Still on religion, Geoff Ziezulewicz (Stars and Stripes) reports on Ramadan:
As Muslims prepare to observe the holy month of Ramadan with fasting and prayer, U.S. troops across the Middle East are being reminded to respect the customs of the societies around them. Among the guidelines: Do not eat, drink, smoke or chew gum in public during the daily fast, and dress appropriately: no shorts or short skirts.
During Ramadan, which this year begins Aug. 1, Muslims refrain from eating or drinking between sunup and sundown.
Among guidance issued to U.S. military deployed in Muslim majority countries, the Bahrain-based command of U.S. Navy 5th Fleet posted guidance for sailors and their family members to heed during Ramadan when off base.
Moving over to veterans, Israel Butler (WRDW -- link has text and video) reports on Iraq War veteran Phillip Harris who raps under P-Nyce. In Iraq, he and other soldiers built a "15 X 15" recording studio and also performed in front of their fellow soldiers. P-Nyce's MySpace page features several of his tracks.
Florida Today's editorial board weighs in on veterans care, in the excerpt, they're referring to Melbourne Veterans Center:
It's a walk-in facility designed to help returning Iraq-Afghanistan vets get faster access and treatment to heal the battlefield's scars. Two of which are invisible, crippling and potentially fatal:
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and traumatic brain injury, which have become the signature wounds of the wars because of multiple combat tours and repeated exposure to roadside bombs. The center also provides assistance to family members who have shared in the sacrifices their loved ones have made.
Steve Vogel (Washington Post) notes this morning's Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing.
Senator Patty Murray is the Chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee and her office noted earlier of today's hearing:
FOR PLANNING PURPOSES Contact: Murray Press Office
Monday, July 25, 2011
VETERANS: Chairman Murray to Examine the Human and Financial Costs of War for the Newest Generation of Veterans
Hearing will shine a light on the often overlooked long-term costs we owe veterans and their families and how in the current budget climate we must protect and plan for this lifetime of care
(Washington, D.C.) – Next Wednesday, July 27th, U.S. Senator Patty Murray, Chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, will hold a hearing to examine the real human and financial costs of the Wars inand and how as a nation we need to plan to keep our promise to these veterans for the rest of their lives.
The hearing will feature the views of budget experts from the Congressional Budget Office and the Government Accountability Office on the long-term costs associated with providing mental and physical health care, supporting caregivers, maintaining prosthetics, and providing benefits. Crystal Nicely, the wife of Marine Corporal Todd Nicely, a quadruple amputee veteran of the War in Afghanistan, will also testify about the lifetime of support her and her husband will require and about the red tape she has already faced in her daily struggle to provide Todd with the care he needs.
WHO: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Patty Murray
Crystal Nicely, Wife of Injured Veteran, Marine Corporal Todd Nicely
Paul Rieckhoff, Executive Director, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
James Hosek, PhD, Senior Economist, RAND Corporation
Lorelei St. James, Director, Physical Infrastructure, Government Accountability Office
WHAT: Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Hearing: Examining the Lifetime Costs of Care for the Newest Generation of Veterans
WHEN: Wednesday, July 27, 2011
10:00 AM EST/7:00 AM PST
WHERE: Dirksen 562 (NOTE this hearing will not be held in the normal Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee hearing room)
U.S. Senator Patty Murray
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