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May 2, 2012
1. Hours after phoning home, Minn. soldier killed in Afghanistan.
2. Remains of Army captain missing since Vietnam identified.
3. Declassified Bin Laden material sheds new light on al-Qaida.
4. Soldiers recount 60-second attack that left them reflecting on life and death.
5. Progress report cites Pakistan as top deterrent to success in Afghanistan.
6. FDA orders halt to sale of products containing DMAA.
7. Holding down the fort.
8. Veteran Court In Alabama.
9. Kalechman to Run for State Representative.
10. First Lady Applauds Veterans At Warrior Games.
11. Tiered VA Claims System May Speed Processing.
12. With Green Beret Tactics, Combating Gang Warfare.
13. Massachusetts Senate Plans To Unveil Bill To Aid Veterans.
14. Detroit VA Medical Center Expands Homeless Vets' Outreach Program At Piquette Square.
15. IG Finds Good Access To PTSD Care In Europe.
16. "Veteran Quest" A New Model In VA Clinics.
17. Combat Paper Project Helping Vets Make Sense Of War.
18. Vets Get Into More Road Accidents After Deploying, Data Show.
19. Shelby County Veterans Court Group In New York On Learning Trip.
20. VA Wastes Millions Treating Medicines As "Prosthetics."
21. VA To Launch IPhone EHR App This Summer.
22. Having Kids Doesn't Inspire Adults To Eat Healthier.
23. Disputed Civil War Items May Go To Ohio VA Clinic.
24. Times: VA Hospitals Improve Performance By Changing Rules.
25. Navy Vet, 101, Seeks Gold At VA Games.
26. Don't Just Talk About Troubled Vets, Do Something Responsible About Them.
27. VA Program Provides Relief For Veterans And Families.
28. French Consulate Honors Jacksonville Veterans.
29. Memorial Ride Draws Lots Of Support.
30. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as May 2, 2012:
31. Today in History:
1. Hours after phoning home, Minn. soldier killed in Afghanistan. Nick Dickhut called his little brother David on Sunday from Afghanistan to wish him a happy ninth birthday. Nick said he couldn't talk long. He was about to go out on a mission. A few hours later, his parents had to explain to David that he would never talk to his big brother again.
2. Remains of Army captain missing since Vietnam identified. The remains of a servicemember who went missing during the Vietnam War have been identified and returned to his family for burial, according to a release by the Department of Defense POW/Missing Personnel Office.
3. Declassified Bin Laden material sheds new light on al-Qaida. Osama bin Ladens personal notes and letters, which were seized a year ago in the U.S. raid on his compound in Pakistan, show a leader removed from day-to-day operations of the terrorist organization he founded and increasingly frustrated with the new generation of managers who were rising in the ranks.
4. Soldiers recount 60-second attack that left them reflecting on life and death. Staff Sgt. Damian Remijio and Spc. Zachary Fitch lay on the ground as a grenade bounced down a pile of rocks toward them. Metal struck stone with awful clarity.
5. Progress report cites Pakistan as top deterrent to success in Afghanistan. While the number of insurgent attacks across Afghanistan again fell, Taliban and al-Qaida fighters operating from safe havens in Pakistan are the No. 1 roadblock to a successful conclusion of the war over the next few years, the Pentagon said Tuesday in the latest biannual report on progress in Afghanistan.
6. FDA orders halt to sale of products containing DMAA. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has ordered fitness supplement companies to immediately stop selling popular bodybuilding and weight-loss products containing DMAA, because of the substances potentially fatal side effects.
7. Holding down the fort. Chicago Reporter It's one thing for the [US Department of Veteran Affairs] to identify a problem, and it's another thing for the [department] to be able to properly address that problem once it has been identified. What I'm talking about is someone who may come back ...
8. Veteran Court In Alabama. CBS42 For three years, West Alabama has offered Veteran Court with the assistance of the VA Medical Center and the Tuscaloosa municipal court. When a veteran is incarcerated, Tuscaloosa's program will track
9. Kalechman to Run for State Representative. Patch.com Kalechman has served as a Trustee for the State Department of Veterans Affairs under former Governors Lowell Weicker, John Rowland, and Jodi Rell. Kalechman has also served five terms as a Commander for the Disabled American Veterans Chapter 12.
