January 2016

News article: Veterans in Texas get more assistance thanks to VA

1/29/2016 - News article: Veterans in Texas get more assistance thanks to VA

One of the big issues that many veterans often face in their daily lives is that they might not have the means to get to all their appointments, especially when it comes to doctor's visits. read more »

News article: VA adds capacity to house more homeless vets in L.A.

1/29/2016 - News article: VA adds capacity to house more homeless vets in L.A.

With the effort to drastically reduce veteran homelessness, and eventually eliminate it, now seriously under way, many cities can boast of expanded capacity to permanently house former servicemembers who are currently living on the street. read more »

News article: Cincinnati mayor plans initiative for veterans

1/28/2016 - News article: Cincinnati mayor plans initiative for veterans

Many cities are trying to tackle a number of problems facing veterans today, and having varying levels of success in doing so. read more »

News article: Minnesota taking on veteran homelessness statewide

1/28/2016 - News article: Minnesota taking on veteran homelessness statewide

With veteran homelessness now recognized nationwide as an issue that can be solved more easily than many experts previously thought, a lot of state and local governments are starting to do more to deal with it straightaway. read more »

News article: Western Mass. town trying to tackle veteran homelessness

1/27/2016 - News article: Western Mass. town trying to tackle veteran homelessness

Across the country, veteran homelessness is largely viewed as a problem that is very much worth solving, and many cities are now looking for ways to do so successfully. read more »

News article: Teens and veterans connecting in Chicago

1/27/2016 - News article: Teens and veterans connecting in Chicago

Many veterans have a hard time transitioning back to civilian life, especially if they faced traumatic events during their time of service. read more »

The GI Bill is invaluable, so don't let it go to waste. Here are some reasons to put it to use.

1/26/2016 - Blog: Don't let your GI Bill benefits go to waste

Veterans, the GI Bill is the biggest and most important investment in your education the U.S. government has ever made. Don't let it go to waste. read more »

News article: Business experts urge hiring veterans

1/26/2016 - News article: Business experts urge hiring veterans

Each year, many veterans across the country may be looking for a job, but have difficulty finding a position that works for them. read more »

News article: Kentucky organization helping female veterans

1/26/2016 - News article: Kentucky organization helping female veterans

A large number of organizations across the country are specifically focused on helping veterans get the support they need. read more »

VA Secretary McDonald laid out ambitious goals for his department in 2016.

1/25/2016 - News article: At Senate hearing, VA lays out big goals for 2016

A streamlined veterans benefits appeals process, expanded access to private care programs and a simplified website are the goals of the VA within the next 11 months, as stated by VA Secretary Bob McDonald at a Senate hearing on Thursday, Jan. 21. read more »

Two North Carolina cities solved their homeless veteran problem

1/25/2016 - News Article: Two North Carolina cities solved their homeless veteran problem

Many cities are undertaking serious efforts to get homeless veterans off the streets and into semi-permanent or permanent housing. read more »

Company helping veterans start their own businesses

1/25/2016 - News article: Company helping veterans start their own businesses

One thing that many veterans do after returning from service is decide to start their own small businesses. read more »

News article: Mass lawmakers pushing veterans bills

1/22/2016 - News article: Mass lawmakers pushing veterans bills

Each year, more is done to help veterans as they return home from service, by local, state, and federal governments. read more »

News article: Veterans relying more heavily on caregivers

1/22/2016 - News article: Veterans relying more heavily on caregivers

For some time now, many veterans coming home from service have required at least some help, and oftentimes significant assistance. read more »

Veterans will likely have a day dedicated to their chosen art forms - painting, sculpture, etc. - in Maine.

1/21/2016 - News article: Maine to establish an annual veterans arts day

Sometimes small gestures can make big impacts. That's just what Maine's State and Local Government Committee had in mind when on Wednesday they unanimously supported a bill that would, from now on, establish Nov. 1 as Veterans in the Arts and Humanities Day. read more »

Flags will be flown at half-staff in Navajo Nation to remember the passing of famous Code Talkers.

1/21/2016 - News article: Navajo Code Talkers are remembered

Even among the heroes of the Pacific campaign in World War II, the Navajo Code Talkers stand out for their incredible contribution to the war effort.  read more »

Veterans will find support and resources at an Empowerment Center in Iowa.

1/21/2016 - News article: An empowerment center for Iowa veterans

Issues important to Iowa veterans - like housing, healthcare and other military benefits - were the center of attention for the annual Veterans Day at the Capital in Des Moines on Wednesday. read more »

Veterans get new phone line to help them find assistance

1/21/2016 - News article: Veterans get new phone line to help them find assistance

When veterans need a hand up for one reason or another, there are often many organizations - both public and private - that can help them out. read more »

News article: Texas group helping homeless veterans

1/21/2016 - News article: Texas group helping homeless veterans

Across the country, many organizations now exist to tackle the problem of veteran homelessness. read more »

Gov. Scott of Florida presented awards to more than 360 veterans this week.

