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1. Obama says don’t take American troops for granted. President Barack Obama said Monday that Americans must honor the sacrifices of their fighting men and women, particularly at a time when the U.S. combat role in Iraq has ended and the country’s involvement in Afghanistan is winding down.
2. Americans gather to honor fallen servicemembers. Americans gathered at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day, at a time when combat in Afghanistan approaches 12 years and the ranks of World War II veterans dwindles.
3. Memorial Day: From the Civil War to Iraq. The Epoch Times As Briskin notes, and as the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (USVA) tells it, the origins of the holiday have been somewhat contentious, with many regions claiming to be the birthplace of the holiday. The first large-scale celebration, however, is …
4. Patriotic duty. Grand Junction Sentinel Bob Mohan, 90, is a World War II veteran. He moved two months ago into the residence of Jolena Lowe of Delta, who offers him a medical foster home through a program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
5.Obama Urges Remembrance in Memorial Day Remarks. After laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery today, President Barack Obama paid tribute to American patriots from throughout the nation’s history in remarks at the cemetery’s Memorial Amphitheater. The president urged Americans to remember the sacrifices not only of those who pledged and even lost their lives to ensure the nation’s
6.The VA’s generational problem. Hyperlink to Story Boston Globe: VA head Eric Shinseki is caught overseeing a long-term modernization program in a short-term media cycle.
7.Hiring veterans: They’re mature, up to speed, and ready to hit the ground running. Hyperlink to Story Richmond Times-Dispatch: The Virginia Values Veterans program focuses on companies that want to boost workforce productivity to improve their business’s performance. The V3 program’s certification process is designed to help employers — particularly the numerous companies with fewer than 1,000 workers — who want to hire and retain veterans but are having difficulty doing so.
8.Doing More for U.S. Veterans. Hyperlink to Story The New York Times (Bloomberg View): Conditions for veterans are similarly mixed. The Veterans Affairs budget has more than doubled in less than a decade… Still, joblessness and homelessness are higher for veterans than the national average, and many face lengthy bureaucratic nightmares to get their military disability benefits.
9.This holiday, remember surviving veterans, too: Column. Hyperlink to Story USA Today: Then there are those veterans who have been waiting for more than a year for the Department of Veterans Affairs to process their disability claims. The delays are especially long in major metropolitan areas where the total number of claims awaiting adjudication is estimated between 600,000 and 900,000.
10.Life outside the military: Event aims to help female veterans readjust, access resources. Hyperlink to Story MLive.com: To assist those women locally, several West Michigan organizations are teaming up to provide the fair to provide veterans information, counseling and assistance while offering a chance to forge friendships and a sense of community.
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Piling on Veteran Employment: The job market for Veterans has shown some promising signs of strength, but that doesn’t mean we’re letting up now. Instead, we’re piling on—focusing on securing the gains in veteran employment this summer with two important events. The first is … Read More →