January 2014

Army Ranger highlights State of the Union address

1/31/2014 - Army Ranger highlights State of the Union address

It can be easy to lose sight of the important things when politics get involved, but Sgt. First Class Cory Remsburg's presence at the State of the Union address reminded the nation what true sacrifice and courage look like. read more »

Broncos, Seahawks take time from Super Bowl to thank soldiers abroad

1/31/2014 - Broncos, Seahawks take time from Super Bowl to thank soldiers abroad

The Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks will square off Feb. 2 for Super Bowl XLVII, but some players took a break from the media hustle to thank the troops for making it all possible. read more »

Long and short-term statistics show veterans finding work in large numbers

1/30/2014 - Long and short-term statistics show veterans finding work in large numbers

Life in the military can be difficult enough without having to worry about employment opportunities for a soldier's life after service. read more »

Pentagon announces review of all military medals

1/30/2014 - Pentagon announces review of all military medals

With the increasingly prevalent use of drones and unmanned vehicles in operations around the globe, some top officials are rethinking how soldiers are rewarded for their service. read more »

Phoenix Mayor gets creative to put veterans in homes

1/30/2014 - Phoenix Mayor gets creative to put veterans in homes

Veteran homelessness is one of the country's hardest problems to address, but Phoenix might have found the answer. read more »

Senators rail against budget cuts to veterans benefits

1/30/2014 - Senators rail against budget cuts to veterans benefits

As part of the government-wide budget passed in 2013, the veterans benefits that governed the year-to-year adjustment for cost-of-living, or COLA, was to decrease 1 percent annually. read more »

Soldier and combat dog wounded in action, reunited in Germany

1/29/2014 - Soldier and combat dog wounded in action, reunited in Germany

At home or abroad, at peace or in battle, a dog is a man's best friend. read more »

Mission to Mars pegs soldiers as final candidates

1/29/2014 - Mission to Mars pegs soldiers as final candidates

It takes a special kind of person to join the military, but it takes a much different sort to volunteer for a mission to Mars. read more »

Indiana legislators advocate for more veterans benefits

1/29/2014 - Indiana legislators advocate for more veterans benefits

Members of the Indiana Senate are currently pushing a measure that would extend education benefits to military veterans who are trying to transition to life after service. read more »

Navy admiral likely to be named new NSA chief

1/29/2014 - Navy admiral likely to be named new NSA chief

The intelligence agency, which has been in the news as of late, may soon have a new military man in charge. read more »

Pentagon pledges full support to Russia for Olympics security

1/29/2014 - Pentagon pledges full support to Russia for Olympics security

In an effort to allay some of the concerns of Team USA , Uncle Sam will be looking out for them when they travel to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. read more »

Marine Corps delays physical fitness test for female soldiers

1/29/2014 - Marine Corps delays physical fitness test for female soldiers

Since the Pentagon lifted its ban on women serving in combat last year, the military has been gradually adjusting to the new roles of female soldiers. read more »

Pentagon addresses COLA cuts to military retirees

1/28/2014 - Pentagon addresses COLA cuts to military retiree pensions

Officials from the Pentagon addressed the Senate Armed Services Committee this week, asking lawmakers to consider "grandfathering" the reductions that were recently made to the annual cost-of-living adjustments for military retirees under the age of 62. read more »

New census tallies homeless veterans

1/28/2014 - New census tallies homeless veterans

NPR reported that the Department of Housing and Urban Development has conducted its annual survey of the nation's homeless population, including veterans. read more »

Super Bowl will feature Air Force defense team

1/28/2014 - Super Bowl will feature Air Force defense team

For the military, the Super Bowl is not just about football. read more »

Twin brothers deploy for fourth consecutive tour together

1/28/2014 - Twin brothers deploy for fourth consecutive tour together

They say blood is thicker than water but in order to see how strong familial bonds can be, look no further than the Wilkerson twins. read more »

Five soldiers to represent USA bobsled at Sochi Olympics

1/28/2014 - Five soldiers to represent USA bobsled at Sochi Olympics

Five servicemen will trade their combat uniforms for the tight-fitting spandex of bobsled suits as they prepare for the Sochi Olympics. read more »

While they may have only been playing a game, a few former NFL players who have already made the switch to retirement shared their stories with veterans struggling with life after service.