1/21/2016 - News article: Florida governor honors veterans

Florida Gov. Rick Scott recognized 364 Florida veterans with the Governor's Veterans Service Award at the DeLand National Guard Armory on Tuesday.  read more »

Veterans in South Texas will now have access to free legal services.

1/21/2016 - News article: South Texas launches a legal aid program for vets

Texas is home to the second largest population of veterans in the country, which means that there is plenty of need for affordable legal services to navigate the complicated legalese of civilian life. Thankfully, a program to do just that now exists. read more »

Illinois lawmaker institutes veteran advisory committee

1/20/2016 - News article: Illinois lawmaker institutes veteran advisory committee

One of the big issues that many veterans may feel these days when it comes to how they're treated politically is that they do not have much of a voice with lawmakers despite their service to this country. read more »

News article: Ohio employers hold job fair for veterans

1/20/2016 - News article: Ohio employers hold job fair for veterans

One of the big issues that many veterans across the country face when they come home from service is that they often find it difficult to get full-time employment in just about any field, let alone one that lets them use the skills they picked up while serving. read more »

One of the most popular schools for veterans has regained the favor of the DOD.

1/20/2016 - News article: University of Phoenix regains DOD's favor

The University of Phoenix - one of the largest and most popular schools in the country for military tuition assistance - has regained the favor of the Department of Defense.  read more »

Hire Our Heroes has seen great success in employing veterans.

1/20/2016 - News article: Help Our Heroes' efforts to employ veterans

Help Our Heroes - a small nonprofit based in Virginia that helps veterans transition from the military to their life after service in the civilian workforce - has gained a lot of attention recently for all it has done to help employ veterans around the country. read more »

Arizona organization helping veterans get to appointments

1/19/2016 - News article: Arizona organization helping veterans get to appointments

Many veterans may rely heavily on regular medical checkups and other assistance, but often they do not have the means or capability to get themselves to all their appointments. read more »

New asbestos bill could impact veterans if passed

1/19/2016 - News article: New asbestos bill could impact veterans if passed

Often, new state and federal laws are passed specifically to help veterans in some way, whether it's through expanded services or additional help. read more »

Farming and meditation have had some success in helping alleviate the stress of PTSD.

1/19/2016 - News article: When it comes to PTSD, there are different ways to heal

Farming and meditation have been offered as alternative means to treating the debilitating effects of PTSD and traumatic brain injury.  read more »

Not all cities were created equal when it comes to how beneficial they are to veterans.

1/18/2016 - Blog: The best and worst cities for veterans

In a life after service, every decision is now in the veteran's hands, including that of where to settle down. So, when the discharge papers come through, how do you make your choice? read more »

News article: VA helps to bring six new employees to help Alaska vets

1/18/2016 - News article: VA helps to bring six new employees to help Alaska vets

In recent years, more effort has been put into boosting the care veterans receive when they come back from service, and this assistance comes in many forms. read more »

New Orleans veteran housing project to begin

1/18/2016 - News article: New Orleans veteran housing project to begin

Many cities and states are now looking to tackle the epidemic of veteran homelessness nationwide by dealing with the issue within their own borders. read more »

Using a wheelchair doesn't make veterans any less athletic or competitive.

1/18/2016 - News article: Disabled veterans find companionship in sports

As overseer of the VA's Paralympic program, retired Air Force Col. Michael Welch is very familiar with how difficult living through a life after service with a disability sustained in combat can be. That's where sports come in.  read more »

New Jersey passes veteran health services law

1/15/2016 - News article: New Jersey passes veteran health services law

One of the big obstacles that many veterans across the country unfortunately know all too well is that they may not always have access to the health care they need. read more »

7-Eleven holds contest to help veterans open franchise

1/15/2016 - News article: 7-Eleven holds contest to help veterans open franchise

Millions of veterans across the country became small business owners after they left the service, and a lot of them have success specifically because of the skills they learned while serving. read more »

Fallen veterans unclaimed by their families were honored by strangers in California.

1/14/2016 - News article: Fallen veterans honored in California

On Wednesday, strangers gathered at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery to attend a ceremony honoring 169 fallen veterans whose remains were never claimed by friends or kin. read more »

A well-lit American flag beacons homeless veterans to camps built to help them.

