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San Diego VA evolving treatments as traumatic stress numbers rise By Rick Rogers VA Volunteer The fighting might be over, but the wounded keep coming. Every month dozens of veterans are added to the treatment roles of the VA San Diego Healthcare System for help dealing with the psychological effects of their wartime service. All told nearly 30,000 of them. It’s been this way for at least five years making the San Diego VA one of the top three locations nationally in the number of Iraq and Afghanistan, Vietnam and even Korea and World War II vets being seen for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other related ills. While no one is sure when the procession will stop, what has changed is how the pioneering San Diego VA is healing these warriors and restoring their faith in the promise of their lives. “Years ago it was expected that

someone diagnosed with PTSD would have it for the rest of their lives,” said Dr. Sonya Norman, a research psychologist at the VA San Diego Healthcare System and director of the VA’s national PTSD consultation program. “Now we are much more hopeful now that symptoms can be relieved and that veterans can recover and have the life and the relationships they want,” Norman said. “We have come a long way in the last decade, especially in the last few years.” That optimism is grounded in a number of innovative programs that give VA mental health providers options for PTSD treatments never dreamed up just a few years ago and veterans numerous ways to leverage technology to help them through the rough patches. Among the most popular is a telemedicine program piloted at the

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“The idea here is that vets can feel pretty alone when they are going through this and this helps them find someone like themselves who have experienced what they are,” Norman said. “Many vets don’t know what they are going to be in store for when they come in and this helps calm their concerns and answers their questions.” Another innovation takes a graphic approach to illustrate the most common mental anguish arising from combat – as well as its treatments – is a series of “whiteboard” videos (www. ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/videos/ whiteboards.asp). The animation on “What is PTSD” has tallied more than 82,000 views since June. The VA also capitalizing on smart SAN DIEGO VA, cont’d. on Page 20

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• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder News & Research – Overview of the latest research on PTSD, including its causes, risk factors, and promising new treatments. (National Institute of Mental Health) Visit www.nimh.nih.gov/ health/topics/post-traumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd/index.shtml • Myths and Facts About PTSD – Learn the truth behind common misconceptions about PTSD. (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Alliance) Visit www.sidran.org/resources/for-survivors-and-loved-ones/myths-and-factsabout-ptsd

Signs and symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Self-Test – Online self-test for PTSD to help you evaluate your symptoms. (Anxiety Disorders Association of America). Visit www.adaa.org/screening-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-ptsd • The Symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: Chronic and/or Delayed – Description of PTSD’s many symptoms, including withdrawal, avoidance, isolation, and flashbacks. (PTSD Support Services) Visit www. ptsdsupport.net/ptsd_symptoms2.html • Common Reactions – Find information on some common reactions to trauma, including anger, nightmares, sleep problems, avoidance, and depression. (National Center for PTSD) Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/problems

Treatment and self-help for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Treatment of PTSD – Guide to the treatments for PTSD, including cognitive therapy, exposure therapy, and EMDR. (National Center for PTSD) Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/public/treatment/therapy-med/treatmentptsd.asp • Self-Help and Coping – Series of articles on how to cope with PTSD in healthy ways that promote healing and recovery. (National Center for PTSD) Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/PTSD/public/treatment/cope/index.asp

Helping a loved one with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)

• Returning from the War Zone: A Guide – Advice for service members and their families on what to expect and how to adapt after returning home from war. (National Center for PTSD) Visit www.ptsd.va.gov/public/PTSDoverview/reintegration/index.asp • Partners with PTSD – Article for the friends and family members of people with PTSD. Includes an explanation of symptoms and what you can do to help. (Gift from Within) Visit www.giftfromwithin.org/html/partners. html

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By Ed O’Keefe Washington Post The $1.01 trillion spending bill unveiled in December will keep most of the federal government funded through next September — and it’s packed with hundreds of policy instructions, known on Capitol Hill as “riders,” that will upset or excite Democrats, Republicans and various special interest groups. So, what’s in the bill? We’ve sifted

through the legislation, consulted supporting documents from Democratic and Republican aides, and called out some of the more notable and controversial elements below.

