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1. US Navy buries two USS Monitor sailors. Two sailors who went down with the USS Monitor in December 1862 during the Civil War were interred at Arlington National Cemetery on March 8, 2013. They are likely to be the last two sailors from the Civil War to
2. be buried. Florida House panel passes military housing bill. A bill that would give a property tax exemption to on-base military housing passed a state House committee Friday, adding an amendment that would stop prisoners from receiving homestead exemption.
3. Hagel hears troops’ concerns about defense cuts after deadly blasts. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel met with U.S. servicemembers on a Saturday marred by suicide blasts that killed at least 18 people in two Afghan cities and on which he found troops preoccupied with defense cuts and their financial futures rather than the ups and downs of war.
4. Sanders seen as strong advocate for veterans,. USA Today: Among Sanders’ latest priorities is a backlog of 900,000 disability claims at the Veterans Affairs Department that keeps veterans waiting months or years for benefits. He will hold a hearing on the issue March 13.
5. Study: PTSD affects veterans’ spouses, too. KSL-TV: New research out of the University of Utah shows post-traumatic stress disorder isn’t just a private war for the veteran, but a battle that can impact a spouse just as intensely. Fortunately, that information also suggests helpful strategies for treatment, too.
6. Female Partners Struggle with Vets’ PTSD. PsychCentral: New research suggests the female partners of military veterans diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), face mental and physical health risks.
7. Benishek urges probe of vets’ suicide issue. Mining Journal: U.S. Rep. Dan Benishek, R-Crystal Falls, is one of 53 members of Congress who sent a letter to the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans’ Affairs. In it, the representatives from both parties requested Veterans’ Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel begin more closely examining the possible connection between blast injuries and high suicide rates among veterans and active duty military personnel.
8. Illness from burn pits a health issue for returning vets,. CBS Evening News: A mysterious illness is afflicting veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. It’s a crippling lung disease that targets soldiers assigned to work near burn pits. One wife of a stricken soldier is watching her husband suffer and fighting the battle he no longer can.
9. An often overshadowed battle for veterans. The Hill Blog: Executive Director, Veterans Health Council for Vietnam Veterans of America argues] One area that is often overlooked is the proper diagnosis and treatment for veterans suffering from chronic pain.
10. Feinstein exempts police, not “PTSD” vets from gun ban. Washington Times Communities: Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), a notorious proponent of gun control, demonstrated a rather callous disregard for the 1.8 million veterans residing in California, and a fundamental misunderstanding of mental health issues.
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