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September 21, 2012
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  • VA job-training program moves into second phase
    The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking to fill 54,000 slots for the second phase of its Veterans Retaining Assistance Program after filling 45,000 openings in the program's first year. The program provides veterans enrolled in approved schools up to one year of Montgomery GI Bill benefits to learn skills associated with high-demand jobs. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  In the Pentagon 
  • Withdrawal of surge troops from Afghanistan is complete
    All 33,000 U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan in 2010 as part of a surge strategy have now left the country, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said today. The surge accomplished its objectives of "reversing the Taliban momentum on the battlefield and dramatically increasing the size and capability" of Afghan security forces, Panetta said. CBS News/The Associated Press (9/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Analysis: Afghanistan faces uncertain future after U.S. withdrawal
    Afghan National Security Forces have made progress toward becoming self-sufficient, but it's unlikely they will be ready to take over counterinsurgency operations when U.S.-led coalition troops fully withdraw in 2014, security experts say. Afghan military officers say the loss of U.S. air support will make it difficult to transport supplies and will put security forces at a combat disadvantage. USA TODAY (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reserve Strength 
  • Democrats want to work on sequestration through recess
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., are asking House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, to cancel lawmakers' six-week recess to work on preventing sequestration budget cuts. "[B]efore we return to our districts we must pass a comprehensive and balanced plan to prevent sequestration and responsibly reduce the deficit," the Democratic leaders said in a letter this week to Boehner. Defense News (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Reserve Life 
  • Proposed changes in non-VA care raise questions
    A Department of Veterans Affairs plan to overhaul the way veteran care is managed outside VA facilities is being questioned by Congress and the VA's inspector general's office. The Patient-Centered Community Care program would make services available through provider networks. Air Force Times(free registration) (9/20) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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