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February 4, 2013
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  • Veterans account for at least 22% of U.S. suicides, VA says
    Veterans are estimated to account for roughly 22% of all suicides in the U.S., but that percentage might actually be higher, as veteran suicides are likely underreported, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs. The majority of veterans who commit suicide are at least 50 years old; fewer than 5% are under 30, the VA reported Friday. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • More Republican senators oppose Hagel nomination
    After a confirmation hearing for Chuck Hagel last week, more Republican senators say they will vote against him for defense secretary. "Senator Hagel's answers before the committee were simply too inconsistent, particularly as they related to Iran and Israel," said Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., in a statement. The Hill/DEFCON Hill blog (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Pentagon will submit sequestration plan by Friday
    The Pentagon will submit a plan for dealing with sequestration to the White House by the end of this week, sources say. The Friday deadline will give the Defense Department three weeks to prepare for the defense cuts scheduled for March 1. The automatic cuts represent $500 billion over 10 years. Defense News (2/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Veterans' unemployment rates increase
    The jobless rate for post-9/11 veterans increased from 9.9% to 11.7% in January, according to government data. The jobless rate for veterans of all generations increased for the third straight month to 7.6%. The overall jobless rate remained at 7.9%. (2/1) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Special units help reservists handle stress
    The U.S. Army Reserve has 13 Combat and Operational Stress Control units working to help active-duty troops manage stress. The Army, Air Force and Navy are deploying similar units in a bid to counter depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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