Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – June 04, 2013

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1.   New Jersey Sen. Lautenberg, WWII veteran, dead at age 89.  U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, the oldest member of the Senate and the last World War II veteran serving there, has died at age 89.
 
2.   Father Kapaun’s Medal of Honor comes home to Pilsen. At the pulpit in the church where war hero Emil Kapaun was baptized in 1916 and where he said his first Mass as a Catholic priest in 1940, nephew Ray Kapaun on Sunday stood a few feet from his uncle’s Medal of Honor and told hundreds of people that the medal had come home to where it belonged.
 
3.   Obama: Nation Pours Resources Into Mental Health Care for VetsThe Veterans Affairs Department is improving access for veterans to mental health services, President Barack Obama said today in remarks that opened the National Conference on Mental Health.  Obama and Vice President Joe Biden are hosting the
 
4.   House GOP defense bill blocks Guantanamo closingRebuffing President Barack Obama’s latest plea, House Republicans on Monday proposed keeping open the military-run prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, by barring the administration from transferring its terror suspects to the United States or a foreign country such as Yemen.
 
5.   Fort Hood shooting suspect will use “defense of others” in own trialThe Army psychiatrist charged in the deadly 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage said Monday that he’ll use a “defense of others” argument when he represents himself at his upcoming murder trial.
 
6.   Prosecutor: Manning let secrets into enemy hands.  Pfc. Bradley Manning put U.S. military secrets into the hands of Osama bin Laden himself, prosecutors said Monday as the Army intelligence analyst went on trial over the biggest leak of classified material in American history.
 
7.   Some ‘involuntarily separated’ sailors feel slighted amid recruiting pushOne month after being cast out of the Navy because his career field was overmanned, the Recruit Training Command called Robert Van back with a plea — come back, we don’t have enough sailors like you. But there was a catch.
8.   West Point rugby team benched over improper emails.  Members of the U.S. Military Academy’s rugby team, which West Point officials announced last week had been disbanded for inappropriate emails, will have to prove they’ve learned a lesson about respect before they can take the field again.
 
9.   Americans in Bahrain warned about possible extremist threatsThe U.S. Embassy has warned Americans in Bahrain about possible threats from extremists in the kingdom, which has been the scene of political unrest for many years.
 
10.  In war on Taliban, one man’s revenge-fueled uprisingJust a year ago, Farhad Akbari was a construction engineer getting rich off military contracts in Logar province. Today he is an armed vigilante, leading villagers and gunmen in a local rebellion against the insurgents who killed his mother in a roadside shooting in July.

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