Weekly Wrap Up: April 15th-21st

Must reads for the week of April 15th – 21st, 2012. Links will open article in new window.

Quadruple amputee undergoes surgery after Afghanistan blast
Army Staff Sgt. Travis Mills, of Vassar, Mich., was injured when he stepped on an IED April 10 while serving with the 82nd Airborne in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Soldier who lost all four limbs offered custom ‘smart home’
That’s the message for the Army soldier who lost his arms and legs to an IED in Afghanistan last week from two charities that build custom homes for injured veterans.

VA Voluntary Service Celebrates National Volunteer Week
The Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service (VAVS) joins a grateful Nation to celebrate National Volunteer Week, April 15-21. .

Space shuttle Discovery brings Congress outside
A rare sight over the Capitol on Tuesday morning brought Congress together in a bipartisan desire to run outside or open a window. NASA sent the retired Space Shuttle Discovery on a scenic flight low in the sky over Washington, strapped atop the space agency’s custom Boeing 747.

When Uncle Sam plays banker
Today’s lesson on How America Really Works begins with a question: What is the largest and most influential financial institution in the world? It’s not J.P. Morgan, or even Goldman Sachs. It’s the U.S. government.