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Veterans Take Stock of 2012, Look Forward to 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

It’s been more than a year since U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq, and for many veterans the last twelve months have been spent readjusting to life on the homefront. As 2012 draws to a close, veterans and the groups and agencies that support them are taking a look at the ...

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To Combat Suicides, Army Focuses On The Homefront

Friday, January 25, 2013

Military suicides hit a record high in 2012, and the Army has been the hardest-hit branch. Its prevention efforts have included everything from a buddy system to 24-hour hotlines. Now, the Army is deploying psychiatrists and counselors to the places where soldiers live and work.


Veterans Take Stock of 2012, Look Forward to 2013

Monday, December 31, 2012

It’s been more than a year since U.S. forces withdrew from Iraq, and for many veterans the last twelve months have been spent readjusting to life on the homefront. As 2012 draws to a close, veterans and the groups and agencies that support them are taking a look at the progress of the past year, and what else still needs to be done in the coming year, to help service men and women returning home from war.

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Suicide Hotline Fights To Keep Vets And Troops Alive

Friday, December 28, 2012

For the first time in a decade of war, more active-duty troops took their own lives this year than died fighting in Afghanistan. The national suicide hotline is one way the Department of Veterans Affairs is trying to help troops and vets.


For Veterans, The Wait For Disability Claims Grows Longer

Thursday, December 27, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs wanted to reduce a backlog in veterans' claims for disability benefits. Instead, the problem has worsened this year, in part, the VA says, because the department made it easier for more vets to file claims.


Vets Group Receives $200,000 to Help 1,000 Vets

Sunday, December 23, 2012

A local veterans organization has received a $200,000 grant from the anti-poverty group Robin Hood Foundation. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is using the money to hire three case managers that’ll work individually with vets to connect them with employment, health care, and other needed services.

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Through Meditation, Veterans Relearn Compassion

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The epidemic of post-traumatic stress disorder has pushed the VA to explore new and sometimes unorthodox treatments. In one VA facility in Menlo Park, Calif., veterans of current and past wars gather to meditate and break down the shields that combat forced them to hold.


Opportunities Emerge For Vets In Tough Job Market

Monday, November 12, 2012

One of the challenges veterans face is that their military skills sometimes don't come with certifications that private employers recognize. Several associations and companies are trying to address this problem by training and giving vets the certification.


Battered But Not Broken, Vets Seek 'High Ground'

Thursday, November 01, 2012

Eleven climbers, all scarred in some way by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, tackle a Himalayan climb in Michael Brown's documentary.


Vet Walks On New Legs, With A Little Help From Mom

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

On a foot patrol in Kandahar, Nick Staback lost both of his legs after he stepped on a homemade bomb. Over the next year, his mother, Maria, became a tough coach as he learned to walk on two prosthetic legs, and together they adjusted to what she calls the "new normal" for their family.


Vets Seek Specifics On How Candidates Would Help

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Military veterans across the country have a whole range of concerns this election season, from the high rate of suicide to special challenges for female vets. But like everyone else, they're especially concerned with health care and jobs.


Veterans Groups, Providers Weigh in on Presidential Order to Help Military Members

Sunday, September 30, 2012

Veterans groups and mental health care providers are watching closely, as a new presidential order designed to increase services for military men and women takes shape.

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Army Seeks To Curb Rising Tide Of Suicides

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Soldiers around the world will stop what they're doing Thursday to take part in suicide prevention training. The "stand down" is part of the Army's response to an alarming suicide rate — on average, one a day.


Man’s Best Friend Helps Soldiers in the Battlefield and at Home

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Long Island-based animal rescue group is one of a handful that help bring back animals saved by soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq as the military draws down its presence. But unlike others, this group has been focusing on pairing veterans or their families with the stray animals.

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Jobs Bill for Vets Bogs Down in Senate

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

The Senate blocked legislation Wednesday that would have established a $1 billion jobs program putting veterans back to work tending to the country's federal lands and bolstering local police and fire departments.


A Year After War Wound, Vet Wins Paralympic Gold

Friday, September 07, 2012

Navy Lt. Brad Snyder lost his sight to an explosion in Afghanistan exactly one year ago. On the anniversary Friday, he won the 400-meter freestyle at the Paralympics in London, capturing his second gold medal.


Apps Contest Aims to Help Homeless Vets

Sunday, September 02, 2012

Two local app developers are finalists in a Department of Veterans Affairs contest to help reduce Veteran homelessness.

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For Disabled Veterans Awaiting Benefits Decisions, Location Matters

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

If you’re a New York veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time.

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Vets' Job Hunt May Be Thwarted By Disability Bias

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Army veteran Justin Claus of Wisconsin has been looking for work, unsuccessfully, for two years. He suspects his military disability may be keeping him from getting hired. And research shows his suspicions have some basis in fact.


A New Generation Of Vets Faces Challenges At Home

Friday, August 03, 2012

The Veterans Administration recently announced a $100 million program to fight homelessness among America's war veterans. The issue isn't new. For a generation, shelters have seen many Vietnam vets. Now, younger vets are landing on the street after seeing combat in Iraq or Afghanistan.


NYC Opens Employment Center for Veterans

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

New York City wants to move beyond bumper sticker slogans to help returning vets find employment.