Top 5 Top Veterans Stories in Today’s News – Oct. 19, 2017

Veterans! Here’s your Top 5 News stories of the day compiled from the latest sources

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1. Big Pharma funded anti-US militia in Iraq, US veterans allege in lawsuit. U.S. and European drug companies indirectly yet knowingly funded Iran-backed Iraqi militias that carried out attacks against U.S. troops, veterans of the Iraq War alleged in a lawsuit filed Tuesday.  The lawsuit alleges that five drug companies won contracts with the Iraqi government during the 2003 peak of the war with knowledge that free drugs and medical devices would end up in the hands of a Shiite militia.

2. Wall Street veterans are trickling into digital asset management. The author of an investment newsletter said Wednesday that he will help a major digital assets fund open its New York office at the beginning of November. The announcement follows news in September that former Fortress hedge fund manager Michael Novogratz plans to launch a similar $500 million fund.

3. A good start at reforming the Veterans Administration. In the three and a half years since news broke of a major scandal at the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, the public has heard a depressing story of dysfunction, pettiness, and malfeasance at the heart of the VA health system.

4.  The VA Just Dropped More Details About The New Veteran ID Cards.The Department of Veterans Affairs has been playing coy since it first announced that new veterans identification cards — wallet-sized IDs that allow people to prove their military service without a copy of their DD214 — will become available to former service members beginning in November, revealing details about the application process in piecemeal. Now the department has graced us with a little more information.

5. PTSD and Emotional Trauma Affects Partners of Veterans, Too. Caring for someone with PTSD can sometimes lead to secondary trauma. And researchers at the University of Utah wondered just how bad that secondary trauma could be. While completing her graduate studies, Catherine Caska Wallace, PhD and her research team studied two groups of male veterans, along with their female partners.

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