January 2013

Obama, Biden host concert for military children

1/31/2013 - Michelle Obama, Dr. Jill Biden host concert for military children

Amid all the pageantry surrounding the second inauguration of President Barack Obama, there was one event that paid tribu?te to America's military families. read more »

John Kerry confirmed as Secretary of State

1/31/2013 - John Kerry easily confirmed as next Secretary of State

Of all the vacancies in President Barack Obama's Cabinet, few have been more closely watched than Secretary of State. read more »

New congressmen include several recent vets

1/30/2013 - Veterans highlight newly inducted congressmen

Few people are more affected by the activities in Congress than soldiers and veterans. Their deployments and benefits are often directly tied to what gets through the legislature, so it should come as no surprise that many servicemembers turn to a career in politics to serve as a voice to other troops. read more »

DOD launches review of military family programs

1/29/2013 - DOD launches review of military family programs

The Department of Defense (DOD) operates a wide variety of programs designed to improve the life of military family members, and a task force is slated to begin an extensive review to measure the effectiveness of such initiatives. read more »

Soldier receives double arm transplant

1/29/2013 - Soldier receives double arm transplant

Just by surviving, Brendan Marrocco had already made history. The 26-year-old soldier became the first person to survive after losing all four of his limbs, injuries he suffered when he was hit with a roadside bomb explode in 2009. read more »

New bill would extend GI Bill benefits

1/28/2013 - New GI Bill law would provide in-state rates to out-of-state students

The existing GI Bill makes it easier for veterans to earn a college degree, and another bill making its way through Congress may extend some of the benefits. read more »

Military families get early look at Pro Bowl teams

1/28/2013 - Military families get early look at Pro Bowl teams

The Super Bowl may be more than a week away, but this weekend NFL fans will get to see some of the best players who didn't make the championship when they hit the field in Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. read more »

Pentagon removes man on women serving in combat roles

1/25/2013 - Pentagon: Women can now serve in combat roles

Women have been playing a vital role in the United States military for years, yet despite the fact that they were being deployed overseas alongside their male counterparts, they were still banned from serving in combat roles. read more »

Chicago firefighters battle huge blaze in single digit temperatures

1/25/2013 - Chicago firefighters battle enormous fire in single-digit temperatures

Single-digit temperatures have bore down on the Midwest for the last few days, and first responders in Chicago recently had to brave the frigid weather to battle one of the biggest fires in recent memory. read more »

Congress focuses on veteran unemployment in 2013

1/24/2013 - Veteran unemployment a priority in Congress

From reducing the deficit to addressing gun control, Congress undoubtedly has a long list of issues to tackle, but helping veterans find employment opportunities is close to the top. read more »

Revamped DOD website helps military children

1/24/2013 - Revamped DOD website aimed at helping military kids

Between frequent moves, the stress of deployment and financial concerns, the lives of military families are fraught with hardship. This is especially true for children, who sometimes may not be emotionally equipped to deal with the challenges. read more »

George W. Bush sells truck, proceeds go to troops

1/23/2013 - Truck driven by George W. Bush sells for $300K, funds go to help military families

In December, former President George W. Bush announced he was putting his famed truck up for auction, with the proceeds going to support military families. read more »

Reduction in troops could impact military installations

1/23/2013 - Troop reductions could lead to downsizing of bases

As the United States prepares to leave Afghanistan, the Army will likely see a decrease in the number of soldiers, and as a result some bases across the country could have to downsize as well. read more »

Marines investigate effectiveness of mindfulness training

1/22/2013 - Marines look into mindfulness techniques to improve training

Practices such as meditation and yoga may not seem like they fit in with the rigorous training of the Marine Corps, but some officials are working to include the techniques to make soldiers more mindful of their surroundings. read more »

Troops spoke recently with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta

1/22/2013 - Active duty soldiers voice concerns about budget cuts

Both active duty troops and veterans undoubtedly have a number of concerns about the future of the Armed Forces. read more »

President Obama lays out  plans for military future

1/22/2013 - President Obama promises strong global presence during second inaugural address

After he was sworn in for the second time on Monday, President Barack Obama's speech covered a lot of ground. He touched on everything from civil rights to global warming, but the military community may have been most interested in the plans he laid out for the Armed Forces. read more »

Troops to share dance with Obamas, Bidens

1/22/2013 - Soldiers to share first dance with Obamas, Bidens

When President Barack Obama heads to the Commander-in-Chief's Ball, one of the two celebrations after his second inauguration, he'll get to share his first dance with one of America's bravest civilians. read more »

Panetta: No ground troops in Mali

1/18/2013 - Panetta: No ground troops in Mali

Although the United States is lending support in France's military operation in Mali, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta says the American public should not be concerned about putting more U.S. troops at risk. read more »

VA sees increases in disabled benefits costs

1/17/2013 - VA sees drastic increase in disabled benefits costs

Healthcare costs for the military have skyrocketed over the last decade with the United States embroiled in two wars, and recent figures from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) reveals costs related to disability benefits have also seen a sharp increase. read more »

