VETS & TROOPS BRIEF (VTB) – US Troops Bring Christmas Cheer, Do We Have a Veteran ‘Extremism’ Problem? Compensating Nuclear Test Survivors, Should Military Police Wear Body Cams? Military Benefits Guide, Missing Military Explosives popping Up Everywhere

U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Sara Bauer, 388th Component Maintenance Squadron aircraft fuel system craftsman, and Staff Sgt. Felipe Mendoza, 75th Force Support Squadron First Term Airman course instructor, place U.S. flags above the graves of U.S. military members at the Veterans Memorial Park, Bluffdale, Utah, Nov. 9, 2012. / U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Tiffany DeNault/Released

FOR OUR VETS AND TROOPS – American Defense News (ADN) – in collaboration with the Center for American Defense Studies (CADS) – is now providing our readers the VETERANS & TROOPS BRIEF:

A summary of news stories focused on the interests and needs of our veterans and current servicemembers.

Today’s VTB includes a variety of information and news for our Vets and Troops.

READ TODAY’S VTB BELOW:

Veterans

WHAT EXTREMISM? Fighting falsehoods: Veterans coalition aims to battle extremism with truth. Commentary: Veterans and military families can continue to protect our democracy — if we empower them with the knowledge, tools and network to do so.

HOW NICE OF THEM – VA won’t fire employees for refusing the COVID vaccine until after the holidays. The deadline for some VA workers to get vaccinated passed two months ago.

Inside the ‘highly suspicious’ veterans charity that celebrities love and ex-employees can’t stand. The Vettys, and Ravandi’s related non-profit, the Academy of United States Veterans (AUSV), are meant to support the military and veteran community’s most respected advocates and allies.

Veterans of US atomic age deserve compensation. Commentary: Compensating nuclear testing survivors should not be controversial. In many ways, the communities subjected to nuclear testing are unacknowledged casualties of World War II and the Cold War.

Benefits

Military Benefits Guide – We’ve compiled the latest information service members want to know about basic pay, VA loans, education, retirement, and more.

Troops

US military explosives vanish, emerge in civilian world. Explosives have been found in homes and storage units, inside military barracks and alongside roads, even at a US-Mexico border checkpoint.

Should military police wear body cams? Congress is asking. After BLM and Jan. 6, some say the tech is ‘long overdue,’ but others scoff that it’s ‘a solution in search of a problem.’

Email shutdown looms for 250,000 personnel, and the Army has no fix yet. The Army said it is “committed” to providing official email access to all soldiers and Army civilians in response to concerns that the service’s decision to purchase hundreds of thousands fewer Microsoft email licenses than personnel will leave junior enlisted troops without official emails.

Military Brings Christmas Cheer

March of chilly soldiers ends with piles of Christmas presents for South Korean orphans. U.S. soldiers of the 2nd Infantry Division marched on Thursday with rucksacks filled with toys and other gifts to donate to South Korean orphanages for Christmas.

Airmen help save holiday tradition in Alaska’s largest city. It’s believed this is the first time the star hasn’t been fully lit on time.

END of VTB

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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank. - paulcrespo.substack.com - PAULCRESPO.COM

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