Top 10 Veterans Stories in Today’s News – March 08, 2013

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1.   New VA facility in Akron helps homeless veteransThe goal President Barack Obama and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki set in 2009 to end homelessness for veterans by the end of 2015 moved a little closer to reality Wednesday with the public debut of two facilities in Northeast Ohio.
 
2.   Rodriguez confirmed as new AFRICOM commanderGen. David Rodriguez will soon take up residence at his new headquarters in Stuttgart following his official confirmation this week as the new commander of U.S. Africa Command.
 
3.   House moves to give VA funding some predictabilityDespite the fiscal pressures facing the country, Rep. Jeff Miller believes his fellow lawmakers will continue to protect funding for veterans programs.
 
4.   Military caregivers for injured vets, often family, number up to a millionResearchers said military caregivers face the unique challenge of dealing not only with their family members’ injuries but also navigating the military and veterans affairs health systems, a daunting task even for those familiar with their workings.
 
5.   Army veteran aims to run in marathons in all 50 statesThe bling laid out on Ed Broadnax’s kitchen table is impressive. The medallions are large and small. Some are pewter-colored while others are gold. All are attached to ribbons, giving the pile the look of a rainbow. Broadnax has earned them in his quest to run a marathon, 26.2 miles, in all 50 states.

6.About Veterans Affairs Disability compensation.  Journal Times  Veterans Affairs Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10 percent disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive …

7.Town Hall Meeting for Women Veterans Set for March 16.  Patch.com  Keynote speakers include Dr. Patricia Hayes, chief consultant patient care for the Veterans Health Administration, who will speak about issues surrounding women veterans’ health in Pittsburg, PA.

8.Window is closing on state-run health exchange.   taosnews  Have any lawmakers visited an Indian Health Service facility or a Veterans Administration hospital, Gentry asked his colleagues.

9.   Vets don’t have to worry about sequestration cuts at VA.  Washington Examiner  Those who rely on the Department of Veterans Affairs for medical care, disability benefits or educational assistance will be spared whatever pain eventually comes from sequestration because the agency is exempt from the automatic budget reductions, the …

10. Utah House committee gives nod to expanding Veterans Affairs to include … Salt Lake Tribune  A Utah House committee gave the nod Wednesday to legislation that reorganizes the Department of Veterans Affairs, giving it responsibility for forging relationships with military installations like Hill Air Force Base.

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