Soldier returns to Afghanistan after 20 surgeries

1/17/2013 - Soldier returns to Afghanistan after 20 surgeries

It may seem unusual to want to return to a war zone after being seriously wounded during combat, but for Army Sgt. Michael Krapels, heading back to Afghanistan was all he's had in mind since getting hurt. read more »

1/16/2013 - White House unveils sweeping gun proposals, calls for more police officers

In the wake of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School last month, President Barack Obama vowed to take steps to make sure such an event never happens again. read more »

Wal-Mart plans veteran employment initiative

1/16/2013 - Wal-Mart plans veteran employment initiative

Thanks to ambitious bills and programs such as the Joining Forces initiative, the unemployment rate among veterans has started to come down. read more »

Debate in Congress could threaten military pay

1/16/2013 - Debate in Congress threatens military pay

Earlier this month members of Congress averted the fiscal cliff when they passed a deficit-reduction plan at the last minute. read more »

U.S. forces to support France in Mali fight

1/15/2013 - U.S. forces lend support to French in Mali fight

A group of Islamist extremists has posed an ever-growing threat to the west African country of Mali, and as France becomes involved, the United States' military may also soon play a larger role. read more »

Army using more fuel-efficient vehicles

1/15/2013 - Army using more fuel-efficient vehicles

As every branch of the military moves toward energy efficiency, the Army is playing a significant role in the process. read more »

President Obama meets with Hamid Karzai to discuss Afghanistan's future

1/15/2013 - President Obama meets with Hamid Karzai to discuss Afghanistan's future

The United States' role in Afghanistan has come under much scrutiny lately. With a deadline for withdrawal set for 2014, there has been some disagreement over what the timetable will be and whether there will be any American presence after the date has passed. read more »

President Obama announces latest Medal of Honor recipient

1/15/2013 - President Obama announces latest Medal of Honor recipient

Over the last 10-plus years, there have undoubtedly been countless acts of heroism in Iraq and Afghanistan, but only a select few have been deemed worthy of the Medal of Honor. read more »

1/11/2013 - Exit interviews can help military children reduce stress of changing schools

Children with parents in the military often face many more challenges than their peers. read more »

1/10/2013 - 'Zero Dark Thirty' nabs several Oscar nominations

The story of Osama bin Laden's capture captivated the American public, and the movie detailing the decade-long search for the al-Qaida leader behind the September 11 attacks has earned recognition from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. read more »

1/10/2013 - Seattle Seahawks and South Korea's Camp Carroll form bond

Most football fans recognize "Camp Carroll" as the home of the Seattle Seahawks and their enigmatic coach Pete Carroll, but the real Camp Carroll serves a much more important role. read more »

1/10/2013 - White House hints at the possibility of no troops left in Afghanistan after 2014

While most government officials have agreed that the United States will end formal operations in Afghanistan by the end of 2014, what has been less clear is whether there will be any contingent of troops left after that date. read more »

1/9/2013 - Duke University teams up with DOD on research

The Department of Defense DOD is always looking for new ways to improve soldiers' abilities to do everything from gather intelligence to avoid battlefield hazards, and the DOD has teamed up with Duke University to make life easier for troops. read more »

1/9/2013 - Settlement provides full separation pay for gay troops

When the policy known as "don't ask, don't tell" was officially repealed in 2011, it marked a significant victory for gay and lesbian troops, but soldiers who were discharged before the policy was removed felt somewhat slighted. read more »

1/8/2013 - Obama officially nominates Chuck Hagel as next Defense Secretary

Last month President Barack Obama began to fill some upcoming Cabinet vacancies when he nominated Massachusetts Senator John Kerry for Secretary of State. read more »

1/8/2013 - Soldiers, firefighters have most stressful jobs

Servicemembers and first responders have two of the most important jobs out there, and while protecting the country at home and abroad is critical, the responsibilities also come with stress. read more »

1/8/2013 - Program lets incarcerated vets train service dogs for other soldiers

Service dogs have proven to be helpful to disabled soldiers as well as those suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder PTSD. read more »

1/7/2013 - President Obama signs defense spending bill, but not without concerns

President Barack Obama signed the National Defense Authorization Act for 2013 on January 2, and while he said that he agrees with much of the 633.3 billion bill, he does have some issues with it. read more »

1/7/2013 - Texas lawmaker proposes bill to aid military children

The children of parents who are deployed overseas get precious few days to spend with their loved ones when they return stateside, and now a lawmaker from Texas hopes to make it easier for youngsters to do so. read more »

1/4/2013 - Teaching becomes a viable second career for veterans

With the United States winding down operations in Afghanistan, many troops are returning home to find they might have some difficulty landing a job. read more »

1/3/2013 - New program offers free, non-medical counseling to military families

Military families often face a great deal of non-medical challenges during deployment. It can be difficult for them to cope with the life changes associated with having a loved one serving overseas. read more »

1/2/2013 - Congress avoids fiscal cliff but threat of sequestration still looms

Congress narrowly averted the fiscal cliff - the series of deep spending cuts and tax hikes - by passing the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 on New Year's Day. read more »