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Daily News Brief 05.14.12
Posted by Jacob Worrell on May 14

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) Veterans are not 'dollar signs in uniform'

Congress was right to mimic the World War 2-era GI Bill in 2008, but the post-9/11 GI Bill has been threatened by the avarice of certain schools, writes USA TODAY in an editorial. For-profits tend to be more concerned with reeling in federal funds than high graduation rates or meaningful educational experiences for their students. Protecting the new GI Bill is one of IAVA’s highest legislative priorities this year.


2) Want to help vets with PTSD? Treat families too

A new study produced by the Institute for Veterans and Military Families shows military families may need as much mental health support as veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. Just like a deployment, a mental health injury can place incredible strain upon a family. Read the report.


3) U.S. May Scrap Costly Efforts to Train Iraqi Police

Five months after the American withdrawal from Iraq, the U.S. State Department has drastically cut a program to train Iraqi security forces. The extended training of Iraqi police was the centerpiece for the American post-occupation mission in Iraq. Now, the entire strategy is in doubt as the U.S. considers cutting all funding for a program that has little support in both the United States and Iraq. 



  • A former Taliban minister and senior Afghan peace mediator was assassinated in Kabulover the weekend. No party has claimed responsibility for the killing.
  • Nine were killed by a blast in northern Faryab province on Monday.





  • In a nod to modern warfare, a lawmaker wants to expand the Purple Heart medal for service members wounded in domestic terror attacks.
  • The military community will play an important role in the 2012 presidential elections, predicts Reuters.

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