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PGA Hope puts Veterans in the swing of
Pete Mittelstaedt lines up his wheels to
line up his putt. Ray Martinez (pictured right) is hoping his softball-like
swing magically corrects itself. Carissa DiPietro just wants to improve at
a sport that is helping her get better. The three are
among almost four dozen Veterans who spend Monday afternoons at Oakwood
Park Golf Course in suburban Milwaukee as part of PGA Hope, a six-week
program that provides Veterans with instruction, course access and adaptive
equipment, if needed.
Agent Orange presumption policy leads to
higher VA health care use
For Vietnam Veterans, having a medical
condition presumed related to Agent Orange exposure is linked to greater
use of Veterans Affairs health care. That is the main finding of a study by
researchers with the War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC)
at the VA New Jersey Healthcare System. They say the results show that a
law passed by Congress nearly 30 years ago has largely met its goal:
helping affected Veterans get the care they need.
About 100 volunteers joined the national Flag and Flower Challenge at Camp Nelson.
The effort was started two years ago by California resident Preston Sharp.
Now 12 years old, Sharp has placed more than 65,000 flags and flowers at
Veterans gravesites in 13 states over the last two years. This event adds
to that tally, with another 5000-plus flags and flowers and his 14th state.
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