IAVA Daily News Brief 01.23.12
Posted by Megan Hemler on January 23
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.
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1) Veterans’ struggle Against Unemployment, Indifference
The road home has always been fraught with challenges for returning service members, but the transition is especially trying for new veterans because so few Americans have walked in their footsteps. Anna Fifield writes in Financial Times about the “forgotten 1 percent,” who confront invisible injuries and an indifferent society upon their return.
2) Unemployment Among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans
Iraq veteran and IAVA Deputy Policy Director Tom Tarantino appeared on C-Span on Saturday morning and spoke about the tough job market for new veterans. The military is great at training its service members to be proficient at war, but incredibly bad at training them how to become civilians again after leaving the service, Tarantino attested.
3) Utah baby is sign of changing times for VA hospital
Times are a-changing for Veteran Affairs hospitals across the nation as the new generation of veterans cashes in on well-deserved benefits. Salt Lake City’s VA has treated 3,000 female veterans since 1998, and one veteran delivered the first “VA baby” for the first time in history.
- The U.S. has begun tentative peace talks with a representative of an Afghan insurgent group.
- An Afghan National Army soldier who killed four of his French allies says he was motivated by the Youtube video showing four Marines urinating on the bodies of dead militants.
- The first all-female Seabees team has completed their construction project in the mountains of Afghanistan in record time.
- A month after the American withdrawal, a prominent humanitarian organization warns that Iraq is on the path towards becoming a police state.
- Political turmoil and power-grabbing has led to violence and instability throughout Iraq.
- The military has scrapped the infamous BCG eyeglasses and chosen a new, more comely frame.
- Four Marines have been awarded the Air Medal with combat “V” device for bravery in Afghanistan in June 2011, when they resupplied an infantry team under withering fire.
- Experts say there is no simple explanation for the rise in sexual assaults at the Air Force academy.
- Some analysts predict that the Pentagon’s new defense strategy will boost business in New England, which specializes in producing parts for air and naval weaponry.
NEW GREATEST GENERATION
- Diners in New Hampshire were treated to an emotional homecoming when an Air Force Tech Sgt. surprised her father by dressing up as a waitress and taking his order.
- Two veterans who struggled with alcoholism are opening a home designed to help other vets recovering from substance abuse.
- NASA may be grounded, but that hasn’t stopped demand for Army-strong Astronauts.
- Roughly 20 members of Congress have invited Iraq veterans as guests to the President’s State of the Union address on Tuesday.