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Home from War, Reservists Struggle to Find Support

Friday, July 13, 2012

Forty percent of the service members fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan are members of the National Guard and the Reserves. Deploying these weekend warriors abroad -- and sometimes in combat -- is a new development that's just a decade old, and it's exposed a weak link in the training and support offered the service members and their families.

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First Iraq Veteran Opera Puts Inner Turmoil on Stage

Monday, July 02, 2012

After returning from the battlefields of Iraq, Christian Ellis found the only way to soothe the war wounds in his soul was by losing himself singing opera's powerful, haunting songs.

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Racing Brings Out Competiveness and Camaraderie in Vets

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Thousands of people are expected to run the Achilles Hope & Possibility race on Sunday, which supports athletes with disabilities. Among the participants will be a group of wounded warriors – many of whom traveled from Walter Reed to participate in their first race.

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Message to Vets: Wall Street Wants You

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Military men and women leaving service are working their military skills into resumes and cover letters as they search for work. Several dozen attended a job fair on Wall Street Thursday, sponsored by financial firms, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

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Vets Find Camaraderie in the Written Word

Sunday, June 17, 2012

A writing workshop for servicemen and women is helping veterans recall their military duty ― and share it with others. A group of students recently marked the end of class with a public reading of their written work.

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To Rehabilitate Young Vets, Go Hunting

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The emotional scars of some young, recently returned veterans are mending through recreational rehabilitation programs. One program started by two former service members gets vets out of their hospital beds for a few days of hunting in rural Pennsylvania.

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Help And Hope, From Soldiers, For Soldiers

Sunday, June 10, 2012

Like most members of the military returning from deployment, members of the Army National Guard's 182nd Infantry Regiment face a tough return to life back home. A program developed by the military offers assistance from job fairs to couples counseling, but it's often the last help soldiers get.

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Suicides Surging Among US Troops

Thursday, June 07, 2012

Suicides are surging among America's troops, averaging nearly one a day this year - the fastest pace in the nation's decade of war.

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On Path to Healing, Military Sexual Assault Victims Meet, Advocate for Change

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Soldier-perpetrated sex crimes are under-reported, but the Defense Department estimates about 19,000 assaults occurred last year. Veterans who are victims of sexual assault recently convened for the first-ever summit on military sexual violence.

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Beyond Memorial Day, Support for Survivors

Monday, May 28, 2012

Memorial Day may be the symbolic start of summer, but for the families of men and women who died serving in the Armed Forces, it’s a day for reflection and remembrance.

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Museums Free to Military Personnel and Their Families

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

The Metropolitan Museum, the Guggenheim and the New Museum are among the roughly 40 museums in New York City that will offer free admission to active-duty military service members and their families — including those active in the Reserves and the National Guard — this summer. See a list of some of the participating Tri-State area museums.

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Veterans Learn Different Kind of Warrior Pose

Sunday, May 20, 2012

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For many New Yorkers, yoga is more than exercise — it's a tool to relieve stress. That's what one yoga instructor had in mind when she started a class for military veterans.

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Military Looks To Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma

Monday, May 14, 2012

The military wants to encourage more veterans to get treatment if they think they have PTSD. But that would add more cases to an already overburdened system.

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Mayor Looks to Put Returning Vets to Work

Monday, May 07, 2012

Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined a panel of leaders from the military, government, media and the nonprofit sector Monday attempting to address the challenges of helping veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan.

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For Some Vets, Military Skills are Translating to Civilian Jobs

Sunday, April 29, 2012

The unemployment rate for newer veterans stands at 10.3 percent, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. But for some, the job skills they gained in the military are translating into civilian jobs back home.  

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VA Struggles To Provide Vets With Mental Health Care

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Department of Veterans Affairs says any veteran who seeks mental health services gets help within days. But a new investigation by the agency's inspector general says the statistics are skewed to make wait times appear shorter. The VA will have a chance at a Senate hearing Wednesday to explain how it's going to do better.

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Vets Helping Vets, and Healing in the Process

Monday, April 23, 2012

Recent vets are confronting life back home, as combat missions in Iraq have wrapped up. Some of them are choosing to use their war-time experiences to help other vets who're having a harder time making the transition back to civilian life.

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'A Chance To Start Over': Wounded Vets Ride Again

Saturday, April 21, 2012

An annual four-day bike ride organized by the Wounded Warrior Project is being held across the country this week. One Marine says the ride gives them back the camaraderie they had in the military. "You look back and you got guys missing legs, missing arms — it doesn't matter. We're just all riding together."

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Let There Be Light

Friday, April 20, 2012

As World War Two was ending in the mid 1940s, John Huston began to make a film for the US Army on veterans who’d been psychologically damaged in battle. As WNYC’s Sara Fishko tells us, the film “Let There Be Light” was filled with gripping footage of ailing veterans.  But the film never saw the light of day until thirty-five years later.  Here is the next Fishko Files…

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For One Soldier, Rap Is A Powerful Postwar Weapon

Monday, April 16, 2012

When Jeff Barillaro returned from fighting the war in Iraq, he felt lost. Now known as "Soldier Hard," he's rapping about how war has changed troops and their families. His music is developing a following among other vets and their families, who say his music speaks to them and makes them feel less alone.

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