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COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Wells Fargo creates military affairs program San Antonio Express Company officials say they plan to place added focus on getting active duty military and veterans into homes, helping veterans get back to work and providing financial education training. “We created the military affairs program to expand our outreach … Lehigh veteran, volunteer receives new roof, repairs Lehigh Acres Citizen Builders Care was able to provide assistance with the help of the State Housing Initiatives Program, administered by the Lee CountyCommunity Development. Renovations included a new roof, new woodwork in many areas, new kitchen cabinets, drywall … Home Depot rebuilds Veterans Inc courtyard Wicked Local Veterans Inc. Executive Director Denis Leary said the upgrades to the courtyard will provide Veterans Inc. with an opportunity to holdcommunity celebrations, as well as offer veterans a quiet place to escape stress. “It will not only offer our … WELLNESS PTSD on the rise: The hidden casualties of Canada’s … Read entire article »

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Investigative Report Criticizes Counterterrorism Reporting, Waste at State & Local Intelligence Fusion Centers

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – A two-year bipartisan investigation by the U. S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations has found that Department of Homeland Security efforts to engage state and local intelligence “fusion centers” has not yielded significant useful information to support federal counterterrorism intelligence efforts. “It’s troubling that the very ‘fusion’ centers that were designed to share information in a post-9/11 world have become part of the problem. Instead of strengthening our counterterrorism efforts, they have too often wasted money and stepped on Americans’ civil liberties,” said Senator Tom Coburn, the Subcommittee’s ranking member who initiated the investigation. The investigation determined that senior DHS officials were aware of the problems hampering effective counterterrorism work with the fusion centers, but did not always inform Congress of the issues, nor ensure the problems were fixed … Read entire article »

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The Navy’s New Class of Warships: Big Bucks, Little Bang

The Navy’s new Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) is not only staggeringly overpriced and chronically unreliable but – even if it were to work perfectly – cannot match the combat power of similar sized foreign warships costing only a fraction as much. Let’s take a deep dive and try to figure out why. The story so far: - Congress has funded the LCS program since February 2002. Its publically stated purpose was to create a new generation of surface combatants able to operate in dangerous shallow water and near-shore environments. - By December 2009 the Navy had built two radically dissimilar prototypes, the mono-hulled USS Freedom (LCS-1) and the trimaran-hulled USS Independence (LSC-2). - A year later it adopted both designs and decided to award block buy construction contracts for five more ships of each type. - Since neither design … Read entire article »

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Here is a Link to the Marine Sgt. Manny Loggins Justifiable Shoot Letter from the OC DA’s Office

If this is accurate, it appears that Sgt. Loggins was going through some issues that on that particular morning last February got the  best of his reasoning abilities. Particularly instructive are the comments by Loggins’ daughters. Taken in total, it is a sad end and a tragic story, but it does not appear to be any crime committed by the Dep. Darren Sandberg. Read for yourself.   … Read entire article »

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Warrior & Family Support News

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Colorado Veteran Receives Mortgage-Free Home from Operation Homefront … The Herald | HeraldOnline.com “As more of our men and women return home to our city, it is imperative that we all do that is necessary to ensure these heroes and their families get the support they need so they can once again become a part of ourcommunity’s fabric. To ensure … Veterans may review VA benefit information on foundation website Hometownlife.com The Canton Community Foundation staff and board are still in awe at the unprecedented attendance at our recent third annual Veterans‘ Summit Sept. 13. Following presentations on specific VA benefits, veterans  had plenty of questions and comments. Veterans volunteering to help other veterans Montgomery Newspapers RSVP is also creating a veteran’s community resource directory which will provide a current listing of organizations and the services they provide to veterans. Additionally, several E-Learning workshops offering … Read entire article »

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Institute of Medicine: Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces

Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces   Link here Released: September 17, 2012 Type: Consensus Report Topics: Health Services, Coverage, and Access, Substance Abuse and Mental Health, Veterans Health Activity: Prevention, Diagnosis, Treatment and Management of Substance Use Disorders in the U.S. Armed Forces Board: Board on the Health of Select Populations Like many sectors of society, the U.S. military has a long history of alcohol and other drug misuse and abuse. In recent years, the face of the issue has been transformed by increasing rates of prescription drug abuse among service members. Heavy alcohol use and binge drinking continues to be a concern within the military.   To better understand the current substance use problems within the U.S. military, the Department of Defense (DoD) asked the IOM to analyze policies and programs that pertain to prevention, screening, diagnosis, and treatment of substance use disorders … Read entire article »

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the Media Update

Suicide Prevention and Improving Behavioral Health (Health Net ) Chico Veteran with PTSD Tries to Recover on his Own Terms (Oroville Mercury Register) Doctors use Experimental Techniques to Heal Wounded Soldiers (The Daily Telegraph) Study Seeks Families of Military Suicide (Stars and Stripes) Companies Team to Make Warriors Cyberwarriors (The Washington Post) Couple Combats War, PTSD Together (CNN on ABC 23) Detrick Receives $100M for PTSD, TBI Research (The Associated Press posted in Air Force Times) Saint Louis University Helps Veterans with ‘invisible injuries’ (KSDK) DAVIS: Survivors Help Families Heal (Washington Times) Resiliency Required for Successful Soldiers (DVIDS) Are America’s War Vets Ageing Prematurely? Alarming Study Reveals How a Young Traumatized U.S. Soldier Can Suffer Same Brain Deterioration as a 70-Year-Old (Daily Mail) Suicide Prevention: A Healthy Force is a Ready Force (Army Medicine) Anesthesia Method Suggests Possible Cure for Post-trauma Stress … Read entire article »

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Warrior & Family Support News

COMMUNITIES IN ACTION Q&A with Fort Benning’s First Lady Bayonet We have such a strong Army Community Service organization, which offers Army Family Team Building programs, spousal retreats, finance and planning courses, and so much more. … While you are here at Fort Benning, I hope you will join me and our … Teaming Up to End Homelessness New York Times (blog) There are about 67,000 homeless veterans in the United States today, and according to Mark Johnston, the acting assistant secretary for community planning and development at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, at least a third are … WELLNESS Military Mental Health: An Outsider Takes a Peek Inside TIME She details her fight and frustrations with the military’s mental-health bureaucracy in a new book, The Inside Battle: Our Military Mental Health Crisis. Morrison believes today’s war-strapped U.S. military needs to make such counseling as much a part … Senate committee OKs bill expanding access to fertility services for … Read entire article »

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Veterans News

Army captain’s ‘lost’ nomination for Medal of Honor questioned. The findings threaten to taint a military awards process that’s designed to leave no margin of doubt or possibility of error about the heroism and sacrifices of U.S. service personnel. They also could bolster charges by some officers, lawmakers, veterans’ groups and experts that the process is vulnerable to improper interference and manipulation, embarrassing the military services and the Obama administration. ‘Sequester’ raises concerns about massive defense cuts. One year after Congress approved a controversial plan to extend the nation’s debt ceiling, Republicans are stepping up their campaign to repeal a major part of the law. Mentally ill veteran’s case highlights justice system’s gaps. Since Leo Bullman was charged with assault after arguing with a neighbor last year, psychiatrists have ruled a half-dozen times … Read entire article »

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Psychological Health and Traumatic Brain Injury in the Media

Camp Smith Trains Reservists in Mental Health Support (Cortlandt Daily Voice) Unit leaders of the New York Army National Guard are undertaking a rare three days of classroom instruction this week at Camp Smith in Cortlandt Manor. The reservists will be trained as resilience training assistants as part the Army’s push to address soldiers’ mental health. “You’ve got to change a culture,” 1st Lt. Karen Marotz said about addressing the perception that seeking mental health treatment could hurt a service member’s career. About 140 sergeants and lieutenants will be trained by fall. Sgt. Maj. Andrew Depalo, director of family programs, said he once believed his career would suffer if he sought mental health treatment. “I wouldn’t go seek the help I needed, then I did,” he said. “I still got my top secret … Read entire article »

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