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Daily News Brief 03.15.12
Posted by Jacob Worrell on March 15

Here are some of today's top stories and happenings at IAVA.  Prefer to receive real-time updates about major stories and legislation that IAVA is tracking? Follow us on Twitter @IAVAPressRoom and click here to get the News Brief delivered to your inbox every morning.


1) IAVA Unveils New GI Bill Calculator to Help Post-9/11 Veterans Prep for College

On Thursday, IAVA launched a new online GI Bill calculator to help millions of new veterans freely and accurately determine their eligibility for the Post-9/11 GI Bill. IAVA also issued a statement on delays in GI Bill payments by VA, which have hurt the academic careers of hundreds of IAVA Member Veterans. Check out IAVA’s GI Bill calculator.


2) Taliban Call Off Talks as Karzai Urges Faster U.S. Transition

Taliban Call Off Talks as Karzai Urges Faster U.S. Transition

One day after the President announced the U.S. would not accelerate the withdrawal, Afghan President Karzai issued a public call for a faster U.S. transition on Thursday. The Taliban also increased pressure on NATO by calling off peace talks that had been carefully cultivated for months by American diplomats.


3) Pentagon officials: 'No smoking gun' in Afghan rampage

Military investigators have not yet found an explanation for Sunday’s attack in Kandahar, which claimed the lives of 16 Afghan civilians. The Staff Sergeant believed to be responsible for the violence had no evidence of a serious traumatic brain injury or post-traumatic stress disorder. Ahead of trial, the accused has been flown to Kuwait.




  • The Iraqi government made a series of compromises with Kuwait ahead of the Arab League summit in Baghdad later this month.
  • The U.S. may claim that Afghanistan is not Iraq, writes Anne Gearen from Associated Press, but their public statements suggest they are using the same strategy.




  • Two lawmakers have sponsored a bipartisan bill that would provide military working dogs with homes and veterinary care in retirement.