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Senate Approves Amendment to Fight Military Suicide
November 30, 2012

An amendment to expand mental healthcare for the military has been approved by the Senate. In the wake of the rising number of suicides within the military, the Defense authorization bill has been amended to require the Pentagon to create a comprehensive and standardized suicide prevention program.

New Memorial Honors, Educates About Modern Veterans
November 30, 2012

A new effort has begun in Washington DC to build a new education center to tell the stories of generations of veterans killed in combat.

November 29, 2012

The Senate has voted to instate more stringent penalties for service members convicted of sexual assault, rape, or forcible sodomy. The new policies require that a convicted assailant to be administratively discharged if their sentence didn’t order punitive dismissal. This is the first of several amendments related to sex crimes in the military to go before the Senate, marking the first of what could be many reforms in 2013.

New Repository Helps Military Study Brain Wounds
November 29, 2012

In a bid to understand more about the effects of military service and combat trauma on the brain, the Pentagon has created a brain bank in a Washington suburb. So far, only one sample has been collected, however, the Pentagon and officials are beginning to educate troops and their families about the process of brain donation after death.

Wounded Veteran Inspires Students
November 28, 2012

Corwyn Collier Sr, a veteran of the Iraq war, rolled over a roadside bomb on May 23, 2009-- now, three and a half years later, he is about to get his master's degree and become a high school teacher.

Female Military Members Sue for Combat Positions
November 28, 2012

Four female service members have filed a lawsuit challenging the ban on women serving in combat. The suit, filed Tuesday, contends that the policy unfairly blocks women from promotes and other advancements open to men in combat.

Mother, Daughter Write Book for Military Children
November 27, 2012

A new children's book has come out for the sons and daughters of military personnel. Addressing the unique challenges that a number of military families face, the book, "The Little CHAMPS," was inspired by a remark by the 5-year-old daughter of a triple amputee.

Program Gives Homeless Veterans Second Chance
November 27, 2012

A new Depeartment of Veterans Affair program in South Dakota is taking homeless veterans off the streets and giving them internships. Six area veterans in the VA Black Hills Health Care System have become full-time employees at the Black Hills National Cemetery. Work began in the first week of October, and two weeks later the apprentices traveled to St. Louis for an intensive week of training.

Military Hospital Implements Music Lessons to Help with Brain Injury Recovery
November 26, 2012

Patients at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence and Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., will have a chance to see whether learning or playing an instrument can improve cognitive function and motor coordination in those with a brain injury or disease. Officials with the Intrepid Center, or NICoE, announced Nov. 16 they will expand the facility’s therapeutic arts program to include music.

Few Women Signing Up for Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course
November 26, 2012

No women have volunteered for the January round of the Marine Corps' Infantry Officer Course, leaving the Marine Corps' goal of testing at least 90 more women in the course looking like it may be difficult to fulfill.