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The Obama administration's Veterans Day plans

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

The Obama administration considers the health and future of the nation's active duty troops, veterans and their families an important priority and plans to mark Veterans Day with more than a dozen events across the country and around the world. Here's a rundown provided by the White House:

-- President Obama is set to deliver remarks Thursday at the U.S. Army Garrison in Yongsan in Seoul, South Korea. He will also participate in a wreath-laying ceremony there.

-- Vice President Biden hosts a Veterans Day breakfast at the White House on Thursday. (The Obamas will still be overseas.) Biden also will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery and give a speech at the Memorial Amphitheater. (Note: With his Asian trip underway, President Obama this year will have missed events at Arlington marking Memorial Day and Veterans Day.)

-- On her way back from India and Indonesia, First Lady Michelle Obama plans to make a series of stops to thank members of the Kaiserslautern Military Community, the largest U.S. military community outside the continental U.S. located in a region that encompasses parts of Belgium, France, Germany and Luxembourg. Mrs. Obama also will visit wounded troops at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.

-- Jill Biden plans to join active-duty troops, veterans and military families today at a Habitat for Humanity build site in Washington's Deanwood neighborhood.

-- Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki will attend Biden's Veterans Day breakfast at the White House and the events at Arlington National Cemetery. He also plans to attend receptions hosted by the Legion of Valor and the Paralyzed Veterans of America organizations.

-- Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates plans to attend the ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will lay a wreath during the Coast Guard ceremony at the cemetery.

-- Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will lay a wreath at the Vietnam War Memorial.

-- Labor Secretary Hilda Solis hosted her department's annual salute to veterans last Thursday. Assistant Secretary for Veterans' Employment and Training Ray Jefferson will be the keynote speaker at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Veterans Day Salute.

-- Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan will host a Veterans Day event Thursday for HUD staffers.

-- Energy Secretary Steven Chu will be in New Orleans to volunteer at a home construction site with the St. Bernard's Project, a group creating housing opportunities for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

-- Education Secretary Arne Duncan will visit Manor View Elementary School at Fort Meade to help unveil its newly renovated library.

-- Small Business Administration Administrator Karen Mills plans to make an announcement today regarding her agency's entrepreneurship programs for veterans and military families.

-- General Services Administration Administrator Martha Johnson visited Gulfport, Miss. on Tuesday for the opening of an armed forces retirement home for about 600 veterans. The GSA-built facility replaces an old one destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama visits an Indonesian mosque. Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. reports for jury duty. Sen. John McCain (briefly) praises President Obama. Actress Betty White becomes an honorary forest ranger.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:
Army alleges that sergeant led 'kill team' targeting Afghan civilians:
Although the Army has not revealed a motive, other soldiers charged in the case have said they acted simply because they thought they could get away with it.

EPA:
Agency pushes Halliburton to hand over drilling data: The agency subpoenaed the oil-field-services giant for information about chemicals used in a controversial technique for extracting natural gas from underground rock formations.

FEDERAL RESERVE:
Fed decision clouds Seoul debate: Its move to pump billions of dollars into the U.S. economy is threatening to undercut the Obama administration's economic goals for this week's G-20 meeting of world leaders.

GOVERNMENT WORK/LIFE/OPERATIONS:
More federal workers' pay tops $150,000: The number of federal workers earning $150,000 or more a year has soared tenfold in the past five years and doubled since President Obama took office.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT:
No charges in destruction of CIA videotapes, Justice Department says: Other charges could be filed relating to obstruction of justice or misleading investigators during the nearly three-year probe.

U.S. POSTAL SERVICE:
Amid changes on Capitol Hill, Postal Service faces uncertain future: The Republican Congressional takeover comes as the mail agency faces continued concerns over cutting jobs and meeting obligations to its retiree health and pension funds.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | November 10, 2010; 6:00 AM ET
Categories:  Administration, Eye Opener  
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Comments

"Interior Secretary Ken Salazar will lay a wreath at the Vietnam War Memorial."

Where, exactly, is the "Vietnam War Memorial"?

I know the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, which I visit approximately two or three nights per week, referred to as The Wall, is just off Constitution Avenue, south of 21st Street. But I haven't located a "Vietnam War Memorial". Is it located near Washington, D.C.?

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Posted by: Dungarees | November 10, 2010 9:42 AM | Report abuse

I wonder if Michele Obama is still proud of America

Posted by: getjiggly1 | November 10, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

I wonder if getjiggly1 is proud of America.

Actually I don't care. I just wanted to add an equally dumb post.

Posted by: bcs2k | November 10, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

"(Note: With his Asian trip underway, President Obama this year will have missed events at Arlington marking Memorial Day and Veterans Day.)"

Trust me. He was not missed.

Posted by: clayusmcret1 | November 11, 2010 7:55 AM | Report abuse

I can't wait to see pictures of Michelle in Germany. I so remember her attractive and appropriate attire last year. Who could forget,the turquoise plaid coat, with the wide black belt that hiked it up so her dress was visible, hanging crookedly, coordinated with the black fashion boots? Add in the scowling, petulant look on her face as if her ridiculous outfit wasn't enough to make her look out of place at Arlington. Then finally, I will look forward to another article telling us how fashion forward and just downright impressive she is.

Posted by: Michelle111 | November 11, 2010 9:29 AM | Report abuse

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