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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

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Updated April 13, 2011

Do you know who your recruiters are? Apparently, if you were recruited in California as a Chinese National, you need to worry.

Vets Experienced, Skilled, but Still Jobless
Eric Smith, a former Navy hospital corpsman who did two tours in Iraq, has a new and unwanted role: poster child for the thousands of young veterans who cannot find work in a troubled economy, according to an Army Times article.

Testifying Wednesday before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee, Smith said he gained valuable experience in medicine “under the most extreme conditions imaginable” but is “struggling to find a job.”

Army Starts Clinical Trials on Ricin Vaccine
The Army says it’s starting clinical trials at Fort Detrick on a potential ricin vaccine, according to an Army Times article.

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases said Wednesday there are no federally approved countermeasures to ricin.

California Man Accused of Bogus Recruiting Scheme
A Chinese national was arrested and charged Tuesday in a Army recruiting scam in which he convinced 100 others to enlist with the promise that it was a path to U.S. citizenship, authorities said, according to an Army Times story.

Yupeng Deng, also known as David Deng, gave himself the title of “Supreme Commander” of an unauthorized military unit he called the U.S. Army/Military Special Forces Reserve unit, prosecutors said. The 51-year-old El Monte man allegedly recruited other Chinese nationals, primarily in the San Gabriel Valley, to join.

Initiative Aims to Assist Military Families
Military spouses and dependents are the inspiration behind an initiative launched Tuesday by first lady Michelle Obama, according to an Army Times story.

The mission of “Joining Forces,” launched by Obama and Jill Biden, is to make more Americans aware of the challenges facing military families, and to highlight ways communities, organizations and businesses are helping these families. Obama and Biden also will travel across the country to highlight the service of military families.

Predator May Have Killed Marine and Sailor
The military is investigating what appears to be the first case of American troops killed by a missile fired from a U.S. drone, according to an Air Force Times story.

The investigation is looking into the deaths of a Marine and a Navy medic killed by a Hellfire missile fired from a Predator after they apparently were mistaken for insurgents in southern Afghanistan last week, two senior U.S. defense officials said Tuesday. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation is ongoing.

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