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EDITORIAL: VA’s Patton party
Are you a veteran with a job? Then thank Michelle Obama, because she is taking credit for it. In a speech Wednesday at Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Mrs. Obama touted the Joining Forces campaign, which seeks to assist veterans and their spouses in fi... See Story
 
 
 
PGA And USGA Support Military Families Through Patriot Golf Day Events
More than 900 educational scholarships awarded in 2012 thanks to golfers nationwide, raising the cumulative total to more than 3,500 Owasso, Okla. — Golfers have a great excuse to tee it up on Labor Day weekend (August 31-Sept. 3) as, for the ... See Story
 
 
 
Matt Farwell: I'm a 29-Year-Old Army Veteran... Going Back to College
The cars are knotting up along the main drag here in Charlottesville, while I sit and eat lunch on the corner. It is back to school season at the University of Virginia and it seems like every other car responsible for the gnarling of traffic is disg... See Story
 
 
 
Owens visits veteran’s clinic, Seniorama, Stockholm forest Thursday
MASSENA — A veterans clinic tour, a visit with senior citizens and an excursion into a Stockholm forest were all stops U.S. Rep. William L. Owens, D-Plattsburgh, made Thursday in eastern St. Lawrence County. Mr. Owens’s first stop Thursday morning w... See Story
 
 
 
Vet seeks to honor father with memorial service
BERLIN — On Aug. 3, 2013, veteran Chris Conlin of Berlin would like to have a military graveside memorial service for his father, who is buried at Gate of Heaven Cemetery in Hawthorne, N.Y., but Chris is still waiting for the Department of Veterans A... See Story
 
 
 
Returning soldiers get healing Homestead from mother of 3 war veterans
When America launched the war on Iraq in 2003, Adam Morse was a specialist with the U.S. Army, driving a wrecker, towing damaged Humvees and other heavy equipment out of Nazaria and other combat zones. He was just 17, and still in high school, whe... See Story
 
 
 
Colorado veteran held in Tehran in 1979 finally receives POW Medal
An Air Force veteran who was one of 65 Americans taken hostage in Iran in 1979 has formally been awarded the Defense Department's Prisoner of War Medal. Retired Master Sgt. James O'Neal Hughes was presented the medal Wednesday by Maj. Gen. H. Mic... See Story
 
 
 
Celebrate Veterans' Success
Recently, Vice President Joe Biden stopped by the U.S.VETS Las Vegas, leaving behind a lot of solid encouragement -- and his tie. The vice president and his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, joined in one of the life skills workshops at the Las Vegas site, on... See Story
 
 
 
First lady to announce new hiring push for military veterans in Florida
WASHINGTON – First lady Michelle Obama is traveling to the electoral battleground of Florida on Wednesday to announce that 2,000 businesses around the country have hired or trained more than 125,000 military veterans and spouses in the past year, ex... See Story
 
 
 
Raiders Visit Veterans Home
The Oakland Raiders visited the Veterans Home of California, Yountville, Monday. Second-year players CB Chimdi Chekwa, CB DeMarcus Van Dyke, and Mason Brodine, as well as rookies K Eddie Carmona, P Marquette King, CB Conroy Black, WRs Travionte Sessi... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Agency Overturns Decision On Navy SEAL Denied Contracts
The Department of Veterans Affairs has overturned its decision rejecting a retired Navy SEAL from a contracting program designed to help veteran-owned businesses. The agency told 23-year veteran Mark Lilly that Syncon LLC, his Chesapeake, Virginia-b... See Story
 
 
 
Rockland veteran finally gets his medals
ROCKLAND — The enemy came charging up the hill and 25-year-old Army Cpl. John Hambarian’s unit came under heavy mortar fire. Hambarian, in a field in Korea on June 29, 1952, suddenly felt a searing pain in his legs, which were bloodied and covered w... See Story
 
 
 
Finding a job biggest challenge for veterans, survey finds
Despite a continued drop in the unemployment rate among Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans, a new survey reports that more than two-thirds of their post-9/11 generation believe that finding a job is the greatest challenge they face in making the tran... See Story
 
 
 
Conn. Town Honors Marine Convicted in Iraq Deaths
A Marine who was convicted in the 2005 killings of unarmed Iraqis returned home this weekend to Connecticut for a golf tournament organized by local veterans for his benefit. Former Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich told the Record-Journal of Merid... See Story
 
 
 
Bill would expand fertility coverage for veterans
WASHINGTON (AP) — The roadside bomb that exploded outside Andrew Robinson's Humvee in Iraq six years ago broke the Marine staff sergeant's neck and left him without use of his legs. It also cast doubt on his ability to father a child, a gnawing emoti... See Story
 
 
 
From military veteran to college football rookie, Singleton looks to settle in at CCU
CONWAY -- It’s just past 9:30 p.m. Tuesday as Mark Singleton greets a visitor outside the crisp, white one-story house on the west side of town that he and his wife moved into about a month and a half ago. Their 9-month-old boxer Achilles darts to t... See Story
 
 
 
Army reports grim milestone in troop suicides
Army suicides hit a new single-month record in July, when 38 active-duty and reserve soldiers took their own lives, according to official figures released Thursday. The toll, up from 24 in June, prompted a wave of renewed anger and frustration among... See Story
 
 
 
Jobless veteran numbers going from bad to worse
“Oklahoma City again posts lowest jobless rate for large cities” (News, Aug. 9) missed that the numbers are much tougher for veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. The Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that nearly 30 percent of male veterans ... See Story
 
 
 
Decision 2012: Veteran Services Playing A Part In Presidential Election
With thousands of troops coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan, veterans and their families are becoming an important voting bloc in the upcoming presidential election. Washington Bureau reporter Erin Billups filed the following report. President Ba... See Story
 
 
 
Four Oregon Veterans Who Died Decades Ago Finally Get Military Funeral
For decades, they were numbers on copper canisters hidden in a storage room at Oregon's state-run mental hospital. Unclaimed, unknown, unhonored. But on Wednesday, the cremated remains of four military veterans who served as long ago as World War ... See Story
 
 
 
Homeless Jacksonville veteran tells his story after officials speak on the subject
Ronnie Hellum’s eight years in the Army were the best days of his life. He had structure. Purpose. An important job. A steady paycheck. People depended on him. After getting out, he was adrift. And over the years he’s suffered many losses: His son, m... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans honored in SF Tenderloin alley
The names fill the upper half of a nearly block-long wall. The suffering and the bravery they represent is endless. Chad Edmundson. Thomas Lee. Gary Henry. On and on they go, until at last they reach the count of 4,484. That's the number of servicem... See Story
 
 
 
TiVo's Fix For Jobless Veterans: Many companies have college interns. Why not men and women back from combat?
They are everywhere, but we don't usually see them—the nearly 300,000 of the 2.4 million veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who are without work. That's a 12% unemployment rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. As a veteran rece... See Story
 
 
 
Homeless veterans to receive housing help from Portland nonprofit
Cenneth Tier lost his home when he lost his job. As an assistant manager of an apartment complex, Tier was paid in rent, and Jan. 29 he was told he had until 9 a.m. Feb. 6 to vacate. He had nowhere to go. He'd moved to Oregon for a relationship t... See Story
 
 
 
Homeless female veterans get housing, new lease on life
COCOA — Janet O’Sullivan feels like her life is back on track. Recently on the verge of homelessness, the U.S. Navy veteran now lives at the new Operation Home Front, an apartment building operated by the Center for Drug Free Living, that houses f... See Story
 
 
 
A WWII veteran’s new calling touches many
Ernst W. Stark was an accountant for the Atomic Energy Commission. He served in the military for seven years after graduating high school before going to college on the GI Bill. He spent three years in the horse artillery and time at Fort Benning an... See Story
 
 
 
Giving back to the veterans
Veterans’ issues are often contemplated in Albany as we work to protect the rights and benefits of our brave service men and women who continually sacrifice to keep New York and its families safe. The 2012 legislative session was no exception, and I ... See Story
 
 
 
Job-seeking veterans get help developing 'personal brand'
Washington (CNN) -- Veterans are getting a helping hand in developing their "personal brand" and hopefully raising their chances for employment. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce will distribute Personal Branding guides to veterans as part of a new initi... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Find A Home at Texas A&M University
Whether it’s a grand gesture such as the “Maroon Wall”, or simply having a mentor to talk to, at Texas A&M University and in the Bryan-College Station community, veterans are shown the utmost respect and support. The unwavering support of the Aggi... See Story
 
 
 
Area veterans learn of second chance for education
It was a different crop of prospective students that showed up Friday morning for orientation at the College of Southern Nevada. Instead of fresh-faced high school graduates, about forty mainly gray-haired military veterans gathered in hopes of im... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans group calls for legislative fix to VA contracting rule
Vietnam Veterans of America has thrown support behind a congressional effort to loosen a rule that governs service-disabled veteran-owned businesses working for the Veterans Affairs Department. "Congress may need to move to synchronize the standards... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans' Anguish and Post-Traumatic Growth
There's been a lot of talk lately about post-traumatic growth. Why should post-traumatic stress and all the accompanying angst be the only game in town? It is possible to grow through trauma; right? Yes and ... well, here goes. There is a tendency to... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans express thanks for funeral legislation
CONCORD, N.H. — A Henniker woman whose son was killed in Afghanistan in 2006 said Thursday that she is thankful that other families will be spared the the worry she felt along with her grief during his funeral. While there were no protestors at he... See Story
 
 
 
Homeless, mentally ill veterans get the housing HELP they need at East New York complex
Like most homeless people, Carlos Tarraza developed a strategy for staying safe over the course of spending five years living on the streets of Manhattan. “I stayed awake at night and slept during the day,” the 56-year-old US Air Force veteran said.... See Story
 
 
 
Job fair aimed at military servicemen, veterans
ANDERSON — A job fair for military veterans, reservists and those on active duty is expected to draw at least 500 people to Anderson next month. The job fair and its related workshops are set for Sept. 7-8 at the Civic Center of Anderson. The two-... See Story
 
 
 
Flight puts World War II veteran back into bomber's cockpit
George Prezioso has spent a good deal of his 93 years in planes — and there were times he thought he might die in one. As a crewman on a B-17 bomber during World War II, Prezioso saw his share of lives lost — enemy fighters, friends, fellow crewmen.... See Story
 
 
 
War veteran shot dead in Detroit while trying to protect granddaughter
John Villneff's family says he died a hero Wednesday night -- and that's how they'll remember him. Two bullets hit the 62-year-old Vietnam War veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient as he tried to protect his 12-year-old granddaughter, family... See Story
 
 
 
1,800 Home–based jobs created for Veterans, Military Families
The U.S. economy is still not producing enough jobs for the 8.2 percent of individuals that are still without any kind of employment including veteran and military families and there doesn’t seem to be any relief in sight soon. But there is some s... See Story
 
 
 
44 years on, Vietnam vet receives Silver Star
INDIANAPOLIS -- A Vietnam War veteran on Wednesday received a Silver Star -- 44 years overdue. Army Sgt. Frank Spink, 66, of Plainfield wore an American flag shirt with the right sleeve hanging loosely over the spot where his arm, which was shredd... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran from Rock Hill rides to D.C. to clean Korean War monument
ROCK HILL — The 78-year-old Navy boilerman filled up his fuel tank on his motorcycle, disregarded any nonsense from anybody who said he shouldn’t go after cancer and chemo – and went. He left his little house on Elder Road in Rock Hill – the one w... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans: Beware of phone scam
AUGUSTA — The Maine Department of Labor (MDOL) has learned of a potential scam targeting veterans' bank accounts. Veterans who have either signed up or have been approved for the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) have been specific... See Story
 
 
 
Auto anxiety: Some returning veterans struggle with driving
(CBS News) Veterans have many difficulties readjusting to civilian life. Thousands of them have trouble with the simplest things, such as driving a car. It can be a terrifying ordeal for some vets. Former Marine Sgt. Eric Campbell has knee brac... See Story
 
 
 
Proud veteran speaks of WWII battle at MCAS Yuma
Yuman Jim Campbell was only 18-years-old on the morning of Aug. 7, 1942, when he took part in the very first amphibious landing conducted during World War II, at a Pacific island named Tulagi, in what was part of the opening phase of the Guadalcanal ... See Story
 
 
 
Wade Michael Page, Sikh temple shooter, identified as skinhead band leader
OAK CREEK, Wis. — The gunman who killed six people at a Sikh temple south of Milwaukee on Sunday and critically wounded three others, including a police officer, was identified Monday as Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran with reported lin... See Story
 
 
 
Roanoke Vietnam veteran laid to rest with full military honors
DUBLIN -- Barry Wayne Capito died a bachelor living paycheck to paycheck. A close friend found the decorated Vietnam War veteran dead on his sofa in his Roanoke home last month. With no family to speak of to make funeral arrangements, and no po... See Story
 
 
 
Family of Army Vet Who Committed Suicide Starts Petition to Assist Returning Troops
A grieving Minnesota family has started a petition to bring attention to veteran suicides. Army Specialist Trever Gould of Fulda, in southwestern Minnesota, took his own life in June. His family says he was unable to cope after returning home from... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran of Guadalcanal finally tells his story of WWII battle
MONROE -- A group of World War II veterans are convening today in Washington, D.C., on the 70th anniversary of the start of the Battle of Guadalcanal. They plan to tour the national memorial that commemorates their service and share their recollectio... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans: Romney Lying About Obama Suit’s Effect On Military Voters
Several veterans slammed Mitt Romney on Monday for opposing and mischaracterizing an Obama campaign lawsuit which would expand early voting rights to veterans, cops, firefighters and all Ohio voters. Romney had claimed — falsely — that the Obama c... See Story
 
