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1. Photos: Images from Gettysburg, then and now. From graphic images of the dead on battlefields to portraits of troops in between skirmishes, the Civil War was the first American military conflict captured by photographers and the first foray into photojournalism in the United States. Here’s a gallery of images from the Civil War and now.
2. June deadliest month for troops in Afghanistan in 9 months. In a dark reminder that the fighting in Afghanistan is still raging, despite the multinational military coalition’s pronouncements that the war is winding down, June has become the deadliest month for international troops in the country in nearly a year.
3. July 4th fireworks scrapped at a number of US military bases. The Fourth of July won’t have a patriotic boom in the sky over some military bases because budget cuts and furloughed workers also mean furloughed fireworks.
4. More great Americans should defend the truth. Colorado Springs Gazette In this Thursday, March 11, 2010 file photo, Tammy Duckworth, assistant secretary for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, arrives at the World War II Memorial in Washington for a ceremony honoring World War II veterans who fought in the Pacific.
5. Mental health surveys divert few soldiers from deployment. A small fraction of soldiers deploying out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord during the peak of the Iraq War were removed from combat missions because their answers on last-minute screenings raised concerns about their mental health, according to data obtained by The News Tribune.
6. Service Organizations For Veterans Spring Up Across The Country. DigitalJournal.com The Federal Savings Bank, an institution specialized in veteran loans, has been informing its clients of a new initiative stemming out of St. Louis, Mo. The initiative is … The services, treatment and counseling associated with post-traumatic stress …
7. Extreme Times Lead To Extreme Emotions. Dalles Chronicle In the military, the numbers are especially high due to the extreme danger of combat. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that about 30 percent of the men and women who have spent time in war zones experience PTSD. An additional 20-25 …
8. Agencies working to help those with disorder. The Inter-Mountain June is Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Month, and in honor of those afflicted, the U.S Department of Veterans Affairs is striving to assist as many people as possible. Dr. Joel Vogt, a licensed psychiatrist and section chief of Community …
9. ‘Prep-school’ Vet Still Boasts Army Service. Military.com “Braulio was honorably discharged from the United States Army,” the company bio states, “and received a service connected disability rating from the Department of Veterans Affairs for his active duty service as an enlisted soldier in the U.S. Army.”.
10. Defense secretary addresses budget woes, sexual assault in Colorado Springs stop. The Gazette: Hyperlink to Story Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talked about sexual assault, military readiness, budget cuts and overseas threats during a swing through Colorado Springs Friday.
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