1/27/2014 - Former NFL players offer tips on smooth transition to post-military life

While they may have been playing a game rather than serving in combat, a few former NFL players who have already made the switch to retirement shared their stories with veterans adapting to life after service. read more »

New online resource provides career help to military veterans

1/27/2014 - New online resource provides career help to military veterans

A recently launched online program provides aid to military spouses who are in need of career and education guidance. read more »

Delaware veterans preserve war helicopter

1/27/2014 - Delaware veterans preserve war helicopter

A group of Delaware veterans are restoring a combat-zone helicopter as a way to honor the fallen soldiers of the Vietnam War. read more »

Congress to investigate VA cyber breach

1/27/2014 - Congress to investigate VA cyber breach

A Department of Veterans Affairs website recently experienced a data breach, affecting thousands of veterans and their families. read more »

Female soldiers celebrate milestones in field artillery

1/24/2014 - Female soldiers celebrate milestones in field artillery

Field artillery has traditionally been a male-dominated discipline in the military.  read more »

Military discontinues the use of MRI machines in combat zones

1/24/2014 - Military discontinues the use of MRI machines in combat zones

The Department of Defense has discontinued the use of the advanced brain imaging machines sent to Afghanistan in 2011 for treating servicemembers in combat zones. read more »

Group aids homeless veterans in Illinois

1/23/2014 - Group aids homeless veterans in Illinois

A veterans group in Illinois is currently working to provide shelter and other services to homeless and at-risk veterans. read more »

Obama speaks out against military sexual assault

1/23/2014 - Obama speaks out against military sexual assault

At a recent White House Council on Girls and Women event, President Barack Obama addressed the growing concern over the high rate of sexual assault in the military and reaffirmed his administration's commitment to tackling the issue. read more »

Data breach releases personal VA information

1/23/2014 - Data breach releases personal VA information

A software glitch on a Department of Veterans Affairs website resulted in a data breach last week, revealing the personal information of thousands of veterans. read more »

Army considers adding more robots in combat zones

1/22/2014 - Army considers adding more robots in combat zones

As budget cuts due to the sequester begin to pile up, the Army is feeling more pressure to decrease its number of soldiers in combat roles. read more »

DOD to preserve military images

1/22/2014 - DOD to preserve military images

The Department of Defense's central repository for visual images will undertake a massive archival preservation project in 2014. read more »

Cuts to military pensions may impact survivor benefits

1/21/2014 - Cuts to military pensions may impact survivor benefits

The recent cuts to the cost-of-living adjustments may affect more than just military retirees under the age of 62. read more »

Toys for Tots sees holiday success

1/21/2014 - Toys for Tots sees holiday success

The Georgia branch of the gift-giving holiday program Toys for Tots received a record number of toy donations in 2013. read more »

Senate to discuss military pensions

1/20/2014 - Senate to discuss military pensions

The Senate will be bringing military pensions back to the drawing board later this month in an effort to undo the recent cuts to the cost-of-living adjustments for working-age military retirees. read more »

Dempsey urges for change in National Defense University address

1/16/2014 - Dempsey urges for change in National Defense University address

In an address to students and faculty at the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., Army Gen. Martin E. Dempsey encouraged young leaders to go out and make a difference in the world. read more »

Groups form to aid female veterans

1/16/2014 - Groups form to aid female veterans

Female veterans are coming together in California to support others like them. read more »

Iowa governor proposes military benefits for veterans

1/15/2014 - Iowa governor proposes new military benefits for veterans

Gov. Terry Branstad addressed the Iowa state legislature this week and outlined new ways in which the state can provide more military benefits to its veterans. read more »