 
 
Army Veteran Identified as Suspect in Sikh Temple Shooting
OAK CREEK, Wis.—The suspect in a shooting that left seven people dead, including the attacker, at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin Sunday was identified as Wade Michael Page, a 40-year-old Army veteran, a U.S. law-enforcement official said Monday. Mr. P... See Story
 
 
 
Officials defend changes in Madigan PTSD policy Senior leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord identified several problems Thursday that led the Army to stop using forensic psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with post-tra
Senior leaders at Joint Base Lewis-McChord identified several problems Thursday that led the Army to stop using forensic psychiatry at Madigan Army Medical Center to evaluate soldiers diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The Army announc... See Story
 
 
 
Army reinstates Madigan chief after PTSD probe
WASHINGTON — The Army has reinstated the head of a West Coast medical center and changed its screening system after an investigation into whether officials reversed soldiers’ post-traumatic stress diagnoses to save money, senior leaders announced Tue... See Story
 
 
 
Minnesota firms should hire veterans
On Thursday, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and RecruitMilitary hosted a Hiring Our Heroes job fair at TCF Bank Stadium for veterans and military spouses. It came at a time when our state needs to recognize the critical issue facing the men and women w... See Story
 
 
 
A New Generation Of Vets Faces Challenges At Home
Homeless veterans of the Vietnam War have been a face of American poverty for decades, and now some veterans of a younger generation are dealing with the same difficult issues. "I had my apartment up until 2011," says Joshua, a 28-year-old Navy ve... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans learn agricultural, farming skills in Vancouver job training program
Sham Sykes, 36, served as a combat Marine for 15 years, including two years in Iraq near Fallujah. He was part of a mobile highway patrol unit that cleared the area of insurgents and improvised explosive devices (IEDs). He was discharged because he s... See Story
 
 
 
Well-wishers rally around WWII vet who was beaten, robbed
Two days after a band of young robbers left Porter B. Cross battered on a sidewalk, the World War II veteran walked into Zizic Dental to be fitted for a free set of new dentures. Cross' old ones broke Monday when three attackers punched and kicked hi... See Story
 
 
 
Military veteran Rodriguez joins Tigers, fulfilling promise to friend killed in Afghanistan
CLEMSON, S.C. — Daniel Rodriguez is about to fulfill a dream, and more importantly to him, keep a promise to a brother-in-arms. Rodriguez found out this week he had been cleared by the NCAA and the Atlantic Coast Conference to join Clemson's footb... See Story
 
 
 
APNewsBreak: Vietnam veteran, author Tim O'Brien wins Dayton Literary Peace Prize award
CINCINNATI — Vietnam veteran and author Tim O'Brien, whose writings have shown war and its long-term impacts through a regular soldier's eyes, on Wednesday was named the winner of the Dayton Literary Peace Prize's lifetime achievement award. O'Bri... See Story
 
 
 
US Military's Language School Draws Positive Attention
The U.S. Defense Language Institute, or DLI, is one of the largest language schools in the world. It was established to provide linguistic and cultural instruction to the Defense Department and other Federal Agencies. Today, the Institute's Foreign L... See Story
 
 
 
US May Offer Military Assistance to Drive Al-Qaida From Coup-Wracked Mali
The U.S. is likely to weigh options ranging from military assistance to direct strikes to drive a growing al-Qaida presence out of the coup-wracked African nation of Mali, a Pentagon official said Thursday. "We cannot allow al-Qaida to sit in an u... See Story
 
 
 
KISS & Motley Crue Rock Out for Veterans
Legendary rock bands KISS and Motley Crue teamed up to help U.S. military veterans win the battle against unemployment, giving a $250,000 donation to Hire Our Heroes during a free concert in the D.C. area the night before launching The Tour. "With... See Story
 
 
 
Consequences of Stolen Valor Act: Public civilians could continue to get away with claiming military duties and honors they never performed
Veteran's View interviewed Philip Becnel, a private investigator and president of the Private Investigators Association of Virginia, is familiar with cases of such fraud from working with private companies and law firms. 1) What are the main impl... See Story
 
 
 
Panetta, Shinseki Acknowledge Frustration in Streamlining Military Health Care
Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki acknowledged Wednesday that they have been frustrated by departmental bureaucracy in their attempts to streamline military health care for severely wounded servic... See Story
 
 
 
Top Veteran's Administration (VA) News
Redesigned Transition Assistance Program Announced - President Obama announced the launch of the redesigned Transition Assistance Program developed by an interagency team from the Departments of Defense, Veterans Affairs, Labor, Education, and Homela... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Addresses Veterans At VFW Convention
This week, President Obama and Mitt Romney are addressing the annual convention of the Veteran's of Foreign Wars. The president spoke today, Romney tomorrow. The VFW is the oldest and largest veteran's group. About 5,000 members were on hand today in... See Story
 
 
 
HSBC Used By 'Drug Kingpins', Says US Senate
HSBC provided a conduit for "drug kingpins and rogue nations", according to a US Senate committee investigating money laundering claims at the bank. Its report said suspicious funds from countries including Mexico, Iran and Syria had passed throug... See Story
 
 
 
Theater Shooting Renews US Gun Control Debates
The theater shooting Friday in Colorado has renewed gun control debate in the United States. The Colorado shooter was able to arm himself because gun ownership in the United States has been protected by the U.S. Constitution since 1791. At that t... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Annouces "Reverse Bootcamp" For Veterans
Departing service members will soon have access to a "reverse boot camp" that offers new veterans more robust transition services, said President Obama in a speech Monday afternoon before the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in Reno, Nev. Tradi... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran Bikes to End Epidemic of Military Sexual Assault
On Sunday, Ret. USAF Staff Sgt. Colleen Bushnell began a summer-long bike ride. With four other military heroes, she left Aberdeen, Wash., and is pedaling 4,000 miles to the nation's capital. Colleen is riding to raise awareness for victims of milita... See Story
 
 
 
Humane Society Program to Unite Pets, Military Veterans
The Western Pennsylvania Humane Society is giving away pets to military veterans, officials announced on Monday. "We know animals make a difference in people’s lives," said Humane Society spokeswoman Gretchen Fieser at the North Side animal shelte... See Story
 
 
 
The Unlikely Story of America's First Gay Military Wedding
It's almost Christmas, and I'm eating lunch with Tech Sgt. Erwynn Umali and his fiance Will Behrens at a Cracker Barrel in New Jersey. Erwynn, 34, is an active-duty serviceman in the Air Force. Will, 35, is a branch manager for a financial firm. Ther... See Story
 
 
 
USA Men's National Team Ends DC Training Camp With Emotional Visit To Arlington National Cemetery
Following a spirited two-hour late morning practice at George Washington University's Charles E. Smith Center, the USA Basketball Men's National Team continued its Hoops For Troops program, but this time they became tourists for a few hours Sunday af... See Story
 
 
 
For Veterans It's "Jobs, Jobs, Jobs." ...But Wait, There's More!
Today it's critical for our returning troops and veterans to get good jobs and to utilize their experience in military service to make the significant contributions they can. Likewise for military spouses. But as important as getting a job is, I'm no... See Story
 
 
 
Congress Approves Faster Job Licensing For Veterans
Congress has sent the White House a bill to promote faster hiring of veterans by generally crediting relevant military training toward occupational licenses issued by the federal government. The Senate late Wednesday approved the Veteran Skills to... See Story
 
 
 
Homeless Rural Vets Find A Place To Call Home
This month, more than a dozen homeless veterans will finally have a place to call their own, thanks to the American Legion. The organization's post in a small Connecticut town has been working for a decade on a unique project to create not transit... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Bets On Young Veterans
President Barack Obama is trying to win over a historically difficult demographic for Democrats: veterans. And there's some evidence in last week's otherwise unimpressive jobs numbers that it's not an impossible mission. The unemployment rate a... See Story
 
 
 
Rail Industry Aims to Hire 5,000 Veterans This Year
Facing an aging rail industry workforce and an influx of returning military veterans, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Tuesday an initiative in which the growing rail sector will hire more than 5,000 veterans this year, matching the sa... See Story
 
 
 
Why July 2 Is Really America’s Independence Day
On July 3, 1776, John Adams wrote a letter to his wife Abigail with this prediction: "the Second of July, 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America. I am apt to believe it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as ... See Story
 
 
 
Vets Respond to Court Overturning Stolen Valor
Jack Jacobs can proudly - and truthfully - say he was awarded the Medal of Honor for his valor in Vietnam. After a recent Supreme Court ruling, anyone else is free under the First Amendment to make the same claim, whether it's true or not. Some mi... See Story
 
 
 
10 First Ladies And Their Charitable Causes
As Michelle Obama marks the one-year anniversary of her co-founding of Joining Forces, a national organization whose mission is to help military families, she underscores the long-heralded tradition of First Ladies highlighting the needs of - and giv... See Story
 
 
 
‘Institutional Failures’ Led Military to Teach War on Islam
A class urging senior US military officers to wage "total war" on Islam wasn't just the work of one misguided teacher. According to an inquiry ordered by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, it was the result of "institutional failures in overs... See Story
 
 
 
Wounded Warriors in the Race Across America
Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is participating in the 2012 Race Across America (RAAM) event beginning June 16. RAAM, which began in 1982 as the Great American Bike Race, is among the best known and longest annual endurance events in the world. The ro... See Story
 
 
 
Honoring Fathers at the White House
Yesterday, President Obama celebrated Father's Day a little early with four dads at Kenny's Barbeque Smokehouse in Northeast Washington, DC. The four fathers, two active duty members of the military and two long-time local barbers from Mason's Barbe... See Story
 
 
 
Is Your Military Family Ready for a Pet?
Although some might not think the time, money, and planning for lifetime pet ownership isn't worth it, many military families wouldn't have it any other way. "My husband and I don't have children, and I stayed on Oahu during his last deployment. I... See Story
 
 
 
The History of Flag Day
The first celebration of the U.S. Flag's birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. However, it is believed that the first annual recognition of the flag's birthday dates back to 1885 when school teacher, B... See Story
 
 
 
World's Biggest Sports Rivalries
From Poland vs. Russia to Australia vs. New Zealand, a look at some of the most contentious international sports rivalries around the globe. This year's soccer championship is being hosted by Poland and Ukraine between June 8 and July 1 2012. F... See Story
 
 
 
Military Soon Will Pay More For Former Soldiers Than Current Ones
The Pentagon soon will spend more on health care and other benefits for former military personnel than on the men and women fighting today's conflicts, according to a new study. A Bipartisan Policy Center study group composed of former defense off... See Story
 
 
 
The ‘China’ Syndrome
"China. There, I said it." So begins Virginia Rep. Randy Forbes, the House's top China-tracker, in a column he penned this week for the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Too many people in the U.S. national security establishment ... See Story
 
 
 
The American Hero Project: Remembering One Service Member Every Week
The American Hero Project was founded in 2012 starting with a Facebook page as a way to remember the fallen. There have been many memes on Facebook associated with the decline the media gives to air stories of fallen soldiers and that is a valid poin... See Story
 
 
 
VA Seeks App for Homeless Programs
The Department of Veterans Affairs today joined JBJ Soul Foundation Chairman, Jon Bon Jovi, to announce the five finalists of Project REACH (Real-time Electronic Access for Caregivers and the Homeless) during the Health Data Initiative Forum in Washi... See Story
 
 
 
Romney Tells Vets Dangerous World Demands Powerful Military
Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Veterans Day to proclaim to the American people his conviction that the world is a dangerous place, and the United States must remain its most formidable military power. "The world is n... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Singles Out Vietnam Vets on Memorial Day
President Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, singling out Vietnam war veterans as an underappreciated and sometimes maligned lot and saying that should never happen again. Marking Memorial Day at Arling... See Story
 
 
 
President Obama Honors Veterans This Memorial Day Weekend (VIDEO)
President Barack Obama is paying tribute to veterans during Memorial Day weekend, honoring those willing to sacrifice their lives for their country. Obama says in his weekly radio and Internet address he will mark Monday's holiday with veterans an... See Story
 
 
 
Heroic Vietnam War Soldier Awarded Posthumous Medal of Honor
President Barack Obama presented the country's highest military decoration to the family of Army Spc. Leslie H. Sabo Jr., who was killed protecting fellow soldiers from an ambush in Cambodia during the Vietnam War. The 22-year-old Army rifleman ki... See Story
 
 
 
After Years of War, Taliban Becoming Drug Cartel
After a decade of fighting, the Taliban is transforming from a religion-focused revolutionary group into something that resembles a drug cartel, a senior lawmaker said Wednesday. And the Taliban's increased reliance on the drug trade to stay alive... See Story
 
 
 
US Veterans to Return War Medals in Protest
Iraq war veteran Steven Acheson will engage in the rarest of protests this weekend: He will hand back his military service medals at the NATO summit in Chicago, an act one veteran calls "disgraceful." Acheson, who served for five years in the Army... See Story
 
 
 
Hollywood to Back Effort to Aid Veterans’ Return to Civilian Life
Hollywood is putting its megaphone behind efforts to assist returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in the transition to civilian life. The education, employment and general well-being of returning service members has become a prominent cause over... See Story
 
 
 