Abortion:

The bill once again bans using federal funding to perform most abortions; blocks the use of local and federal funding for abortions in the

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Affordable Care Act:

The law is still funded, but there’s no new money for it. There’s also no new ACA-related funding for the Internal Revenue Service and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the two agencies most responsible for implementing the law. The bill also would cut the budget of the Independent Payment Advisory Board — what Republicans have called “the death panel” — by $10 million.

Afghanistan:

Congress withholds funding for the Afghan government “until certain conditions are met,” including implementing the bilateral security agreement reached with the United States.

Amtrak:

The nation’s rail passenger service earns $1.39 billion, the same amount it currently receives. The rail service carries passengers through 46 states and hit an all-time high of 31.6 million passengers during the last fiscal year, according to Democratic aides.

Campaign Finance:

The bill would dramatically expand the amount of money that wealthy political donors could injectinto the national parties, drastically undercutting the 2002 landmark McCain-Feingold campaign finance overhaul. Bottom line: A donor who gave the maximum $32,400 this year to the Democratic National Committee or Republican National Committee would be able to donate another $291,600 on top of that to the party’s additional arms — a total of $324,000, ten times the current limit.

Centers for Disease Control:

The agency would get more than $6.9 billion, an increase of about $42.7 million. The nation’s leading diseasefighters also get $30 million to help fight Ebola (see below).

Clean Water Act:

In a win for Republicans, the spending bill blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from applying the law to certain farm ponds and irrigation ditches — a move that GOP aides said would benefit farmers.

Ebola:

Roughly $5.4 billion is provided across several agencies to combat the spread of the disease in the United States and around the world. The amount is less than the $6 billion Obama requested.

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Egypt:

The beleaguered country gets $1.3 billion in military aid and $150 million in economic aid — but the money is subject to “democracy and human rights conditions,” while the secretary of state can make exceptions for counterterrorism and border security operations.

Embassies:

There’s $5.4 billion for security at U.S. embassies worldwide, $46 million more than Obama requested. The total includes new money to implement recommendations from the Benghazi Accountability Review Board. The bill also once again bans any embassy construction money to be spent on the lavish new U.S. embassy in London.

Environmental Protection Agency:

The agency gets $8.1 billion, down $60 million from the last fiscal year. The agency’s budget has been slashed by $2.2 billion, or 21 percent, since fiscal 2010, according to GOP aides. The cuts mean that EPA will have to reduce its staffing to the lowest levels since 1989.

Food Safety (and the FDA):

There’s $2.589 billion for the Food and Drug Administration, a $37 million increase from last year. There’s $27 million in new funding for the Food Safety Modernization Act. The Food Safety and Inspection Service would receive $1.016 billion, a $5 million increase.

Guantanamo Bay:

Once again the Obama administration is banned from transfer-

The bill only funds the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees most immigration policy, until February. But negotiators gave new money for immigration programs at other federal agencies. There’s $948 million for the Department of Health and Human Service’s unaccompanied children program — an $80 million increase. The program provides health and education services to the young migrants. The department also gets $14 million to help school districts absorbing new immigrant students. And the State Department would get $260 million to assist Central American countries from where of the immigrant children are coming.

Internal Revenue Service:

One of the GOP’s favorite targets will see its budget slashed by $345.6 million. The nation’s tax agency also would be banned from targeting organizations seeking tax-exempt status based on their ideological beliefs.

Israel:

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The troubled country cannot receive any U.S. aid until the secretary of state confirms the country is cooperating with ongoing investigations into the September 2012 attack at the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Jordan:

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highly-anticipated movies being released in 2015 like American Hustle and 12 Years a Slave mean there’ll also be plenty on offer for movie fans wanting something more serious. 2015 looks to be one of the most exciting years of the past decade for movie releases. The following are ten of the most highly anticipated.

