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1. President Issues Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day Proclamation. President Barack Obama issued a proclamation declaring Dec. 7, 2013, as National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Here is the text of the president’s proclamation: More than seven decades ago, on a calm Sunday morning, our Nation was attacked without warning or provocation. The bombs that fell on the island of Oahu took almost 2,400 American lives, damaged our Pacific Fleet, challenged our resilience, and tested our resolve. On National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, we …
2. Oldest US vets to mark attack on Pearl Harbor. On Saturday, the two oldest veterans in America — a pair of 107-year-olds who fought in the Pacific theater 70 years ago — will meet up to mark the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and to trade stories.
3. Nonprofit appeals for wreath donations for Arlington National Cemetery. A Maine nonprofit that supplies hundreds of thousands of wreaths for cemetery headstones during the holiday season is looking for donations to boost the number of wreaths to be laid this year at Arlington National Cemetery.
4. First three female soldiers join Fort Hood artillery unit. Melissa Czarnogursky wanted to serve her country, and she didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day. So when she heard that the Army had opened six previously male-only military occupational specialties to women, she asked for a list of the jobs.
5. Ohio scam case hikes fraud worries. The man known as Bobby Thompson is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 15 in Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court after he was found guilty of collecting more than $100 million – including nearly $2 million in Ohio from an office in Cincinnati — for his sham charity called the U.S. Navy Veterans Association.
6. Biden offers reassurances of US commitment to Asia. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden offered reassurances Friday of America’s commitment to South Korea and the rest of Asia, saying “no one should underestimate or question our staying power.”
7. VA warns of marketing scam. Hyperlink to Article The Daily News: The Department of Veterans Affairs recently posted an alert on its Facebook page warning of a marketing scam targeting veterans. A marketing company has purchased telephone numbers that differ by one digit from the VA’s national call center and the GI Bill call center.
8. VA must tighten physician peer reviews, GAO says. Hyperlink to Article Military Times:The Veterans Affairs Department fails to follow its own policies on monitoring sub-par doctors whose treatment — or lack thereof — may harm patients, a new government review finds.
9. Particulate Matter Found Again at Dorn VA’s O.R.. Hyperlink to Article WLTX-TV: Veteran’s Affairs officials say they’ve found particulate matter again in the Dorn VA Hospital’s operating room.Veterans affairs officials said Friday a staff member discovered the matter Thursday.
10. Better diagnoses yield improved treatment for vets with anxiety. Hyperlink to Article MedicalXpress.com: Veterans who suffer from anxiety may not get appropriate treatment for want of a specific diagnosis, finds a new study in General Hospital Psychiatry. Lead researcher Terri L. Barrera, Ph.D., and her colleagues at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, TX looked at data from Veterans Health Administration outpatient records for patients with anxiety. 38 percent of the sample was diagnosed with anxiety non-specified (NOS).