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House votes to fire tax-delinquent federal workers.  Attention, federal workers: Pay your taxes or lose your job. Bill would require oversight of military-style ‘boot camps’ for kids.  Amid growing concern over abusive conditions at military-style “boot camps” for troubled youths in the region, two Calif. lawmakers are seeking to establish state oversight of the camps. Congress helps Camp Lejeune families hurt by tainted water.  The day after Janey Ensminger would have celebrated her 36th birthday, the House of Representatives passed a historic bill in her honor that would help thousands of sick Marine veterans and their families who were exposed to contaminated water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune. Janey was just 9 when she died of a rare form of leukemia. TVC teams move forward to assist the VA.  KXXV News Channel 25  As a result … Read entire article »

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Obama has Camp Lejeune Bill

The House of Representatives unanimously passed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 (H.R. 1627). The bill, now headed to the President for signature into law, will bring immediate VA healthcare to Camp Lejeune veterans and their families who have been diagnosed with a disease related to the water contamination that occurred at the base between 1957 and 1987. In addition, H.R. 1627 increases VA accountability to veterans by streamlining the disability claims process, ensuring transparency in VA funding, protecting veterans from sexual assault, and transforming how VA does business in the 21st century. “This legislation is a culmination of more than a year’s worth of work on behalf of America’s veterans, and an example of what lawmakers can accomplish working together in a bipartisan … Read entire article »

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Navy Faces Empty Billets, Afghanistan Construction Way Behind, Telephone — NOT Apps — Triggering PTS Treatment

Navy taking measures to fill undermanned at-sea billets. The Navy will ship hundreds of sailors to sea before their projected rotation date to fill undermanned billets, the Navy has announced. Budget officials: Navy’s 30-year shipbuilding plan underfunded by $94 billion. The Navy’s most recent 30-year construction plan underestimates the cost of growing and maintaining its fleet by more than $3 billion annually over the next three decades, according to a recent analysis by the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office. US construction projects in Afghanistan challenged by inspector general’s report. A U.S. initiative to spend hundreds of millions of dollars on construction projects in Afghanistan, originally pitched as a vital tool in the military campaign against the Taliban, is running so far behind schedule that it will not yield benefits until most U.S. combat … Read entire article »

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Veterans News: Marines Order Around Teachers, Jobs Program Gets Overhaul, Goodyear Hiring

2005 BRAC cost more, saved less than estimated. The 2005 BRAC round has fallen fall short of its original billing – at least as far as taxpayer savings are concerned. Overall, one-time construction costs related to BRAC jumped by 67 percent, from a $21 billion estimate to $35.1 billion in 2011. Marines aim to counter teachers’ opposition to recruiting students. The bellowing from the drill instructors began as soon as the newcomers arrived. But instead of young recruits, the group was made up of were high school teachers, guidance counselors and administrators from school districts in the Los Angeles and Sacramento areas who had accepted the Marine Corps’ invitation to spend four days at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego, watching the training and talking to recruits, enlisted Marines and senior officers. US is the … Read entire article »

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Bill looks to protect ‘sanctity’ at military funerals. The Senate passed an omnibus veterans affairs bill Wednesday that includes additional restrictions on protests near military funerals and tougher penalties on groups that violate the law. House backs spending millions for military sports sponsorships. In spite of budgetary woes and calls for defense programs to be slashed, the House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to let the U.S. military spend millions of dollars to continue sponsoring sporting events, most notably NASCAR. Air Force chief of staff nominee: Deeper cuts at Europe bases needed. The prospective new Air Force chief of staff said service officials must look into further base consolidations in Europe as part of the larger effort to trim military spending and stabilize the national economy. Efforts to combat military sex assaults are … Read entire article »

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Pentagon Creating Medal Detector to Find Liars

The Pentagon plans to establish a searchable database of military valor awards and medals, hoping for a technological fix to the problem of people getting away with lying about earning military honors. Pentagon press secretary George Little said details have yet to be worked out, but the intention is to have a digital repository of records on a range of valor awards and medals going back as far in history as possible. The move is in response to a June 28 Supreme Court ruling that invalidated a law making it a crime to lie about receiving the Medal of Honor and other military decorations. An authoritative database would make it easier to check on award claims, and perhaps would deter some who would make false public claims. The high court ruled that the … Read entire article »

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Sexual Buse in Air Force, Marines Change Fitness Routine, Stolen Valor Anger

We Needed the Veterans—Now They Need Us.  Wall Street Journal  The Department of Veterans Affairs has spared no effort to care for our soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. Yet the number of affected individuals is too great—and their mental-health challenges in particular too demanding—to leave the VA on … Soldiers seeking routine medical care now get PTSD screening as well.  The Army is asking soldiers who go to the doctor for ailments such as back pain or colds to answer questions about depression and post-traumatic stress disorder in a bid to identify those who may need help. Marine Corps to launch new holistic fitness program.  The Marine Corps is implementing a new holistic fitness program designed to help warriors focus on whole body fitness. Veterans groups, congressmen decry ruling on Stolen Valor Act.  … Read entire article »

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Gary Rossio Named Veteran of the Year

Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher, I-San Diego, last week announced that Poway resident Gary Rossio is his choice for Veteran of the Year for the 75th Assembly District. “As a combat Marine veteran, I know first-hand the critical importance of providing needed services to those who have honorably served our country,” said Fletcher. “With local leadership, coordinated community-based responses can help ensure all veterans live with the dignity and respect they deserve. I am pleased to honor Gary for his commitment to San Diego’s veteran community.” Rossio has been an advocate for San Diego veterans, leading an initiative to facilitate veteran affairs services to the North County, South Bay and Imperial County. Rossio played an instrumental role in developing the ‘OneVA’ program, a plan designed to bring veteran organizations, advocates and community leaders together on … Read entire article »

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Veterans News

Trucking companies scramble to find enough workers. Despite a national unemployment rate topping eight percent, trucking companies are struggling to recruit and retain enough drivers due to a host of factors. But a North Carolina trucking academy reports an enrollment spike thanks to a new Department of Veterans Affairs policy that pays upfront the cost of driver training school for returning military veterans. New Mental Health Center at VA Palo Alto Health Care System Opens.  Business Wire The Department of Veterans Affairs Under Secretary for Health, Dr. Robert Petzel joined Veterans, staff and congressional representatives on June 22 Bill proposed to change PTSD military programs.  TheNewsTribune.com U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., on Monday submitted legislation that would … programs in the Defense Department and the Department of Veterans Affairs … Technology Tapped To Help Reduce Suicide Risk. US … Read entire article »

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Agenda for June 23 San Diego United Veterans Council Meeting

* Veterans & Military Employment Summit July 31. * Logan Heights Veterans Memorial in Chicano Park. * 2012 UVC Priorities Midyear Review. * VA Aspire Center Vote San Diego City  Jun 26. * Countdown to STAND DOWN July 13 – 15. Meeting starts at 9:30 a.m. Veterans Museum and Memorial Center at 2115 Park Blvd, with parking in the lots at the intersection of Presidents Way and Park Boulevard. Click here for more information. … Read entire article »

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