10. First Lady Applauds Veterans At Warrior Games. AP On Monday, First Lady Michelle Obama "applauded more than 200 US servicemen for their courage as she helped open the 2012 Warrior Games, a six-day sports competition for wounded soldiers and veterans in Colorado Springs." The US Olympic Committee is "hosting the third annual games, featuring active-duty soldiers and veterans in competitions ranging from swimming to shooting to track and field." Mrs. Obama, "recently marked the anniversary" of Joining Forces, a campaign that she and Jill Biden, Vice President Joe Biden's wife, began to "help veterans and their families, especially with getting jobs."
11. Tiered VA Claims System May Speed Processing. Army Times "In the face of more than 900,000 pending disability benefits claims, the Veterans Affairs Department is taking what could be a leap forward in claims processing." This fall, a new VA plan "being deployed...to 16 regional offices will create a system for separating claims into three processing paths based on their complexity, so the most complex claims are reserved for handling by the most experienced employees." VA Undersecretary for Benefits Allison Hickey, who notes that the system will also use technology to help speed up the claims process, "said VA believes it has the right answer" to start bringing its claims backlog down.
12. With Green Beret Tactics, Combating Gang Warfare. New York Times "Increasingly, law enforcement officials are concluding that conventional policing techniques are ineffective in achieving lasting change in failing urban neighborhoods where gangs find safe haven, and new approaches are being tried out in a number of cities," including Springfield, Massachusetts, where state troopers Michael Cutone and Thomas Sarrouf are applying counterinsurgency lessons learned when they were Green Berets deployed in Iraq. The Times says that at weekly meetings led by Cutone and Deputy Chief John Barbieri of the Springfield Police Department, members of the community formulate ideas to improve neighborhoods and help police cut down on crime.
13. Massachusetts Senate Plans To Unveil Bill To Aid Veterans. Milford (MA) Daily News "Veterans and their families would have greater access to education, small business opportunities and housing options under legislation to be unveiled" by the Massachusetts Senate on Tuesday. The Daily News adds, "Dubbed the 'VALOR Act,' the bill would give increased opportunities to military families, according to a spokesman for Senate President Therese Murray, who confirmed the Senate's work on the bill and said more details would be disclosed at a press conference."
14. Detroit VA Medical Center Expands Homeless Vets' Outreach Program At Piquette Square. Crain's Detroit Business "The John D. Dingell Veterans Administration Medical Center in Detroit has opened a resource and referral center at Piquette Square that will offer veterans case management, substance-abuse treatment, community referrals, housing placement, triage, transportation, showers, laundry facilities, a computer lab, clothing and ready-to-eat meals. The Veterans Community Resource & Referral Center will be open for 12 hours every day at the 150-apartment housing facility, at 301 Piquette St." The "veterans' center is part of an effort announced in 2009 by President Barack Obama and the secretary of the US Department of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, to reduce homeless veterans by 2014."
15. IG Finds Good Access To PTSD Care In Europe. Army Times "An Army inspector general has ended a two-month investigation into mental health services in Europe and has concluded that soldiers needing treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder have the same access to programs regardless of whether they are returning to duty or leaving the service. The Europe Regional Medical Command's Inspector General issued a statement April 24 saying an investigation into alleged disparities in treatment opportunities at 17 command facilities showed no differences between regimens offered to soldiers separating from the Army or staying in." The "review at the European medical facilities came after an Army investigation into the diagnoses and review of PTSD cases at Madigan Army Medical Center, Wash."
16. "Veteran Quest" A New Model In VA Clinics. NPR Veterans Affairs recently "announced...it will add over 1,500 mental health workers to its system to reduce the amount of time it takes a veteran to get an appointment." In Milwaukee, some veterans "who say they still are not seen at their local VA when they want...are turning" to "Veteran Quest", a local mental health clinic -- "funded entirely by donations from individuals " -- that allows vets to relax in its lounge, whether they have appointments or not. Dr. Michael McBride, who heads the post-traumatic stress disorder treatment program at the Milwaukee VA, says he has "trouble believing" vets are not seen within 14 days of seeking counseling at his facility. He "acknowledges Veteran Quest is filling a need, but is concerned the involvement of multiple providers could complicate the road map to recovery."
17. Combat Paper Project Helping Vets Make Sense Of War. PBS NewsHour Iin 2007, Iraq veteran Drew Cameron, "trying to make sense of his experience, cut up his battle dress uniform and, together with a friend, made paper from the fibers. The Combat Paper Project was born. Five years later," the "project has launched a permanent workshop for veterans" in New Jersey. PBS NewsHour "According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, 18 veterans commit suicide every day -- about one every 80 minutes." Combat Paper, though, "has helped many veterans make sense of their experiences in a constructive, safe and artistic environment." A project similar to the one in New Jersey is "underway on the West Coast."
