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IAVA | March 23, 2016

IAVA Daily News Brief – March 23, 2016

Today’s Top Stories

 

The VA Program For Veteran Caregivers You May Not Know About
Roughly 5.5 million people serve as caregivers for veteran family members. The Department of Veterans Affairs has a lesser known benefit for these family members. Known as Caregiver Support Services, these benefits aim to help family members who are tasked with the primary care of a disabled veteran. | Task & Purpose >>

 

Troop count in Iraq doesn’t include all forces, Pentagon chief acknowledges
Defense Secretary Ash Carter acknowledged Tuesday that the number of U.S. troops on the ground in Iraq is higher than the administration’s authorized cap of 3,870. “People who are temporarily assigned — and this has been true for here and in Afghanistan for some time — they, under the caps, are counted differently, as you well know,” Carter told the House Armed Services Committee. (The Hill)
http://thehill.com/policy/defense/273892-pentagon-chief-acknowledges-troop-count-in-iraq-doesnt-include-all-forces

More veterans using marijuana for PTSD
A growing number of states are weighing whether to legalize marijuana to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. But for many veterans, the debate is already over. They’re increasingly using cannabis even though it remains illegal in most states and is unapproved by the Department of Veterans Affairs because major studies have yet to show it is effective against PTSD. (AP)
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/more-veterans-using-marijuana-for-ptsd/

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