Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – July 08 2013


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1.   Modified bikes help wounded veterans heal in Honor RideHyperlink to Story The Denver Post:  Retired Air Force veteran Steve Taylor hoisted himself from his wheelchair onto his hand-pedaled tricycle with ease before his 61-mile ride Saturday morning.
2.   App links struggling vets with nearby network of military friends.  Hyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes:  Jacob Wood was at the funeral of a fellow Marine veteran who committed suicide in 2011 when he discovered just how close potentially life-saving help had been.
3.   Skype therapy? It’s working for veterans.  Hyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes: Ruben Moreno Garcia, who served three combat tours in Iraq, now lives with his family in this Imperial Valley community and works as a mechanic in Yuma, Ariz.
4.   Ex-VA leader decries explosion of service-connected ailments.  Hyperlink to Story News Tribune: Those criticizing the Department of Veterans Affairs for its enormous backlog of disability claims are ignoring how recent laws and politics have turned VA into something Abraham Lincoln never envisioned: a fount of billions of dollars in payments for ailments likely caused by aging rather than military service, says former VA Secretary Anthony J. Principi.
5.   VA making progress in claims backlog.  Hyperlink to Story Riverton Ranger:  The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs is chipping away at its large backlog of disability compensation claims for veterans in Wyoming and the rest of the country.
6.   Jobless rate for veterans continues decline in June.  Hyperlink to Story Army Times:  The national unemployment rate remained unchanged in June, but veterans of the post-9/11 era saw a continued decline in their jobless rate, which fell to 7.2 percent, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported Friday.
7.   Do what is right for our veterans.  Hyperlink to Story Houma Courier: Each year as Congress assembles, new legislative bills are introduced as previously introduced bills die. Some bills relate to Vietnam veterans who did not have boots on the ground. Many served at sea and in the air who need VA benefits including compensation for their survival.
8.   VA payments help WWI vet’s widow, 103, get the care she needs.  Hyperlink to Story Stars and Stripes:  For her 103rd Independence Day, Florence Ellenberger will celebrate one of her favorite holidays like she always has.
9.   2 men charged with fraud in $23M vets’ contracts.  Hyperlink to Story Army Times (AP): Two businessmen are disputing an indictment that accuses them of fraudulently bidding for and winning $23 million worth of federal construction contracts in Nebraska and Iowa that were intended for disabled veterans’ businesses.
10.  Study shows veterans must navigate hundreds of forms, more than a dozen agencies for servicesHyperlink to Story  A new study released ahead of the Fourth of July holiday sheds more light on the tangle of paperwork facing America’s veterans — showing they’re up against as many as 613 forms across 18 agencies as they seek services.

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