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IAVA Daily News Brief – June 27, 2017

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Today’s Top Stories 

Martinez, 54, was born in Mexico, but came to the U.S. as a young child and became a legal resident. He joined the Army, served with the 82nd Airborne Division, and earned an honorable discharge. But more than a decade after he left the service, he was convicted of a felony, putting his immigration status in jeopardy. | WNYC >>

“I think the organization feels more empowered to fix problems than they have in the past, and my hope is that we will be able to set the path so that the organization is earning back that trust that it needs,” he added. Shulkin, who has won kudos for his management acumen, said that the president is using a businessman’s sense to fix government. | Washington Examiner >>

The owner of a New Jersey computer training center has admitted stealing $2.8 million from a program designed to help veterans find employment. Elizabeth Honig pleaded guilty Wednesday to theft of government funds. The 52-year-old Morganville, New Jersey, resident faces up to 10 years in prison when she’s sentenced Sept. 25. | Military Times >>

Iraq and Afghanistan

More than 1,400 Iraqi immigrants, some of whom have lived in the United States for decades and have spouses or children who are citizens, have been issued final orders of removal, according to the ACLU. | The Los Angeles Times >>

Mattis told lawmakers part of the change involves moving U.S. troops closer to the fight to help Afghan forces — decimated with record casualties last year — to call in airstrikes against the Taliban. In this way, officials say the new strategy in Afghanistan will look like the current fight against ISIS in Iraq and Syria, with more American troops calling in airstrikes to support local forces. | Fox News >>

“This is in line with tactics we have seen previously in Samarra (and) Anbar,” he said. Both the Iraqi city of Samarra and the western province of Anbar had been liberated of IS militants last year but have seen occasional counterattacks by the extremist group. | The New York Post >>

Military Affairs

A U.S. warship struck by a container vessel in Japanese waters failed to respond to warning signals or take evasive action before a collision that killed seven of its crew, according to a report of the incident by the Philippine cargo ship’s captain.  Multiple U.S. and Japanese investigations are under way into how the guided missile destroyer USS Fitzgerald and the much larger ACX Crystal container ship collided in clear weather south of Tokyo Bay in the early hours of June 17.  | Reuters >>

It was the “first time that a fully integrated laser system successfully engaged and fired on a target from a rotary-wing aircraft over a wide variety of flight regimes, altitudes and air speeds,” Raytheon said. The Apache hit the target from about 0.9 miles away. | Business Insider >>

“The E-4B serves as the National Airborne Operations Center and is a key component of the National Military Command System for the President, the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” according to Air Force spokesperson Col. Patrick Ryder. | CNN >>

#VetsRising

spent my 25th birthday in the hospital thinking that my life was over. It wasn’t just that I’d lost an arm. It was that I no longer had a career. I had been physically fit, mentally fit, at the top of my game, and I went from that to a state of feeling basically useless. I was terrified about being just cast aside while everybody else moved on. That’s what fueled me to go into business and to want so desperately to stay connected to the military and the mission. | Inc. >> 

“The film kind of found me,” Alred said. “Lysa selected five women to follow. And she concentrated on a particular story about each woman veteran. My story is about the murder of my father. He was murdered in Columbus, off Marathon Drive. His name is Paul Hill Sr.” | Ledger-Enquirer >>

“The veterans feel that the horses are mirroring what they feel,” said Yuval Neria, a medical psychology professor at Columbia and the study’s other director. At the outset, “Both the horses and the vets kind of exhibit or even suffer from the same fear circuit-based behavior. They are both fearful, initially, they are both apprehensive, initially, they avoid being together initially, and over time they develop the ability to be together.” | News Chief >>

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