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Darius Rucker Visits Hospitalized Veterans

Darius Rucker visits hospitalized veterans ahead of Wednesday, March 3 benefit concert for Musicians On Call, which aims to bring together patients and music.

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Veterans criticize Cameron for A-bomb book defense

NEW YORK – An organization of World War II veterans is unhappy with James Cameron’s support for a discredited history of the atomic bombing of Japan that the director has optioned for a possible film.

Members of the 509th Composite Group, which consists of veterans and relatives of those who carried out the 1945 attacks, said in a statement Wednesday that many aspects of Charles Pellegrino’s “The Last Train from Hiroshima” are “complete fiction and cause great damage to true history.”

Publisher Henry Holt and Co., responding to concerns raised by The Associated Press, announced Monday that it had ceased publication of the book. The AP questioned the existence of two men in the book: Father Mattias (the first name is not given), who supposedly lived in Hiroshima at the time of the bombing and committed suicide, and John MacQuitty, identified as a Jesuit scholar who presided over Mattias’ funeral. Holt said Monday that Pellegrino did not offer a satisfactory answer.

But Cameron, whose “Avatar” has been nominated for nine Academy Awards, defended Pellegrino in an e-mail sent Tuesday to the AP.

“All I know is that Charlie would not fabricate, so there must be a reason for the misunderstanding,” the filmmaker said in the e-mail.

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DAV Commander Testifies Before Congress

Part one of DAV National Commander Roberto “Bobby” Barrera’s testimony to a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee.

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VA News – Week of March 1, 2010

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AMVETS-Live from Capitol Hill: Senate to Host Hearing on Mental Health

This morning, the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs will host an oversight hearing on mental health and suicide prevention. AMVETS Deputy Legislative Director Christina Roof, who submitted a statement for record on the subject, will be on hand for the morning’s hearing.

The morning’s panels will include Iraq war veteran Daniel Hanson, VA’s acting undersecretary for health, Gerald Cross, National Alliance on Mental Illness, or NAMI, board member Clarence Jordan, and other key VA mental health personnel. Each panelists remarks should be available shortly after this morning’s hearing. To view a full list of panelists and details about this morning’s hearing, Click Here.

Military and veterans mental health has been one of AMVETS National Commander Duane Miskulin’s top priorities during his term.

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DAV Commander Testifies Before Joint Session of House, Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees

During the 2010 Mid-Winter Conference, National Commander Roberto “Bobby” Barrera delivered the DAV’s National Legislative Program to a joint session of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees.

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Skelton to Receive VFW Congressional Award


Skelton to Receive VFW Congressional Award
WASHINGTON, March 3, 2010 – The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. will present its 2010 Congressional Award to Rep. Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) for his outstanding service to national defense, homeland security, and to veterans, servicemembers and their families. …

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Legion honors GI Film Festival with National PR Award

WASHINGTON (March 1, 2010) – The nation’s only festival dedicated to honoring military films will be the recipient of The American Legion National Commander’s Public Relations Award during a luncheon at the Renaissance Hotel Wednesday.

In a letter to GI Film Festival President Brandon Millett, National Commander Clarence E. Hill wrote, “The GI Film Festival was selected to receive this honor because of its support of one of The American Legion’s corporate goals: promoting the honorable nature of military service. Since 2007, the annual festival has honored works that exclusively celebrate the successes and sacrifices of the American military through the medium of film. As the GI Film Festival Web site states, you present films “that honor the heroic stories of the American Armed Forces and the worldwide struggle for freedom and liberty.”

“Our mission from the beginning has been to honor the service and sacrifice of the American veteran,” said GI Film Festival co-founder Laura Millett, in a statement from the GIFF. “What a special honor to be recognized by The American Legion, one of the nation’s most respected veteran service organizations. We’re very proud of the growing reputation of our film festival and we look forward to building on this success in 2010 and beyond.”

The fourth annual GI Film Festival, www.gifilmfestival.com , will be held May 12-16 in Washington and will feature a number of first-time film screenings and celebrity panels.

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The American Veteran – March 2010