IAVA Daily News Brief - Sept. 6, 2013
Posted by Gretchen Andersen on September 6
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- In its latest report sharply criticizing U.S. government aid programs, the Office of the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction charged Thursday that millions of U.S. dollars being spent on public health programs is “at risk of waste, fraud and abuse” and that there is “little assurance” the funds are being used as intended.
- Next week's 12th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks likely will be the last on which American combat troops fight what has become not only the longest war in U.S. history, but the most unpopular.
- The author of a popular memoir of life under the Taliban that was made into a major Bollywood movie was shot dead early Thursday morning, 18 years after militant leaders sentenced her to death after she refused to wear a burqa in public.
- Abu Mohaned spent Tuesday night washing the bodies of victims of that evening’s car bombs, preparing them for burial. When a couple of roadside bombs went off the next day, he did the same thing.
- The United States has intercepted an order from an Iranian official instructing militants in Iraq to attack U.S. interests in Baghdad in the event the Obama administration launches a military strike in Syria, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
- Longer and more frequent combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan undermined marital satisfaction among U.S. troops leading to more divorce, according to what researchers say is the largest study done on broken marriages in the military.
- Veterans should see more timely access to mental health providers and other civilian medical specialists under a new Patient Centered Community Care (PC3) initiative, which the Department of Veterans Affairs will phase in across the country over the next six months.
- The female midshipman who has accused three former football players of sexually assaulting her at a party filed a federal lawsuit Thursday to force the U.S. Naval Academy's superintendent, Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller, to give up authority over the case.
- The Marine Corps is preparing to limit alcohol sales on base, following in the footsteps of a Navy effort designed to reduce alcohol-related crimes and misbehavior.
- U.S. troops are used to fighting alongside robots in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now they’re being pitted against them in live fire training as the U.S. military moves to replace pop-up targets with mobile, autonomous machines.
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- This week, 25 wounded veterans and their families are being treated like celebrities in this town. They wear VIF (Very Important Family) dog tags that get them free ice cream cones, lunches, golf games, spa treatments, and “thank you for your service” hat tips and handshakes.
- Jack Nicklaus will add nine holes to the American Lake Veterans GC in Lakewood, Wash., which, according to its website, is the only course in America completely accessible to disabled veterans.
- A new organization, part social club and part professional network, has formed on Capitol Hill for veterans working in or with congressional offices.
- A man that tried to rob a convenience store was stopped by a store clerk that happened to be an armed veteran.
- After 10 months in Afghanistan, Sgt. Javelle Crowder surprised her son at his football game by dressing up as the ref.
- The National Security Agency is winning its long-running secret war on encryption, using supercomputers, technical trickery, court orders and behind-the-scenes persuasion to undermine the major tools protecting the privacy of everyday communications in the Internet age, according to newly disclosed documents.
- Nearly a week into President Obama's campaign to convince Congress that airstrikes against Syria are necessary, he has achieved little headway against a wall of skepticism on Capitol Hill.
- The Obama administration is considering a plan to use U.S. military trainers to help increase the capabilities of the Syrian rebels, in a move that would greatly expand the current CIA training being done quietly in Jordan, U.S. officials told The Associated Press on Thursday.
- President Obama has directed the Pentagon to develop an expanded list of potential targets in Syria in response to intelligence suggesting that the government of President Bashar al-Assad has been moving troops and equipment used to employ chemical weapons while Congress debates whether to authorize military action.
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