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1. From the archives: Pearl Harbor coverage through the years. Through the years, the historical events, the stories of the servicemembers who lived and died, memorial ceremonies — even the fates of the Japanese naval pilots who flew in the attack on Pearl Harbor — were chronicled in the pages of the Stars and Stripes.
2. Remembering Pearl Harbor. Ceremonies were held across the United States Saturday to honor the men and women who died on a date that will live on infamy. In Washington, D.C., a Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day was held at the U.S. Navy Memorial.
3. Hagel assures troops in Afghanistan they are not forgotten. Hagel says his current stop in Afghanistanis primarily about making sure that U.S. servicemembers know that the country hasn’t forgotten about their sacrifices as the 12-year-old war winds down.
4. Crises in Asia let Biden show US resolve. As Vice President Joe Biden left for Asia on a mission to reinforce America’s determination to be a major Pacific player, a regional crisis over disputed airspace threatened to drown out his message. In the end, it was quite the opposite.
5. New Air Force bomber costs seen reaching $81 billion — 47 percent more than planned. The Air Force’s new long-range bomber may cost as much as $81 billion for the 100 planes planned, 47 percent more than the $55 billion sticker price the service has listed.
6. Changes slated for Army’s tuition assistance program. Changes to the military’s tuition assistance program are expected to limit the number of college courses that active-duty students can take during the year.
7. Military families keeping up with DoD proposal to shutter commissaries. Military families will to have find an alternative for discounted grocery shopping if the Pentagon decides to close all stateside commissaries to trim the defense budget.
8. Columbia VA halts surgeries again because of dust. Hyperlink to Article San Francisco Chronicle (AP): The operating rooms at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Columbia have closed again after dust was found in the operating room.
9. Epidemic Rates of Suicide Among Veterans & Active Duty Military – Obama Vows to Cure Aids for Sasha and Malia. Hyperlink to Article FreedomOutpost.com: Using government data, veteran suicides have increased 31% since 1999 and show no signs of slowing. Many experts claim that the current under reported veteran suicide rate (over 8000 per year) will steadily climb if the Department of Veterans Affairs does not reduce its case backlog, expedite disability ratings and pursue long overdue overhaul of an inefficient and unresponsive VA.
10. Lopatcong Township veteran’s family calls for better PTSD treatment after his death. Hyperlink to Article The Express-Times: Nick Arace valued the PTSD program at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Somerset County, but he could never stay for long because of his related substance abuse issues, Laura Arace said. He was so desperate to shut down his head that he drank rubbing alcohol and sanitizing soaps, she said.
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