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1. Biden signals plans for more US military drills in the Baltics. The U.S. is crafting plans to deploy rotational ground troops and naval forces into the Baltics as part of an effort to bolster the capabilities of regional allies and reassure nations shaken by Russia’s intervention in nearby Ukraine, U.S. Vice President Joe Biden said
2. DOD announces Army general officers’ moves in Europe. The Defense Department has tapped an 82nd Airborne Division deputy commander to head the Joint Multinational Training Command, which is headquartered in Grafenwöhr, Germany.
3. Pentagon withholds internal report about flawed $2.7 billion intel program. The Army has spent years defending a multibillion-dollar intelligence system that critics say costs too much and does too little. A new internal report has found that there’s a simple, relatively inexpensive program that could handle many of the same jobs at a fraction of the cost. For the past eight months, though, the Pentagon has kept the report hidden away.
4. AFN and DODEA team up for TV broadcast to stop bullying. It may be “March Madness” time, but college basketball won’t be the only thing dominating American Forces Network television airwaves this weekend.
5. Senators demand VA explain delayed burn pit registry. Hyperlink to Article The Hill: Sens. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Tom Udall (D-N.M.) questioned the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) delay in creating the Open Air Burn Pit Registry.
6. Oklahoma closer to offering veterans free oxygen treatment for brain injuries, PTSD. Hyperlink to Article KOKH-TV (Video): Forty thousand veterans in the state with brain injuries could get help for free, if current legislation continues forward.
7. Women’s History Month: Honoring Our Nation’s Women Veterans. Hyperlink to Article The Huffington Post: As we honor Women’s History Month, I want to thank the women who have served in the military.
8. PTSD expert to keynote Symposium on Veterans Health. Hyperlink to Article Bangor Daily News: Blake’s presentation “Wounded Warriors Resolving Battlefield Trauma at the End of Life” describes a powerful approach that helps veterans deal with unresolved combat trauma.
9. Some Vets With Brain Injury Can’t Control Laughing or Tears. Hyperlink to Article NBC News: In a survey of more than 700 veterans who showed signs of traumatic brain injury, 60 percent said they struggle with a little-known, neurological condition that causes them to lapse into uncontrolled fits of laughter or crying, according to a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs survey released Wednesday
10.Muscoy home for homeless vets celebrates construction completion. Hyperlink to Article San Bernardino Sun: A new living center for 21 homeless veterans here, on the cusp of opening, held its dedication ceremonies Wednesday.
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