Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 06, 2013


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1.   Working Wounded Games raise the bar for everyoneDemand more of yourself. It’s written on the walls in CrossFit Rubicon’s gym, and on Saturday the athletes were pleased to meet that requirement. Men and women pushed their bodies to the limit, sweating while lifting weights and jumping over barriers

2.   Canine helpers graduate to a new life with Wounded WarriorsIt was a typical graduation ceremony, but instead of caps and gowns, these five grads wore collars. The Maryland-based nonprofit Warrior Canine Connection was recognizing the first five canine-human teams to complete a program in which service dogs are trained for a new life helping wounded servicemembers.

3.   Pentagon leaning toward cutting troops, beefing up techThe military must prepare for major upheaval, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Tuesday, because meeting the budgetary and security challenges of the future will “require significant change across every aspect of our defense enterprise.”

4.   Military pay and benefits panel begins hearingsEfforts to reform troops’ pay and retirement could mean sweeping changes to every aspect of military life: fewer housing moves, early retirement options, bigger paychecks and smaller health plans.

5.   Food stamp cuts hit about 5,000 troopsAbout 5,000 troops are among those affected by cuts to the federal food stamp program, according to the Pentagon.
6.   Senators plan push to get sex assault out of chain of commandA group of senators are pushing for a proposal that would remove sexual assault cases from the military’s chain of command and assign them to independent military judges.

7.DAV Demands Advance Funding for the Department of Veterans … At a recent Capitol Hill news conference, DAV (Disabled American Veterans) and … Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) urged …
8.   VA Meets President’s Mental Health Executive Order Hiring GoalHyperlink to Article VT:  The Department of Veterans Affairs has hired 815 Peer Specialists and Peer Apprentices, exceeding the hiring goal set in President Obama’s Aug. 31, 2012 Executive Order aimed at improving access to mental health services for Veterans, service members and military families.

9.   Veterans With Mental Illnesses Wait Longer Than Expected For Mental Health Care. Hyperlink to Article  U.S. veterans are in dire need of mental health treatment, especially in light of the reported 22 veteran suicides per day. However, according to data from the Department of Veterans Affairs, former soldiers with mental illnesses continue to wait too long for mental health evaluations and counseling.
10. Canandaigua VA national crisis line subject of HBO documentary.  Hyperlink to Article A HBO documentary, “Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1,” spotlighting the traumas endured by America’s veterans, debuts Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The documentary was filmed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center, the headquarters of national VA Veterans Crisis Line.

Have You Heard?

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