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News Brief for 9 September 2014


Prince Harry welcomes the Team Captains of the 13 nations taking part in the Invictus Games to London. News Brief

American wounded warriors compete in London's "Invictus Games" >> CBS News
Ninety-eight Americans are among the wounded warriors in London gearing up for the "Invictus Games." Athletes from 13 nations will compete in events ranging from basketball to cycling, swimming and archery, reports CBS News correspondent Jan Crawford.

Wisconsin vets find healing, camaraderie in Northwoods camp >> The Journal Sentinel
It's not a hospital or clinic, but a lot of healing is done here. Perched between two lakes in northern Wisconsin, bucolic Camp American Legion opened in 1925 as a respite for wounded and disabled World War I soldiers. Nine decades later, it is serving more people every year as a haven for veterans needing rest and recovery - including those battling invisible wounds.

After 23 moves, Navy wife awaits retirement >> Navy Times
There was the time in Japan when Sally Carpenter got the chicken pox so bad she had to be hospitalized. New to the country and knowing no one, she relied on other military wives to care for her children because her husband, Steve, was deployed.

44 States Now Offer Military Spouse License Help >> Spouse Buzz
If you’re a military spouse who holds a professional license, military moves are only getting easier. That’s because 44 states now offer some kind of professional licensing help, while 11 have joined the Military Spouse JD Network’s (MSJDN) licensing policy push military spouse attorneys.

TDY "Young Tiger" U-Tapao, Thailand '72'

Crew Chief KC-135A out of Carswell AFB, Texas, TDY to U-Tapao in 1972 for 95 days. Slept in the hooch just off the flightline "Charlie Row", 12 on and 12 off. Flew 3 Combat missions (with Combat pay) over Vietnam refueling RB-57, RB-66, and F-4 A/C. Because I was TDY, my official Military records do not reveal this ever happening, or any other TDY's I was involved with. Nor does my DD-214 reflect any thing associated with my duties in and around Southeast Asia. I am proud that I served during that time and any support I gave to our troops that were on the ground in Vietnam.

News Brief for 8 September 2014

Marine Recon

Recon Marines believe they can fly during their pre-deployment training. — U.S. Marines @USMC News Brief

Some Veterans Find Peace Thanks To Scuba Gear, Quiet Waters >> NPR
For veterans like Tim Maynard, scuba diving provides relief from symptoms of PTSD. Maynard goes diving once a week, exploring the Florida Keys and shipwrecks off the coast of North Carolina.

Female veterans learn fly-fishing to cope with trauma >> San Francisco Chronicle
The only sound in this one corner of Golden Gate Park is the whirring "zzzzzz" of fishing lines, as they arc out over a deep green pond, sending rippling concentric circles toward shore.

Amputee shares his story of hope with airmen >> Air Force Times
After the accident, after the surgeries that took his foot and then his leg, Capt. Ryan McGuire imagined a future confined to a wheelchair.

In place of 'boots on the ground,' US seeks contractors for Iraq >> Stars and Stripes
Wary of putting combat troops in Iraq, the U.S. government is gauging contractors’ interest in advising the Iraqi Defense Ministry and Counter Terrorism Service in a range of capacities, including force development, logistics and planning and operations.

Study: Gun Restrictions Associated With Higher Murder Rates

In a new study, Mark Gius, of Quinnipiac University’s Department of Economics, has found that between 1980 and 2009, “states with more restrictive CCW laws had gun-related murder rates that were 10% higher” than those of other states. Gius also concluded that state “murder rates were 19.3% higher when the Federal [‘assault weapon’ and ‘large’ magazine] ban was in effect.” Gius says that more research is needed to determine whether these gun control laws contributed to, or merely coincided with, higher rates of crime.

Nationally, murder rates have certainly been lower since the federal gun and magazine bans were in effect. The bans went into effect in September 1994 and expired in September 2004. During the 10 years 1995-2004, the average annual murder rate was 6.2 per 100,000 population. From 2005 to 2012, however, the average rate has been 16 percent lower, at 5.2 per 100,000.

Murder rates have also decreased as the number of Right-to-Carry (RTC) states have increased. From 1987, when Florida adopted its trend-setting Right-to-Carry law, through 2012, the share of the American population living in RTC states rose from 16 percent to 70 percent, and the nation’s murder rate decreased 43 percent.

News Brief for 5 September 2014

UH-1N 'Huey"

The US Marine Corps' final UH-1N 'Huey' helicopter (front) is escorted by its UH-1Y Venom (rear) successor during its sundown flypast on 28 August. Source: US Marine Corps News Brief

UH-1N 'Huey' retired from USMC service >> IHS Jane's 360
The US Marine Corps (USMC) has officially retired the last of its Bell UH-1N 'Huey' helicopters after more than 40 years of service, it was announced on 3 September.

Veterans plan to open FOB-themed pub near Pendleton >> Marine Corps Times
Two former soldiers plan to make Marines feel at home in their new restaurant by decking it out in camouflage netting with sandbags lining the walls - and the menu will feature items chicken "M-WRAPS," napalm nachos and homemade MREs.

Long road still ahead for Vietnam veterans seeking PTSD-related discharge upgrades >> Washington Post
Veterans today can be given a medical discharge while coping with PTSD, clearing a path for them to receive medical benefits from the VA. But the condition wasn't recognized until 1980, potentially leaving thousands of Vietnam War veterans out in the process.

For war-zone medical training, Navy sends doctors, nurses and medics to Chicago hospital >> Associated Press
The patient had been shot on the streets of Chicago, but when Dr. Jared Bernard stood over his open body in the operating room, he could see that the single bullet had unleashed the same kind of massive infection inflicted by roadside bombs in Afghanistan.


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