Top 5 Veterans News: Feb. 3, 2018

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  1. Store at courthouse raises funds for veterans in need. In the basement of the Douglas County Courthouse, across from the Veterans Service Office, sits a small store that opened in January. The store is chock full of pins, patches, dog tags, hats, shirts and other items. There are even some belt buckles and watches. They bear the symbols and slogans that will identify their wearers’ personal military histories. Many can be customized.
  2. Wisconsin expected to set up ‘Green Alerts’ for missing at-risk veterans. Wisconsin is expected to become the first state to set up a “Green Alert” system to help families and law enforcement officials locate missing at-risk veterans.
  3. Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs names new leader of troubled King veteran home. A new leader for a Wisconsin veterans home dogged by concerns about inadequate resident care and poor building conditions was announced Friday.
  4. VA: Leadership change a necessary step to improve veteran care. Doug Paxton’s stepping down as director of the Roseburg Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a step “aimed at improving care for veterans,” according to the VA. The official announcement came Thursday afternoon, a few hours after The News-Review first reported on Paxton’s reassignment to a West Virginia VA.
  5. Va. bill would enable veterans to ditch ID card. A freshman delegate has proposed a simple way to make life a little easier for them. Right now, veterans can have two ID cards — the Veteran’s Identification Card, which provides proof of veteran status for discounts from retailers and restaurants, and the standard driver’s license.

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