1. Star Wars: Episode VII

One of the biggest pieces of film news in 2012 came when it was announced that Disney had acquired Lucasfilm. There was a strong backlash from some Star Wars fans, and fears grew that Disney would spoil the memory of the earlier movies. Disney have given reassurances that future titles in the series will be true to the original, and it’s hard not to be excited about the next instalments. The first new Star Wars film in over a decade will be directed by J.J. Abrams, and this revelation has given fans confidence that Episode VII will live up to expectations. With Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher all reprising their classic roles the buzz is huge. The movie is rumoured to pick up the story after the events of “Star Wars: Episode VI – Return of the Jedi.” It STORAGE

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2. The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2

As the four-part Hunger Games film saga comes to an end, fans of the franchise will finally find out what happens to Katniss, Peeta, and the rest of the oppressed people of Panem. The popularity of The Hunger Games trilogy meant a movie series was inevitable, and fans haven’t been disappointed with the series so far. Author Suzanne Collins created strong characters and a terrifying vision of the future, and this formula has translated perfectly to movie screens. Fans of the books already know that this last instalment will be full of action. Some critics felt the ending of the Mockingjay book was rushed, and it will be interesting to see how some plot elements will be dealt with.

3. The Avengers: Age of Ultron

The top-grossing action film of all time is getting its first sequel in 2015, and it is set to reunite the director of the original, Joss Whedon, with his allstar cast. Superhero movies have been huge over the last few years, and Marvel have led the way in bringing their characters to the big screen. Iron Man, Captain America and Thor have all appeared in their own blockbuster movies, and some fans

feared that bringing them together was a risk for the studios. There was no need for concern, and The Avengers movie was a huge hit. DC Comics are fighting back with their own movies, and the success of Man of Steel means other DC characters will be appearing soon. Batman and Wonder Woman are confirmed to feature in the sequel to Man of Steel. The plot is likely to involve Iron Man as a key character, and The Avengers sequel is likely to be one of the greatest movies of 2015.

4. Inside Out

Sequels are always a hit with fans, but it’s good to see some original movies on the way for 2015. For the first time ever, Disney-Pixar is releasing two animated movies in one year In addition to The Good Dinosaur, which has encountered a few hiccups in production, Inside Out is going to be a new adventure set in the mind of a 12-year-old girl. Pixar’s ability to create fantastic new worlds could be stretched to the limit with talk of undersea adventures and trips into space in Inside Out. The production team have commented this has been one of their most challenging projects to date, but there’s every confidence they will deliver a fantastic piece of entertainment. Characters in the movie represent the little girl Riley’s emotions. Concept art of Joy, Anger, Disgust, Fear and Sadness indicates that Pixar are creating something very special this time round. There’s some risk involved in moving away from characters we all know and love, but this could be the start of a new form of animation.

5. Superman vs. Batman

Warner Bros. has struggled to capture the attention of audiences with its superhero movies in a way that can rival Marvel, so this film will be a major make-or-break release for the studio. The success of Superman’s appearance in Man of Steel

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meant a sequel was announced within weeks of launch. Not much has been revealed about the movie yet, but it certainly has potential, as it features two of the most famous superheroes in history. There was outcry from many fans when Ben Affleck was announced for the part of Batman, but excitement over DC’s two main characters appearing together has since overtaken that. Of all the great movies planned for 2015, this one has created the greatest buzz on the Internet. Every day there are rumours of new cast and characters, and the studio will be under massive pressure to get this one right. Wonder Woman is now confirmed as a character in the movie, and it’s anticipated that each DC superhero appearing will go on to feature in their own blockbuster. No villains are confirmed as yet, and comic book fans can’t wait to see who will feature against some of their greatest heroes.

6. Peanuts

Charles Schulz’s classic characters haven’t been seen on the big screen since 1980, but now Charlie Brown and Snoopy are going digital in a new 3D-animated picture. Peanuts has appeared in newspapers in seventy five countries, and studios are hoping this latest movie will appeal to fans around the world. Younger audiences may not be familiar with the characters, and this could be an opportunity for Peanuts to reach a new generation. Peanuts traditionalists may cringe at the idea of a 3D movie, but you can take solace in the fact that Schulz’s children are onboard as screenwriters. The sarcastic humor and emotional honesty should appeal to older audiences, so parents may be keen to take their kids along to see this one more than others. We could have another franchise in our future.

7. Fifty Shades of Grey

scenes. Although this means the movie may be released with a PG-13 rating, it could disappoint fans expecting something true to the book.

