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Morning Muster: 2/13/2015 MST claims coordinator on Facebook; suicides go down with behavioral therapy; suicide bill signed

New vet innovation fellows welcomed; intense therapy cuts down suicide attempts; no vet peace allowed in St. Paddy’s parade?; U of Alabama to host vet readjustment conference; Vietnam Wall memorial looks for photos for each name; crisis-line film difficult to shoot; suicide-prevention law signed; Clay Hunt’s legacy remembered; MST claims coordinator pops up on Facebook; fed PTSD medical-marijuana measures move forward

Secretary of State John Kerry will welcome the first class of the Veterans Innovation Partnership this morning. The fellowships are meant to promote foreign-service careers for vets. It will be live-streamed at 9 a.m. at www.state.gov.

Intense behavioral therapy cuts suicide attempts substantially, San Antonio Express-News’s reporter Sig Christenson writes of a new study.

Veterans for Peace and the ACLU allege Boston St. Patrick’s Day parade organizers won’t allow them to participate in the parade because “they did not want the word ‘peace’ associated with the word ‘veteran,’” reports Boston.com’s Chris Caesar.

The University of Alabama will hold a national conference about how service members can better ease into civilian life, reports The Birmingham NewsMelissa Brown.

The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall hopes to get a photo for every name on the wall to add to a Faces of the Wall website, reports WTOP’s Mike Murillo.

An Oscar-nominated filmmaker, Ellen Goosenberg Kent, talks about the difficulties of making a film about VA’s suicide crisis line when the set consists of cubicles, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Melissa Dribben.

President Obama signed the Clay Hunt Veterans Suicide Prevention Act Thursday, reports USA TODAY’s Gregory Korte.

Time’s Joe Klein reflects on Clay Hunt’s legacy, including his background as one of the first members of Team Rubicon and as spokesman for IAVA.

A Veterans Affairs military sexual trauma coordinator recently appeared on Facebook to help women file their benefits claims, reports the Washington Post’s Emily Wax-Thibodeaux. The woman said she overseas VA’s MST claims group.

A Colorado measure to list post-traumatic stress disorder as eligible for medical marijuana failed last year, but it may move forward at the federal level, reports Westword’s Michael Roberts.

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, Gulf War illness 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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