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Top 10 News For Veterans-April 17,2012

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1. Afghanistan attacks seem intended to humiliate government. The brazen and well-coordinated attacks by insurgents against four embassies and other key sites in the heart of Afghanistan’s capital were aimed less at inflicting high casualties, analysts said, than humiliating the government and its foreign allies as Afghan forces take increasing responsibility for protecting their own homeland.

2. Air Force tells pilots to slow down to save fuel. The Air Force has ordered its pilots to fly higher and slower in an effort to slash fuel use while still performing the same missions.

3. Panetta touts ‘zero tolerance’ for sexual assault. On the heels of a report showing that 2,723 servicemembers reported being victims of sexual assault in fiscal 2011, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said the Pentagon is working to create a “zero-tolerance culture” for sexual assault.

4. US veterans’ office in Pasay kept under tight guard vs. lightning rallies. GMA News A day after militants defaced the seal of the United States Embassy in Manila to protest against the RP-US Balikatan joint military exercises, security was beefed up at another US facility Tuesday, this time at the US Department of Veterans’ Affairs in …

5. Palo Alto’s Varian Medical Systems prioritizes hiring veterans. Peninsula Press: The war on cancer is just one of many starting points for employment advantages now available to veterans. Thanks to initiatives from the Department of Veterans Affairs, the expansion of the Veterans Jobs Corps, the implementation of the 2011 Vow to …

6. Foe to friend? GIs leery about working with Taliban defectors who wanted them deadIt’s widely assumed by the soldiers of Company B, 2nd Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, that Massoud killed two of their buddies. But Capt. Michael Kolton, 29, the company’s commander, won’t ask the former insurgent leader about it. “I don’t want to know the answer,” he says

7. Dominion to Honor 12 as “Volunteers Of The Year”.  MarketWatch   Dominion  celebrates its volunteer program and some of the individuals that make them a success by recognizing 12 employees from six states as the 2011 “Volunteers of the Year.

8. Weak economy, lack of opportunities have returning vets fighting for jobs.  Pittsburgh Post Gazette  He’s living at the VA homeless domiciliary in Aspinwall until he gets on his feet. By the numbers: Post-9/11 veterans By Mackenzie Carpenter and Molly Born / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Coming Home PA is a project spearheaded by PublicSource, a local …

9. Veterans’ treatment courts spread.  Columbia Daily Tribune  The circuit has applied for federal funding to establish the court. Defendants in veterans’ courts, often first-time offenders, are usually pre-approved by the judge. Also in the courtroom is a liaison from the US Department of Veteran Affairs, …

10. For Veterans Coming Home Isn’t Always Easy.  Essential Public Radio  In 2005, there were 14000 mental health professionals at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Now there are more than 21000. That may not be enough. With two lengthy combat-heavy conflicts, there is a shortage of specialists to help with cases of …

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