8. Fantastic Four

After two largely failed attempts to bring the beloved comic book to the screen, Fox is taking a third stab at creating a memorable Fantastic Four movie. The recent success of other Marvel character movies means audiences will be happy to risk the price of a ticket to see if this one captures the magic of the comic book. Director Josh Trank hopes to capture the rich world of the original stories with this latest effort. The Internet is buzzing with rumors about how the Fantastic Four may be introduced into the new Marvel universe. One of the most popular theories is that the characters may appear in the next X-Men movie. Comic book fans are also keen to see Spider-Man appear alongside the Fantastic Four on the big screen.

9. Jurassic World

Another of several franchises being revived after many years, Jurassic World promises new developments on the Jurassic Park premise. The original Jurassic Park movie was many people’s first experience of a multiplex, and the franchise has massive appeal. The sequels were generally disappointing and failed to capture the magic of the original. Modern audiences demand an entertaining plot and strong cast, and CGI and special effects aren’t all that’s required to create a blockbuster. Most of the plot details are being kept a secret for now, but Universal has announced that casting is currently underway. Steven Spielberg, who directed the original film, is producing the movie. Possible plots include a mass invasion of the planet by dinosaurs and genetic experiments to breed humans with dinosaur DNA. Fans of the original movie are hoping for a return to the original idea of a dinosaur theme park.

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The massive success of Skyfall (which raked in over $1 billion at the box office) proved that James Bond films are just as popular as ever. The series had been in a slow decline since Daniel Craig took the lead role, and his portrayal of the British secret agent hasn’t pleased everyone. Craig’s agent 007 is much more realistic than previous versions, and the movies have become more violent. In part, this was a response to the success of the Bourne Identity movies. Director Sam Mendes is set to return for this 24th installment, working with Daniel Craig in his fourth movie as 007. Little is known about the new movie so far, but it’s believed Penelope Cruz will appear as Bond’s latest female partner. For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280 • advertising@militarypress.com The film adaptation of the bestselling book of all time is set to hit theatres in 2015. This could be one of the riskier movie releases of the year, and many critics warn that the appeal of the book has already passed. It’s likely to appeal to limited audiences, and the studio may be risking a loss with this one. Early footage has been released on a limited basis, and appears to tell the story as a romance with less emphasis on sex

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These popular quotes are from “A Few Good Men.” The climactic scene shined a light on how various versions of the truth are used to justify behaviors and choices regardless of consequence. Decisions affecting the lives of many are made daily. Military Men and women have codes, rules, and binders of regulations to guide those decisions and if they don’t know the answer, they should know where to find it. While going above and beyond the call of duty may result in a medal, anything outside the standards is unacceptable. Military missions depend on adherence to standards. Oftentimes, the rigidity and critical thinking skills that work so well

professionally do not transfer well into personal relationships. There is no manual to guide any of us on what to do and there are no simulations in real life, only make or break moments. Does criticism without compassion drive your conversation? Are sincere compliments lacking? Can decisions be made on superficial information or should they be founded on deeper truths? Can you handle the truth? Are you creating an emotionally safe environment where the truth can be shared openly and honestly without judgment for your partner? Can they handle the truth? All relationships are challenging, but there are unique challenges that

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The Avina family poses in front of the newly reconstructed Corpsmen Memorial after the rededication ceremony held at Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton Dec. 12, 2014. Raul Avina Sr., a Marine wounded at the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII, built the original statue, which was dedicated June 17, 1983, in order to honor the service and sacrifices of Navy Hospital Corpsmen everywhere. (U.S. Navy Photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Yasmine T. Muhammad/Released)

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House and Senate conferees negotiating a package to fund the Department of Defense through September 2015 have protected commissary operations by restoring 90 percent of a planned $100 million cut. Once again lawmakers thwarted a cost-saving initiative targeting military compensation and endorsed by the Joint Chiefs as a way to dampen personnel costs so more dollars can be spent on training, weapon buys and other readiness accounts being victimized by arbitrary “sequestration” cuts.

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The Navy and Marine Corps Public Health Center (NMCPHC) recently announced the launch of its redesigned and enhanced Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) Wounded, Ill, and Injured (WII) website. The website targets health information disseminators as well as WII servicemembers, their families, caregivers, and others who support and assist servicemembers during the recovery and transition process. To learn how NMCPHC HPW programs can facilitate recovery and strengthen resilience, visit http://www. med.navy.mil/sites/nmcphc/woundedill-and-injured.

