IAVA Daily News Brief 11.28.11
Posted by Jim Drury on November 28
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In an interview with Howard Fineman for the Huffington Post, IAVA Founder and Executive Director Paul Rieckhoff spoke about his work advocating for veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Rieckhoff addressed the challenges facing the newest generation of veterans and the leadership lessons that can be gleaned from their experiences overseas.
Last Tuesday, Iraq veteran and IAVA Member J.R. Martinez captured first place in the hit show, “Dancing With the Stars.” From the battlefield to the ballroom, Martinez won the heart of the audience and the admiration of the judges with his indefatigable optimism and his professional drive. Now, Martinez is being touted by American officials as an example of the potential of America’s new greatest generation.
The American drawdown in Afghanistan and the pullout in Iraq is a turbulent time for all service members, but members of the National Guard are especially prone to fluctuations in assignments. Unlike active-duty soldiers, National Guardsmen return home to a residence, not a base, and they can be left unemployed after a mission is scrapped.
VA hospitals provide a level of quality and care that cannot be replicated by civilian hospitals, but many veterans are exasperated by scheduling delays and afternoons spent in waiting rooms. As the wars overseas wind down, the VA is bracing for a new surge in patients from the post-9/11 generation of veterans.
- U.S. officials have launched an investigation into Saturday’s NATO airstrike that killed two dozen Pakistani soldiers stationed on the Afghan border.
- As part of the second stage of the transition to self-government, NATO is on the verge of handing over even more security responsibilities to native forces.
- After eight years of war, Iraq remains fractured by sectarian tensions between Sunni and Shiite Muslims.
- On Monday, a suicide bomber detonated a car full of explosives at the entrance to a prison north of Baghdad, killing at least 19 people.
- A new study suggests that guilt is one of the most common causes of post-traumatic stress disorder.
- A reporter embedded with an American unit in Afghanistan reflects on how professional sports serve as a bond between combatants and correspondents.
- The heir to the British Crown participated in a rescue operation in the Irish Sea early Sunday morning.
- A graduate of Oxford University is reenacting World War II via Twitter, tweeting events that occurred seventy-two years ago by the hour.
- After standing on stage last week as President Obama signed the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, IAVA Member Veteran Brian Sullivan spoke with reporters about the need to help new veterans get jobs.
- Senator Jim DeMint, the only member of Congress to vote against the Vow to Hire Heroes Act, justified his opposition by arguing that the bill was a symbolic act, not a concrete move that would ease veteran unemployment.
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