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Entries for November, 2016

First American Killed in Syria Combat

By Debbie Gregory. The first American servicemember to lose his life in Syria has been identified as 42-year-old sailor Senior Chief Petty Officer Scott C. Dayton. Chief Dayton was assigned to a bomb-disposal unit based in Virginia Beach, and was killed by an improvised bomb in northern Syria. He was killed in Ayn Issa, a […]

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St. Bonaventure University- A Great School for Veterans, A Great Place to Work

St. Bonaventure University (SBU) has long valued military veterans as an integral part of their campus community. Their new Student Veterans Center is staffed by two full-time employees, one full- time director, one full-time assistant director, and a half-time VISTA worker dedicated solely to the needs of veterans and their dependents as they transition from military to academic life. In […]

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Combat Veteran with PTSD Sues Airline For Not Being Allowed to Fly With Service Dog

By Debbie Gregory. Decorated Army veteran Lisa McCombs, who suffers from PTSD,  says flying the friendly skies with her service dog,  Jake, has always been easy. But that changed a year ago, when she and Jake, a Labrador retriever, were barred from boarding an American Airlines flight, in spite of the fact that Jake was […]

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Suicides of Older Troops Rare, and Rarely Addressed

By Debbie Gregory. Maj. Gen. John Rossi was days away from taking command of Army Space and Missile Command. Instead, on July 31st , he was found dead, and his death was ruled a suicide. Rossi, 55, was the commanding general for the Army Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill in Oklahoma. He had […]

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Most Private Sector Doctors Unprepared to Treat Veterans

By Debbie Gregory. While many veterans get some health care from private doctors, those doctors often fall short when it comes to identifying service-related illness. Jeffrey L. Brown, M.D., a clinical professor of pediatrics at New York Medical College who also teaches at Weill Cornell Medicine, said, “While everybody seems to be mostly focused on […]

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