18. Vets Get Into More Road Accidents After Deploying, Data Show. Army Times "Warriors returning from deployment had 13 percent more at-fault accidents when compared with their driving records before deployment, according" to an analysis that the United Services Automobile Association (USAA) performed on its claims data. The "insurer's findings seem to bolster ongoing research into the effects of deployments on the driving behaviors of troops long after they return. USAA has provided its results to the services' safety centers."
19. Shelby County Veterans Court Group In New York On Learning Trip. Birmingham (AL) News A "group working to put together a special court for veterans" in Shelby County, Alabama, "is in Buffalo this week to learn about a concept that leaders hope to take statewide." Referring to the court in Alabama, the news said that with "assistance from the US Department of Veterans Affairs and other service providers, the court would supervise military veterans facing criminal charges."
20. VA Wastes Millions Treating Medicines As "Prosthetics." Military Told by sources that the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) "wastes millions of dollars each year abusing the law that governs the way it buys biological medicines" -- which are "made from human bone, tissue and fluids of donated cadavers" -- for wounded veterans. The article added, "By defining such medicines as 'prosthetics,' sources say, VHA takes advantage of a decades-old law exempting procurement of artificial limbs and devices from all other laws," including that Veterans Affairs, which runs the VHA, must "give priority to small businesses owned by service-disabled veterans." However, a spokesman for the VHA "said biologics meet 'the very core definition of 'prosthetic appliance,' since they are used to replace a damaged or missing anatomical part." A staffer with the House Veterans Affairs Committee says it is scheduled to discuss what VA does when buying biological medicines at a hearing in mid-May.
21. VA To Launch IPhone EHR App This Summer. MobiHealthNews "The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) aims to rollout an electronic health record (EHR) app for the iPhone that clinicians will begin using at the veterans' medical center in Washington DC this summer, according to a report in Government Health IT." The "mobile app, which Government Health IT referred to as the 'clinic in hand' app, is currently being tested by physicians at the DC facility while on their rounds." Roger Baker, VA's CIO, touted the app "in a teleconference with reporters last week."
22. Having Kids Doesn't Inspire Adults To Eat Healthier. HealthDay "Starting a family does not lead young adults to eat healthier in order to set a good example for their children...says" a new study that "appears online April 30 in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics." The study's lead investigator was "Dr. Helena Laroche, of the University of Iowa and the Iowa City VA Medical Center." Laroche "noted that the data was collected about 20 years ago and changes since then could mean the findings would be different in current families."
23. Disputed Civil War Items May Go To Ohio VA Clinic. AP "Ohio cousins feuding over ownership of Civil War artifacts plan to ask whether the items could be displayed at a Veterans Affairs clinic being built near Toledo." That is according to the lawyer for Albert Ward, who is fighting with Linda Schwartz "over who has more of a right to a key from a Confederate prison and two Congressional Medals of Honor" from their mutual ancestor, Sgt. Wilson W. Brown. The lawyer "says family members believe" the clinic "would be a good home for the items and allow many veterans to see them."
24. Times: VA Hospitals Improve Performance By Changing Rules. Tampa Bay Business Journal "An investigation by the Tampa Bay Times indicates that the region's two veterans hospitals are quietly changing their procedures to make their wait times look less daunting." The Business Journal added, "The James A. Haley VA Medical Center in Tampa increased the amount of time a patient has to go with no appointment before they are put on a wait list from 30 to 120 days, according to the Times," which also said the Bay Pines VA changed its wait list time measure in 2010. According to the Business Journal, the US VA "denies the paper's accusations."
25. Navy Vet, 101, Seeks Gold At VA Games. Army Times 101-year-old Navy veteran Jack Faust has "won nine gold medals and two silvers the past five times he's competed at the National Veterans Golden Age Games." Faust hopes to add a "few more" gold medals later this month, during "this year's games in St. Louis." Veterans Affairs puts on the event each year to "promote active lifestyles for older veterans."