1/14/2016 - News article: Arizona veterans come to aid of the homeless

Some missions last a day, some a month, some a lifetime. For Veterans on Patrol, helping homeless veterans is their vocation 24 hours a day, seven days a week. read more »

South Dakota ready to open new permanent housing for older veterans

1/14/2016 - News article: South Dakota to open new housing for older veterans

Homeless and low-income veterans are a group that people overwhelmingly want to help in any way they can, and cities and states nationwide are now doing more to make sure those servicemembers are receiving help in the form of permanent housing. read more »

Tribes receiving federal money to help homeless veterans

1/14/2016 - News article: Tribes receiving federal money to help homeless veterans

Many cities across the country are pouring money, attention, and love into efforts to help get homeless veterans off the streets. read more »

Rather than sentence them to jail, a new veterans' court in Kansas offers alternatives.

1/13/2016 - News article: Kansas unveils a treatment court for veterans

In the past, veterans committing misdemeanors have often faced jail time. But in Johnson County, Kansas, an alternative has been introduced that could, with time, have ramifications nationwide. read more »

A formerly homeless veteran was in attendance at the State of the Union on Tuesday.

1/13/2016 - News article: A formerly homeless veteran advocates for her peers

Just one year ago, Cynthia Dias was a homeless veteran struggling in her life after service in Las Vegas. On Tuesday night, she was a special guest of First Lady Michelle Obama at President Barack Obama's final Sate of the Union address. read more »

Talking about PTSD can be incredibly difficult, but a town hall meeting in Tennessee had a plan to make it easier.

1/13/2016 - News article: A town hall for talking about PTSD

The Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans knows very well just how difficult it can be to talk about PTSD. That's why they held a "Victory Over PTSD" town hall meeting, to get veterans and their families in conversation with one another.  read more »

Mississippi cities take aim at veteran homelessness

1/13/2016 - Mississippi cities take aim at veteran homelessness

Many cities across the country are now starting to figure out what they can do to help get homeless veterans off the streets and into permanent housing. read more »

Disabled veterans get more accessibility from volunteers

1/13/2016 - Disabled veterans get more accessibility from volunteers

Many veterans come home from service with injuries both apparent and invisible, and need a lot of help to deal with the rigors of everyday life as a result. read more »

Wearing unearned medals is protected by the right to free speech, a U.S. court ruled.

1/12/2016 - News article: Wearing unearned medals is free speech, US court rules

In a contentious decision, a federal appeals court on Monday threw out a case involving a veteran convicted for wearing military medals he hadn't earned, stating that doing so was a form of free speech protected by the Constitution.  read more »

These are some of the best schools in the country for veterans.

1/12/2016 - Blog: The best colleges for vets in 2016

With so many responsibilities outside of earning an education - like a job and family - colleges tailored to helping veterans achieve academically are vital to a life after service. Here are some of the best in the country.  read more »

Veterans will be one of the focal points for President Obama's State of the Union.

1/12/2016 - News article: At the State of the Union, heroic Airman among vets to be honored

Staff Sgt. Spencer Stone - whose name emblazoned international headlines in August 2015 after he and two friends subdued an armed terrorist aboard a train bound for Paris - will join five other veterans at the State of the Union address on Tuesday, Jan. 12. read more »

Many Rhode Island veterans offered free winter coats

1/12/2016 - Many Rhode Island veterans offered free winter coats

When winter weather arrives, many groups come together to help the less fortunate. read more »

Horse farm helping veterans gets its own assistance

1/12/2016 - Horse farm helping veterans recently got its own assistance

Many experts believe that working with animals is a great way to help veterans and others who have been through traumatic and otherwise trying events cope with the issue. read more »

Boston working to end veteran homelessness

1/11/2016 - Boston working to end veteran homelessness

For the last few years, Boston has been trying to do what a few other big cities already have: Effectively wipe out homelessness among veterans living there. read more »

Maine group teaching veterans farming skills

1/11/2016 - Maine group teaching veterans farming skills

Many veterans may come home from serving with very useful skills, but they may perhaps be lacking for a way to use them to make a living. read more »

Homeless Native American vets are getting some federal assistance.

1/11/2016 - News article: Homeless Native American vets get a big boost

A joint announcement from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Veterans Affairs on Friday, Dec. 8 confirmed a $5.9 million grant to assist homeless Native American veterans.  read more »

Army veteran sleeps outside to raise awareness of veteran homelessness

1/8/2016 - Army veteran sleeps outside to raise awareness of veteran homelessness

Many Americans are, at this point, well aware that there is something of an epidemic in this country when it comes to homeless veterans. read more »

Experts worry about employment for veterans

1/8/2016 - Experts worry about employment for veterans

For years, the economic downturn created some rather difficult labor conditions for millions of Americans to deal with, but those worries have slowly gone away over time thanks to slow but steady recovery. read more »

The Pentagon has recommended some big changes to the way the military awards medals.

