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


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1.   Kelly: The ‘Greatest Generation’ is disappearing.  Approximately 1.4 million of the more than 16 million men and women who served in World War II are still alive, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But the median age is 92. And almost 700 die each day. By 2036, the VA estimates none …

2.   Money to help combat veteran homelessness.  Barre Montpelier Times Argus  Two federal departments announced this week that the White River Junction VA Medical Center will receive $120,468 to assist homeless veterans in Vermont and four counties in New Hampshire as part of the expansion of the U.S. Department of Housing …

3.   Meditation helping war veterans.  Sydney Morning Herald  Fred Travis of the Maharishi University of Management in Iowa has won a $2.4 million grant from the US Department of Defence for research on the use of meditation to help veterans from the Afghanistan and Iraq conflicts cope with stress. Dr Travis, who …

4.   House Approves Money to Speed Veterans Disability Claims.  Lez Get Real  Department of Veterans Affairs Seal (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey). The U.S. House has voted this week to give the Veterans Affairs Department money to hire more staff in fiscal 2014 in an effort to reduce the time it takes to process veterans disability …

5.   Woodward to lead AF sex assault prevention programThe Air Force announced Friday that Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward will lead Air Force programs designed to prevent sexual assault and aid victims.

6.   Commander suspended over handling of sexual assault claimMaj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison, commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan, has been suspended from his duties for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault, the Army said Friday.

7.   Art therapy showcases healing and promise at LejeuneA Healing Wounds Through Expressive Freedom exhibit at Naval Hospital Camp Lejeune, N.C., showcases the artwork of 30 Marines and sailors. The program gives servicemembers an opportunity to express themselves through art.

8.   Ranger writes memoir about losing his legMore than two years after a grenade shattered the lower right leg of Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Kapacziewski in Iraq, he was back on duty in 2008 using a prosthetic limb with his 3rd Ranger Battalion. In an attempt to motivate other soldiers facing similar adversity, Kapacziewski has written a book.
9.   Fundraiser challenges veteran to run in honor of fallen MarineHyperlink to Story  According to Fred Davis, campus director for the Office of Veterans Affairs at Rutgers-Camden, Orellana is familiar to many veterans on campus. The retired sergeant assisted others with adjusting to student and civilian life, and in dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
10.  VA Great MedicallyHyperlink to Story The Ledger:  I just wanted it known that, despite the numerous problems that exist within the VA claim-processing operation, on the medical side of things, they do a fantastic job.

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