National Military Appreciation Month!
As a nation, we observe and participate in various national cultural and social awareness events through mass media attention and educational curriculum. However, we have not allocated appropriate recognition of the most important presence in the wo... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Targets Mills that Market to Vets
The Obama administration wants to trademark the term "GI Bill" in an effort to shield veterans and military families being swindled or misled by schools that target their federal education benefits. President Barack Obama is signing a wide-ranging... See Story
 
 
 
10 “To-Do” Rules To Use in a Job Interview
Am I Dreaming - or am I back in the military? If these rules sound familiar it may be because these are the same standards as the military. 1. Look Sharp! - Before the interview select a couple of interview outfits. Depending on the industry, and ... See Story
 
 
 
The Best Cities for Servicemembers and Spouses to Find Jobs
Every year, more job seekers flock to large cities in the hopes of finding employment. However, large cities might have lower employment rates than smaller cities. According to a Forbes report, cities such as, New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles and... See Story
 
 
 
Marine Corps to Open Officer Infantry School to Women
The Marine Corps school that produces infantry combat officers will enroll its first-ever female students this year, Marine Corps Times has learned. As part of the service's extensive research campaign to determine what additional jobs could be op... See Story
 
 
 
Can the Military Police Itself?
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has apologized for grisly new photos showing American soldiers posing with the body parts of Taliban suicide bombers and promised that "anyone found responsible for this inhuman conduct will be held accountable." If sim... See Story
 
 
 
Where Does America Get Oil? You May Be Surprised
Since the Arab oil embargoes of the 1960s and 70s, it's been conventional wisdom to talk about American dependence on oil from the Persian Gulf. But the global oil market has changed dramatically since then. Today, the U.S. actually gets most of i... See Story
 
 
 
Michelle Obama Plugs Veterans Initiative in Sit-Down With Colbert
First Lady Michelle Obama sat down for an interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to mark the one-year anniversary of her "Joining Forces" project to help veterans find employment after they return from war. In an appearance Wednesday on "... See Story
 
 
 
Tomorrow's SOF Troops May Power Their Own Gear
A push for alternative energy within the U.S. military could soon mean deployed service members harvest their own power for laptops, smart phones and other high-tech necessities. Advancements in solar chargers could make it possible to satisfy all... See Story
 
 
 
At War Shout Back: The Sergeant, the Strain of War and a Call for Your Thoughts
A clearer, though still quite incomplete, picture is emerging of the American staff sergeant accused in the killings of 16 Afghan villagers on Sunday in the Panjwai district of Kandahar Province. Here’s what we know: He’s 38-year-old married fa... See Story
 
 
 
Pentagon Is Accelerating Development of Cyberweapons
The Pentagon is accelerating efforts to develop a new generation of cyberweapons capable of disrupting enemy military networks even when those networks are not connected to the Internet, according to current and former U.S. officials. The possibil... See Story
 
 
 
Taliban Suspends Afghanistan Talks With United States
The American campaign in Afghanistan suffered a double blow Thursday: The Taliban broke off talks with the U.S., and President Hamid Karzai said NATO should pull out of rural areas and speed up the transfer of security responsibilities to Afghan forc... See Story
 
 
 
Wars' Amputees: 4 of 5 Say "Life Is Full"
Nine of 10 have mental disorders. Two of every three suffer from PTSD, and 40% suffer from traumatic brain injury. Nine of 10 are on 100% disability. Four of five also suffer from diseases of the nervous system, and diseases of the musculoskeletal sy... See Story
 
 
 
How Spies Used Facebook to Steal NATO Chief's Details
NATO'S most senior commander was at the centre of a major security alert when a series of his colleagues fell for a fake Facebook account opened in his name - apparently by Chinese spies. Senior British military officers and Ministry of Defence of... See Story
 
 
 
Female Veterans Demand Rush Limbaugh's Show Be Pulled From American Forces Network
VoteVets, a coalition of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, released a letter today from a group of female veterans calling on the American Forces Network to drop Rush Limbaugh from its programming. Miranda Norman (who is a VoteVets.org Senior Advisor... See Story
 
 
 
The Conundrum of Risky Painkillers for Veterans with PTSD
Veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war are more than twice as likely to be prescribed opioid medications, such as morphine and hydrocodone, for their physical pain if they also have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). These soldiers are also... See Story
 
 
 
Happy International Women's Day!
International Women's Day is an opportunity to reflect on the significant gains made by women throughout our history, to recognize those who made those gains possible, and to reaffirm that their legacy is working to make a world that protects the rig... See Story
 
 
 
FBI Says Spying Has Hindered Terror Fight
The FBI chief for New Jersey called reporters to his office Wednesday to describe how news about the New York Police Department's secret surveillance of Muslims in New Jersey has had a chilling effect on terrorism investigations. "We're starting t... See Story
 
 
 
Quran Crisis Reveals Lack of Awareness
Afghans seethed for a sixth day over the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base, and as the violence persists and the death toll rises, an unanswered question pulses at the heart of the crisis. How could this happen? The question pertains less to the... See Story
 
 
 
Iraq Vets Share Experiences Before White House Dinner
President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a dinner in honor of the Armed Forces who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn, along with their families. "A Nation's Gratitude Dinner" included men and women in uniform fro... See Story
 
 
 
"Joining Forces" Travel Industry Coalition to Create 3,000 Jobs for Veterans
In coordination with the White House Office of the First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's Joining Forces Veterans Hiring Initiative, the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA) is pleased to announce the creation of the Joining Forces Travel... See Story
 
 
 
Military Veterans Turned College Students: Collegiate Nation Wants You
As American military operations in Iraq have ended and other soldiers are returning from Afghanistan, Collegiate Nation, the nation's only student-exclusive social site that has banned all ads and all tracking, announced today its desire to hear from... See Story
 
 
 
VA Offering Personal Health Care Handbooks to Vets
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to informing the Veteran community about VA health benefits and services. Currently, VA is producing personalized Veteran Health Benefits Handbooks for Veterans who are enrolled in VA health care. ... See Story
 
 
 
Afghans Protest Burning of Korans at US Base
As thousands of angry Afghans flung rocks at NATO's largest military base in Afghanistan on Tuesday, American officials sought to quell a widening furor over what they said was the accidental incineration by U.S. military personnel of copies of the I... See Story
 
 
 
Politicians Got Talent: 10 Greatest Singing Moments In Political History
Regardless of one's politics, it's pretty hard to deny these days that President Obama is a badass (and hot): he nabbed Bin Laden and he's a crooner who can hit Al Green's falsetto notes. Now that new videos are out of Hotbama singing "Sweet Home Ch... See Story
 
 
 
Department Honors African American History, Service
During African American History Month, the Defense Department takes time to honor the rich legacy of African Americans in military service. This AFPS special report highlights their contributions in defense and support of the United States. During... See Story
 
 
 
Comcast Showcasing Jobless Vets
Comcast is currently airing short videos of military veterans looking for new jobs as part of a pilot program with the state's Department of Veteran Services. Each of the videos features an interview by a Comcast host with a Massachusetts veteran ... See Story
 
 
 
GE 'Hiring Our Heros' Program To Match 5,000 Veterans With Jobs
General Electric Co. plans to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years and invest $580 million to expand its aviation business. The announcements Monday were part of a four-day event that the global conglomerate is hosting with partners in Was... See Story
 
 
 
New Program Teaches Vets to Treat Vets
Recruiters have launched a campaign to enlist returning soldiers for a new call of duty: psychologist. Student veterans at the Hub-based Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology received a $125,000 state grant this year to pitch a career in... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Announces Program to Hire Vets as First Responders
President Barack Obama continued his commitment to improving employment among veterans by introducing an initiative Feb. 3, 2012, to hire them as the country's first responders. "In my State of the Union address, I proposed a new initiative called... See Story
 
 
 
Military Health Leaders Cite Innovations in Care from Decade of War
Tremendous strides made in military medicine during the last decade of war have helped increase the survival rate of wounded warriors to unprecedented levels, Navy Vice Adm. William E. Gortney, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Navy Rear Adm.... See Story
 
 
 
Panetta: US Combat in Afghanistan to End Next Year
U.S. and other international forces in Afghanistan aim to end their combat role next year and switch to training and advising Afghan forces through 2014, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said Wednesday. Panetta's remarks to reporters traveling with ... See Story
 
 
 
St. Louis Parade On Iraq War's End Draws Thousands
Looking around at the tens of thousands of people waving American flags and cheering, Army Maj. Rich Radford was moved that so many braved a cold January wind Saturday in St. Louis to honor people like him: Iraq War veterans. The parade, borne out... See Story
 
 
 
Number Of Homeless Female Veterans More Than Doubled In Four Years: Report
The number of homeless female veterans is on the rise, and the Department of Veteran Affairs isn't adequately prepared to handle it. In four years, the number of homeless veteran women more than doubled -- rising to 3,328 in 2010 from 1,380 in 200... See Story
 
 
 
Disabled Veterans National Foundation Launches Employment and Career Assistance Services
The Disabled Veterans National Foundation (DVNF), an advocate for the VOW to Hire Heroes Act recently signed by President Obama, is offering employment resources and career assistance for disabled veterans interested in help accessing the benefits, t... See Story
 
 
 
Send Valentines to Veterans
Army & Air Force Exchange Service shoppers can show their appreciation to military service-members who came before them by sending free valentines through their local exchange now through Feb. 6th. Now in its second year, "Valentines for Veterans"... See Story
 
 
 
DoD Unveils Major Force Reductions
The Defense Department could cut some 80,000 Soldiers and 20,000 Marines over the coming years as part of massive force and spending reductions announced Thursday at the Pentagon, which could also include reductions in pay and benefits for troops. ... See Story
 
 
 
Obama: Congress Should Follow Military’s Example
Washington politicians and all Americans can accomplish anything if they follow the example set by U.S. troops, President Barack Obama said during his State of the Union address tonight. All of official Washington - including Defense Secretary Leo... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Military Frees 2 Western Hostages From Somali Pirates
American Navy Seals swooped into Somalia early on Wednesday and rescued two aid workers, an American woman and a Danish man, after a shootout with Somali gunmen who had been holding them captive in a sweltering desert hide-out for months. Under a ... See Story
 
 
 
Iraq War Vets Will Be State of the Union Guests
About 20 members of Congress are bringing Iraq war veterans as their guests to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday as part of a bipartisan effort to focus attention on their needs and to honor their service. There is a chance e... See Story
 
 
 
Ex-CIA Officer Charged With Disclosing Secrets
An ex-CIA officer who helped track down and capture a top al-Qaida figure was charged Monday with disclosing to reporters classified secrets, including the covert identities of his associates on the mission, in the latest of a series of prosecutions ... See Story
 
 
 
For-Profit Colleges Under Attack For Treatment of Veterans
For-profit colleges are coming under attack again, this time for allegedly preying on military veterans. Sen. Dick Durbin, D.-Ill., is scheduled to hold a forum on the issue in Chicago Monday and plans to introduce legislation later in the day tha... See Story
 
 
 
Why Returning Military Members Must Be Challenged To Lead
Last month, 44,000 troops returned from Iraq for the final time. Many will continue their military careers, but a good portion will separate from the military and re-enter the civilian world. Over the next five years, a predicted one million American... See Story
 
 
 
US: Taliban Must Renounce Terrorism for Talks
The Taliban must renounce ties to terrorists and endorse peace efforts as a condition for opening a political office in the Gulf state of Qatar, a senior U.S. diplomat said Sunday. Marc Grossman, the special U.S. envoy to Afghanistan and Pakistan,... See Story
 
 
 
From Business Suits to Combat Boots
One in four Congress members has previously served in the United States military. However, very few congressmen leave public office to serve in the armed forces. Maj. Charles Djou, the former U.S. representative to Hawaii's 1st Congressional District... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Military Women Exposed to More Combat Than Ever Before
Female American soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan have been involved in more combat than in prior wars and have the same post-traumatic stress disorder rate as men, a new study has found. For the study, researchers looked at over 7,000 active-duty ... See Story
 
 
 
US Military Chief in Israel to Discuss Iran Nukes
The top U.S. general, visiting Israel at a delicate and dangerous moment in the global standoff with Tehran, is expected to press for restraint amid fears that the Jewish state is nearing a decision to attack Iran's nuclear program. Thursday's arr... See Story
 
 
 
Websites Go Dark Over 'Censorship' Fears
Online encyclopedia Wikipedia and some smaller websites are protesting against legislation in the US Congress intended to crack down on online piracy by temporarily blacking out their sites. The community-edited encyclopedia blacked out its Englis... See Story
 
 
 
NLC & The Home Depot Foundation Launch Project to Support Veteran Housing
The National League of Cities (NLC) and The Home Depot Foundation will launch a new effort to provide local officials with resources to assist in rehabilitating neighborhood-based housing for special needs populations, with a special emphasis on retu... See Story
 
 
 
GOP Candidates Vie For Backing Of Military Veterans Ahead Of South Carolina Primary 2012
Mitt Romney has ex-POW John McCain vouching for him. Former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum highlights his time on the Senate Armed Services Committee. And former House Speaker Newt Gingrich frequently calls himself an "Army brat" who grew up on mili... See Story
 
 
 
School of Medicine Joins Michelle Obama to Support Veterans and Families
As part of first lady Michelle Obama's Joining Forces initiative, the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine is teaming up with the Association of American Medical Colleges and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine to crea... See Story
 
 
 
The Case for Treating PTSD in Veterans With Medical Marijuana
Researchers are one bureaucratic hurdle away from gaining approval for the first clinical examination on the benefits of marijuana for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic St... See Story
 
 
 