DOD creates medical program to reduce combat casualties

1/15/2014 - DOD creates medical program to reduce combat casualties

A new medical fellowship program established by the Department of Defense seeks to improve the survival chances of wounded warriors in combat zones. read more »

Study found delinquent teens are attracted to military service

1/15/2014 - Study: Troubled teens are attracted to military service

A new study found that adolescents who have a history of delinquent behavior are more attracted to the military than their rule-following peers read more »

House committee to review VA's anti-Christmas actions

1/14/2014 - House committee to review VA's anti-Christmas actions

After reports surfaced that several VA hospitals blocked Christmas cards and other Christmas-specific items from being delivered to their residents during the holiday season, leaders in Congress began questioning the acts. read more »

TRICARE centers to cease walk-in services

1/14/2014 - TRICARE centers to cease walk-in services

The Pentagon announced this week that it will end its walk-in administrative services at all TRICARE medical service centers in the U.S. read more »

Vacant Auburn building to become a veterans center

1/13/2014 - Vacant Washington building to become a veterans center

A deserted building in Auburn, Wash., will be the future home of a veterans services center composed of nonprofit veterans assistance groups, KING 5 News reported. read more »

Advocacy group assists veterans applying for military benefits

1/13/2014 - Advocacy group assists veterans applying for military benefits

For the first time since 2009, a national advocacy group has been deemed a veterans service organization. read more »

West Virginia VA reaches out to homeless veterans

1/13/2014 - West Virginia VA reaches out to homeless veterans

The VA in Martinsburg, W.Va., is helping homeless veterans escape the bitter cold by providing them with shelter through the Operation Veteran's Respite program. read more »

Suicide rate among young veterans increases

1/10/2014 - Suicide rate among young veterans increases

A newly released report from the Department of Veteran Affairs found that young veterans are committing suicide at a higher rate than in years past. read more »

Pension cuts will not affect disabled veterans

1/9/2014 - Pension cuts will not affect disabled veterans

The controversial cuts to pensions for military retirees will most likely not affect veterans with disabilities, Capitol Hill aides told The Associated Press. read more »

Portland to provide special court for veterans

1/8/2014 - Portland to provide special court for veterans

A court specially designed for veterans who committed non-violent crimes may debut soon in Portland, Ore. read more »

Hagel to visit military facilities across the country

1/7/2014 - Hagel to visit military facilities across the country

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is hitting the road this week to visit active-duty troops, wounded warriors and defense workers at various military installations and facilities in Texas, New Mexico and Wyoming. read more »

VA hospitals block Christmas card delivery

1/6/2014 - VA hospitals block Christmas card delivery

The House Veterans Affairs Committee is currently looking into what unfolded at several VA hospitals over the Christmas holiday. read more »

Wounded veterans use computer forensics to catch predators

1/6/2014 - Wounded veterans use computer forensics to catch predators

A new program in Washington, D.C., is training wounded warriors in computer forensics to track down child predators. read more »

Philadelphia think tank aids homeless veterans

1/3/2014 - Philadelphia think tank aids homeless veterans

Established in 2009, the National Center on Homelessness Among Veterans has been working to reduce veterans homelessness through research.  read more »

Ohio colleges offer more veterans-only housing

1/3/2014 - Ohio colleges offer more veterans-only housing

Veterans enrolled at Ohio colleges and universities may find it easier to live on-campus with the establishment of private, military-only housing.  read more »

Veterans, lawmakers seeking to restore military benefits

1/2/2014 - Veterans, lawmakers seeking to restore military benefits

Frustrated by the recent cuts to military benefits for retirees, many veterans groups and lawmakers are working to restore the entitlements. read more »

Maryland veterans cemetery sustains damage

1/2/2014 - Maryland veterans cemetery sustains damage

Grave markers at a veterans' cemetery in Maryland were damaged this week, according to The Washington Post. read more »