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Morning Muster: 1/7/2015

Left, Charleston, S.C. native 2nd Lt. Charles Stewart, executive officer for the Forward Support Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, gives the re-enlistment oath to Food Service Noncommissioned Officer Sgt. Brittney Washington, who re-enlisted. Washington is from Aurora, Colo. The group held the re-enlistment ceremony Dec. 23, on top of a building that overlooks Monrovia, Liberia. The group is providing support for Ebola humanitarian efforts. (U.S. Army/Capt. Eric Hudson)

Left, Charleston, S.C. native 2nd Lt. Charles Stewart, executive officer for the Forward Support Company, 62nd Engineer Battalion, 36th Engineer Brigade, gives the re-enlistment oath to Food Service Noncommissioned Officer Sgt. Brittney Washington, who re-enlisted. Washington is from Aurora, Colo. The group held the re-enlistment ceremony Dec. 23, on top of a building that overlooks Monrovia, Liberia. The group is providing support for Ebola humanitarian efforts. (U.S. Army/Capt. Eric Hudson)

Man kills doctor, self at El Paso vets clinic; scientists, VA battle over Gulf War illness; IG report finds Indiana Veterans Home mismanaging meds; support pics up for suicide prevention bill; vet who escaped nursing home for D-Day commemoration dies; Hampton vets face longest waits for primary care; vets charged with trying to overthrow Gambia government; student vets’ housing allowance will not decrease;  VA official asked vets for ‘Christmas gifts’; study determines top cities for vets; Ohio releases list of employers hiring vets

A man killed a doctor at an El Paso veterans clinic and then killed himself, reports the El Paso TimesDaniel Borunda. The FBI is still working to determine the shooter’s motive. The clinic has been under scrutiny because it has the sixth-longest wait times for appointments in the country.

Scientists, vets and the Department of Veterans Affairs continue to battle over the causes of Gulf War illness, reports Nature‘s Sara Reardon. She gives a history of the problems, as well as a quick interview with VA Secretary Robert McDonald.

An Indiana state inspector general report found a contractor working for the Indiana Veterans’ Home has been mismanaging medications, reports RTV6‘s Kara Kenney.

Support is picking up again for Clay Hunt suicide prevention bill, reports NBC Connecticut‘s Max Reiss.

A 90-year-old World War II veteran who “escaped” from his nursing home to attend a 70th-anniversary D-Day commemoration has died, reports the BBC.

Veterans at the Hampton VA wait at least one month to see primary care doctor—the longest wait in the nation, reports The Virginian-Pilot‘s Dianna Cahn and Mike Hixenbaugh.

U.S. veterans have been charged with trying to overthrow the West African government of Gambia, reports The Daily Beast‘s Jacob Siegel. Siegel is an Army vet.

Veterans’ student housing allowance will not be affected by lower basic housing allowances after quick fix by Congress, reports Military.com‘s Bryant Jordan.

A Michigan VA official who resigned after a widow accused him of asking her for $200 in return for helping with a benefits claim sent emails to other vets asking for Christmas presents and a cut of their benefits, reports WoodTV.com‘s Ken Kolker.

Military.com reports on the top 10 cities for veterans to live, based on GI Bill enrollment, unemployment and health resources, among other things.

Ohio has released a list of all the employers in the state who hope to hire veterans, reports The Associated Press‘s Lisa Cornwell.

Bergmann & Moore, LLC, is a national law firm dedicated to serving the needs of veterans in compensation claims before and against the Department of Veterans Affairs. The firm’s partners are former VA attorneys who are very familiar with the VA system. Bergmann & Moore handles all kinds of cases, but has a concentration in claims involving PTSD, military sexual trauma and complex medical issues, such as brain cancer or degenerative issues, veterans exposed to Agent Orange often face. For more information, to submit news or to sign up for an email version of this blog, contact Kelly Kennedy at kkennedy@vetlawyers.com

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