IAVA Daily News Brief 10.24.12
Posted by Jacob Worrell on October 24
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Alone in a guard tower 6,800 miles from her home in Longview, Wash., Specialist Mikayla Bragg took her own life last December. Bragg's commanding officers at Forward Operating Base Salerno, Afghanistan, had no idea that in the months prior to her deployment the 20-year-old Army specialist had multiple encounters with the military mental health system.
Exasperated veterans who work part-time for the Veterans Administration while attending college say their paychecks are sometimes weeks late, leaving them in trouble with bill collectors or having to borrow money to avoid eviction.
The number of suicides among U.S. Army active duty and reserve personnel in 2012 is higher than the total combined military fatalities from Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan over the same timeframe.
- Afghanistan has opened its first ever national park and is preparing for the day when tourists might visit to marvel at its spectacular scenery, archaeological treasures and wildlife.
- A firefight that raged for an hour between international forces and the Taliban in eastern Afghanistan killed four children who were in the area grazing their sheep and goats.
- Iraqi insurgents launched a new wave of attacks targeting security forces and a local politician on Wednesday morning, killing four members of the security forces and one child.
- The Army has started to adapt their approach to resiliency training by helping families deal with the long-term effects of serving multiple deployments.
- Voluntary transition assistance programs will be mandatory for most servicemembers starting next month.
THE NEW GREATEST GENERATION
- Nick Staback, who lost both of his legs to a bomb in Afghanistan, learned to walk again with the help of his mother, Maria.
- A revealing new exhibition at the New-York Historical Society Museum & Library keenly reminds us of the way we used to fight wars.
- The current unemployment rate of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans is 9.7 percent — well above the national average of 7.8 percent.
- In Monday night's debate focused on foreign policy, President Obama said that part of the dividend from ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan should be used to take care of veterans.
- Obama and Romney's offers to do more aren't helping the 8,000 homeless vets in the L.A. area.
- Both President Obama and Mitt Romney exuded confidence during Monday night’s debate regarding the planned U.S. drawdown from Afghanistan despite the country’s deep problems and long-struggling U.S. effort there.
- A Virginia woman was in custody Tuesday after police say she crashed her car into another vehicle, then tried to ram into a security officer, in a puzzling confrontation outside the entrance of Walter Reed hospital.
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