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1. Cherokee Nation awards patriotism medal to three veterans. The Cherokee Nation honored three military veterans with the Cherokee Medal of Patriotism at a Tribal Council meeting this week.
2. Military women sweep top finishing spots at Marine Marathon. Military women swept the top three spots in the female division of the 2013 Marine Corps Marathon on Sunday, while the male winner of the race ran to spotlight two major issues facing the military today.
3. Army Ranger named USO Soldier of the Year. Sgt. Craig Warfle already had the respect of his peers in the Army’s Ranger Regiment and the gratitude of military leaders at the highest levels for the bravery he showed three years ago when he held back enemy fighters in Afghanistan to protect a fatally wounded soldier.
4. Rebel clashes highlight complexities of Syria’s civil war. A homegrown secular militia is waging a fierce battle against militants linked to al-Qaida — and winning. This sounds like the dream of Western governments, but in Syria, nothing is that simple.
5. Syria meets deadline for chemical weapons plan. The Syrian government has submitted a formal declaration of the chemical weapons in its possession and a plan for their removal, a crucial first step in an international agreement to destroy or remove its stockpiles and weapons.
6. Dumping of military equipment at Tacoma landfill spurs inquiry. Army police have opened an investigation into a pile of military equipment that was dropped off at the Tacoma landfill last week, a spokesman for Joint Base Lewis-McChord said Friday.
7. Another month of fixes for health care website. It should be working well by the end of November. That’s the Obama administration’s rough timetable for completing a long list of fixes to HealthCare.gov, the new, trouble-plagued website for uninsured Americans to get coverage.
8.VA Appropriations Bill Moves Forward. Alton Daily News U.S. Sen. Mark S. Kirk (R-Ill.) says help is on the way for veterans waiting for the U.S. … “The good news is buried in the VA appropriations bill, of which I’m the lead … Appropriation Subcommittee on Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, …
9.AMVETS wants changes to VA funding, cites shutdown. Hyperlink to Article WITF-TV: [Stewart ]Hickey, a retired Marine Corps Major and Fulton County, Pennsylvania native, says AMVETS is urging Congress to pass the “Putting Veterans Funding First Act,” which would fund the Department of Veterans Affairs one year in advance.
10FDA pushes to tighten prescriptions for common painkiller. Hyperlink to Article Military Times: The Food and Drug Administration is proposing tighter regulations for a commonly prescribed painkiller, a move that would make getting prescriptions for Vicodin, Lortab and other hydrocodone products much more difficult… A 2012 study of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans found that VA doctors prescribed more opiates to patients with PTSD, depression and substance abuse disorders than to veterans with no mental health conditions.
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