink to Story Newsday (AP): AP IMPACT:  Sexual assault or repeated sexual harassment can trigger a variety of health problems, primarily post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. While women are more likely to be victims, men made up nearly 40 percent of the patients the VA treated last year for conditions connected to what it calls “military sexual trauma.”

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