October 2013

What are the best cities for veterans?

10/31/2013 - What are the best cities for veterans?

For veterans currently looking for work, it looks like the Lone Star State might be their best bet. read more »

Lawmakers work to save death gratuity benefits during future shutdown

10/31/2013 - Lawmakers work to save death gratuity benefits during future shutdown

Even though the partial-shutdown just ended, lawmakers in Washington, D.C., are looking ahead at the next federal closure, which can happen as soon as mid-January. read more »

Food stamp cuts to impact U.S. veterans

10/30/2013 - Food stamp cuts to impact U.S. veterans

Thousands of veterans will be affected by cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) once the benefits automatically expire Nov. 1, Forbes reported. read more »

California veterans celebrate military recruits with send-off

10/29/2013 - California veterans recognize military recruits with send-off

A group of Bakersfield, Calif. veterans honored nine military recruits this week with a special ceremony, local news outlet 23ABC reported. read more »

House approves commission to reduce VA backlog

10/29/2013 - House approves commission to reduce VA backlog

The House of Representatives passed a bill Oct. 28 that's expected to reduce the Department of Veteran Affairs disability claims and appeals backlog through new initiatives, The Marine Corps Times reported. read more »

Michelle Obama to speak at Disney's veterans event

10/29/2013 - Michelle Obama to speak at Disney's veterans event

For its first-ever Veterans Institute workshop taking place Nov. 14, Disney has secured first lady Michelle Obama as keynote speaker, according to entertainment news outlet Variety. read more »

Veterans might face employment setback

10/29/2013 - Veterans might face employment setback

A tax credit created to help former servicemembers find employment opportunities is set to expire at the end of 2013, jeopardizing the future of veterans in the workforce, according to CNN Money. read more »

Fort Snelling play highlights former servicemembers

10/29/2013 - Fort Snelling play highlights former servicemembers

A play opening next month at Minnesota's Fort Snelling Base Camp features the personal stories collected from more than 100 local veterans, according to The Bemidji Pioneer. read more »

Prisoners help veterans through training service dogs

10/28/2013 - Prisoners help train service dogs for veterans

Inmates at a medium-security correctional facility in Maryland have been training 24 Labrador retrievers through America's VetDogs, a program that provides disabled veterans and wounded soldiers with service animals, The Baltimore Sun reported. read more »

Veterans might come through in Michigan worker shortage

10/28/2013 - Veterans might come through in Michigan worker shortage

Michigan has been suffering from a lack of skilled workers, impacting labor industries ranging from agriculture to construction. Utilizing veterans to their full potential, however, might help alleviate this shortage, according to an Op-Ed published on Michigan Live. read more »

Massachusetts police warn residents of veterans phone scam

10/25/2013 - Massachusetts police warn residents of veterans phone scam

Police officials in an eastern Massachusetts town are notifying residents of a phone scam that purports to solicit money for former servicemembers, according to Your Town Hingham. read more »

Texan veterans advocate for tax benefits

10/25/2013 - Texas veterans advocate for tax benefits

Next month, Texas residents will be voting on two propositions that might greatly affect veterans benefits. read more »

Special military unit receives its final homecoming

10/24/2013 - Special military unit receives its final homecoming

A historic Army unit will receive its last hurrah this week when the team's servicemembers return home from their final deployment. read more »

VA hospital under fire for prescription drug use

10/23/2013 - VA hospital under fire for prescription drug use

A VA medical center in Reno, Nev., has been issuing patients addictive painkillers at one of the highest rates out of all the VA hospitals in the nation, according to a recent multimedia report from The Center for Investigative Reporting. The long-form piece looks at the rise in drug use among veterans across the U.S. since 2001. read more »

World War II vet receives multiple service awards

10/22/2013 - World War II vet receives multiple service awards

A 94-year-old World War II veterans and POW labor camp survivor was honored with several medals of distinction this week at a ceremony at Tulsa International Airport, Military Times reported. read more »

Homeless veterans organization looking for shelter

10/22/2013 - Homeless veterans organization looking for shelter

A program dedicated to providing housing for homeless veterans is now searching for shelter of its own after a city council denied the program a moving permit, The Daily Press reported. read more »

Affordable Care Act offers more insurance benefits for veterans

10/22/2013 - Affordable Care Act offers more insurance benefits for veterans

When the state exchanges under the Affordable Care Act opened Oct. 1, veterans were introduced to a slew of new insurance options. read more »

Monument to honor military service dogs

10/21/2013 - Monument to honor military service dogs

A new monument erected in San Antonio will honor U.S. military service dogs that died in combat overseas while aiding servicemembers, The Associated Press reported. read more »

Veterans might face problems after shutdown

10/21/2013 - Veterans might face problems after shutdown

Although the 16-day government shutdown is over, veterans might face lingering obstacles when filing their disability claims, CNN reported. read more »

After shutdown, Pentagon employees return to work

10/17/2013 - After shutdown, Pentagon employees return to work

 According to a statement released by the Pentagon, that means about 4,000 civilian Defense Department employees who remained on furlough can return to work this week. read more »

U.S. Pacific Fleet gets new commander

10/16/2013 - U.S. Pacific Fleet gets new commander

Vice Adm. Harry Harris Jr. has been promoted to commander of the U.S. Pacific Fleet this week, the Military Times reported. read more »

Former Defense Chief speaks out for the military

10/15/2013 - Former Defense Secretary speaks out for the military

Although the federal government might be nearing the end of its shutdown, a considerable amount of damage has already been done to both the Defense Department and the military community at large, causing former defense leaders to express their concern. read more »

