News for American Veterans and Military Personnel

Last week in the News (Oct 30, 2020)

Revamped bodysuits for the Air Force

The US Air Force has finally decided to modify female defenders’ body armors to fit them better. Previously, female defenders complained of circulation problems and scraping of hips due to the body armor primarily not fit for the female body. There was also the issue of the ballistic plates not sitting properly, which was a security concern as they did not provide the protection of vital organs. The new armor features a protected drag handle; design features to keep the plate carrier in its shape; and a quad release feature that allows an airman to take off the carrier in one second. This change is substantial due to the rising number of women in the armed services.

Conspiracy to sell hard-to-trace weapons by US Marines

Two US Marines have been charged with the conspiracy to manufacture and sell hard-to-trace weapons. The case involves Marine veteran Jordan Duncan (age 25) – a former marine, Liam Montgomery Collins (age 21), and Idaho man Paul James Kryscuk (age 35). Court has established that Collins paid Kyrscuk for a short-barreled rifle and a 9mm pistol with a suppressor, which is added to the gun barrel to reduce noise when it is fired. These devices are known to be heavily regulated by the US government. Kyrsuck and Collins are charged with manufacturing and mailing these unauthorized weapons across state lines without proper licensing and can face up to 20 years of jail time. At the same time, Duncan is seen as an accomplice, having knowledge of this criminal activity and participating it in. He could face up to 5 years of jail time if convicted.

A new electronic health record system for Veterans

In what is seen to be a phenomenal event for Veterans’ health care, VA has launched a new electronic health record system (EHR) for veterans in the Pacific Northwest and Las Vegas areas. This modern EHR system will allow physicians to access all of the information regarding a veteran from a single database. The EHR will be in a network with VA medical centers, the Department of Defense, the US Coast Guard, and the community care providers. Cumulatively the EHR locations will serve more than 24,000 veterans. All health records pertaining to veterans, including patient medications, allergies, immunizations, and other medical and personal information, will be available. The system will be fully deployed by 2028.

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