26. Don't Just Talk About Troubled Vets, Do Something Responsible About Them. Foreign Policy
27. VA Program Provides Relief For Veterans And Families. Harrisburg (PA) Patriot-News
28. French Consulate Honors Jacksonville Veterans. AP
29. Memorial Ride Draws Lots Of Support. Mt. Vernon (IL) Register-News "More than 200 vehicles made up the seventh Lance Cpl. J. Kyle Price Memorial Ride on Saturday." The "ride raised money for the Lance Cpl. J. Kyle Price Memorial Foundation, which donates money to causes Price cared about." The Homeless Veterans Fund at the Marion VA Medical Center will receive $250 of the money.
30. VA / VSO-MSO Hearings as May 2, 2012:
May 8, 2012. HVAC, full committee, will conduct a hearing on "VA Mental Health Care Staffing: Ensuring Quality and Quantity." 10:30 A.M.; 334 Cannon
May 9, 2012. The Senate Homeland Security and Government Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight of Government Management, the Federal Workforce, and the District of Columbia will hold a hearing entitled: Building and Maintaining an Effective Human Resources Workforce in the Federal Workforce. 2:30 P.M.; 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building
May 16, 2012. HVAC Health Subcommittee has announced a subcommittee hearing to conduct an oversight hearing on the delivery of care to Veterans with amputations, to include both the clinical side and the procurement aspect of the issue.
10:00 A.M.; 334 Cannon House Office Building
31. Today in History:
1559 John Knox returns from exile to Scotland to become the leader of the beginning Scottish Reformation.
1568 Mary, Queen of Scots, escapes from Loch Leven Castle.
1611 King James Bible is published for the first time in London, England, by printer Robert Barker.
1670 King Charles II of England grants a permanent charter to the Hudson's Bay Company to open up the fur trade in North America.
1757 End of Konbaung-Hanthawaddy War, and end of Burmese Civil War (17401757)
1808 Outbreak of the Peninsular War: The people of Madrid rise up in rebellion against French occupation. Francisco de Goya later memorializes this event in his painting The Second of May 1808.
1863 American Civil War: Stonewall Jackson is wounded by friendly fire while returning to camp after reconnoitering during the Battle of Chancellorsville. He succumbs to pneumonia eight days later.
1866 Peruvian defenders fight off Spanish fleet at the Battle of Callao.
1876 The April Uprising breaks out in Bulgaria.
1885 Good Housekeeping magazine goes on sale for the first time.
1885 Cree and Assiniboine warriors win the Battle of Cut Knife, their largest victory over Canadian forces during the North-West Rebellion.
1918 General Motors acquires the Chevrolet Motor Company of Delaware.
1920 The first game of the Negro National League baseball is played in Indianapolis, Indiana.
1932 Comedian Jack Benny's radio show airs for the first time.
1933 Gleichschaltung: Adolf Hitler bans trade unions.
1941 Following the coup d'ιtat against Iraq Crown Prince 'Abd al-Ilah earlier that year, the United Kingdom launches the Anglo-Iraqi War to restore him to power.
1945 World War II: Fall of Berlin: The Soviet Union announces the capture of Berlin and Soviet soldiers hoist their red flag over the Reichstag building.
1945 World War II: Italian Campaign General Heinrich von Vietinghoff signs the official instrument of surrender of all Wehrmacht forces in Italy.
1945 World War II: The US 82nd Airborne Division liberates Wφbbelin concentration camp finding 1000 dead inmates, most starved to death.
1946 The "Battle of Alcatraz" takes place, killing two guards and three inmates.
1964 Vietnam War: An explosion sinks the USS Card while docked at Saigon. Viet Cong forces are suspected of placing a bomb on the ship.
1969 The British ocean liner Queen Elizabeth 2 departs on her maiden voyage to New York City.
1982 Falklands War: The British nuclear submarine HMS Conqueror sinks the Argentine cruiser ARA General Belgrano.
1989 Hungary begins dismantling its border fence with Austria, which allows a number of East Germans to defect.
1995 During the Croatian War of Independence, Serb forces fire cluster bombs at Zagreb, killing 7 and wounding over 175 civilians.
1998 The European Central Bank is founded in Brussels in order to define and execute the European Union's monetary policy.
1999 Panamanian election, 1999: Mireya Moscoso becomes the first woman to be elected President of Panama.
2000 President Bill Clinton announces that accurate GPS access would no longer be restricted to the United States military.
2004 Yelwa massacre of more than 630 nomad Muslims by Christians in Nigeria.
2008 Cyclone Nargis makes landfall in Burma killing over 138,000 people and leaving millions of people homeless.
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