News Brief for 11 September 2014 News Brief

Homeless veteran photographs homeless people in Prescott region >> The Daily Courier
Brad Messervy has been homeless in the Prescott area for the last five years and often sleeps in the forest, which he says he loves. Messervy chooses to be homeless out of a love for the lifestyle and the freedom it affords him.

Three years later, Afghan war vet and military dog are reunited in Dallas >> Dallas Morning News
A Garland resident and former U.S. Marine has reunited with a military dog that he served with in Afghanistan in 2011.

‘I have held that life in my hands’ >> Washington Post
My first morning in Forward Operating Base Lightning, Maj. Vance Trenkel, the Third Cavalry's public affairs officer, asked me to create a little good feeling and sketch someone wearing the Third Cav's Stetson. Of course I agreed, and made one plaintive request: it had to be some Clint Eastwood-looking crusty veteran of multiple conflicts. "I need to see the grit in the corners of his eyes," I said.

Man bikes across country to raise money for Veterans >> WRCB Chattanooga
Grehlinger is making his way across the country on two wheels. He's riding from Portland, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina, totaling close to 44-hundred miles in just 3 months. With every mile, he's raising money for Veteran's Best Friend, an organization that gives dogs to veterans suffering with PTSD.

G.I. Joe photo exhibit in San Jose brings to life the real plight of struggling veterans >> San Jose Mercury News
These are no ordinary Joes. At first glance, the G.I. Joe action figures who are the subjects of a stark photo exhibit on display at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library look disturbingly real. And that's precisely the point.

Sports becoming popular therapy for vets >> U-T San Diego
"This guy," said Travis Schneider, pointing toward the big brown eyes of his service dog, Gibbs, a white Labrador retriever. And sports. These two things have made Schneider's life tolerable since he left the Navy in 2012. The former gunner's mate lives with severe post-traumatic stress disorder and a mild brain injury after nine months in Iraq in 2008.

Combat Paper: Vets turn war trauma to art in Morristown >> Morristown Green
David Keefe wore the uniform of the United States Marines proudly in Iraq. In Morristown, he will mash it into a pulp in the same spirit of Semper Fi.

Frigate Halyburton decommissioned after 30 years of service >> Navy Times
After more than 30 years of naval service, the frigate Halyburton was decommissioned in Mayport, Florida, on Sept. 6 in a ceremony attended by crew members, plankowners, family and friends.

Marine held in Mexico on weapons charges set for third hearing >> Los Angeles Times
A U.S. Marine held in a Mexican prison on weapons charges since April 1 is slated to attend his third evidentiary hearing Tuesday in Tijuana where his attorney plans to argue that his rights were violated by the arresting officers.

Lawyer for Marine jailed in Mexico expresses confidence >> Los Angeles Times
The lawyer for a U.S. Marine held in a Mexican prison since April 1 on weapons charges said Wednesday that, after three evidentiary hearings, he was optimistic that he was close to a ruling that would free his client.

Soldier dies after arrest at Fort Polk >> Army Times
A soldier who fled law enforcement officials investigating a reported break-in at on-base housing at Fort Polk, Louisiana, died after he was apprehended, according to a Tuesday news release from the base.

Army officer is told not to enter his daughter's high school because he's wearing his uniform >> WJBK; Detroit
Lieutenant Colonel Sherwood Baker says he is just a father who was trying to help his daughter find her way at her new high school.

"Son, Men Don't Get Raped" >> GQ
Sexual assault is alarmingly common in the U.S. military, and more than half of the victims are men. According to the Pentagon, thirty-eight military men are sexually assaulted every single day. These are the stories you never hear-because the culprits almost always go free, the survivors rarely speak, and no one in the military or Congress has done enough to stop it.

Veterans wary of prolonged war in Middle East >> MSNBC- The Rachel Maddow Show
Paul Rieckhoff, founder and president of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America, talks about how Iraq and Afghanistan veterans view the prospect of returning to war in the Middle East and the importance of fulfilling obligations to veterans' care.

22 A Day Is Unconscionable: Preventing Veteran Suicide >> Huffington Post
IAVA CEO and Founder, Paul Rieckhoff, writes: An estimated 22 veterans die by suicide each day. But you will see no headlines on their passing. For many of our brave servicemen and women, transitioning home is challenging. Imagine the strain of leaving family and friends for months on end in an unfamiliar country, enduring battle and seeing your friends fall to the enemy.

Ferguson fallout: Do the police really need 12,000 bayonets? >> Christian Science Monitor
On Tuesday, the Senate weighed police use of military hardware provided for free by the Pentagon. The program, known as 1033, came to national attention in the wake of the Ferguson protests.

Iraq vet Seth Moulton defeats nine-term Rep. Tierney in Mass. >> USA Today
Meet Seth Moulton, the Massachusetts Democrat who has done something no one else in his party has done in the 2014 primaries: He beat incumbent Rep. John Tierney.

Fort Bliss increases security procedures >> Associated Press
The Army is ramping up security at Fort Bliss, its sprawling West Texas post near the US-Mexico border.

Is There Any Part of Government That Hasn't Been Hacked Yet? >> NextGov
Cybersecurity has been touted by the Obama administration as one of its top technology priorities over the past several years, but heightened visibility alone has done little to deter adversaries that include state-sponsored hackers, hackers for hire, cyber syndicates and terrorists

Mismanagement alleged at VA appeals board >> Military Times
A senior attorney at the Board of Veterans Appeals told lawmakers Wednesday that managers at the agency covered up delays in appeals processing and doctored records to protect their performance bonuses.

VA Secretary Wants to Improve Digital Services for Vets >> NextGov
Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald said he plans to launch a new digital services team in the agency to help winnow down its numerous websites as part of a plan to improve the services VA delivers to veterans.

Survey: 40 percent of wounded face problems getting VA care >> Military Times
As a peer mentor for Wounded Warrior Project, Josh Renschler regularly helps severely injured veterans navigate the Veterans Affairs Department health care system.

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