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1. Pentagon may revise same-sex military benefits. The Pentagon is poised to extend health care, housing and other benefits to the same-sex spouses of military members by the end of August, but may reverse earlier plans to provide benefits to gay partners who are not married.
2. Hope of saving aircraft carriers is sinking as cash dries up. Really? Mothballing aircraft carriers? The idea floated last week by Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel seemed particularly shocking in this Navy town – home to half the nation’s fleet of nuclear flattops, where carrier deployments and homecomings routinely lead evening newscasts.
3. Commissaries to resume normal hours after furlough days end. The Defense Department’s cancellation of remaining furlough days will let commissaries worldwide resume normal hours after Aug. 17, Defense Commissary Agency officials announced.
4.World War II veteran finds healing for PTSD by sharing war stories. Bangor Daily News According to the Veterans Affairs’ National Center for PTSD at ptsd.va.gov, the … military veterans, compared to 7 to 8 percent of people in the United States who …
2 resign after investigation into Atlanta VA. WSB Atlanta Two officials with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs resigned following a … A Channel 2 Action News investigation first exposed federal reports that blamed …
6. VA program helps veterans re-enter workforce. Hyperlink to Story Wichita Eagle: Navy veteran Darren Sanstra next month will mark his first year at Industrial Metal Fabrication…It’s an important milestone for the father of two children who planned to make a career in the Navy, but whose plans were cut short after Sanstra “shredded my ACL,” or anterior cruciate ligament, in Iraq in the early 1990s and suffers from anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.
7. Pilot program to aid veterans in Atlantic County extended for one year. Hyperlink to Story Press of Atlantic City: A two-year pilot program in Atlantic County helping veterans and active military personnel get treatment instead of jail has been extended one more year.
8. Agencies work to improve veterans education system. Hyperlink to Story Charleston Daily Mail: Three state agencies are formalizing their agreement to coordinate efforts to help West Virginia’s veterans access education programs and benefits.
9. VA: More staff discipline expected at Atlanta VA. Hyperlink to Story San Francisco Chronicle (AP): Three employees at the troubled Atlanta VA Medical Center have been reprimanded, two others have retired and more administrative actions are pending after patient care at the hospital was criticized in federal audits, a top official with the Department of Veterans Affairs told a Senate committee Wednesday.
10. Two VA officials retire, three reprimanded. Hyperlink to Story Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Two U.S. Veterans Affairs officials have retired, three have been reprimanded and others are facing unspecified “actions” following reports of rampant mismanagement and patient deaths at the Atlanta VA Medical Center in Decatur, a top VA official said Wednesday.
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