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Post-9/11 veteram unemployment picture improves in November By George Altman The up-and-down unemployment rate for the latest generation of veterans dipped in November, falling to 5.7 percent, government data show. Only two times in the monthly measure’s more-than-six-year history has this unemployment rate been lower. The nation as a whole added 321,000 jobs in November as the unemployment rate held steady at 5.8 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The November post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate is down a point and a half from the October measure of 7.2 percent. Such a swing likely has more to do with the volatility of the metric than a sudden, dramatic improvement in employment for the nation’s youngest veterans. With just one exception, every monthly jobs report this year has included a post-9/11 veteran unemployment rate at least a full point higher or lower than the previous month’s rate. The rate’s small sample size makes it particularly susceptible to such big swings. Rather than focusing on any one month’s rate, economists recommend looking for trends over longer periods.

Those trends have clearly been positive in 2014. The two highest unemployment rates this year, in February and July, were both 9.2 percent, just a shade above the 9 percent rate covering last year as a whole. The two lowest unemployment rates, 5.3 percent in May and this latest 5.7 percent mark, are at or near historic lows. For veterans of all generations, unemployment stood at 4.5 percent in November, unchanged from the October rate.

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Chances for 2015 Manny Pacquiao vs. Floyd Mayweather? By Anthony Riccobono As the calendar turns to 2015, talk of a potential mega-fight between Floyd Mayweather and Manny Pacquiao continues to increase. The sports world has been clamoring to see the two boxers meet for over five years, but what are the chances that the bout will happen next year? The two sides almost came to an agreement in 2009, but since an issue over drug testing prevented the bout from happening, a deal hasn’t come close to being made. Pacquiao has made overtures to step into the ring with Mayweather, and while the undefeated boxer has shown little interest in fighting Pacquiao, he recently  changed his tune by suggesting May 2 as a proposed fight date. “We want the fight. We’re ready,” Mayweather recently said on Showtime. “Let’s make it happen, May 2. Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao. Let’s do it.” Despite the apparent eagerness of both boxers to make the fight happen, the odds are against it from occurring on the date that Mayweather has suggested. The betting odds have listed the possibility of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao happening on May 2, 2015 at +125. The site has placed -175 odds on the fight not being set for the proposed date. Mayweather’s next fight, whomever it may be, will more than likely be set for May 2. Since signing his contract with Showtime, Mayweather has fought two fights each year: one on the Saturday before Cinco De Mayo and another on the second Saturday in September. The 37-year-old has two fights left on his contract and he’s stated multiple times that he plans to retire when his deal is up.

Top Rank promoter Bob Arum had told GMA News TV that he doesn’t believe Mayweather is sincere in his proposal. If the fight does happen, Arum says the date the two sides have been discussing is not the one that Mayweather has publicly stated.

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Sept. 13, Mayweather is still without an opponent for his first fight in 2015. Pacquiao is looking for an opponent, as well, having handily defeated Chris Algieri on Nov. 22. Pacquiao continues to publicly prod Mayweather, hoping to get his shot at the champ. Whether he’s tweeting stories about the possible mega-fight or demanding that Mayweather agree to the bout, PacMan appears determined to challenge Mayweather’s 47-0 record. The Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight could shatter records for the largest grossing fight in boxing history — if the fighters can ever come together on an agreement. The long-awaited fight appears to finally be in the works, with both camps discussing the possibility of a fight. In the past, Mayweather and Pacquiao failed to agree to terms for a fight, and instead they have focused on other, lesser opponents. But now the fight may be inevitable, with May 2 being the date they will finally meet. All signs point to a record-shattering bout. Boxing insiders believe the Floyd Mayweather Jr. vs. Manny Pacquiao fight will be the highest-grossing bout in boxing history, netting $300 million or more and a giant payout to Mayweather himself. An investment group based out of Dubai is reportedly offering him a nine-figure payout for the single fight. “The media has been speculating the offer has gone up $10 million to a guaranteed $120 million, and they’re right,” a source told BoxingScene. “That said, I defy any other offer to come anywhere close to what Mr. Mayweather and the ‘Money Pacquiao Vs. Mayweather, cont’d. on Page 19

