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Florida debuts new prison dorms for U.S. veterans

ORLANDO, Fla (Reuters) – Marvin Hurst, 59, makes his bunk with military precision, snaps to attention for the morning flag-raising ceremony and follows orders all day long. But home is no Army barracks. Hurst, who served in the U.S. Army from 1973-74, is one of 300 prisoners housed in the…

Unemployment crisis among veterans spurs call to action in Congress

While dismal employment numbers often lead the news — unemployment, for instance remains just over 9% — and the fight over the debt ceiling left fixing the jobless recovery on the back burner, some Americans who went to war at the behest of their president are finding the peace back…

Military chaplain: Soldier’s rape ‘must have been God’s will’

WASHINGTON – A lawsuit targeting the Pentagon contains an astonishing anecdote about a retired Sergeant’s experience after being sexually assaulted by a colleague during a deployment to Afghanistan. The lawsuit, available here (PDF), was filed by 17 military women against Secretaries of Defense Robert Gates and Donald Rumsfeld in Virginia.…

Obama plans to expand PTSD care with ’21st century’ veterans administration

President Barack Obama announced Saturday his administration will make it easier for military veterans suffering from post traumatic stress disorder to receive the benefits they need. “This is a long-overdue step that will help veterans not just of the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, but generations of their brave predecessors who…

More troops hospitalized for mental health than any other reason

More U.S. troops were hospitalized for mental health disorders than any other reason in 2009. Mental health hospitalizations throughout the military topped injuries, battle wounds and even pregnancy and childbirth for the first time in 15 years of tracking by the Pentagon’s Medical Surveillance Monthly report. USA Today‘s Gregg Zoroya…

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