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New legislation seeks to provide staff, funding, research to help prevent veteran suicides
STARS AND STRIPES --- Legislation introduced in the Senate this week aims to tackle the nation’s veteran suicide epidemic by boosting funding, mental health staff, alternative therapies and research at the Department of Veterans Affairs.
This VA report touts ‘positive outcomes’ from its suicide prevention programs — but veteran suicide rates haven’t slowed
MILITARY TIMES --- A Department of Veterans Affairs analysis of its suicide prevention programs touted mostly “positive outcomes” of the efforts even though they didn’t translate into fewer veterans dying by their own hand.
Pentagon pushes for weaker standards on chemicals contaminating drinking water
THE NEW YORK TIMES --- Facing billions of dollars in cleanup costs, the Pentagon is pushing the Trump administration to adopt a weaker standard for groundwater pollution caused by chemicals that have commonly been used at military bases ...
About 21,000 troops booted so far under ‘deploy or get out’ policy
MILITARY TIMES --- About 21,000 nondeployable troops have been forced out of the ranks since the Defense Department’s “deploy or get out” policy began last summer, Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan announced on Thursday.
This soldier’s son will receive his Medal of Honor this month
ARMY TIMES --- President Trump is upgrading a fallen soldier’s Distinguished Service Cross to the military’s highest valor award at a White House ceremony on March 27, according to a Tuesday release.
Arlene Marguerite Haupt
NAPA VALLEY REGISTER --- Arlene Marguerite Wieken Haupt was born March 4, 1934 to Roy and Marguerite (Nebbitt) Wieken in St. Paul, Minnesota. She was the 5th child born into the family but only the second to survive.
Turn scars into tattoos that tell a story
MILITARY TIMES --- I used to try hard to forget what it felt like to fear dying. The sounds of helicopters hovering above and “incoming fire” alarms wailing as our unit took cover.
New Life K9s links veterans, first responders suffering from PTSD with service dogs
SANTA MARIA TIMES --- For the past year, retired San Luis Obispo Police Officer Greg Gallo always has Eddie by his side. Since getting the service dog ... he has managed to keep symptoms of his PTSD under control.
Temecula event seeks to give Vietnam veterans their overdue ‘hero’s welcome’
THE PRESS-ENTERPRISE --- It has been about 50 years since Frank Romano and Rod Fink were on the battlefields during the Vietnam War, but it has taken that long for many of the emotional wounds and scars to be resolved — at least partially.
Ventura County’s homeless population increased 28 percent, rising rents and fires linked
VC STAR --- The homeless population counted on a day in January shows Ventura County’s total jumped by over 28 percent in 2019, compared to the previous year.
This local program helps vets prepare their taxes — for free
MILITARY TIMES | REBOOT CAMP --- Do you hate doing your taxes and think of them as a confusing slog? Or are you an expert who others turn to for help every tax season? Either way, this southern California-based program is looking for vets like you.
DoD and VA to host closed-door conference on burn pits
MILITARY.COM --- Defense Department and Department of Veterans Affairs officials are meeting this week in Arlington, Virginia, for a two-day symposium on burn pits and airborne pollutants but, ...
‘The invisible folks’: Spouses behind vets with PTSD
NBCNEWS.COM --- The suicide rates among veterans are astounding: 22 die by suicide daily. And behind the scenes are the spouses and family members who often get little support in their own battle to care for their loved ones.
Lawmakers renew push for contractor back pay, an expansion of veterans’ benefits and more
GOVERNMENT EXECUTIVE --- A bipartisan group of lawmakers has not given up on providing back pay to federal contractors impacted by the 35-day partial government shutdown earlier this year, ...
Local program connects veterans, first responders with highly trained service dogs
KSBY --- VIDEO | Some Central Coast veterans and first responders with PTSD are receiving support through the New Life K9s service dog organization.
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