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1. Fear of violence sends foreigners packing ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election. As violence increases ahead of Afghanistan’s presidential election in April, many foreigners are already voting with their feet and leaving the country — at least temporarily.
2. US sends Ospreys, 150 more troops to hunt for Kony. The U.S. is sending military aircraft and more special operations forces to Uganda to assist in the search for fugitive African warlord Joseph Kony.
3. China demands answers from US over spying claims. China said Monday it was demanding an explanation from Washington over allegations U.S. intelligence agencies hacked into the email servers of Chinese tech giant Huawei and targeted top Chinese officials and government institutions.
4. Japan-US nuclear deal announced at Hague summit. A major international summit to rein in the threat of nuclear terrorism opened Monday with Japan pledging to return to the United States more than 700 pounds of weapons-grade plutonium and a supply of highly enriched uranium.
5. Report: Most GI Bill veterans make good on education benefits. Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post: A new report indicates that more than half of U.S. military veterans who used the GI Bill recently have earned a postsecondary degree or certification, suggesting educational benefits for former service members are paying off.
6. Veterans are succeeding in college, new report says: Higher Education Roundup. Hyperlink to Article Plain Dealer: Just over half of veterans who sought a higher education from 2002 through 2013 under the GI Bill completed schooling ranging from vocational training to post-graduate, according to an unprecedented review of nearly 800,000 college records to be released today, according to USA Today.
7. Study: Student vets have higher graduation rates than nonvets. Hyperlink to Article Military Times: A little more than half of veterans going to school on the GI Bill earned a degree or certificate, according to a study released March 24 by Student Veterans of America.
8. Fight against suicide tops vet group’s agenda for 2014. Broad action is needed from Congress and President Barack Obama to combat the growing problem of veterans suicide, a group representing veterans of recent wars declared Monday on Capitol Hill.
9. Veterans group to launch suicide-prevention campaign. Hyperlink to Article The Washington Post: An emerging veterans group plans to descend on Capital Hill this week to demand new action on veterans issues and launch a national campaign to combat suicide among former troops.
10. Fort Collins vet raising mental health awareness in nation’s capital. Hyperlink to Article The Fort Collins Coloradoan: A Fort Collins veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars is in the nation’s capital this week to raise awareness about veteran suicide and mental health.
HAVE YOU HEARD?
VA’s Health Services Research & Development has videos on YouTube. VHA’s YouTube channel hosts a variety of informational and inspirational videos addressing many aspects of VA care—including research. VA’s Health Services Research & Development Service (VA HSR&D) has posted several videos to the VA YouTube channel. Videos are brief and informative, and feature VA HSR&D investigators talking about their work, and expressing thanks to Veterans for their contributions to research and the nation. Simply visit: http://www.youtube.com/user/
VeteransHealthAdmin, and search for “HSR&D” to access the series. You can also access the videos via a Google search by entering the keywords “VA HSR&D YouTube”.