A veterans omnibus bill now on its way to the president's desk contains some key changes and updates that will extend housing benefits to more surviving spouses and allow military dependents to fulfill the loan program's occupancy requirements.
At a time when the Environmental Protection Agency is coming under attack for "over-regulation," the film stands as a testimony to what happens when the public's health is neither protected nor considered.
Ilario Pantano is a complicated figure for sure. There is no doubt about that. For some, he is a war hero. A soldier wrongly accused and vindicated. For others, he got away with murder. He is an opportunist. A poseur.
President Obama should instruct all relevant federal agencies to live up to his stated commitment to address the health crisis in Vieques immediately, pursue an "environmentally acceptable" clean-up for Vieques, and work toward a fair and complete resolution to the ongoing litigation.