Army Selects New Camouflage Patterns
Army uniform officials have tapped five finalists to develop the service’s new family of camouflage patterns. The Jan. 10 announcement is the result of the Army's exhaustive Phase IV Camouflage effort. The five vendors have been awarded contracts t... See Story
 
 
 
Tuskegee Airmen Deserve a Better Home
Six years ago, I held my breath as I knocked on Col. Alexander Jefferson's door in Detroit. Interviews rarely make me nervous but I was about to meet an American hero and was, well, verklempt. I was greeted by a man with an amazing smile and a sli... See Story
 
 
 
MLK Day Will Be Marked as a National Day of Service
Momentum is building for the annual Martin Luther King Day of Service, as thousands of organizations across the country put the finishing touches on volunteer projects to bring Americans together to serve their neighbors and advance Dr. King's dream ... See Story
 
 
 
Michelle Obama Touts New Effort on Military PTSD, Brain Injuries
First lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden today touted a new commitment by the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine (AACOM) to improve the health care delivered to militar... See Story
 
 
 
US Moves Carriers, Denies Iran Link
The US military said on Wednesday that a new aircraft carrier strike group had arrived in the Arabian Sea and that another was on its way to the region, but denied any link to recent tensions with Iran and portrayed the movements as routine. The s... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Sending 5 US Military Officers to South Sudan Amid Outbreaks of Ethnic Violence
President Barack Obama is sending five American military officers to South Sudan amid recent outbreaks of violence in the newly independent African nation. The White House said the U.S. forces will join the United Nations mission in the capital of... See Story
 
 
 
SD Military Veteran Gets Long-Overdue Medal
World War II veteran Joe Alvestad was surprised with the Bronze Star Medal at his nursing home Tuesday afternoon. The award was for his heroic service, and it was long overdue. When Sen. Eldon Nygaard sent a copy of Alvestad's documents to re... See Story
 
 
 
Young Veterans Without Jobs: Too Many Are Locked Out Of 'Recovery'
Young military veterans saw little to celebrate in last week's much cheered unemployment report. Data released the same day by the Department of Labor revealed that one in three young veterans was out of a job in the last quarter of 2011 - an employm... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Administration Says No US Military Retreat Despite Defense Cuts
The Obama administration says planned cuts in U.S. defense spending will not degrade American military capabilities or the nation's ability to confront threats on the world stage. Nearly half a trillion dollars is expected to be cut from the Pentago... See Story
 
 
 
Crosses and The Constitution
The military, like any other government agency, cannot allow people to install large religious symbols wherever they want on public property. Once in place for any length of time, those symbols (and usually that means a cross) tend to be seen as esta... See Story
 
 
 
A Hard Journey Home
The drawdown of U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan is attracting national attention -- but it will be months before most of the service members actually find their way home. "We won't see the massive return of troops," said Jim Ryan, American Leg... See Story
 
 
 
VA Deploying 20 New Mobile Vet Centers
The Department of Veterans Affairs today deployed 20 additional Mobile Vet Centers from the production facility of Farber Specialty Vehicles to increase access to readjustment counseling services for Veterans and their families in rural and under-ser... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Describes Refocused 'Leaner' Military
President Obama outlined a broad new military strategy for the United States on Thursday, one that refocuses the armed forces on threats in Asia and the Pacific region, continues a strong presence in the Middle East but makes clear that American grou... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran's Benefits Must be Made Clearer
My husband was a Vietnam War veteran. He was awarded a rating of 100 percent service in 2002. The award letter he received listed the benefits to which he and his family were entitled. After his death last June, I went to the Veterans' Association... See Story
 
 
 
US Vows to Stay in Gulf Despite Iran Warning
The Pentagon has responded to an Iranian warning to keep US aircraft carriers out of the Gulf by declaring that US warships will continue regularly scheduled deployments to the strategic waterway. George Little, the Pentagon press secretary, said ... See Story
 
 
 
Military's Gold Star Families Often Feel Disconnected
Jane Horton wears a small Gold Star pin honoring her husband, Christopher, who was killed by Taliban gunfire four months ago. "It's like an outward expression of a burden carried deep inside," Jane says about an emblem Congress created after World... See Story
 
 
 
Drone-Ethics Briefing: What a Leading Robot Expert Told the CIA
Robots are replacing humans on the battlefield--but could they also be used to interrogate and torture suspects? This would avoid a serious ethical conflict between physicians' duty to do no harm, or nonmaleficence, and their questionable role in mon... See Story
 
 
 
Bachmann quits; Romney, Santorum and Gingrich Take Battle to N.H.
Rep. Michele Bachmann on Wednesday became the first official casualty of the hard-fought Iowa caucuses, announcing that she was dropping her bid for the Republican presidential nomination even as the leading candidates, Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum,... See Story
 
 
 
Blog: What Iraq Can Teach Us About Iran
Former Iraqi minister of trade and defense Ali A. Allawi has an interesting op-ed in today's New York Times, where he outlines the main challenges in post-occupation Iraq and maps out a broad approach for dealing with them. Not surprisingly, he is be... See Story
 
 
 
NATO's Afghan Task: Removing $30B of Gear
As the drawdown of U.S. troops from Afghanistan steps up in 2012, NATO military planners are trying to figure out the logistics of how to ship out the massive quantities of alliance vehicles, weapons and other equipment from the mountainous landlocke... See Story
 
 
 
Pentagon to Present Vision of Reduced Military
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is set this week to reveal his strategy that will guide the Pentagon in cutting hundreds of billions of dollars from its budget, and with it the Obama administration's vision of the military that the United States ne... See Story
 
 
 
Best New Year’s Resolution Is To Say Thanks To U.S. Military
Of the 310 million Americans, 1,445,000 are on active duty in the uniformed services of the military, and another 833,000 are in the reserves. Less than 1 percent of the country protects the rest of us against every threat across the globe, wheth... See Story
 
 
 
US Probes Improper Burials of Soldiers
The US congress is carrying out a probe into suspected improper burials of thousands of fallen American soldiers in an American cemetery, Press TV reports. The investigation was ordered after a US Army review of the nearly 260,000 headstones at Ar... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Agrees to Sell Billions of Dollars of Military Equipment to Saudi Arabia, Iraq
The United States will go forward with some $41 billion worth of military equipment sales to two Middle Eastern countries. Saudi Arabia will get $30 billion in fights and Iraq will get $11 billion in jets, tanks and other equipment. As tensions wi... See Story
 
 
 
How the Iraq War Changed a Generation of Veterans
After the withdrawal of the last U.S. combat troops, four Iraq war veterans share their experiences and reflect on the personal impact of the nine-year war. Jeffrey Brown leads the conversation. JEFFREY BROWN: More than a million men and women ser... See Story
 
 
 
Obama in Surge to Enlist Veterans' Votes for '12
Veterans and their families could prove decisive in the 2012 presidential election, which explains President Barack Obama's push to curry their favor. Republicans, who traditionally receive strong veteran support, had better not take them for grante... See Story
 
 
 
Home From War, Still On a Mission
This holiday season, thousands of families are welcoming home children, siblings, spouses and parents from the Middle East. For family members and service members alike, this return marks a long-anticipated and joyful reunion. But for the soldiers, s... See Story
 
 
 
Five Great Gifts for Veterans This Holiday Season
The Pentagon Federal Credit Union Foundation (PenFed Foundation), a nationally recognized nonprofit organization working to meet the unmet needs of military personnel and their families, released a list today of five great gifts both individuals and ... See Story
 
 
 
Study Highlights Need for Secular Community
A recent survey by the Pew Forum on reintegration identified a 24-percent bump for "religious" Post-9/11 veterans. This question specifically asked "how often a recent veteran attends religious services." Those claiming to attend once per week were... See Story
 
 
 
The True Spirit of Christmas, Embodied in Balsam and Ribbon
They say that charity starts at home. And for nearly 15,000 people in the Washington, D.C. area and beyond, that sentiment was wholeheartedly felt earlier this December as they laid wreaths on graves in Arlington Cemetery. In the true meaning of Chri... See Story
 
 
 
Humana Military Makes the Holidays Brighter for Children
Humana Inc. announced today that for the seventh consecutive year, its subsidiary, Humana Military Healthcare Services, has partnered with the United States Marine Corps Reserve in a toy drive in support of its annual Toys for Tots campaign. Toys and... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans to Tout Obama's Record As Military Leader
As the war in Iraq draws to a close, U.S. President Barack Obama's re-election campaign has quietly enlisted an army of veterans to urge other military men and women to vote for him in November. The Obama campaign has built a network of more than ... See Story
 
 
 
Federal Hiring of Veterans Reaches 20-Year High
Nearly 29 percent of federal government hires in fiscal 2011 went to military veterans, marking a 20-year high, U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said today. Berry released what he called preliminary numbers from fiscal 2011 ... See Story
 
 
 
Gay Veteran Speaks Out About Tense Exchange With GOP Candidate
Bob Garon, a 63-year-old gay military veteran, spoke on MSNBC Tuesday about his tense exchange Monday in Manchester, N.H. with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney over same-sex marriage. Garon was eating breakfast with his husband at Che... See Story
 
 
 
Lawmakers Ready to Pass Defense Bill Authorizing 1.6 Percent Pay Hike
Troops will see a 1.6 percent pay increase next month and the military will receive more than $115 billion for overseas contingency operations under a defense budget agreement worked out by lawmakers on Monday. Both chambers are expected to approv... See Story
 
 
 
Predator Drone Spy Planes Used in Civilian Arrests
Armed with a search warrant, Nelson County Sheriff Kelly Janke went looking for six missing cows on the Brossart family farm in the early evening of June 23. Three men brandishing rifles chased him off, he said. Janke knew the gunmen could be anyw... See Story
 
 
 
Legionnaires Pursue Medals Owed to Vets
It took nearly 70 years for retired Army Staff Sgt. Willard B. Hinnant from Selma, N.C., to be awarded the Bronze Star medal - a recognition he earned for his acts of bravery during World War II but never received. Hinnant, like many other veterans, ... See Story
 
 
 
Vets Groups Urge Court to Uphold Stolen Valor
Twenty-five organizations representing millions of veterans have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal law making it a crime to falsely claim receiving a military award for valor. The case pits First Amendment rights of free speech agai... See Story
 
 
 
Spotlight: Wounded Veterans Continue Careers
Specialist Charles "Chas" Shaffer's co-workers have an easy way to tell if he's still in the building. They simply glance at his cubicle at the Army's Military Surface Deployment and Distribution Command. If Shaffer's two-wheeled Segway, a self... See Story
 
 
 
On Pearl Harbor Day, Obama Says WWII Vets Built 'Strongest Economy in the World'
President Obama commemorated veterans Wednesday on Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, saluting the veterans and survivors of the Greatest Generation, who "turned adversaries into our closest allies." Obama sent thoughts and prayers to the families of t... See Story
 
 
 
Pearl Harbor 70th Anniversary: Veteran Recalls Attack
Seventy years ago this week, Navy veteran Lou Gore was startled by the muffled thuds of explosions and a burst of commotion while cleaning up from breakfast below deck on the USS Phoenix, a cruiser docked at Pearl Harbor. Hurrying topside, the 18-... See Story
 
 
 
Afghanistan Opens Bids On Gold, Copper Deposits
Afghanistan opened bids Tuesday on billions of dollars worth of copper and gold deposits in four areas of the country that together are roughly half the size of the Grand Canyon. Despite ongoing violence, Afghanistan has high hopes that its buddin... See Story
 
 
 
Drill Sergeant Gives Out 218 Million Dollars for Veteran's Christmas
So how does a 29 year old Drill Sergeant give 218 million dollars to 21.8 Million Veterans? Simple, he makes others do it for him. Anyone can go online to the Drill Sergeant's website, http://www.GruntStyle.com and send their home town hero a $10 ... See Story
 
 
 
NORAD Ready to Track Santa's Flight
The North American Aerospace Defense Command is getting ready to track Santa's yuletide journey. The NORAD Tracks Santa website, http://www.noradsanta.org, went live Dec. 1 featuring a countdown calendar, a kid's countdown village complete with ho... See Story
 
 
 
Law Slashes Benefits for Military Widows
This is the second part in a two-part series on a law known as the widow’s tax. Vince Smith was a Marine who was proud of taking care of his country, his wife and his two children. That changed after 21 years of serving his country, when he was di... See Story
 
 
 
New Members Appointed to VA Committee on Women Veterans
Six new members have been appointed to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Women Veterans, an expert panel that advises VA on issues and programs affecting women Veterans. "The Advisory Committee on Women Veterans' signif... See Story
 
 
 
VA Announces "Badges for Vets" Contest
The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced the Badges for Vets contest for creating digital "badge" systems to help Veterans translate their military skills into civilian jobs. "We are looking for ways to make it easy for employers to see... See Story
 
 
 
Defense Secretary Lauds Army Vet for Win on 'Dancing With the Stars'
The Pentagon's top brass on Friday congratulated J.R. Martinez, the injured Iraq War veteran who was the winner of this season's "Dancing with the Stars" competition. Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta placed a call to congratulate the former Army ... See Story
 
 
 
For Vets Returning to US, Green Energy Jobs Await
Ben Noland served in the U.S. Marine Corps for eight years, then spent 18 months looking for a job. "I've probably put my resume in to 300 places in the past year," the 33-year-old Kenton resident said. "The farthest I've ever got was a phone inter... See Story
 
 
 
