Monthly Archives: February 2012

MIA remains IDd, to be buried

MIA remains IDd, to be buried on anniversary of disappearance.  The remains of an airman who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and are being returned to his family for burial on the 45th anniversary of his loss.
At end of 5-nation trip, Hagel restates immutable US presence in Mideast.  Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel wrapped up his five-country trip to the Middle East on Tuesday in a meeting with troops at a critical U.S. air hub that once dared not speak its name.
Lawmakers expedite process to get Pentagon spending bill before year end.  Congressional military committee leaders on Monday unveiled an expedited process for a new, $632.8 billion defense bill for 2014, bowing to a calendar crunch and pressure from the Pentagon.
Putin vows to beef up Arctic military presence.  President Vladimir Putin has ordered Russia’s armed forces to expand their presence in the Arctic region as part of efforts to revive the nation’s military might.

Gov. Bentley creates commission to help veterans obtain services.  Hyperlink to Article    WAFF-TV: Governor Robert Bentley signed an executive order Tuesday, creating a commission to address delivery services for veterans.

NM orders halt to investment scheme involving vet benefits.  Hyperlink to Article  Albuquerque Journal:  The state Regulation and Licensing Department’s Securities Division said Tuesday it has ordered two investment companies involved in the illegal purchase of monthly pensions and disability payments from veterans and resale of them as investments to halt the scheme immediately.
PTSD rates similar among defense contractors and veterans, report says.  Hyperlink to Article Washington Post (Federal Eye Blog):  Federal contractors who worked in war zones reported PTSD and depression at rates similar to military personnel in a recent survey by the RAND Corporation. The report highlights a need for post-service assistance for the workforce yet notes 84 percent of respondents were former military personnel, meaning they may qualify for certain benefits from VA.
For Veterans, Bad Paper Is A Catch-22 For Treatment.  Hyperlink to Article NPR (Audio):  Reed Holway served in Iraq, where he developed PTSD. His symptoms worsened back in the U.S. He got in trouble and ultimately received a bad-conduct discharge. Now Holway is stuck: He can’t get medical care from the VA for the disorder that he says caused him to get kicked out of the Army in the first place.

House passes bill to preserve Hot Springs VA clinic in 2014.  Rapid City Journal  The U.S. House passed a bill Tuesday that would halt the potential closure of the … the region after the Department of Veteran Affairs announced two years ago that … makes an official decision, according to a news release from Noem’s office

With dozens missing, VA bills clear the House.  Hyperlink to Article    The Hill:  The House passed two bills on Tuesday to extend various authorities of the Department of Veterans Affairs, in votes that were held despite the absence of several dozen members.
House passes H.R. 3521.  Hyperlink to Article  Rapid City Journal: By a vote of 326-1, the The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday afternoon, to approve H.R. 3521, the joint resolution known as the Department of Veterans Affairs Major Medical Facility Lease Authorization Act.
For homeless veteran and former wife, a new home and a marriage renewed.  Hyperlink to Article Star Tribune:  An Anoka County homeless shelter provided a wedding with rings, cake and shower gifts and other support as a military veteran and his former wife remarried.
Homeless program for homeless veterans to start.  Hyperlink to Article  Pensacola News Journal:  The second year of Pensacola’s Home for the Holidays program, an initiative to provide emergency housing for homeless veterans and their families, is scheduled to start Dec. 18 and run through Jan. 16.
VA challenged on progress in cutting claims backlog.  Hyperlink to Article Military Times:  A team of veterans that spent five years reviewing the disability claims process accuses the Veterans Affairs Department of exaggerating its success in reducing the claims backlog.
Proposal allowing veterans to pay in-state tuition named after Congressman Bill Young.  Hyperlink to Article Miami Herald (Naked Politics Blog):  A proposal to allow veterans from anywhere to pay in-state tuition if they attend a Florida college or university has a new name on it: that of U.S. Rep. C.W. Bill Young.
 Efforts underway to prevent hepatitis C outbreaks.  Hyperlink to Article The Wall Street Journal (AP):  [David] Kwiatkowski’s contract wasn’t extended, but he went on to work in nine more hospitals in five states, stealing drugs and infecting patients with hepatitis C through tainted syringes along the way Now the push is for hospitals, state lawmakers and federal officials to fix the problems his prosecution revealed.

Group buries Americas unclaimed veterans, one soldier at a time.  Hyperlink to Article  Fox News:  The bodies of 10 South Carolina veterans who represented four branches of U.S. armed forces during the Korean and Vietnam wars will be buried Friday with the dignity they earned, thanks to a group called the Missing in America Project.

A wedding engagement, a bomb, and an Afghan vets quest to move on.  One week before his wedding, on a day when his fiancee picked out a gold-plated necklace, when his father borrowed silverware for hundreds of guests, when his mother waited for her son to return from the front lines, Sgt. Masiullah Hamdard stepped on the bomb that tore off his legs and left arm.
Re-enactments, parade mark Battle of the Bulge remembrance.  The Belgian town of Bastogne holds its annual commemoration of World War II’s Battle of the Bulge this weekend, with walks and other activities honoring the American soldiers who defended the town from German forces.