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IAVA Daily Brief 11.8.10
Posted by Isabel Black on November 8

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 or subscribe at


1) Video: Six-word memoirs: Veterans share their stories of coming home

SMITH Magazine has teamed up with IAVA to collect six-word memoirs about the experience of coming home from veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Three of these veterans were interviewed for the PBS show, Need to Know.

2) Military moves to the front lines of suicide prevention

The military’s suicide rate is almost double the national average, and in September four soldiers at Fort Hood took their own lives in the course of one week.  More than a hundred Army troops have killed themselves this year.  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Admiral Mullen and his wife discuss the increased efforts to curb these suicides in an interview with NPR.
3) Veterans Day parade in Auburn stirs pride for a soldier mom

For veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who have just come home, this Veterans Day holds more significance than others.  IAVA is participating in Veterans Day parades around the country, including in Auburn, Washington, this year to acknowledge these veterans.


  • As a new White House review of President Obama’s strategy in Afghanistan and Pakistan gets under way, the rosy signs have opened an intense debate in Washington over what they really mean.

  • The Afghan Independent Election Commission has discovered tens of thousands of previously unaccounted for ballots cast during the September parliamentary elections.

  • IRAQ

    • Al Qaeda’s Iraqi affiliate said that recent attacks in Baghdad were “the beginning of the downpour” and many more bloody days would come.

    • A group of Iraqi activists said that they have filed a lawsuit demanding that lawmakers return back pay and forgo future pay until they break the stalemate that has prevented the seating of a new government.


      • With critical decisions ahead on the war in Afghanistan, President Obama is about to receive an unusual opportunity to reshape the Pentagon’s leadership, naming a new defense secretary as well as several top generals and admirals in the next several months.

      • Children of active-duty military personnel make 18 percent more trips to the doctor for behavioral problems and 19 percent more visits for stress disorders when a military parent is deployed compared with when the parents is home.


        • Lawyers for the Log Cabin Republicans asked the Supreme Court to step in and temporarily block enforcement of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy.

        • A wide-range of views, positions, and publications are represented in these articles. These views, positions and publications are not endorsed by nor do they necessarily represent the views of IAVA.