Military.com Announces "Opening Day" for All-DoD Team Nominations
Military.com and All American Games announced "Opening Day" for the All-DoD Team nominations today. Selection to the team is honorary and is designed to highlight premier high school athletes who are the dependents of personnel currently servin... See Story
 
 
 
FTA Initiative Will Connect America's Veterans and Their Families to the Opportunities They Deserve
The new FTA initiative will invest $34.6 million in 55 different "one-click, one-call" transportation resource centers across the country, bringing more transportation choices and better job access to a very special group of Americans—our military he... See Story
 
 
 
Why Are Young Vets Less Active in Organizations?
As the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan wind down, a surprisingly small number of returning veterans are joining the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion—organizations that have historically helped soldiers reacclimate to civilian life. Nation... See Story
 
 
 
SecDef: Full Iraq Pullout Only Option
The Pentagon's two top leaders acknowledged Tuesday they're still concerned about Iraq's ability to handle its security after this year's planned U.S. pullout, but overall, they said the U.S. has no choice but to go ahead with its withdrawal. Defe... See Story
 
 
 
Vet Organizations Hit VA Executive Bonuses
Veterans advocates said Tuesday it "doesn't pass the smell test" that senior officials with the Department of Veterans Affairs were paid thousands of dollars in bonuses in a time of tight budgets and amid the VA's worsening backlog of compensation an... See Story
 
 
 
Congress Passes Veterans Employment Bill
A landmark $1.7 billion package of veterans employment aid has passed Congress and is on its way to the White House, where President Obama has vowed to sign it into law. Passage of the bill - filled with new programs and tweaks in old ones in an e... See Story
 
 
 
US Base in Australia: China on Notice
Up to 2,500 US marines will be permanently stationed in Australia within the next six years under a new agreement between the two countries. The move comes as Pacific region’s major player, China, is rapidly boosting its military might. The news w... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans To Create World's Largest Medical Database
What haunts Carl Schuler about his two tours in Iraq is the fact that he came out of them largely unscathed. This was not the case for his best friend, who was badly injured when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. "You start thinking about, ... See Story
 
 
 
Former Marine Injured In #OccupyOakland Demonstration Releases Statement
A former U.S. Marine injured in Occupy Oakland demonstrations last month released his first public statement on Sunday after he was released from the hospital last week. Olsen posted the statement on Google Plus Sunday morning, accompanied by a pi... See Story
 
 
 
Paying Tribute to America's Veterans
Once again the sound of "Taps" spilled over the hillside above the Tomb of the Unknowns as President Barack Obama placed a wreath honoring America's veterans, here today. The president spoke for the country in honoring veterans and service members... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran’s Day, 2011
Today, our Nation comes together to honor our veterans and commemorate the legacy of profound service and sacrifice they have upheld in pursuit of a more perfect Union. Through their steadfast defense of America's ideals, our service members have ens... See Story
 
 
 
Acknowledging the Veterans on Their Day in the Limelight
For Veterans Day 2011, Madison Avenue will seem redder, whiter and bluer than it has in a long time. Advertisers had for many years marked the holiday in prosaic, almost formulaic ways, primarily by offering consumers Veterans Day sales on merchan... See Story
 
 
 
Celebrating This Year's Veteran's Day by Valuing Veterans as Employees
Veterans Day is a day when we honor Americans from all wars. As many of our veterans return from deployments, we suggest that we honor them not just with parades and accolades but also with active efforts to use and support their talents in the workf... See Story
 
 
 
World War II Veteran Still Swinging
It has been more than 65 years, but for 93-year-old Anthony Snetro, the image of a Japanese torpedo bomber closing in on him will never go away. Snetro still has vivid memories of the day his life flashed before his eyes. "Our ship was starting t... See Story
 
 
 
White House Turns Its Focus to Job Creation For Veterans Coming Home From War
The White House along with many veterans’ organizations announced support for the Returning Heroes and Wounded Warrior Tax Credits that will provide military personnel easier entry into the civilian workforce. The White House said the Returning He... See Story
 
 
 
Free Veteran's Day Meals and Deals!
In honor of our men in uniform, past and present, here is a list of participating restaurants, theme parks, and more offering special deals for Veterans Day. Our goal is to share as many of these free meals and discounts with our military veterans... See Story
 
 
 
White House, Google Develop Job Search Tool For Vets
The White House has launched a new online search tool that aggregates job listings for veterans from various Web sites and other online resources as part of an ongoing effort to help out-of-work veterans find employment. The Veterans Job Bank prov... See Story
 
 
 
Iraq War Veteran J.R. Martinez Named 2012 Tournament of Roses Grand Marshal
The Pasadena Tournament of Roses revealed today that J.R. Martinez, retired soldier, actor and spokesman, will serve as the Grand Marshal of the 2012 Tournament of Roses festivities. Themed 'Just Imagine...' the 2012 Rose Parade presented by Honda ce... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Back Bill to Create Registry of Illnesses Blamed on Burn Pits
Veterans exposed to burn pits during their war deployments are backing legislation to create an ongoing registry of patients and illnesses believed connected to the toxic smoke, suggesting it may be the last chance to discover what long-term health p... See Story
 
 
 
Veteran Bikes in Search of Mates' War Graves
War veteran Tieu Van Tan travels on his bicycle as far as Laos and Cambodia to find the remains of his comrades so they can be returned home and bring comfort to their loved ones. It has been nearly 16 years since the first time war veteran Tieu ... See Story
 
 
 
Occupy Veterans Movement Growing Across U.S.
Since Occupy Wall Street protests have broken out in cities across the U.S. and abroad, support has come from what might seem like an unlikely corner: war veterans. But two of the highest-profile protesters - each from opposite ends of the country... See Story
 
 
 
Violence More Common in Kids of Combat Veterans
A new study suggests that when parents are deployed in the military, their children are more than twice as likely to carry a weapon, join a gang or be involved in fights. And that includes the daughters. "This study raises serious concerns abou... See Story
 
 
 
One Wounded Afghanistan Veteran's Quest For Recognition
You're angry. They get scared of you when you tell them what you’ve been through. You're not a jerk. It's just, you signed over your body to the government, spent a year getting shot at in Afghanistan, 7,000 miles away. It's not you, but what the war... See Story
 
 
 
Sailors To Get New Release Films Faster Than Rental Stores
Sailors on long ship deployments will soon have access to movies well in advance of video rental and streaming customers in the United States, Navy officials announced Wednesday. The Navy Motion Picture Service will distribute movies... Read Mor... See Story
 
 
 
Grand Canyon Waives Entrance Fees For Veterans Day Weekend
Grand Canyon National Park will be joining national park units across the country in celebrating Veterans Day with fee free entry into the park. This year, the fee free designation will apply to the entire Veteran’s Day weekend, Friday, Saturday a... See Story
 
 
 
Obama Seeks to Create 8,000 Jobs for Veterans at Health Centers
President Barack Obama urged federally funded community health centers across the U.S. to create about 8,000 jobs for veterans over the next three years. The administration also announced plans to increase programs to help military medics become p... See Story
 
 
 
Commando Monument Near Ground Zero To Be Unveiled On Veterans Day
The first statue near ground zero to salute the heroes of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks will not depict a New York firefighter or policeman - but a lone U.S. commando on horseback in the Afghan mountains. Titled "De Oppresso Liber" -"to free the ... See Story
 
 
 
VA to Allow Easier Sharing of Medical Info With Pentagon
The Department of Veterans Affairs said Wednesday that it’s changing its rules to make it easier to share some kinds of medical information with the Department of Defense. The rule change will make it easier for the VA and Pentagon to exchange inf... See Story
 
 
 
Report: Iraq War Could End Up Costing More Than WWII
War has never been cheap, but it sure is expensive now. Think about G.I. Joe slugging his way through Europe on K Rations, cigarettes and his M1 Garand, and compare that to today’s forces. As we recently heard from Joint Chiefs chairman Gen. Marti... See Story
 
 
 
NATO Delays Decision to End Libya Mission
NATO unexpectedy postponed a definite decision to end its bombing campaign in Libya as consultations continued Wednesday with the U.N. and the country's interim government over how and when to wind down the operation. Last week, the alliance annou... See Story
 
 
 
Gay Troops to File Suit Challenging Defense of Marriage Act
Gay and lesbian troops and veterans plan to file suit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of the federal ban on gay marriage and federal policy that defines a spouse as a person of the opposite sex. The suit comes five weeks after the Penta... See Story
 
 
 
Occupy Oakland: #OccupyMARINES Action for Scott
A Call for Tonight for Scott, Oakland and Across This Nation! Peaceful Vigil / Solidarity Vigils for Scott Olsen - Oakland There will be a peaceful vigil held Thursday, Oct. 27 for Scott Olsen, Marine veteran with two tours in Iraq and member o... See Story
 
 
 
Occupy Oakland Protesters Regroup - Iraq Veteran Injured
Seeking to cool the violent tone set by Tuesday night's street clashes with Occupy Oakland protesters, police pulled down barricades Wednesday near City Hall, dramatically reduced their presence and said they would allow nightly demonstrations in the... See Story
 
 
 
Sticking To Our Guns
Ask Americans about banning handguns and they'll channel their inner Charlton Heston: They'll give you their guns when you pry them from their cold, dead hands. A record-low 26 percent of Americans favor a legal ban on the possession of handguns, ... See Story
 
 
 
Military MBA Partners with Student Veterans of America to Help Working Veterans Advance Their Post-9/11 Education and Careers
Military MBA is pleased to announce a new initiative with Student Veterans of America (SVA) to deliver a comprehensive education and career resource blog for working veterans. An expanding coalition of student veteran groups across the United States,... See Story
 
 
 
Applebee's(R) Ignites the Thank You Movement to Show Veterans and Troops the Appreciation They Deserve
Country Music Star Rodney Atkins Leads Ongoing Military Thank You Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar(R) today inspired America to stand up and thank the men and women of the military for their commitment, sacrifices and bravery by igniting the Th... See Story
 
 
 
House OKs More Service Dogs at VA Facilities
The Veterans Affairs Department soon could be going to the dogs after a key House vote Tuesday to expand the types of assistance dogs allowed in VA facilities. VA service-dog regulations, last changed in 1985, guarantee access to only seeing-eye d... See Story
 
 
 
Ron Paul Proposes Saving $1T by Scrapping Five Federal Departments
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Monday unveiled a plan to cut $1 trillion from the federal budget within one year by eliminating a handful of federal departments, including the Energy and Education departments. Paul's plan would shap... See Story
 
 
 
Obama: I Married Michelle to Improve My Gene Pool
First Lady Michelle Obama has played a major and at times humorous role on the final day of her husband's three-day bus tour through North Carolina and Virginia. Joining the president at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Hampton, Virginia, Mrs. Obama a... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Benefits: Lawmakers Open To Changes In Military Benefits
The government's promise of lifetime health care for the military's men and women is suddenly a little less sacrosanct as Congress looks to slash trillion-dollar-plus deficits. Republicans and Democrats alike are signaling a willingness – unheard ... See Story
 
 
 
Clinton Warns Iran Not to ‘Miscalculate’ U.S. Resolve As Troops Leave Iraq
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton warned Iran on Sunday that the planned U.S. withdrawal of combat troops from Iraq by the end of the year should not be mistaken for a lack of commitment to democracy in the region. In an interview from Tas... See Story
 
 
 
'Iran Won': Fox Attacks Obama For Ending Iraq War
Following President Obama's announcement that all troops would leave Iraq by the end of the year, Fox News has scrambled to attack Obama's foreign policy, calling the development a "strategic tragedy" and speculating that it could mean the lives of A... See Story
 
 
 
The New Interventionism: How Obama is changing the way the United States wages war
The future face of American warfare is very likely on display now in Africa. Libya, the coast off Somalia, and now the borderlands of Uganda—it’s a fair bet that these theaters of conflict, far more than Iraq or Afghanistan, foretell the shape of our... See Story
 
 
 
First Lady Michelle Obama Sends Her First Tweet
This week, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama personally pressed the button to send out her first tweet, complete with a hashtag, a URL and her initials. The White House commemorated the occasion with a blog post and a YouTube video. Obama tweeted not... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Groups Mobilize Against Defense Cuts
The nation’s largest veterans organizations, angry that lawmakers usually friendly to defense are open to some cuts in military spending, are mobilizing their members to pressure Congress to preserve veterans’ benefits. The American Legion, which ... See Story
 
 
 
High Court to Rule On Lying About Military Medals
The Supreme Court will decide if telling a lie about yourself is a crime — if the lie claims military medals you didn't earn. The court said Monday it will rule on the constitutionality of a law that makes it a federal crime for people to claim fa... See Story
 
 
 
Michelle Obama to Announce 25,000 Jobs for Veterans, Spouses
First Lady Michelle Obama is expected to make her first appearance on a presidential bus tour Wednesday, joining her husband at Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia to make an announcement about jobs for military veterans and their spouses. The f... See Story
 
 
 
MIT Tech Helps U.S. Soldiers See Through Concrete Walls
Invisible tanks, Iron-Man suits, and now x-ray vision? Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are developing an experimental radar system that will allow U.S. troops in combat to see through walls. In recent tests held at MIT’... See Story
 
 
 
A Brand That Takes a Stand
Two longtime advertising agency executives are finding out what life is like on the other side of Madison Avenue as they bring out a line of snacks with cause marketing at its core. The executives, Alan Blum and Charles Herbstreith, are the founde... See Story
 
 
 