1/8/2016 - News article: Medals getting a big overhaul

A two-year internal review conducted by the Department of Defense has recommended 37 changes that will bring the military's medals system into the 21st century. read more »

The masks (not pictured here) designed by veterans at Walter Reed help them ease the pain of PTSD.

1/8/2016 - News article: Putting on masks to help fight PTSD

The ?papier-mâché masks Melissa Walker, an art therapist and coordinator of healing arts at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, asks veterans to make after returning stateside from Iraq and Afghanistan are vivid, expressive creations. read more »

Reducing wait times for veterans to see private doctors has proven rockier than imagined for the VA.

1/8/2016 - News article: Reducing wait times for veterans

After facing criticism and scandals, the VA has instituted new measures to cut wait times by expanding veteran benefits to allow access to private sector physicians. Even with the recent changes, they have a lot of ground to cover. read more »

Michigan's new ad campaign hopes to inform veterans of their benefits.

1/8/2016 - News article: Michigan launches ad campaign for vets resources

Michigan hopes that the simple message of its new veteran benefits ad campaign will be one that the state's more than 660,000 veterans take to heart. read more »

Uber has plans to hire thousands of military drivers in 2016.

1/8/2016 - News article: Uber turning to military veteran drivers

The military trains its personnel well, and the ride-hailing company Uber looks to take advantage of that by recruiting thousands of San Antonio veterans in 2016.  read more »

Two Plymouth, MA-based veterans are doing a whole lot of good for other servicemembers.

1/8/2016 - News article: A Marine forms a nonprofit for fellow vets

No one understands the needs of veterans like a fellow veteran, as Jesse Brown of Plymouth, Massachusetts is proving beyond a doubt. read more »

Los Angeles County approves millions in aid for homeless veterans

1/7/2016 - Los Angeles County approves millions in aid for homeless veterans

Homelessness among veterans is a major issue across the country, but now many large municipalities are trying to do more to address it. read more »

Pennsylvania man making individual gifts for thousands of veterans

1/7/2016 - Pennsylvania man making individual gifts for thousands of veterans

Many Americans are more than willing to help out veterans in any way they can, and often that includes making unique items for them to use in their everyday lives. read more »

Veterans calling into Tampa's crisis center will find fellow servicemembers on the other end of the line.

1/6/2016 - News article: A phone line for Florida vets

Veterans entering their life after service often find that one of the hardest parts of communicating with others is that so few have shared their experiences. The Crisis Center in Tampa Bay has an answer.  read more »

Utah may become more inviting to vets with the proposal of a new tax exemption.

1/6/2016 - News article: Utah vets may finally receive tax exemption

For years veterans have been warned that Utah was a poor choice of retirement destination. That may soon change, however, with new tax exemptions.  read more »

Washington group making quilts for veterans

1/6/2016 - Washington group making quilts for veterans

Many groups exist to extend significant help to veterans through healthcare, financial means, or other issues they may be facing in their everyday civilian lives. read more »

Service dogs are a huge benefit for veterans

1/6/2016 - Service dogs are a huge benefit for veterans

When veterans return home from combat, they may often have difficulties adapting back to civilian life. read more »

Veterans are nearly twice as likely to own a small business as non-veterans.

1/6/2016 - News article: Vets drawn to small business

Veterans are already regarded as industrious go-getters, but it may surprise some just how motivated they are to open their own business.  read more »

New VA guidelines would reduce veterans' copay costs.

1/6/2016 - News article: VA proposes cost-effective copay rules

On Monday, the U.S. Veterans Affairs Department proposed new guidelines designed to lower the copay for veterans purchasing prescription drugs. read more »

Home care program a boon to veterans

1/5/2016 - Home care program a boon to veterans

While the VA provides many benefits to veterans who can get to their care centers, the fact of the matter is that a lot of former servicemembers are simply incapable of doing so. read more »

Group works to find suits for veterans

1/5/2016 - Group works to find suits for veterans

One of the big problems that many veterans may encounter as they return to civilian life is that getting ready for job interviews can be challenging. read more »

Some abandoned Ohio homes given new life as veteran housing

1/4/2016 - Some abandoned Ohio homes given new life as veteran housing

Many veterans may need financial help and other assistance once they are done with their service, and a large and growing number of organizations now exist to help them in this regard. read more »

Group giving veterans dental care

1/4/2016 - Group giving veterans dental care

Veterans have many needs in their everyday lives, and fortunately many organizations exist to help them in this way. read more »