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A U.S. Army sergeant has been arrested in Panjwai province for the suspected murder of 16 Afghan civilians early Sunday morning. Coming on the heels of a Koran burning incident February 20, the killings have thrown doubt on the U.S. exit strategy as officials struggle to contain the damage and reassure their Afghan allies. IAVA issued a statement condemning the killings and calling for a full investigation.
A group of lawmakers has introduced a bill designed to protect the integrity of the post-9/11 GI Bill. The Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act of 2012 would provide more careful monitoring of schools that receive GI Bill payments, including for-profit schools, which have been accused of deceptive recruiting practices. Veterans can visit IAVA's ngib.org to get the latest information and tools related to higher education.
On Friday, IAVA posted a blog that analyzed February unemployment numbers, which at 7.6 percent was lower than the national average for the first time since August 2010. New veteran unemployment has dropped for two months straight, but too many new veterans remain unemployed or underemployed after serving in the Armed Forces.
Another avalanche has devastated a village in the province of Nuristan, killing at least 45 Afghans.
The Taliban has vowed revenge for the killing of 16 civilians in Panjwai province by a U.S. soldier.