Maddow, Duckworth, Rudolph Win Awards from Veterans and Military Families for Progress
Rachel Maddow will be recognized Saturday with a Public Service Award for Excellence in Media Coverage and Reporting by Veterans and Military Families for Progress (VMFP). The award, presented for outstanding coverage of issues relating to veterans... See Story
 
 
 
Capital Tour: Monuments and Memorials
The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial on Sunday, October 16, adds another impressive monument to the tourist trail in Washington. The site features a 30-foot statue of the late civil rights leader gazing out on the Tidal Basi... See Story
 
 
 
VA Urges Breast Cancer Awareness
WASHINGTON -- The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October by asking all female Veterans to talk with their health care providers about appropriate breast cancer screenings, such as regular mamm... See Story
 
 
 
American Legion to Washington: Cuts to Defense or Military Retirement Benefits Would Be Foolish, Risky
WASHINGTON-- Commenting on proposals to slash the DoD budget, the leader of The American Legion said the cuts, along with changes to military retirement benefits, are unnecessary and dangerous to America's national security. "It is unconscionable ... See Story
 
 
 
Tragedy On Wheels: Why Returning Vets Are In Frequent Car Crashes
Traffic accidents are the leading cause of death for military personnel in their first year home from war. Timothy Stanton was 12 years old when the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks happened. It was then he decided he would join the armed forces as soon... See Story
 
 
 
US Debts Forcing Big Military Cuts, But Where?
With the nation deep in debt and the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan winding down, the military knows it's in for painful spending cuts. But where? Touch military benefits and face the wrath of Congress — and a network of veterans groups — even th... See Story
 
 
 
Navy Issues New Official Internet Use Policy
WASHINGTON -- The Department of the Navy's chief information officer (CIO) reiterated standing policy on what is considered acceptable use of DON IT resources for official and authorized unofficial purposes with the release of the Oct. 3 message, "Ac... See Story
 
 
 
House Lawmakers Tackle New Veterans Jobs Bill
WASHINGTON -- At least one jobs bill appears poised to pass Congress this year: The House is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the Veteran Opportunity to Work Act afternoon, and supporters are optimistic it could become law before Veterans Day next month.... See Story
 
 
 
DoD Budget Cuts May Spare Family Programs
Funding for Army family programs will likely not be among the targets of sweeping Defense Department budget cuts, top Army leaders pledged yesterday. “I want to make a commitment here to you … that we will not make Army family programs a bill payer ... See Story
 
 
 
Barack Obama Visits Wounded Troops
Just days after the 10th anniversary of the start of the war in Afghanistan, President Barack Obama spent nearly three hours Monday afternoon visiting with U.S. service members injured there and in Iraq. During his visit to Walter Reed National Mi... See Story
 
 
 
"Occupy Wall Street" Now in 25 Cities
The movement known as "Occupy Wall Street" has spread far beyond its starting point in lower Manhattan. CBS News correspondent Bigad Shaban reports that it now has offshoots in 25 cities nationwide, and political leaders from both sides are weighing ... See Story
 
 
 
Boston Police Throw American Flag To Ground, Arrest Veterans, Trash Property To Protect ‘Green Space’ From 99%
In one of the largest mass arrests in recent Boston history, the Boston Police Department cleared a park of over 100 activists with the 99 Percent Movement in the early hours of Tuesday morning, dismantling and destroying tents that had been set up o... See Story
 
 
 
Why You Should Belong to the American Legion
Each year, American Legion department service officers help thousands of veterans receive VA benefits they earned through service to their country. The Legion conducts, promotes and supports hundreds of career fairs for veterans and transitioning ser... See Story
 
 
 
Army Aviators in High Demand on the Battlefront
In the crowded hangar at Simmons Army Airfield, Aaron Williams is saying goodbye to his family. Again. It's his third deployment to war, and the first since eight-month-old Derek was born. "I'm getting out after this one," he says, as his so... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Warriors in the Midst of an Equipment Revolution
What a decade has taught U.S. troops about combat - and how to equip themselves for it. Fighting forces now have Kevlar underwear, enhanced night-vision goggles and portable solar panels, Agence France-Presse reports: tantamount to a "gear revolut... See Story
 
 
 
Private Sector's Help Urged in Employment of Veterans
Democrats and Republicans rarely agree on anything in the nation's capital, but there's a growing bipartisan sense on Capitol Hill that the private sector will have to do much more to help Congress ease chronically high unemployment among veterans re... See Story
 
 
 
Afghan Children Embrace New School Year
Most people can think back and remember the stories told by their grandparents about their days in school; the many stories about the uphill battle both to and from school. No buses, no shopping for fancy backpacks with their favorite cartoon charact... See Story
 
 
 
Top States For Military Discounts In 2011
The Military and Veterans Discount Center, a free web resource with over 233,000 businesses locally and nationally that have military discounts, released its annual rankings of top states for military discounts. There are 22 states with legislation o... See Story
 
 
 
80% of Veterans Say They Are Not Being Heard by Legislators
VoiceforVeterans.com, the communication and advocate organization for America’s 24 million veterans today released startling survey results indicating that veterans are not being heard by those whose role it is to listen and respond. Larry Tahler,... See Story
 
 
 
Why Did Property Values Fall So Quickly?
Why has my property dropped more than 25% in value if housing prices have in general dropped approximately 25% over the past several years? The answer maybe fraudulent bank appraisals in many circumstances. Many appraisers were under pressure ... See Story
 
 
 
Doomsday Memo’ Ramps up DoD Budget Fight
Doomsday Memo’ Ramps up DoD Budget Fight By Christian Lowe Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 12:31 pm?Posted in Air, Land, Naval, Policy The House Armed Services Committee released a report Sept. 26 that says if the defense budget is cut any further,... See Story
 
 
 
Study Looks to Predict GI Musculoskeletal Injuries
Madigan researchers are currently testing the flexibility and coordination of 1,500 Joint Base Lewis-McChord Soldiers as part of a study targeted at predicting musculoskeletal injuries. The Military Power, Performance and Prevention study, known as ... See Story
 
 
 
I Can't Afford My Home Anymore! What Should I Do?
Everyday a client says to me, "I cannot afford my house or rental property any more—what should I do?" There are many options one has. As a partner in Newland & Newland LLP I help many people put a plan together to deal with the housing cri... See Story
 
 
 
Agent Orange Benefits Go to Vietnam War Veterans
More than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has been paid to about 89,000 Vietnam War-era veterans and their survivors who filed claims related to one of three new Agent Orange presumptive conditions, according to the Department of Veterans Affair... See Story
 
 
 
Army Looking For New Ways to Fight Pain
The Army's surgeon general, Lt. Gen. Eric Schoomaker, has become a powerful advocate for the alternative therapy movement. His Army Medical Command has launched an ambitious program to learn what alternative approaches work and make them a standard o... See Story
 
 
 
Ron Paul Touts Military Support in $1 Million Ad Push
Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Thursday launched a new television advertisement highlighting his prior military service and support from veterans. The Texas congressman is an vocal supporter of non-interventionist foreign policy and... See Story
 
 
 
Military Spearheads Clean Energy Drive
With the Navy’s Blue Angels and their F/A-18 Hornets arrayed in a neat line behind him, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus announced that they would perform in the Labor Day Air Expo using a 50-50 mix of a plant-based biofuel and conventional fuel. "It’s ... See Story
 
 
 
Security Increased as Biden Describes 9/11 Bomb Threat
New York faced the latest report of a possible terror threat with police officers searching cars and trucks on the street and backpacks and briefcases in the subways and officials keeping a closer eye on the city’s bridges and tunnels. Read the ... See Story
 
 
 
Japan's new government vows to move forward with plans to relocate Marines on Okinawa
Japan’s new leaders say they will redouble efforts to move forward with plans to move U.S. Marine Corps air operations at Futenma to Camp Schwab on Okinawa. Foreign Minister Koichiro Genba, who took office this month along with his country’s new prim... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Army Chief Warns Against Large Force in Iraq
The new U.S. Army chief warned against leaving too large a force in Iraq after a year-end deadline, saying on Sept. 8 that it could feed the perception of an American "occupation." Gen. Ray Odierno, former commander of U.S. forces in Iraq until last ... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Reflect on 9/11
His roommate woke him with three words that would come to define the next 10 years of Bynum's life: "We're at war." Bynum was a recent graduate of Baytown Sterling High School and a cashier at an H-E-B in Seabrook. He had decided to join the military... See Story
 
 
 
Vets Worry About Future of New GI Bill
In 2009, riding a wave of pro-military sentiment, several influential veterans groups convinced a few strong voices in the Senate to sponsor legislation that ultimately became the Post-9/11 GI Bill, the most generous military benefit since the origin... See Story
 
 
 
Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience
If the story of the United States has a theme so far in the 21st century, it is surely one of resilience. To hail that spirit on the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001, TIME revisited the people who led us, moved us and inspired us, from the morn... See Story
 
 
 
Illinois Gov. Signs Law to Protect Military Funerals
As the U.S. continues to mourn the deaths of 30 Americans killed Aug. 6 when their helicopter crashed in Afghanistan, Gov. Pat Quinn signed a law Sunday that seeks to insulate grieving families from vitriolic anti-gay protests sometimes held alongsid... See Story
 
 
 
Congressmen probe upcoming U.S. transition in Iraq
Recent Middle East conflagrations have added an additional hurdle for the U.S. withdrawal plan in Iraq and the "shoring up" of relations with key regional partners, the deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East told members of the Hou... See Story
 
 
 
Albert N. Brown, oldest survivor of Bataan Death March, dies at 105
Albert N. Brown, 105, a retired Army major who lived to be the oldest survivor of the 1942 Bataan Death March in the Philippines and was believed to be among the oldest surviving Americans to have fought in World War II, died Aug. 14 at a nursing hom... See Story
 
 
 
Agent Orange claims surpass 84,000
More than 84,000 Vietnam veterans afflicted with heart disease, Parkinson’s disease or B-cell leukemia are drawing disability compensation today thanks to a decision by Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki to expand the list of ailments pres... See Story
 
 
 
VA Reaches Out to Veterans to Explain Upcoming Changes to GI Bill
WASHINGTON August 4, 2011 – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is reaching out to inform Veterans of recent changes made by Congress to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that take effect in 2011. General Allison Hickey, Under Secretary for Benefits, sai... See Story
 
 
 
Overcoming stigma and perceptions
Dr. Charles Hoge spent nearly 20 years in the military, retiring as a colonel in 2009. His specialties included psychiatry, which he put to use as head of psychiatry and neuroscience research at Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR) from 200... See Story
 
 
 
Suicide and Student Veterans
A greater proportion of student veterans have considered and attempted suicide compared to their non-veteran peers, and the difference is particularly stark in some areas, according to a study released Thursday at an American Psychological Associatio... See Story
 
 
 
Honeywell Supports White House Initiative to Hire and Train Veterans: hiring 500 Veterans!
August 5, 2011 - Honeywell (NYSE: HON) today announced its support of President Obama’s initiative to encourage private companies to hire and train more military veterans. As part of its ongoing efforts, Honeywell recently expanded its recruitm... See Story
 
 
 
Missing credentials harm jobless veterans
Army officer Donna Bachler has not had a regular paycheck since she left active duty four years ago, even though she boasts the kind of skills employers vie for. Bachler, 30, helped run the Army's postal service in Kuwait, tackling challenges such... See Story
 
 
 
Obama proposes jobs program for veterans
With 33,000 U.S. troops returning from Afghanistan to a nation still wracked by a recession and persistent unemployment, President Obama is proposing using tax credits to encourage private companies to hire jobless veterans, senior administration off... See Story
 
 
 
Special Operations Warrior Foundation announcement
The Special Operations Warrior Foundation, a four-star rated charitable organization helping the children of fallen special operations personnel, announced today it will offer full college scholarships to the children of all of the U. S. military pe... See Story
 
 
 
Iranian Commander: US Carriers Target if Attacked
Iran has often warned of major retaliation if they faced a military strike from Israel or the West, but the latest comments appear tailored to emphasize the expanding range of Iranian missiles following 10 days of war games. The exercises included un... See Story
 
 
 
Germany Sells Nuke-Capable Sub to Israel
Germany will sell Israel a sixth Dolphin class submarine capable of launching nuclear missiles, German Defense Minister Tomas de Maiziere said. De Maiziere discussed the deal at a meeting last week in Jerusalem with Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Ne... See Story
 
 
 
After 100 Years, Walter Reed Closing in August
“This is the largest medical restructuring ever undertaken in the military health care system,” said Vice Adm. John M. Mateczun, the top commander of D.C.-area medical facilities, during a Pentagon meeting with reporters. “We have 9,400 people that a... See Story
 
 
 
Some D-day Canadian vets are angry over France's plans to install wind turbines on Juno Beach
TORONTO — A French plan to install towering wind turbines within sight of a beach where thousands of Canadians fought a bloody battle launching the Allied invasion of Nazi-occupied Europe is raising the ire of some veterans. "I think it's a disgu... See Story
 
 
 
Treating PTSD with Surf Therapy
“If everybody had an ocean …” perhaps Western militaries could start addressing cases of combat stress without medication, trading hang fire for hang 10. Experts say the focus and energy required to surf helps veterans with PTSD get "in the zone" and... See Story
 
 
 
Lung problems found in Iraq, Afghanistan veterans
According to Reuters - Shortness of breath and reduced fitness among some military veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan may be caused by lung damage from smoke, sandstorms and toxins, a new study suggests. Read the full story at: http://u... See Story
 
 
 
