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1. Sen. Murray, survivors urge action on military sexual assaults. Former Marine Cpl. Angela Arellano felt like the criminal after she reported being raped by one of her enlisted supervisors. Her attacker walked away with no repercussions to his career. She, on the other hand, stood accused of making a false statement against a fellow Marine.
2. Military sexual assaults reported at Wash. state VA facility higher than national rate. Hyperlink to Story Times Leader: Forty percent of the women treated at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System report sexual assaults or repeated sexual harassment while in the military, roughly double the rate cited nationally by the Department of Veterans Affairs.
3. Sexual assault: Women lawmakers push for change in US military. Hyperlink to Story Christian Science Monitor: In Congress, women lawmakers are leading the charge, pushing legislation that would take the authority to investigate and punish instances of sexual assault out of the chain of command, away from commanding officers whose potential conflict of interest may favor the military’s “good order and discipline” as it applies to unit cohesion and war-fighting ability over vigorously prosecuting sexual offenders in the ranks, including fellow officers.
4. Veterans crowd VA benefits assistance event. Hyperlink to Story The Daily News: Volunteers from Camp Lejeune, the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rural Health and the Employment Security Commission provided assistance at 10 a.m. Saturday with disability claim applications and presented general information on other subjects, such as home foreclosure prevention, life insurance and job hunting.
5. Korean War vet recalls time of love and war. Five days before Wilbur and Ermal Bryant exchanged vows in 1950, North Korean communists had streamed across the 38th parallel in a surprise invasion of South Korea.
6. On his platoon’s last patrol, soldier creates a ‘path of life’. Spc. Kyle Klobuchar spends his days listening intently to the beeps, hums and warbles of a hand-held explosives detector known as a Minehound.
7. Oregon, Washington reservists still await pay, documents, almost three months after return. Air Force Reservist Mike Mellein is a single Southeast Portlander who had the foresight to save some of his war-zone pay while he was in Afghanistan this year. That means he’s not desperate yet.
8. Va. veteran researching impact of Post-9/11 GI Bill. Frank Bergmeister wants to make sure other veterans and their dependents know how to use the updated GI Bill to further their education. He is researching a provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill for his doctoral dissertation at George Mason University.
9. Attorney urges Congress to end sleep apnea claims ‘abuse’. TheNewsTribune.com
In 2001, the year U.S. forces invaded Afghanistan, 983 veterans began to draw disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs for sleep apnea, a disorder linked to obesity and characterized by pauses in breathing during sleep that can
10. Number of vets using benefits increasing. Dickinson Press Even when they return to school, VA support continues to be within reach, said Rhonda Schauer, North Dakota University System state approving agency director for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. “It could take several terms for student veterans …