In our news roundup for Friday, September 21:
On Sept. 11, President Barack Obama was joined by Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta, and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Martin Dempsey during a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial, to remember and honor those who perished that day, and those who joined the nations fighting force when the attacks thrust the nation into wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more, check out the 9/11 special on Defense.gov.
September is National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month and the Nation’s top enlisted leader, Marine Corps Sgt. Maj. Bryan Battaglia, Senior Enlisted Advisor to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, wants service members to use this month as an opportunity to learn what to do when a fellow service member, family member, or veteran reaches out for help. For more on this, visit Militarycrisisline.net.
Pam Mitchell, Acting Director for the Federal Voting Assistance Program (FVAP), explains the new FVAP mobile website, which is aimed to help service members make their vote count. Here’s more online resources for the Federal Voting Assistance program on their Facebook and on Twitter: @FVAP.
Eric Shinseki, Secretary of Veterans Affairs spoke at the 2012 MOAA/NDIA Warrior-Family Symposium to discuss issues among veterans, which include homelessness, mental health, suicides, substance abuse, and more.
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