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

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Md. man’s research uncovers family’s Civil War connectionsTo find out more about local families, Elmer Cline began by cleaning old gravestones. That hobby led to him to genealogy, and he has become the lead researcher and historian for the descendants of the Philip Cline Sr. family, which has Civil War connections.
Calif. hiring state workers to help VA with claims. AirForceTimes.com  California is moving to help the federal government cut the backlog of veterans’ disability claims with a new law creating a 36-member state strike force to help the Veterans Affairs Department process claims. The state budget allocated $3 million to …
 
Hagel: DODEA is not out of the woodsIf budget cuts roll on in coming years, Department of Defense schools are going to face tough choices, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told military educators on Tuesday.
 
Gov’t asks court to reinstate Marine’s conviction.  The government is asking the military’s highest court to reconsider its ruling last month that overturned a murder conviction of a Marine who has served more than half of his 11-year sentence for one of the biggest war crime cases to emerge from the Iraq war.
Big Data Project Analyzes Veterans’ Suicide Risk.  InformationWeek SMB (blog)  Suicide rates among U.S. veterans are approximately twice that of the general population, a troublesome phenomenon that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is struggling to fight. Mental health experts have yet to find a lasting solution, but …
 
Bill Would Force Vet Shelters to Meet Safety Codes.  Military.com  Grace Napolitano, D-Calif., after seeing “with my own eyes” some of the unsafe conditions of shelters that receive a per diem fee from the Department of Veterans Affairs. “Unfortunately there is no law mandating homeless shelters that receive funding …
 
Foundation recognizes Rutgers’ support of veterans.  MyCentralJersey.com  Its service to the student veteran population recently was recognized by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, which designated Rutgers as VetSuccess on Campus University, according to Abel. He said the recognition will give Rutgers a full-time …
 
CPAP Therapy Can Help Treat Nightmares in Veterans with PTSD.  Science World Report  The National Center for PTSD of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs states that PTSD symptoms such as nightmares or flashbacks sually begin soon after a traumatic event, but may not appear in full force for months or years later. Symptoms that last …
Obama Seeks High-Tech, Efficient GovernmentHyperlink to Story Washington Wire (Wall Street Journal):  President Barack Obama on Monday urged his cabinet to create ways to make the government more efficient, saying American taxpayers deserve the best bang for their buck… Mr. Obama’s comments come as some parts of his administration, including the Department of Veterans Affairs, are under intense pressure for inefficiencies.
After health care delays, Obama presses cabinet to make government ‘smarter’Hyperlink to Story The Washington Examiner: President Obama is directing his cabinet to find more efficient, “smarter” ways to run government… Obama, however, failed to mention the ongoing problems the Department of Veterans Affairs has had in getting veterans’ medical records online, part of the administration’s failure to address a backlog of more than 600,000 health care claims from veterans.

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