Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – November 12, 2013

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vt-top-1011Veterans! Here’s your Top 10 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources

 

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President, nation honor military veterans for ‘highest service’.  NBCNews.com (blog)  “The longest war in American history will end,” he said. … Here’s a map from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs of other …

Obama pledges aid to returning troops on Veterans DayHyperlink to Article The Washington Times:  Mr. Obama said in spite of “difficult fiscal choices,” his administration will keep providing “unprecedented” support for veterans, including attacking the notorious backlog of claims at the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Obama, area officials mark Veterans DayHyperlink to Article The Washington Post:  Bells tolled, guns boomed in salute and the notes of taps echoed in honor of those who President Obama said have “fought for our freedom and stood sentry for our security.” …To the sounds of a 21-gun artillery salute, the president was joined in the ceremony by Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine and Coast Guard honor guards, as well as Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki and other dignitaries.

Obama to Visit Arlington CemeteryHyperlink to Article Washington Wire – Wall Street Journal Blogs: Veterans Day:  For Veterans Day, President Barack Obama is scheduled to host a breakfast honoring veterans and their families and will participate in the wreath-laying ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery… Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki will host the event….  [See the link below for] some tweets related to Veterans Day.
Eric Shinseki: What veterans deserve.  Augusta Free Press   At the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), we are honored to walk amongst, as well as work with, … Eric K. Shinseki is the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs.

After More Than A Decade Of War, Veterans Find New Opportunities At HomeHyperlink to Article The Huffington Post:  Mallon is part of a service platoon formed here by the St. Louis-based nonprofit The Mission Continues as a way to connect veterans with volunteers on local service projects… Recruiting veterans into platoons also attempts to solve another problem, one that has bedeviled the VA: locating veterans, who may not want to be found by the government, in order to give them benefits.

Veterans At Risk for Financial AbuseHyperlink to Article The Wall Street Journal: Veterans who use financial planners and others for help in accessing their military benefits still remain at risk for abuse… [Office of General Counsel] relies on limited self-reporting to determine whether they have a criminal record, the report found. In addition, the initial training requirements are minimal, and the department doesn’t consistently monitor whether these representatives meet continuing education requirements.

U.S. News Releases Best Colleges for Veterans Rankings.  U.S. News & World Report  At least 773,000 veterans and their loved ones have taken advantage of the bill, … their family members, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
All Michigan universities charge vets in-state rates.  The Detroit News  Under an updated GI Bill, she said, many veterans already qualify to have most or all of their tuition covered by the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department. “The only …
States fight for in-state tuition for student veteransHyperlink to Article USA Today:  Since the Post-9/11 G.I. Bill went into effect in 2009, more than 1.5 million veterans have taken advantage of the legislation to help cover the costs of a college education. But it’s not always a quick and easy road to an affordable degree.

Have You Heard?

Yesterday, the nation paused to honor you—the men and women who have fought in war and stood watch during peacetime. VA joins all of America in remembering those who served and saluting those who continue to serve at home and abroad. And every day, VA wants to be sure our Veterans are receiving the benefits they have earned.
VA’s 331,000 employees honor our Veterans every day. Our abiding duty is to commemorate our Veterans with not just words, but deeds: today, tomorrow, and thereafter.
We do this by keeping the promise President Abraham Lincoln made, to care for those “who shall have borne the battle” and for those they leave behind
We do this by advocating for you, other Veterans, and those who care about you, depend on you, and in many ways serve with you.
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