Monthly Archives: September 2012

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Study: Texas veterans dying young of drugs, suicides and crashes

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A six-month investigation by the Austin American-Statesman of Texas’ Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who died after leaving the military found that an alarmingly high percentage died from prescription drug overdoses, toxic drug combinations, suicide and single-car crashes — a largely unseen pattern of early death that federal authorities are failing to adequately track. Continue reading

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Theaters offer free, discounted tickets for veterans

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Nearly two dozen theaters around the country are offering free and discounted tickets for plays, classes and other services to veterans and military families. Continue reading

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VA backlog of claims slows aid to veterans

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The VA faces a “crushing inventory of claims for disability, pension and educational benefits,” the New York Times reports. “For hundreds of thousands of veterans, the result has been long waits for decisions, mishandled documents, confusing communications and infuriating mistakes in their claims. Continue reading

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Nineteen veterans, service members sue over military sexual assault

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Nineteen former and current U.S. soldiers and airmen filed suit Friday in San Francisco, claiming top military brass deprived them of constitutional rights by failing to go after their sexual predators. Continue reading

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Home Depot repairing veterans’ homes across the nation

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More than 20 pieces of metal lodged in Phillip Bell’s back make it too painful for the Iraq veteran to repair a fixer-upper home he purchased when he was discharged from the Army five years ago. Continue reading

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Indiana foundation launches program to remember veterans

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The Indiana War Memorial Foundation is launching a program to honor Hoosier veterans by placing their names on bricks that will encircle the landmark Soldiers and Sailors Monument in the heart of downtown Indianapolis. Continue reading

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USD psych professors to study traumatic stress

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University of South Dakota researchers are participating in a multidisciplinary study to provide new insights into the complex issues regarding effects of traumatic stress. Continue reading

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Idaho Veterans Cemetery to use grant for expansion

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The Idaho Veterans Cemetery is receiving a $2.5 million grant to expand its capacity with more burial sites. Continue reading

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Hundreds of veterans find care, services during East Bay Stand Down

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PLEASANTON — Riley Berry, 60, sat on his cot and looked out from his tent to the mountains that border the west side of Pleasanton. “They bring back memories of Monkey Mountain,” he said with a heavy sigh, thinking of … Continue reading

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Contra Costa crisis lifeline for veterans

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WALNUT CREEK — Recovering from a traumatic brain injury, the Army veteran told the suicide hotline counselor he had trouble remembering his birthday or address … and with keeping his job. His unit lost 16 men during his first Afghanistan … Continue reading

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