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Military Veteran News Headlines for August 18, 2016

VA Denied Veteran a Perfect Transplant Match, Local Hospital Steps In –

Veteran Charles Nelson was in need of a kidney transplant following a service-connected injury and thankfully matched with his son, Coty. Unfortunately, the VA was refusing to cover the surgery since his son was not a veteran. Attempts were made to raise money for the procedure, yet the VA still denied it. After contacting local media, a different hospital offered to perform the transplant. Thankfully, Charles was able to receive the life-saving kidney. U.S. Senators John Cornyn and Mark Kirk filed legislation that could force the VA to cover transplants from living, non-veteran donors. James McBride from the San Antonio VA transplant system stated that the legislation should also include deceased donors, since the majority of donations are acquired from such.
Source: Military Times

Naval Safety Center Recommends E-Cig Ban –

Multiple incidents involving electronic cigarettes have resulted in at least a dozen injuries in the past year, prompting the Naval Safety Center’s consideration of banning the devices. A memo dated August 11 stated the danger of lithium-ion batteries overheating and exploding. In two cases, e-cigarettes had exploded in the sailors’ mouths, resulting in dental and facial injury. “The Naval Safety Center concludes that these devices pose a significant and unacceptable risk to Navy personnel, facilities, submarines, ships, vessels and aircraft.” The note continues on to urge the ban of the products and the need of a safety campaign to raise awareness.
Source: Military Times

Cracker Barrel Donates Rocking Chairs to Military Families –

Cracker Barrel restaurants have paired up with Operation Homefront, who provides homes to military families and assists in saving money to own their home. The restaurant has started “Operation Rocker” and will be donating their iconic rocking chairs to the families. Their goal is to help smooth the transition and, “make the house a home for them,” says Sloane Lucas, corporate citizenship manager. With every rocking chair purchase on the Cracker Barrel website, the store donates one to a military family.
Source: Military Times