Carpenter Awarded MOH, $54B for Vet Doc appointments

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Military and Veterans Headline News. I’m Rick Rogers * Former Marine William Carpenter received the Medal of Honor from President Obama Thursday for his actions in Afghanistan. Carpenter was gravely wounded while protecting a fellow Marine from a grenade blast…

Military&Veterans Headline News: Partnership with Iran? Khatallah Standing Trial in U.S.

MVHN618http://defensetracker.com/archives/mvhn61814.wav rogers-now-2donate60-second audio clip of top military and veterans stories  * There’s one less terrorist at large today. American forces grabbed Ahmed Abu Khatallah Sunday in Libya. The U.S. announced the capture of Khatallah who is believed to have masterminded the 2012 U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi that killed ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans. A Pentagon spokesman outlined what would happen next. (Kirby Clip) * Iran — long a bitter rival of the United States — is now increasingly viewed as an option by both political sides to help U.S. interests in Iraq. Secretary of State John Kerry and South Carolina Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham appear open to the idea. (clips from Kerry and Graham) * The Army has appointed Maj. Gen. Kenneth Dahl to probe the circumstances of Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal capture by the Taliban in 2009. Dahl will look into whether Bergdhal deserted his post.  Listen here

Military & Veterans Headline News 17 June 2014

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rogers-now-2 Military & Veterans Headline News More U.S. troops are in the Middle East in the wake of surging gains by Sunni rebels in Iraq. Joining the aircraft carrier USS Bush in the Persian Gulf is a troop ship carrying 550 Marines. Former Def. Sec. William Cohn predicted Iraq would collapse if the sectarian violence continues. * A new study on Traumatic Brain Injury shows that a high percentage of troops suffer from moderate to severe brain impairment more then a year after their exposure to blasts whether they are were initially diagnosed with a concussion or not. * The Senate has proposed a bill that would double health spending on veterans in three years. The move came after it was revealed that veteran wait times VA medical facilities across the country were manipulated. More than 8 million of the nation’s 21 million veterans are now enrolled in VA health care although only about 6.5 million seek VA treatment every year. Military & Veterans Headline News

Middle East Reshaping

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Link to podcast Defensetracker.com podcast that runs down a few of the stories in the news, namely the crisis in the Middle East and the latest in the Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal case. rogers-now-2

Congressional Hearing into Sgt. Bergdhal Prisoner Swap

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BergdhalhearingThe House Armed Services Committee held Congressional hearings Wednesday into the swap that traded Sgt. Bowe Bergdhal for five Taliban leaders imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Here is a brief audio file on Defensetracker.com on some of what was said.rogers-now-2