In Purple Heart Medal, Researchers Seek Clues to Combat Stress Resilience & Longer Life
Washington, D.C. – A study led by Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researchers found that aging Veterans who earned the Purple Heart show decreased mortality compared with those who had not earned the medal. Additionally, those war-wounded Veteran... See Story
 
 
 
Military and Veterans Affairs Military funding bill clears the Senate
The Hill reported that the Senate passed the Military Construction and Veterans Affairs (VA) appropriations bill on Wednesday in 97-2 vote. H.R. 2055, the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies appropriations bill, would inc... See Story
 
 
 
Concussions double veterans' risk for Alzheimer's, study says
The Los Angeles Times reports veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan with head injuries, the wounds of war may eventually include dementia. In a study reported at a July 18 meeting in Paris of the Alzheimer's Assn., researchers found that old... See Story
 
 
 
A Higher Call of Duty
(July 18th, 2011) “Avoiding service was never an option for me,” said Chris Brown, a veteran in the running for the New Jersey 2nd District Assembly seat. Most candidates have a direct plan for getting into office and follow it to perfection. For... See Story
 
 
 
WWP Hits Major Milestone With 100th "Warriors to Work" Placement In Under A Year
--Economic Empowerment Program Offers Opportunity to Wounded Veterans-- Jacksonville, FL (July 30, 2011) - In the ongoing effort to honor and empower this generation of wounded warriors, Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP), in less than one year’... See Story
 
 
 
WWP Announces Launch of Online Support for Combat Stress
Jacksonville, Fla. – Wounded Warrior Project™ (WWP) is pleased to announce the launch of WWP Restore. Restore is an online tool designed to deliver innovative educational content and self-help strategies to address combat related trauma and men... See Story
 
 
 
Twenty-Year-Old Takes Command of Her Local VFW
HER FONDNESS OF MILITARY DUTY STARTED AT A YOUNG AGE July 06, 2011 - At 20 years old, Tasha DeBlois to some would appear to be just starting her adult life. That is until they get to know the United States military veteran, a National Guard Milita... See Story
 
 
 
Congressman unveils $3B jobs bill for vets
http://www.armytimes.com/news/2011/07/military-miller-unveils-jobs-bill-for-veterans-070711w/ Jul 7, 2011 - A $3 billion veterans’ employment bill was unveiled Thursday that is aimed at helping both new veterans and older veterans find jobs in ... See Story
 
 
 
Health Petition: Expanded Services for Returning Veterans
http://www.change.org/petitions/expand-services-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injuries More than 5,800 service members have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan suffering from a severe Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) – over 4 times the number of i... See Story
 
 
 
Debate Swirls Around Research Showing Lung Problems for Returned Troops
June 19, 2011 - As a teenager in northern New York, Gary Durham ran cross-country and hiked the Adirondack’s high peaks. In Army basic training, he did two-mile runs in under 13 minutes. But after a yearlong deployment to Iraq with the 101st Airborne... See Story
 
 
 
Booz Allen Wins Position on Veterans Affairs Contract to Support Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology Contract
MCLEAN, Va., July 8, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Booz Allen Hamilton today announced it was named as a prime contractor on the Veterans Affairs Transformation Twenty-One Total Technology (T4) contract to support the Department of Veterans Affairs... See Story
 
 
 
VFW To Sponsor Army Reserve's Best Warrior Competition Awards Dinner
VFW WILL AWARD WINNERS PRIZES June 23, 2011 -- KANSAS CITY, Mo.–The Veterans of Foreign Wars National Headquarters is proud to announce its sponsorship of the 2011 Army Reserve’s Best Warrior Competition Awards Dinner June 24. VFW will award vario... See Story
 
 
 
VFW Calls Sexual Assault A Zero Tolerance Issue
'EVERY CONFIRMED INSTANCE OF SEXUAL ASSAULT MUST BE DEALT WITH SWIFTLY AND TO THE MAXIMUM EXTENT OF THE LAW...' June 14, 2011 -- The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. presented testimony yesterday afternoon before the House Veterans Affairs Sub... See Story
 
 
 
Treasurer of phony charity U.S. Navy Vets is convicted
The U.S. Navy Veterans Association associate had pleaded guilty to theft, corruption and other counts in Ohio. As Virginia authorities continue to investigate a charity that collected millions of dollars in the name of military veterans, a woman w... See Story
 
 
 
VA and Easter Seals Open First Round of Caregiver Training
VA and Easter Seals Open First Round of Caregiver Training June 14, 2011 -- WASHINGTON (June 14, 2011) – More than 500 Family Caregivers who applied for new services offered to Post 9/11 Veterans and their caregivers through a program of comprehen... See Story
 
 
 
Legion wants VA to manage Arlington
The American Legion is strongly urging Congress to turn over management of troubled Arlington National Cemetery to the National Cemeteries Administration (NCA), a branch of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Arlington, along with the cemetery at the... See Story
 
 
 
Iraqis Hold First Talks on Keeping US Troops
June 20, 2011 -- BAGHDAD - Iraq's top political factions are discussing whether to ask the U.S. to leave some troops currently in the country beyond the Dec. 31 withdrawal deadline. Monday's meeting at Iraqi President Jalal Talabani's Baghdad resi... See Story
 
 
 
Iowa Veteran Finds Himself Lost in VA's Benefits Logjam
June 19, 2011 -- Iraq War veteran Joel Klobnak is waiting. It’s how he spends his time these days after the Department of Veterans Affairs slashed his disability pay two years ago, the Des Moines Register reports. Klobnak, 24, a former Marine who ... See Story
 
 
 
Inmates get millions in benefits for incarcerated veterans
June 22, 2011 -- SOLEDAD, Calif. -- Tucked away between cell wings in a small room at the Correctional Training Facility sits the only office of its kind in the nation. Two inmates have been working for six years to ensure incarcerated veterans rec... See Story
 
 
 
Health Care Center debuts on website
June 23, 2011 -- Veterans seeking the latest information on health care available to them now have a spot on The American Legion's website to turn to for that information. The Health Care Center features breaking news on Department of Veterans Affair... See Story
 
 
 
Camp Lejeune veterans take fight to big screen
WASHINGTON -- Thirty minutes into a new documentary film about one of the worst environmental disasters in U.S. history, a male breast cancer survivor describes the faith that exists among veterans of Camp Lejeune that justice will be done. "We're... See Story
 
 
 
Afghanistan, US Negotiating with Taliban
June 18, 2011 -- KABUL, Afghanistan --- Afghan President Hamid Karzai says his government and the United States are negotiating with Taliban fighters to bring peace to the country. It is the first official acknowledgment of such talks to end the d... See Story
 
 
 
Afghanistan Says its Army Ready for US Drawdown
June 22, 2011 -- KABUL, Afghanistan - Afghanistan's NATO-trained military is ready to take responsibility for fighting Taliban insurgents and securing key parts of the country that will be the first to transition as the U.S. begins a troop drawdown i... See Story
 
 
 
Watchdog Group Says Pfizer Played Down Suicides Tied to Chantix
FDA officials said they are continuing to review Chantix in clinical trials and in two large observational studies with the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense May 31, 2011 -- Pfizer failed to adequately alert federal authorities... See Story
 
 
 
VA Physician-Researcher Honored by Society for General Internal Medicine
WASHINGTON -- Veterans Affairs physician-researcher Dr. Michael J. Fine has received the 2011 John M. Eisenberg Award for Career Achievement in Research from the Society of General Internal Medicine. “Dr. Fine’s work reflects great credit upon the... See Story
 
 
 
VA officials say they will make improvements to prevent rapes at in-treatment facilities
WASHINGTON — A Veterans Affairs official told a congressional panel on Monday the agency is making improvements to protect patients from rape in treatment facilities after Congress’ investigative arm found nearly 300 reports of sexual assaults in the... See Story
 
 
 
The Royal Newlyweds to Join ServiceNation: Mission Serve at July 10 Veteran and Military Spouse Hiring Fair & Service Project at Sony Pictures Studios in Los Angeles
1,500 VETERANS AND MILITARY SPOUSES WILL BE CONNECTED TO 200 EMPLOYERS; SERVICE PROJECT TO CREATE 1,000 CARE PACKAGES FOR MILITARY CHILDREN LOS ANGELES , June 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ServiceNation: Mission Serve is pleased to announce the partici... See Story
 
 
 
Russia Objects to US Warship in Black Sea
MOSCOW -- June 13, 2011 -- Russia voiced concern Sunday about a U.S. warship now just off its shores in the Black Sea, saying the unexpected visit raised further questions about U.S. plans to create a missile shield in Europe. The USS Monterey, wh... See Story
 
 
 
Obama’s veterans jobs effort has modest success
Jun 15, 2011 -- The Obama administration’s big push to find jobs for veterans in the federal government has had modest success, a report from the Office of Personnel Management shows. In fiscal year 2010, the federal government hired 72,133 vetera... See Story
 
 
 
Many veterans benefits are not funded
Through a decade of war, Congress has pumped billions of dollars into new benefits and programs for veterans. They deserve them, lawmakers say. Helping vets also is popular with constituents. Veterans' service organizations have lobbied for these ... See Story
 
 
 
Iranian Navy Sends Submarines to Red Sea
TEHRAN, Iran -- June 07, 2011 -- Iran has sent submarines to the Red Sea in the first such deployment by the country's navy in distant waters, a semi-official news agency reported on Tuesday. The deployment reflects Iran's efforts to show off its ... See Story
 
 
 
Government is hiring more vets, OPM report says
The federal government employed more veterans last year than in previous years. But most of those hires are at the traditionally vet-friendly Defense and Veterans Affairs departments. The government employed 542,641 veterans in 2010, or 26.3 perce... See Story
 
 
 
Army: 'The Strength of the Nation' for 236 Years
June 14, 2011 -- ARLINGTON, Va. -- War fighting and humanitarian assistance are just a few of the roles some one million members of the U.S. Army play today, and have been for more than two hundred years. The Army celebrates its 236th birthday tod... See Story
 
 
 
D-Day veterans recall World War Two turning point
Sixty-seven years ago, Walter Ehlers landed on a Normandy, France, beach leading a squad of 12 men on D-Day who had no battle experience and had spent their Army tours entertaining the troops. Ehlers' squad scrambled up the beach under heavy fire,... See Story
 
 
 
Wall Street Banks Unite to Support Veterans of the United States Armed Forces
Leading Financial Services Institutions Launch Inaugural Veterans on Wall Street (VOWS) Conference, Scheduled for June 23, 2011 on the Intrepid in New York City New York, The world’s largest financial institutions announced the launch of the first... See Story
 
 
 
Two Steps Forward – Three Back
Daniel Archer – Ret. USAF, Service Officer VFW/AL/NACVSO, co-host Veterans Views Radio Show www.veteransviews.org also on face book As a 20-year Retired, Desert Storm Veteran, I have found my fair share of difficulties adjusting to life here in t... See Story
 
 
 
Professional Credentials Help Military Professionals Transition to Successful Civilian Careers
WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--By acquiring credentials from programs accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies (NCCA), men and women serving in the United States Armed Forces can demonstrate that they are qualified to succeed withi... See Story
 
 
 
Key Buildings of Historic Pearl Harbor Naval Base Host 2.4 Megawatts of SolarWorld Solar Panels
Roofs of an admiral’s office, central barracks, shopping center among five sites HILLSBORO, Ore.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--A combined 2.4 megawatts in arrays of high-performance SolarWorld solar panels cover the roofs of five important buildings at the h... See Story
 
 
 
'Never Forget What These Heroes Have Done'
PR Newswire WASHINGTON, May 31, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion's executive director in Washington, Peter Gaytan, was the featured speaker for a Memorial Day observance at Quantico National Cemetery, Va. (Photo: http://photo... See Story
 
 
 
Americans Invited to Help Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans Live the "High Life"
Miller High Life brings back "Give a Veteran a Piece of the High Life" program; donating up to $1 million in cash and experiences to Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America PR Newswire CHICAGO, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Miller High Life ann... See Story
 
 
 
Lexington Health Network Recognized as We Honor Veterans Partner
PR Newswire LOMBARD, Ill., June 1, 2011/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- It may surprise many people to learn that 25 percent of those who die every year in the U.S. are Veterans. To help provide care and support that reflect the important contributions ... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans Descend on Honolulu to Compete in the National Veterans Golden Age Games
Silver Anniversary of VA-Sponsored Sporting Competition WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--For 25 years, military Veterans age 55 and older have come to the National Veterans Golden Age Games to compete and demonstrate the warrior spirit never fades. Th... See Story
 
 
 
Recombinant Partners with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to Complete First Phase of Large Scale Genomics Research Platform
Unprecedented VA research program launched nationally NEWTON, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Recombinant Data Corp., a Massachusetts-based healthcare data warehousing and clinical intelligence solutions provider, today announced its continued contributio... See Story
 
 
 
Ford Motor Company Receives Prestigious Freedom Award From U.S. Department of Defense
PR Newswire DEARBORN, Mich., June 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Ford Motor Company (NYSE: F) is being honored with the 2011 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. Sponsored by the National Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Re... See Story
 
 
 
ClubCorp to Sponsor Warrior Open Hosted by George W. Bush
Las Colinas Country Club Will Serve as the Site for Two-Day Golf Tournament Featuring and Honoring Wounded Servicemen and Women PR Newswire DALLAS, June 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ClubCorp, The World Leader in Private Clubs, announces its role as ... See Story
 
 
 
