Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – September 14, 2012

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1.   Former Navy SEAL among Americans killed at consulate in LibyaA former Navy SEAL was among the four Americans killed in the attack on the U.S. consulate in Libya, according to his family, who remembered him as a hero who died protecting his country.
2.   U.S. Navy veteran gone but not ‘forgotten’More than 100 military men and women and civilians gathered Wednesday to honor “forgotten” U.S. Navy veteran David Berlew, who had no local family to attend his service at Biloxi National Cemetery.Bradford-O’Keefe funeral director Jason Moody said this was the largest turnout he has seen for a service of this kind.
3.   Honor guard: Procession of veterans, motorcycles escort Traveling Tribute Vietnam WallPearl Pearson of New Albany may not have worn the uniform, but she served the military during the Vietnam War. She’s one of the countless military wives that stayed behind while her husband fought in Southeast Asia, thousands of miles from home. She raised her three daughters and took care of the family finances while her husband was away.
4.   Defense official: Wounded veterans’ caregivers a priorityA top defense official is making support for caregivers of wounded veterans a priority this year.

5.   VA-HUD Team Honored for Progress to End Veterans Homelessness.  The Herald |  Employees from the Department of Veterans Affairs were members of a unique federal team that won the prestigious Samuel J. Heyman Citizens Service Medal for the Administration’s efforts to end homelessness that resulted in a 12 …

6.   Disabled Veterans Must Sometimes Fight for Financial Freedom.  Forbes  Some disabled veterans have found that fiduciaries appointed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have mismanaged their finances, and it can be a struggle to remove them. When a disabled veteran is receiving benefits and is unable to manage …

7. House OKs Limits On Schools Recruiting Vets.  Military Times   ”The House voted Tuesday to prevent schools that accept GI Bill benefits from paying bounties for recruiting students. In a move aimed at aggressive recruiting in the for-profit school industry that could spill over to other schools, the House passed HR 4057, a comprehensive veterans bill.” The bill “includes a section that would prohibit payment of a commission, bonus or any other tangible benefit for either recruiting a student or providing financial aid to a student.”

8.   New report finds St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has made ‘vast improvements’.  Columbia Missourian  BY The Associated Press. ST. LOUIS — The federal government has closed its investigation of the Veterans Affairs hospital in St. Louis, citing “vast improvements” in its sterilization procedures. The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Office of Inspector
9.   House Set To Pass Spending Plan To Fund Government Through March.  Washington Post “The House is expected to easily pass a short-term spending plan Thursday to keep government operations funded through March, a move that would signal that the chamber has at least temporarily jettisoned the brinkmanship of last year.” The Senate is “expected to vote on the plan later next week in what could be the last legislative action before both chambers adjourn for the fall campaign season.” Among other things, the legislation adds “money for processing veterans’ disability claims.”
10.  Senate Panel OKs Veterans Infertility Bill.  AP On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee “approved legislation that expands access to infertility treatment for seriously injured veterans. The bill, sponsored by Sen. Patty Murray, authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to cover the cost of in vitro fertilization and other advanced reproductive technologies for veterans and their spouses.” The AP notes that US Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) successfully introduced amendments to the bill “allowing VA to provide adoption assistance to veterans with infertility conditions incurred in combat and to require the VA to report annually the number of veterans receiving treatment and the cost of that treatment.”  Huffington Post “Help for combat-wounded troops who want to start families became a bit more likely Wednesday as Senate Democrats stiff-armed GOP opposition to a bill that would provide broader fertility treatment benefits.” Before Wednesday, the bill was being delayed “by committee Republicans led by Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina,” who said he was “‘very concerned we are moving ahead’ without having first heard…VA’s views.” But Burr “said Wednesday that he would withdraw his opposition to the bill.”  Military Times  Benefits called for in the bill are “aimed at the 1,800 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who have suffered spinal cord injuries or devastating wounds, mostly from improvised explosive devices, to their reproductive organs.” The bill was “one of six veterans’ bills approved” by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday.

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VA Employee Recognized for Effort on Ending Veteran Homelessness

Dr. Susan Angell, director of VA’s Homeless Veterans Initiative, was recognized for her work to help end Veteran homelessness at the Partnership of Public Service’s Samuel J. Heyman Service to America Awards. Learn more

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