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Who speaks for the children of our military men and women in uniform? Trevor Romain, an internationally-known children's author and advocate, is working with the Pentagon on a DVD to address the special challenges of military kids. Bullying, cluques, and homework are not unique, but the complications of re-deployment, frequent moving, and missing parents can make it tough. He spoke to a recent Defense military family conference in Chicago.
It took some time for him to finally be confirmed by the Senate, but John McHugh is now the 21st secretary of the U.S. Army. For the last 16 years he's been a member of Congress representing New York. Most recently, he's been ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee, and co-chair of the bi-partisan House Army Caucus. He'll lead a workforce of more than a million active duty, National Guard, and reservists, and a civilian workforce of 221 thousand.
The Combined Federal Campaign is underway...and Deputy Defense Secretary Bill Lynn says with an August unemployment rate of 9.7 percent, and nearly 15 million Americans without work, this is a great time for Pentagon staffers to make a difference with their CFC donations. DoD's 2009 goal is 14.1 million dollars. Last year, they raised 16 million dollars...surpassing their goal by 3 million dollars.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial is looking for a few good pictures. The National Call for Photos is part of a campaign that launched at the Newseum here in Washington. The goal is to get one photo of every one of the 58 thousand men and women whose names are on the Memorial for an underground visitors center being built nearby. FedEx Office says people can drop off photos at their locations across the country.
On the first anniversary of the Pentagon's 9-11 Memorial, families who lost loved ones in the attack are looking for a few good volunteers. Lisa Dolan, whose husband, Navy Captain Robert Dolan, was killed in the attack, is organizing an effort to train docents who would help memorial visitors to understand the human impact of the attack. She's hoping to get as many as 80-plus volunteers to help.
The post-9/11 GI Bill takes effect on August first, but service members should know that NOW is the time to put in that request to transfer their benefits to spouses and children. Pentagon officials say its one of the most popular aspects of the GI Bill. Experts say its smart to transfer at least a month of benefits to each dependent before your hitch is up, so you can make adjustments later. Once you leave the service, you can't make such a change.
In 2047, the 100th anniversary of the U.S. Air Force, there's a good chance that unmanned aircraft will play a bigger role than ever. Officials say the "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Flight Plan" recognizes that pilots on the ground still operate the U-A-Vs, as they're called. The advantage is that they can fly over fixed positions for long periods of time, something you can't do when a human being is in the plane.