Top 5 Veterans News: Nov. 09, 2017

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  1. Reducing Obesity in Veterans. Obesity in the United States has reached an epidemic level, with 34.9% of Americans obese. The estimated annual medical cost of obesity in the U.S. is $147 to $210 billion per year, with the cost for people who are obese $1,429 higher than those who aren’t obese. The obesity rate has more than doubled since the 1970s, and it’s even worse for veterans. The obesity rate for U.S. veterans is 80%.
  2. When is Veterans Day, and why is it marked on the same day each year?. Veterans Day is
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    always observed on November 11, regardless of the day of the week on which it falls. This year, it will be marked on Saturday. Though the Veterans Day National Ceremony, like many ceremonies around the nation, is held on Veterans Day itself, many communities may hold Veterans Day parades or other celebrations on surrounding days.

  3. How to Talk to a Veteran. This Veterans Day, the country will pause to honor those that have served in the U.S. military — including more than 2.7 million veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Yet, as many have noted, fewer than 1 percent of Americans serve in the military today, and they are growing increasingly distinct and isolated from the remaining 99 percent. Most Americans hold the men and women who have fought in these wars in high personal esteem, yet often struggle to connect with this new generation of veterans.
  4. Air Force veterans among those killed in Texas church massacre. As the investigation continues into the mass shooting at a church in South Texas, CBS News is learning more about the victims who were gunned down. Like the 26-year-old killer, some of the dead were U.S. Air Force veterans. Their deaths are in stark contrast to the lives they lived — lives defined by a love for God and serving their country.
  5. House passes bill to expand mental health care for veterans. The House passed legislation on Tuesday to provide mental health care for veterans who would otherwise be ineligible because they received an other-than-honorable discharge from the military. Passage of the measure, which came by voice vote, comes two days after a shooting at a Texas church by a gunman who had a record of mental illness while he served in the Air Force.


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