IAVA Daily News Brief 8.12.11
Posted by Caitlin Kenney on August 12
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Afghan villagers who were near the crash site of the Chinook helicopter told reporters that the helicopter burst into flames immediately after it was hit by enemy fire. After cordoning off the area to conduct an investigation, military officials shipped the bigger parts of the helicopter away on trucks. The Pentagon released the names of the dead on Thursday. Click here to see pictures of the fallen.
On October 1, 2011 the third round of changes will go into effect for the post-9/11 GI Bill. The changes will enable the GI Bill to reach a broader range of student veterans, allowing claims for programs that do not lead to college degrees such as apprenticeship training and flight school. The bill will now grant a housing allowance to students not on active duty who are engaged in distance learning. Active duty students can receive a stipend for books and school supplies.
Three months after withdrawing from the volatile Pech Valley in eastern Afghanistan, the United States has returned to finish the job. The remote area in the Kunar province is a crucial part of the Taliban network that transports weapons and supplies from Pakistan. With security provided by U.S. troops, Afghan security forces are trying to win the loyalty of the local population. Hundreds of tons of aid have been delivered in the past three weeks.
Hamid Karzai has announced that he will abide by the Afghan constitution and step down in 2014, rather than seeking a third term.
The use of IEDs by the Taliban has hit an all-time high, with hundreds of bombs found by coalition forces every month.
On Thursday evening Iraqi cities were wracked by a spate of bombings, wounding 39 and killing 3.
Two former government employees have been convicted of embezzling money from the accounts of disabled veterans under their supervision.
One of the last units deployed to Afghanistan during the troop surge has returned stateside.
Engineers and scientists lost contact with an unmanned experimental aircraft over the Pacific Ocean as it traveled twenty times the speed of sound.
The director and writer working on a film about the hunt for Osama bin Laden have denied allegations that the White House has given them classified material.
Lawmakers have begun pressuring the White House to release the preliminary results of a comprehensive review of military spending.
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