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• 16 survivors from plane crash are rescued after practicing cannibalism • 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Arab gunman at Munich Olympics • The British government declares a state of emergency over 47-day miners’ strike • Bobby Fischer beats Boris Spassky to become the World Chess Champion • Last U.S. ground troops withdraw from Vietnam • Bloody Friday: 22 bombs explode in Belfast; 9 people killed and 130 seriously injured

• Bloody Sunday: 14 unarmed Catholic protesters are gunned down by the British Army • IRA bomb explodes at the 16th Parachute Brigade in Aldershot, UK • The second Cod War begins between UK and Iceland • World leaders agree to ban biological warfare • Palestinian hijackers take a Lufthansa jet • Idi Amin expels 50,000 Asians from Uganda • Richard Nixon visits China • Bangladesh gains independence from Pakistan

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• Five White House operatives are arrested for burglarizing the offices of the Democratic National Committee, the start of the Watergate Scandal. • Equal Rights Amendment passed by the Senate • Antiwar demonstrations draw 100K in U.S. cities • Dow Jones closes above 1,000 for first time in history • Gov. George Wallace is shot three times in an attempted assassination by Arthur Bremer, leaving him paralyzed • American swimmer Mark Spitz wins a record 7 gold medals in summer Olympics

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of San Diego. Navy test pilot Commander Tony Wilson landed the CF/05 or #75 F-35C test aircraft at 12:18 p.m. aboard the USS Nimitz. Testing would last for 14 days onboard the Nimitz. “Today is a landmark event in the development of the F-35C,” said Wilson, a Navy test pilot with Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX- 23). “It is the culmination of many years of hard work by a talented team of thousands. I’m very excited to see America’s newest aircraft on the flight deck of her oldest aircraft carrier, the USS Nimitz.” On November 13th, The Military Press was invited to fly out to the USS Nimitz to observe the continue testing of the two F-35C’s that were onboard. While there seemed to be plenty of wind this day, it apparently was not going to be fast enough for the testing that was to be done. Captain John Ring Commanding Officer of the Nimitz, made the comment, “Well, if Mother Nature doesn’t cooperate, we’ll make our own wind,” as the Nimitz would be pushed to her maximum speed to help with the wind and the launches. Read the Military Press interview with Navy test pilot Cmdr. Tony Wilson at www.militarypress.com/f-35ctesting. com. PRESS

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Cont’d. from Page 10 physical and emotional impacts of war that have generated floods of emotions, insecurities, and feelings often difficult to express or even understand. All this can weigh heavily on a couple. Sadly, many don’t make it; some have no idea why. How can anyone possibly navigate the rough emotional seas when even smooth harbors seem unreachable? The first step to a strong relationship built on a foundation of openness and trust is to agree with your partner or spouse that 100% honesty is top priority. This is how author, mom of six, and 18 year military spouse, Susan LeBron, keeps her marriage sailing smoothly even in rough waters. In her recently released book, “No Fig Leaves Allowed!- Getting Emotionally Naked!” now available on Amazon.com, Susan shares information to help guide readers closer to each other though honest and candid sharing. To date it has sold in the U.S., U.K., and The Netherlands.

Cont’d. from Page 4 phones popularity by introducing the mobile app “PTSD Coach,” which has been downloaded more than 100,000 times worldwide. The app can help veterans understand, manage, screen and track symptoms while providing links to support 24/7. Norman said that on average 50 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans enter its program each month, which is trend she does not see ending any time soon. On the plus side of the equation is the VA has never had better treatment for them. “We learned an awful lot about PTSD in the last decade, especially the last few years,” Norman said, “and our veterans are and will benefit from that.” More on the programs the VA is now using to promote vet wellness can be found at www.ptsd.va.gov/public/materials/videos/index.asp.

To contact the San Diego VA Healthcare System’s PTSD clinic, call 858-542-3391

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Light Bulbs:

The bill once again prohibits new standards that would ban the use of cheaper, less energy efficient incandescent bulbs. The proposal was first introduced and set in motion by the Bush administration, but the Obama White House allowed the change to continue, despite sustained consumer demand for older bulbs.

