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1.Gov. Scott to honor vets in St. Augustine. WJXT Jacksonville Veterans affairs in northeast Florida gets twice the attention in one day, with events in Jacksonville, and in Saint Johns county. Three federal lawmakers held a …
2.LA-Area VA Hiring More Nurses to Care for Homeless Vets. SCVNEWS.com The good news: The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development reports that between 2011 and 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs Greater Los …
3.Tacoma woman accused of stealing disabled Army veterans’ benefits. Bellingham Herald An investigator with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs began looking into the case in November 2012 after receiving a complaint that someone had used a
4. Boeing near decision on future of C-17 cargo plane. Production of Boeing Co.’s C-17 military cargo plane has been winding down for years. Now the company could know by the end of the year if it’s winding down for good.
5. DMAA role in military deaths still in question. The parents of a soldier who died after taking a fitness supplement containing the ingredient DMAA will continue with a lawsuit against the manufacturer and retailer despite a recent Defense Department probe that found no significant link between the man’s death and the stimulant.
6. Search for WWII heroes’ remains hinges on history buff’s research. One man’s obsession has persuaded the U.S. military to send a search team to a remote, tiny island where previous excavation missions for the remains of lost servicemen have proved frustrating and fruitless.
7. Hagel formalizes new policies on sexual assault; no massive revisions to military justice code. Pentagon officials on Thursday formally unveiled new sexual assault policies designed to bolster victim resources and blunt criticism that the military is ill-equipped to handle the sensitive crimes.
8. Expert: Chemicals found on Okinawa likely not Agent Orange. Chemical barrels recently unearthed on former U.S. military land on Okinawa most likely contained military maintenance shop and hospital waste, not Agent Orange as many feared, according to an American expert on the herbicide.
9.Biden, Shinseki to address American Legion veterans. Hyperlink to Article Washington Post: Vice President Biden and Secretary of Veteran Affairs Eric Shinseki will be among the speakers at the American Legion’s national convention that begins next week in Houston, according to Legion representatives.
10. President Obama warns sequestration could imperil VA benefits. Hyperlink to Article AL.com: Benefits for veterans were sheltered from sequestration in 2013 but President Barack Obama is warning that could change in 2014 unless Congress reaches a deal to end the across-the-board cuts.
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Better Late than Never: A Vietnam Veteran’s VA Story: Vietnam Veteran; Author of Same River, Different Water: A Veteran’s Journey from Vietnam to Việt Nam I’d heard the horror stories from other Vets and wondered if VA was just another government bureaucracy, but when the clerk (herself a Veteran) sat down with me, it was painless. Read More →