19,000 more US Veterans receive supplies through DVNF
March 02, 2011 05:00 AM Central Daylight Time “Our 2011 effort is on track” WASHINGTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--In keeping with its mission to provide $10 million in goods and services to America’s veterans in 2011, the Disabled Veterans National Fou... See Story
 
 
 
CareerBliss Announces the Top 10 Best Companies for US Veterans
New Data Shows Which Companies Lead the Way for Hiring Candidates with Military Background IRVINE, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--CareerBliss, the leading online career community helping people find joy and success at every step in their careers, announ... See Story
 
 
 
Friday’s (May 27th, 20011) live listen and call in - Veteran Views Radio Show: A SAMPLE OF THE TOPICS AND ISSUES of discussion for the show
Click online at www.wjob1230.com/index.html at 9AM Central Time. PAKISTAN: Instructors at a prestigious Pakistani defense institution are giving anti-American lessons to senior officers attending courses, according to a leaked U.S. diplomatic cabl... See Story
 
 
 
Military Discounts
Here is a short list of places that offer military discounts. Help us grow the list! If you know of any places that offer military discounts, please email the website editor at ssc.editor@gmail.com Always call your local vendors to be sure they ... See Story
 
 
 
Lowe’s to Honor Armed Forces with Summer Salute Program and Military Discount
Lowe’s and PepsiCo to donate $1 million to help support troops MOORESVILLE, N.C.--( BUSINESS WIRE)--As a proud supporter of the armed forces protecting our country, Lowe’s Companies, Inc., has launched its first-ever Summer Salute campaign to enco... See Story
 
 
 
Military Healthcare Funding: what can be done to effect change?
Alexandria, Va. — VADM Norbert R. Ryan Jr., USN-Ret., President, Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), participated in a wide-ranging discussion today on how to pay for military health care at the Center for American Progress, a Washington... See Story
 
 
 
Boot Camp for Vets Ready to Take the Plunge Into Business Ownership
- 12-Day Intensive Program to be held at Nova Southeastern University July 11-23 - FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., May 20, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Nova Southeastern University and its International Institute for Franchise Education (IIFE) announced today the ... See Story
 
 
 
VA Announces Disaster Assistance After Tornado Outbreaks
Help for VA Home Loan Borrowers in Financial Distress Encouraged WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that special disaster assistance may be available to Veterans with VA-guaranteed home loans who have been affect... See Story
 
 
 
American Red Cross Gives Military Families Easier Access to Emergency Communication Services
Military members and their families now need just one phone number for emergency communications WASHINGTON, May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- As part of an ongoing effort to better serve the military community, the American Red Cross today a... See Story
 
 
 
Military Vets Reporting for Entrepreneurial Duties
May 25, 2011 - With Memorial Day on the horizon, now seems an appropriate time to report on a new study out from the SBA’s Office of Advocacy that examined entrepreneurship among military veterans. Factors Affecting Entrepreneurship among Veterans f... See Story
 
 
 
DOD Announces Recruiting and Retention Numbers for Fiscal Year-to-Date 2011, Through April
The Department of Defense announced today recruiting and retention statistics for the active and reserve components for fiscal-year-to-date 2011, through April. Active Component. Recruiting - Year to Date. All four active services met or exceed... See Story
 
 
 
Atlantic City Native Chris Brown, the Journey Hasn’t Always Gone As Planned–But Dedication, Service and Duty Are Always His Keys to Success
Atlantic City, NJ – May 9, 2011 – John Lennon wrote: “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” It’s likely that Atlantic City native Christopher A. Brown would agree. Chris’ 46 years have lead him down many paths to bring... See Story
 
 
 
U.S. Army Builds on "Army Strong" Campaign With New Advertising
New Ads Provide a Look into the Army's Symbol of Strength WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The U.S. Army is introducing its latest extension of "Army Strong" through its newest advertising campaign, "Symbol of Strength." The campaign will ... See Story
 
 
 
American Legion Stands Firm in Support of Blue Water Navy Veterans' Claims of Agent Orange Exposure
WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is standing by its call for benefits to be awarded to Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War who are suffering health problems associated with exposure to the toxic herbicid... See Story
 
 
 
Activision's Call of Duty Endowment and Hire Heroes USA Launch Memorial Day Campaign to Encourage More Jobs for Veterans
Facebook Campaign Will Honor Service-members and Ask the Public to Volunteer to Help Veterans WASHINGTON, May 25, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Call of Duty Endowment announced today the launch of its second Memorial Day campaign to raise aw... See Story
 
 
 
Reflecting on Memorial Day, Philanthropist Lois Pope Makes an Additional $1 Million Gift to Building of American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial
Memorial in Nation's Capital, is America's First Permanent Public Tribute to Three Million Living Disabled American Veterans DELRAY BEACH, Fla., May 23, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Memorial Day, says Florida-based philanthropistLois Pope, has become more... See Story
 
 
 
80 Percent of Gadafhi’s Air Force Gone
Here’s a nice little summary of the status of Gadhafi’s forces after weeks of bombardment by NATO. 80 percent of his air force is gone with only helicopters remaining (I’m not sure why any aircraft remain, but hey, maybe NATO forces really are runnin... See Story
 
 
 
Boeing Presents Cockpit Design Award to US Air Force Academy
-- Cadets win Boeing-sponsored Crew System 2035 competition COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo., May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Boeing Company (NYSE: BA) today released the following video/text feature at (www.boeing.com/Features/2011/05/bds_capstone_5_16_1... See Story
 
 
 
Top 10 Military Cities
Moving to a new place can be intimidating. Families must find a new home, schools for their children, jobs, and adapt to a new base and city. AllMilitary.com's Top 10 Military Cities was created as an aid for military personnel and families facing re... See Story
 
 
 
Exhibit Showcases Artworks Inspired by War, Pain, Healing
CHICAGO, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A sniper's bullet drills into a human body. A buried land mine blows up under a passing armored vehicle. A rocket, spewing shrapnel, crashes into a compound. For many caught up in the turmoil of war... See Story
 
 
 
A call to action for Veterans’ around the globe…. "Listen & Call in live on Friday mornings 9am Central" (via the Internet) to a one-of-a-kind 100% Veteran-issue driven talk show and news hour
For nearly two years now the American Veteran population in and around Hammond, Indiana (A South Suburban Chicago region) has been enjoying a once a week, Friday morning hour-long talk show where “Veterans are helping Veterans" live on the air. Than... See Story
 
 
 
2011 Veteran-owned Business Achievement Award
Small Business Administration Recognizes IT Provider for Growth During Times of Business Adversity Systems Made Simple, Inc. (SMS), a leading provider of IT systems and services to support critical architecture, data and application challenges in ... See Story
 
 
 
Soldiers' Angels: Memorial Day Call to Action
Troop Support Nonprofit Challenges America PASADENA, Calif., May 12, 2011 /PRNewswire-US Newswire/ -- Soldiers' Angels calls on all Americans to actively observe Memorial Day this May 30 by participating in an official Moment of Remembrance or und... See Story
 
 
 
Sears Collaborates with Country Music Star and Veteran Josh Gracin to Recognize Military Heroes
HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill., May 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Continuing its dedication and commitment to supporting military members and their families, Sears is launching its fourth annual Heroes at Home spring renovation campaign with Rebuilding Together, th... See Story
 
 
 
Innovative Boston Program to Help Paralyzed Veterans Secure Good Jobs and Careers in a Tough Economy
BOSTON, May 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- With the national unemployment rate for veterans with severe disabilities at 85 percent, a unique Boston careers program aims to make a difference, helping those who wore the uniform and were seriously ... See Story
 
 
 
Florida Veterans Foundation is proud to offer access to a Free Discount Health Savings Card.
Simply download and print a free card below to receive savings of up to 75% prescriptions at pharmacies around the country. This program has "LOWEST PRICE" logic to guarantee that you pay the lowest price on your prescriptions (you pay the lower of a... See Story
 
 
 
Census Bureau Reports Veteran-Owned Businesses Numbered More Than 2 Million in 2007
WASHINGTON, May 17, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In 2007, U.S. military veterans owned 2.4 million businesses, which accounted for 9.0 percent of all businesses nationwide, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. These businesses generated $1.2 trill... See Story
 
 
 
Severely disabled Iraq & Afghanistan era veterans should Apply ASAP for caregiver benefits, VA says
The Veterans Affairs Department will started accepting applications this week for a new, landmark benefits program for the caregivers of severely disabled Iraq- and Afghanistan-era veterans. Full benefits, which will include living stipends, won’t... See Story
 
 
 
American Legion Offers to Assist Harshly Criticized VA
WASHINGTON, May 13, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In a legal opinion published this week, the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals harshly criticized the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for "unchecked incompetence," in its handling of veterans' ... See Story
 
 
 
Lane Tech’s World War II heroes recount chilling memories from the front
CHICAGO — Lane Tech’s World War II heroes—the veterans who served in bloody combat and survived—now are finally telling their chilling war stories seven decades after Pearl Harbor. On May 21, 2011, Lane Tech College Prep High School plans to honor... See Story
 
 
 
Police label shots at Pentagon as a 'random event'
WASHINGTON – Someone fired shots at the Pentagon early Tuesday in what security officials described as "a random event." No one was injured in the pre-dawn incident in which shots were fired into two windows at the sprawling Defense Department jus... See Story
 
 
 
Military enthusiasts begin re-enacting Vietnam War
BOALSBURG, Pa. – The dirt paths that lead to Alpha Company's field headquarters are lined with overgrown grass and weeds. A canvas tent is protected by machine guns, sandbags and Army-green storage boxes. And lurking somewhere outside is the enemy: t... See Story
 
 
 
Future annual Iraq tab $10 billion plus
WASHINGTON - The cost of a long-term U.S. military presence in Iraq similar to the peacekeeping role American troops have played in South Korea would range from $10 billion to $25 billion a year, the Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. A... See Story
 
 
 
Troop depression on rise in Afghanistan
WASHINGTON - U.S. troop morale improved in Iraq last year, but soldiers fighting in Afghanistan suffered more depression as violence there worsened, an Army mental health report says. And in a recurring theme for a force strained by its seventh... See Story
 
 
 
Fraud costs military health program $100 million-plus
MADISON, Wis. - The U.S. military's health insurance program has been swindled out of more than $100 million over the past decade in the Philippines, where doctors, hospitals and clinics have conspired with American veterans to submit bogus claims, a... See Story
 
 
 
Veterans from 1960’s chemical tests press for help
Lawmakers and veterans of secret Cold War-era chemical and germ tests on military personnel demanded help from the Bush administration Thursday, but they got no satisfaction. Officials from the Pentagon and Veterans Affairs Department said there wa... See Story
 
 
 
Explorers Find 1780 British Warship in Lake Ontario
A 22-gun British warship that sank during the American Revolution and has long been regarded as one of the "Holy Grail" shipwrecks in the Great Lakes has been discovered at the bottom of Lake Ontario, astonishingly well-preserved in the cold, deep wa... See Story
 
 
 
WWII veteran had Hitler's art book on bookshelf
DALLAS – After fighting his way across Europe during World War II, John Pistone was among the U.S. soldiers who entered Adolf Hitler's home nestled in the Bavarian Alps as the war came to a close. Making his way through the Berghof, Hitler's home ... See Story
 
 
 
New GI Bill sending veterans to school this fall
WASHINGTON – Spc. Marco Reininger started the year on the dusty streets of Afghanistan. He'll end it on the campus of Columbia University with the government picking up a large chunk of the $100,000 tab for tuition. The Post-9/11 GI Bill rolls out... See Story
 
 
 
Questions, answers on US military options
WASHINGTON – Pentagon planners are examining what the U.S. military can do at sea and on land in response to a dangerous spike in international piracy off the Somali coast. A look at some of the options: Q: The Navy sent a warship to help the Amer... See Story
 
 
 
Army opens prep school for dropouts to fill ranks
FORT JACKSON, S.C. - Austin Swarner left high school to care for his mother while she fought a losing battle with cancer. Tony Brown wanted to begin supporting himself and left two classes shy of a diploma. Haelee Holden got tired of trying to make i... See Story
 
 
 
Thousands of vets missing out on better benefits
WILMINGTON, N.C. — Only a fraction of wounded veterans who could get better benefits have applied in the two years since Congress, acting on concerns the military was cutting costs by downplaying injuries, ordered the Pentagon to review disputed clai... See Story
 
 
 
Bush opens Pacific War museum gallery
Former President George H.W. Bush used a large pair of gold scissors Monday to cut a red ribbon and dedicate an expansive new gallery that carries his name at the National Museum of the Pacific War. Bush and his wife, Barbara, were among some 4,00... See Story
 
 
 
Forced to shrink, Army National Guard gets pickier
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Suffer from a bad case of acne? That could disqualify you from joining the Army National Guard. Too many speeding tickets? In today's slimmer, smarter Guard, that could keep you out, too. Under pressure from the Pentagon to trim i... See Story
 
 
 
Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants
WASHINGTON – The Defense Department said Tuesday that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long. Following last week's court ruling that struck down a 1993 law banning gays fr... See Story
 
 
 
Soldier subdued by stun gun shoots 2 Fla. deputies
NICEVILLE, Fla. – Two deputies from a troubled sheriff's office in Florida had no warning a confrontation with a National Guard soldier accused of beating his wife would turn deadly, the sheriff said. Deputies Burt Lopez and Warren "Skip" York use... See Story
 
 
 
VA tests system for electronic disability claims
BALTIMORE — If the interminable backlog of veterans' disability claims has any chance of being eliminated, the system must go paperless. But how to move to a fully electronic system is the quandary, and one Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki... See Story