Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – August 27, 2013


Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources


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1.   Latest Medal of Honor recipient to focus on PTSDPresident Barack Obama lauded Army Staff Sgt. Ty Carter as the finest example of the courage and sacrifice of the generation of troops who deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan over the last decade.

2.   Staff Sgt. Ty Carter sees loss, pain, triumph.  Mark Carter believes his sons’ lives converged that day when the hills at Combat Outpost Keating exploded. Ty’s bravery and determination were driven, he said, by a desire to never again lose a brother
3.   PTSD in the spotlight at White House Medal of Honor ceremony. Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post:  The struggles faced by many veterans and servicemembers in coping with post-traumatic stress took center stage at the White House on Monday as President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor to Army Staff Sgt. Ty M. Carter.
4.   WWII-era female Marine was a pioneer.  Laurel Kidd is among a group of pioneering women who ushered in a new era for the Marine Corps during World War II.
5.   Kerry: Chemical arms use in Syria an ‘obscenity’ . Secretary of State John Kerry on Monday outlined the clearest justification yet for U.S. military action in Syria, saying there was “undeniable” evidence of a large-scale chemical weapons attack, with intelligence strongly signaling that Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible.
6.   After scathing audit, Grand Rapids veterans home.  The Grand Rapids Press –   Now that Behavioral Care Solutions is on contract with the home, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has accorded to home full certification, officials said
7.   Federal Funds Helping to House Homeless Alaska Veterans.  Veterans fighting to stave off homelessness are receiving some support this month, as a federal program distributes aid to them through state agencies. You can …
8.   Vets displaced after mold discovered at VA Center.  Hyperlink to Article The Journal:  In a press release, VA officials said the mold abatement process in the facility’s domiciliary is expected to take about 60 days… The decision was made to remove patients because “the safety of our veterans, visitors and staff is paramount in all that we do,” chief of staff Dr. Jonathan Fierer said in the release.
9.   W.Va. county gets funds to help homeless veterans.  Hyperlink to Above Article The Telegraph (AP):   Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin and Rep. Nick Rahall say Raleigh County has received more than $105,000 in federal funding to provide rental assistance for homeless veterans.
10.   Billions wasted on fruitless bid to create paperless vet health recordsHyperlink to Article (News 21):  The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Department of Defense spent at least $1.3 billion during the last four years trying unsuccessfully to develop a single electronic health-records system between the two departments — leaving veterans’ disability claims piling up in paper files, a News21 investigation shows.

Have You Heard?

The Department of Defense’s Office of Warrior Care Policy (WCP) has just released the summer edition of their quarterly newsletter, The Continuum, available for download here. It is designed to be a reference and a resource for all those who support our recovering Service members who are progressing through the continuum of care, from recovery and rehabilitation to return to duty or reintegration into a civilian lifestyle.
Each edition of The Continuum is focused on providing advice and resources for addressing the physical, mental and emotional challenges our recovering Service Members and their families might face as they rebuild their lives together.
This quarter’s edition includes information about WCP programs and successes, such as the Military Adaptive Sports Program (MASP) and Operation Warfighter (OWF) as well as practical tips and training for anyone in the wounded warrior community, such as best practices for non-medical care coordinators and how to avoid compassion fatigue as a caregiver.


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