IAVA Daily News Brief 11.30.11
Posted by Jim Drury on November 30
Here are some of today's top stories and happenings at IAVA. Prefer to receive real-time updates about major stories and legislation that IAVA is tracking? Follow us on Twitter @IAVAPressRoom and click here to get the News Brief delivered to your inbox every morning.
1) Rise in PTSD cases from two wars strains military resources
The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are weighing heavily on VA resources, with more veterans seeking treatment for invisible injuries than ever before. Ten thousand combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder file into VA hospitals every three months, and the number is only expected to increase as more veterans come home. On Wednesday, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee is conducting a hearing to investigate the rise in invisible injuries and why veterans have to wait so long for an appointment at a VA hospital.
2) Veteran: Redefining the Word
The Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that there are 22 million living veterans in the United States, but only 8.3 million have enrolled in VA health care. Female veterans are particularly underrepresented, with only 524,000 enrolled in VA health care out of an estimated population of 8 million. Kate Hoit of VAntage Point tackles the definition of a veteran.
3) Cutting the Pain of War With a Punchline
For two years, Army veteran Bobby Henline has made a living with laugher, performing stand-up routines across the country. Now, Henline is headlining a documentary with four other veterans about their quest to make it big in the comedy world. Henline hopes the documentary will draw more attention to laughter as a healing force.
- Afghan president Hamid Karzai has been presented with a petition with 5,000 signatures , calling for the release of a 21 year-old rape victim who is being forced to marry her assailant.
- Vice President Biden made a surprise visit to Iraq on Tuesday, touching down in Baghdad for the eighth time during his tenure in the Obama administration.
- Magic Johnson stepped up big for a sailor at the First Annual Carrier Classic , standing by as the service member asked his girlfriend to marry him in front of 6,000 fans.
- On Tuesday, sailors celebrated the 50th birthday of the iconic USS Enterprise , the world’s first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier.
- The National Veterans Foundation has authored a compendium that provides guidance for attorneys defending veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan in criminal court.
A wide-range of views, positions, and publications are represented in these articles. These views, positions and publications are not endorsed by nor do they necessarily represent the views of IAVA.
 http://twitter.com/home?status=Currently reading http://iava.org/blog/iava-daily-news-brief-113011