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WNYC News

Why Transgender Vets Can't Get Military Benefits

Monday, September 15, 2014

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A Department of Defense policy that prohibits transgender veterans from changing their name on their discharge forms is preventing vets from getting their military benefits.

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PRI's The World

Wounded warriors compete in the UK's Invictus Games

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

"Invictus" is the latin word for "unconquered," and It's the perfect name for a sports event for injured veterans. More than 400 athletes from 13 countries will be going for gold at the first edition of the Invictus Games in London, which started on Tuesday.

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PRI's The World

US veteran says police response in Ferguson 'isn’t the country we fought to protect'

Friday, August 15, 2014

The heavy-handed police response to civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, this week, has drawn a lot of criticism from veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Phillip Carter, a former army captain, wrote a piece for the Daily Beast entitled "Ferguson's Cops Are Armed Like I Was in Iraq."

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PRI's The World

A Marine who fought in Iraq reflects on the country's challenges today

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Tim McLaughlin was one of the first US Marines to enter Iraq in 2003. He was there on the day the statue of Saddam Hussein fell. The American flag that was placed on top of the statue belonged to him.

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PRI's The World

How artists and sculptors healed maimed soldiers during World War I

Monday, August 11, 2014

There were no face transplants in the era of World War I. But there were masks. And for disfigured soldiers returning home from the Western Front, these face masks were a lifeline.

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WNYC News

New York Veterans Weigh in on U.S. Military Action in Iraq

Friday, August 08, 2014

Recent New York veterans are weighing in on President Barack Obama’s decision to launch air strikes on Islamic extremists in Iraq, and provide humanitarian aid to tens of thousands of inhabitants of the country who fled to remote mountains in the north, where they are now trapped.

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The Takeaway

General's Death Reveals Complications of War

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

The addition of Major General Harold Greene to the casualty list in Afghanistan yesterday is a nasty blow for U.S. forces leaving Afghanistan and trying to secure the country after years of war.

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The Takeaway

Remembering the Vietnam War's 'Lost 74'

Monday, August 04, 2014

In June 1969 during the Vietnam War, an Australian aircraft carrier collided with an American ship in the South China Sea. There were 200 lost that day, including 74 U.S. sailors. But these 74 names have not been included on the Vietnam Memorial.

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The Takeaway

Has Congress Fixed the VA for Good?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

After six weeks of negotiations, Congress has finally reached an agreement on how reform the veteran healthcare system. A key part of the proposal lets veterans bypass the VA system in the case of a backlog and instead seek out treatment from non-VA Medicare-eligible providers. 

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The Takeaway

Congress Reaches Deal on Veterans Bill

Monday, July 28, 2014

It's the last week before Congress heads home for August recess, and we may actually see a break from the usual congressional gridlock when it comes to veterans affairs. House and Senate negotiators reached a compromise over the weekend to help the embattled veteran healthcare system.

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The Takeaway

Powerful Politician Kills Bill to Protect Vets

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Judging from recent machinations in Congress, it's easier to protect for-profit colleges who are generous with their campaign donations than it is to protect this nation's veterans from being preyed upon by schools anxious to get their hands on G.I. Bill education benefits.

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BackStory

First Person

Friday, July 18, 2014

With the American History Guys

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The Takeaway

Report: G.I. Bill is Failing Veterans

Monday, June 30, 2014

A new investigation from the Center for Investigative Reporting reveals that the G.I. Bill is supporting for-profit colleges that spend lavishly on marketing, but can leave veterans with worthless degrees and few job prospects.

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Specials

Reveal

Friday, June 27, 2014

Who’s really benefiting from the GI Bill? Why does the U.S. Coast Guard have some explaining to do? How much arsenic in our water is actually safe? There’s always more to the story on this episode of Reveal.

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WNYC News

One Soldier's Reflections

Friday, June 13, 2014

WNYC

A Brooklyn-based soldier-turned-writer reflects on the current state of Iraq.

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The Takeaway

Sgt. Bergdahl: America's War-Weary Lightning Rod

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has demonstrated that many lawmakers in Washington, and perhaps others, are quick to judge whether or not the POW deserved to be freed. Vanessa Gezari, a journalist who has reported from Afghanistan on and off since 2002, weighs in.

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The Takeaway

VA Scandal Drives Senators Towards Reform

Thursday, June 05, 2014

The Veterans Affairs scandal has caused outrage across the political spectrum. But lately, Republicans and Democrats alike have been crying for reform. This week, senators are introducing a bill that aims to fix some of the endemic problems with the veteran healthcare system. 

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The Takeaway

Life After Captivity: What's Next for Bowe Bergdahl

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Stephen Farrell, reporter for our partner The New York Times, knows firsthand what being held hostage by the Taliban can be like. He reflects on what newly-released American POW's recovery process will likely entail in the coming weeks and months.

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WNYC News

What the Next Secretary of Veterans Affairs Should Do

Friday, May 30, 2014

A change at the top for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has the attention of a local veterans group.

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The Takeaway

VA Secretary Resigns Amid Healthcare Scandal

Friday, May 30, 2014

"Our veterans deserve the best — they've earned it," President Obama said today at a press conference. "General Shinseki offered me his resignation, and with considerable regret, I accepted.”

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