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.

Vietnam Vet Walking to DC in Protest of Jailed Marine >>
Terry Sharpe is a North Carolina Vietnam veteran who has decided to walk along Highway 29, which will take him through Virginia on his way to Washington, D.C. He's making the journey in protest of Tahmooressi's arrest, which he sees as being jailed for simply making a mistake while navigating the road. Tahmooressi has been in the Mexican prison for six months thus far.

Major milestones ahead for West Point grad's brewery >> Army Times
After a successful summer launch party netted nearly $5,000 for charity, the former Army officer behind the Service Brewing Co. has two more big events on his calendar.

What Navy SEALs can teach you about trust >> Navy Times
Imagine this: You're 6 feet, 5 inches tall, weigh 230 pounds and wear a 60-pound vest with assorted survival gear. You sleep only a very few hours during the day and you work mostly at night, carrying out the most critical and dangerous missions to protect the interests of the United States of America.

Why Women Do Not Belong in the U.S. Infantry >> Capt Lauren F. Serrano in Marine Corps Gazette
While reading the February issue of the Marine Corps Gazette, I skimmed past the "Be Bold" advertisement calling for readers to submit articles that challenge a Marine Corps policy or way of doing business.

NSA Reform Will Likely Wait Until After the Election >> DefenseOne
A bill that would curtail the government's broad surveillance authority is unlikely to earn a vote in Congress before the November midterms, and it might not even get a vote during the postelection lame-duck session.

Send in the Guerrillas >> Whitney Kassel in Foreign Policy
In a world where our enemies don't wear uniforms, our allies don't have to, either.

Murky Special Ops Have Become Corporate Bonanza, Says Report >> The Intercept
Researcher Crofton Black, who also works as an investigator for human rights group Reprieve, was able to dig through the troves of data and identify the beneficiaries of almost $13 billion worth of spending by USSOCOM over the five-year period.

Steadfast Javelin shifts training from Afghanistan to Russia threat >> Stars and Stripes
A multinational exercise conducted here and in Latvia over the past few days is an example of the kind of training NATO will be undertaking as it shifts focus from Afghanistan to containing the threat from Russia, the commander of NATO Allied Land Command said Monday.

US and Ukraine launch navy drills in the Black Sea >> Stars and Stripes
The U.S. Navy began a three-day exercise in the Black Sea with Ukraine and several other militaries on Monday.

VA chief: More than 100 facilities now being probed >> USA Today
More than 100 Veterans Affairs health care facilities are now under investigation by multiple federal agencies - including the Justice Department, FBI and Inspector General's Office - in connection with health-care delays and falsified appointment records, the new head of the department said Monday.

VA announces 90-day plan to implement reforms >> Washington Post
Robert McDonald, the newly appointed secretary of the sprawling and scandal-tainted Department of Veterans Affairs, announced a 90-day reform plan Monday, promising to put former troops at the heart of his strategy.

McDonald launches 100-day VA reform plan >> Military Times
Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald said the recurring complaint he heard during a month-long listening tour across America is that his department's culture is still too closed and unfriendly.

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