USM Veterans Center starts Textbooks for Troops program

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Areas in and near Iraq's largest towns and cities, including Najaf, Basra and ­Falluja, account for around 25% of the contaminated sites, which appear to coincide with communities that have seen increased rates of cancer and birth defects over the past five years. The joint study by the environment, health and science ministries found that scrap metal yards in and around Baghdad and Basra contain high levels of ionising radiation, which is thought to be a legacy of depleted uranium used in munitions during the first Gulf war and since the 2003 invasion.

By Ellen Ciurczak
University of Southern Mississippi senior Ashley Thames, a member of the Air Force Reserve and a nursing student, said a new program called Textbooks for Troops will help her save money on the nursing textbooks she needs to complete her education.
“It will be very helpful,” she said. “We spend a lot of money on tuition. This will be a burden lifter.”
The program is underway as part of the university’s continuing mission to make higher education affordable for military veterans. Administered through the Southern Miss Center for Military Veterans, Service Members and Families, it makes a variety of textbooks available on a no-cost, loan basis to student-veterans and other center personnel.
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