A shooting by an Iraq War veteran at Fort Hood in Texas last week calls attention to the importance of bolstering security at military bases and the emotional well- being of personnel strained by multiple deployments and federal budget cuts, U.S. lawmakers said.
Derek Friesen thought he would be following in his father’s footsteps when he became the third generation of his family to work at H.J. Heinz Co.’s tomato processing plant in his hometown of Leamington, Ontario.
President Barack Obama’s top military adviser said U.S. veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are missing out on cutting-edge treatment, education and family services, even as 50,000 more head home this year.
Canada’s insistence that tomato juice be extracted from “sound, ripe, whole” tomatoes instead of paste -– a higher standard than in the U.S. -– has partially saved an H.J. Heinz Co. plant marked for closing by Warren Buffett’s private-equity partner.
The U.S. Defense Department likely will recommend in its fiscal 2012 budget additional spending cuts or terminations in major weapons systems that are missing cost and schedule goals, the nation’s top military official said.