Marijuana:

The District of Columbia will be prohibited from legalizing marijuana for the much of the coming year. The development — upending a voter-approved initiative — shocked elected D.C. leaders, advocates for marijuana legalization and civil liberties groups. The bill also would block the Justice Department from interfering with state-level medical marijuana measures and prohibits the Drug Enforcement Agency from interfering with industrial hemp production.

lion for military operations to combat the Islamic State, including $1.6 billion to train Iraqi and Kurdish forces; $500 million for a Pentagon-led program to train and equip vetted Syrian opposition fighters; $810 million for ongoing military operations in Europe, including requirements that at least $175 million is spent in support of Ukraine and Baltic nations.

Palestinian Authority:

The bill stops assistance to the Palestinian Authority if it becomes a member of the United Nations or UN agencies without an agreement with Israel. It also prohibits funds for Hamas.

Pensions:

has long fought to be part of the food assistance program.

Sage-Grouse:

In a victory for the GOP, the bill would ban the Fish and Wildlife Service from adding the rare bird found in several Western states to the Endangered Species List. Republicans argue that adding the bird to the list “would have severe economic consequences on Western states and the nation’s efforts to become energy independent.” But there’s also $15 million for the Bureau of Land Management to conserve sagegrouse habitats.

School Lunch Program:

For the first time, the benefits of current retirees could be severely cut, part of an effort to save some of the nation’s most distressed pension plans. The change would alter 40 years of federal law and could affect millions of workers, many of them part of a shrinking corps of middle-income employees in businesses such as trucking, construction and supermarkets.

The school lunch nutritional changes sought by First Lady Michelle Obama take a hit. The bill allows more flexibility to school districts to implement new whole grain nutrition standards “if the school can demonstrate a hardship” when buying whole grain products, according to Republicans. The bill also relaxes new sodium standards until they are “supported by additional scientific studies.”

Military service members will receive a 1 percent pay increase next year. But there’s a pay freeze for generals and flag officers. The bill also ends a five percent discount on tobacco and tobacco-related products sold at military exchanges.

U.S. Postal Service:

Sexual Assault in the Military:

Official Portraits:

Potatoes:

Military Pay and Perks:

You’re a government official and want an official portrait? You’ll have to pay for it (or raise the funds). The bill bans taxpayer funding for official portraits of any Executive Branch employees, lawmakers and heads of legislative agencies.

You like your mail on Saturdays? You’ll keep your mail on Saturdays. The bill requires the mail service to continue six-day deliveries, despite a years-long attempt to cut back on service to save money.

There’s $257 million for the Pentagon’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response programs, including $25 million more to expand the Sexual Assault Victims’ Counsel program. But Democrats, led by Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), are expected to make a final push to expand the program this week.

try, the bill blocks new Transportation Department regulations requiring truckers to get two nights of sleep before starting a new work week. The regulation slashed a typical trucker’s work week to 70 hours, down from 82 hours.

Veterans:

After a year of embarrassing scandals at the sprawling Department of Veterans Affairs, lawmakers are making good on promises to provide more money and oversight. There’s a total of $159.1 billion in discretionary and mandatory spending. Of that, $209 million was added to address new costs related to the bipartisan veterans’ reform bill passed last summer. The legislation calls for adding medical staff and expanding dozens of facilities. In order to specifically addressing the “wait list” scandal, the VA’s inspector general is getting a $5 million budget increase to continue investigating lapses in patient care.

Whistleblowers:

The bill includes language ensuring that government contractors are not barred from reporting allegations of waste, fraud or abuse if they sign a confidentiality agreement. And OSHA would receive a $500,000 increase for its enforcement of existing whistleblower laws.

Wolves:

Well, only if you’re attacked. There’s $1 million in the bill “to compensate ranchers for livestock killed by wolves.”

White potatoes, to be exact. The Women, Infants and Children program Trucking: In a victory for the trucking industhat provides food aid to low-income families would receive $6.6 billion, a $93 million cut from the last fiscal year. But the program will be required to ensure that “all varieties of fresh vegetables, including white potatoes, are Overseas Military Operations: eligible for purchase” through the proThere’s $1.3 billion for a new Coun- gram, said Republicans. The change is terterrorism Partnership Fund; $5 bil- a big victory for the potato lobby, which For advertising information, call (858) 537-2280 • advertising@militarypress.com January 1, 2015 THE MILITARY PRESS 21


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