Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 13, 2013

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Veterans May Get One Year of Retroactive Benefits. Patch.com “[The] VA (U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs) strongly encourages veterans to work with veterans service …
 
‘Valor Games’ for disabled veterans to begin.  WAND The sponsors include the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and the Chicago Park District. Organizers say about 220 participants have registered for the …
 
Korea asks Pentagon to change sea’s name in war displaySouth Korean officials have asked the United States to change the name of a body of water used in a new Pentagon exhibit on the Korean War, the latest attempt in an ongoing quest to erase any symbol of Japanese dominance over the body of water that lies between the two countries.
 
 MIA lab, Navy at odds over exhuming unknown USS Oklahoma casualtiesThe Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command wants to take the unprecedented step of exhuming all of the Dec. 7, 1941, casualties of the USS Oklahoma buried as “unknowns” at Punchbowl cemetery — more than 330 crew members — to help it reach a higher number of annual identifications mandated by Congress.
 
  4 takeaways from Obama’s speech to veteransPresident Barack Obama’s speech to the Disabled American Veterans convention in Florida this weekend predictably covered a wide range of military and postmilitary topics. Here’s a look at the biggest takeaways from the commander-in-chief’s year’s annual formal address to the veterans community.
Veterans Journal: Retirees spend 27% less on health under TRICAREHyperlink to Article Providence Journal: According to the Congressional Budget Office, military retirees spend 27 percent less for health care under TRICARE, the Defense Department’s managed-care provider, than they did when the program began in 1996.

  Obama announces aid for wounded vetsHyperlink to Article Philadelphia Daily News:   President Obama on Saturday announced a new initiative to help treat veterans with brain injuries and mental health conditions, as he and first lady Michelle Obama paid tribute to disabled veterans before departing on their summer holiday.
 Local vet weighs in on Obama’s veteran initiativesHyperlink to Article NSYR-TV (Video):  President Barack Obama unveiled a series of initiatives over the weekend to help improve benefits for veterans, specifically focusing on education and health.
 

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Bill Tippins, Former POWHear Chief Bill Tippins, Former POW, as he tells the story of how he survived incredible odds and several escape attempts. When he was liberated by the Russians in April 1945, he weighed a little over 100 lbs

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