Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 05, 2013


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1.VA: Billions needed to expand caregiver benefit.  U.S. News & World Report  The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it supports expanding a caregivers benefit for grievously wounded veterans but only …
2.GAO report: Unqualified VA assistants on rise.  Pensacola News Journal That’s the warning being issued this week by U.S. Sen Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and … who are accredited by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to help former … Statistics furnished by the VA and examined by the Pensacola News Journal …

3.   One man’s efforts untangle WWII prisoners’ Catch-22.  The last Illinois survivor of a mostly forgotten World War II prisoner-of-war saga lives in a white farmhouse. Retired from grain farming since 1988, Alva Moss, 89, walks a narrow road, mows his lawn and plays tennis for exercise. And, he waits for recognition as a POW in Switzerland, one of about 160 airmen held there during WWII.

4.   Top enlisted JBLM soldier gets new assignment in South Korea.  “Yes, John Wayne Troxell. His parents just got the name perfect,” said I Corps Commander Lt. Gen. Robert Brown, likening Troxell to the cowboy characters played by the late actor.

5.   KBR seeks battlefield immunity in soldiers’ exposure suit.  KBR Inc. invoked federal laws shielding contractors during wartime in an effort to avoid a Texas trial over injuries claimed by troops who were exposed to toxic chemicals while guarding a work site in Iraq.
6.   Syria and the myth that Americans are ‘war weary’Hyperlink to Article  The Washington Post:  Perhaps the most misleading phrase in the debate over Syria is “war weary.” Americans, say commentators and politicians across the political spectrum, are exhausted by a decade of fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, with sideshows in Libya and Yemen. Now Syria? Where does it stop? Americans must be weary.
7.   VA Mental Health Should Prioritize Helping Veterans Over Hiring WorkersHyperlink to Article The Huffington Post:  After more than a decade of asymmetric war full of repeated deployments and near-constant exposure to the enemy, today’s veterans are falling victim to the invisible wounds of combat all too often.
8.   Veterans’ Caregivers Cut Out From Federal BenefitHyperlink to Article The Huffington Post:  John Thomas Doody was in a coma and on a ventilator, but his mom refused to follow a doctor’s advice and put the Iraq war veteran in a nursing home.
9.   VA: Billions needed to expand caregiver benefitHyperlink to Article Yahoo Finance (AP): The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday it supports expanding a caregivers benefit for grievously wounded veterans but only if Congress comes up with the billions needed to pay for the expansion.
10.   Justice Department to require VA to provide benefits to same-sex couplesHyperlink to Article Fox News:  The Justice Department announced Wednesday it is requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide benefits to same-sex spouses of military veterans.

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VA Boosts Mental Health Services for VeteransI was trained to be physically and mentally tough in the military. Having the stamina to kick in 100 doors a day in Fallujah, Iraq, was just as important as having the mental fortitude to keep fighting, even after the …  Read More →


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