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1. Nixon library hosts 40th reunion for Vietnam POWs. On Thursday, about 200 Vietnam War veterans, almost all of them former pilots, will reunite for a three-day celebration at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library & Museum that coincides with the 40th anniversary of a star-studded White House dinner hosted by President Nixon to honor their sacrifice.
2. Does military culture foster environment of sex abuse? Nearly a decade into the Pentagon’s efforts to stop sexual assault and harassment in the military, some parts of the armed services still allow — and even encourage — the kind of anti-woman sentiment that directly contradicts the Defense Department’s oft-cited “zero tolerance” policy.
3. Did the Pentagon cry wolf over sequestration? A funny thing happened on the way to a predicted disaster: The Pentagon is learning to live with the automatic budget cuts its leaders had warned would threaten national security if they took effect.
4. Wounded troops get free Segways in annual ceremony honoring Memorial Day. For Army Sgt. Fioreamante Bernardo, the free Segway he received Wednesday from the charitable group Segs4Vets is more than a fun way to get around. For the triple amputee, it’s “a crucial tool.”
5. Congress clears bill on lying about medals. Lying about receiving a military medal could become a crime, under a bill headed to the president’s desk.
6. House Passes COLA Bill for Vets. Hyperlink to Story Military.com: The House on Tuesday passed a cost-of-living adjustment bill for veterans that guarantees a raise each year. However, the American Heroes Cost of Living Adjustment Act still contains some provisions that veterans groups don’t like.
7.Hagel: DOD, VA Work Together to Cut Claims Backlog. The Pentagon is committed to doing everything it can to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs to reduce the claims backlog, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told a Senate panel today. Speaking at a roundtable discussion held by the defense subcommittee of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Hagel told lawmakers that the department’s responsibility is to ensure that service members have quality health care throughout their military careers and that their transition into the care of …
8. Hagel directs Pentagon to seek new software for health records. Hyperlink to Story The Washington Post: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel on Wednesday directed the Pentagon to seek new healthcare management software that would better integrate military health care records with the Department of Veterans Affairs.
9. Pentagon to Buy Records System Amid Backlog in Veterans’ Claims. Hyperlink to Story Bloomberg News: The Pentagon plans to buy an electronic health-records system following increasing pressure from lawmakers to end a backlog in U.S. veterans’ disability claims.
10. The Integrated Electronic Health Record. Hyperlink to Story NextGov: Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel’s decision to modernize the Defense Department’s electronic health record through the purchase of commercial software looks like a setback for development of an integrated electronic health record with the Veterans Affairs Department, according to folks I have talked with.