Barred from military base, Catholic priest files federal lawsuit

10/14/2013 - Barred from military base, Catholic priest files federal lawsuit

Since the government shutdown has barred non-military Catholic chaplains and priests from military installations, thousands of Catholic servicemembers had to go without mass and other religious services. Now, a Catholic priest has sued that federal government for being denied base access, CNN reported. read more »

Military organization plans rally at national memorial

10/14/2013 - Military organization plans rally at national memorial

In the midst of the ongoing government shutdown, a coalition of 33 military and veterans organizations is staging a rally at the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C. to highlight the effects the federal closure has had on the military community, the Army Times reported. read more »

Deputy Secretary of Defense to leave post in December

10/11/2013 - Deputy Secretary of Defense to leave post in December

In the midst of the current shutdown struggle, the Department of Defense announced new changes to its administration. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel revealed in a statement that Ash Carter is resigning from his post as Deputy Secretary of Defense, effective Dec. 4. read more »

Despite shutdown, Obama approves military death benefits

10/11/2013 - Despite shutdown, Obama approves military death benefits

President Obama recently signed legislation granting death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers killed during combat, bringing some relief to the military community. The bill passed the House of Representatives in an unanimous vote earlier in the week, according to MSNBC. read more »

Veterans benefits might cease by November

10/10/2013 - Delivery of veterans benefits might cease by November

If the federal shutdown is not resolved by the end of the month, wounded veterans might not receive their benefits come Nov. 1, according to NBC News. read more »

Senate to decide on military death benefits

10/10/2013 - Senate to decide on military death benefits

After news broke that the federal shutdown halted the issuance of military death benefits to the families of fallen soldiers, outrage spread throughout the nation and all the way to the U.S. House of Representatives. read more »

USC conference discusses important veterans issues

10/9/2013 - USC conference discusses important veterans issues

The University of Southern California's Sol Price School of Public Policy held a conference this week to highlight the pertinent issues affecting servicemembers who are returning from war and attempting to enter into the workforce.  read more »

Families of fallen soldiers denied transitional survivor benefits

10/9/2013 - Families of fallen soldiers denied transitional survivor benefits

The Department of Defense announced in a recent statement that they currently lack the funding to issue the $100,000 "death gratuity" benefits to the families of fallen soldiers. read more »

Closing of VA offices creates more difficulties for veterans

10/8/2013 - Closing of VA offices creates more difficulties for veterans

Nearly 7,000 workers of the Veterans Business Administration have been furloughed this week, leading to the closure of regional VA offices, the Army Times reported. read more »

Military town falters during federal shutdown

10/7/2013 - Military communities reeling after government shutdown

Military towns around the nation have been bracing for the worst since the federal government shutdown left commissaries at all U.S. military installations closed and thousands of active-duty servicemembers, veterans and civilian defense department workers unsure about their military benefits. read more »

Civilian defense employees return to work despite government shutdown

10/7/2013 - Civilian defense employees return to work despite government shutdown

Most of the 400,000 furloughed civilian employees of the Department of Defense were summoned back to work this week by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the Associated Press reported. read more »

Confusion over military pay law remains

10/4/2013 - Confusion over military pay law remains

Although Congress passed a last-minute measure Sept. 30 to fund servicemembers and civilian Department of Defense employees working during the government shutdown, the Pentagon has yet to tell which employees will receive their military paychecks, according to Stars and Stripe. read more »

Sam's Club waives membership fees for troops, veterans

10/4/2013 - Sam's Club waives membership fees for troops, veterans

Wholesale retailer Sam's Club announced this week that it will waive memberships requirements for servicemembers, veterans and their families during the government shutdown, according to Military Times. read more »

Government shutdown closes overseas military cemeteries

10/3/2013 - Government shutdown closes overseas military cemeteries

While many overseas military programs remain open despite the government shutdown, closures are beginning to strike at global installations. read more »

Same-sex military couples unable to receive leave, benefits

10/3/2013 - Same-sex military couples unable to receive leave, benefits

Despite the recent change in the Department of Defense's policy, many same-sex military couples are facing obstacles when trying to obtain the full spousal benefits they were promised. read more »

Will the government shutdown affect veterans benefits?

10/3/2013 - Will the government shutdown affect veterans benefits?

It's only been two days since the government shutdown, but veterans might already be feeling the strain of the federal closure. According to The Washington Post, veterans benefits are currently in danger - especially if the shutdown continues past October. read more »

Government shutdown affects overseas servicemembers

10/2/2013 - Government shutdown affects overseas servicemembers

Although the government shutdown is expected to have a larger affect on domestic U.S. military installations, many overseas servicemembers might feel the strain of the federal closure. read more »

Veterans entered WWII memorial despite government shutdown

10/2/2013 - Veterans enter WWII memorial despite government shutdown

A group of nearly 100 veterans did not let the government shutdown stop them from storming the barricade of the closed World War II memorial in Washington, D.C., Tuesday Oct. 1. read more »

Government shutdown might impact military bases

10/1/2013 - Government shutdown might impact military bases

Although active-duty troops will continue to work and receive paychecks during the government shutdown, they might find the bases in fragile conditions. read more »

Obama addresses military on government shutdown

10/1/2013 - Obama addresses military on government shutdown

The White House released a video Sept. 30 of President Obama addressing the military just hours before the government shutdown occurred. read more »

Servicemembers to receive paychecks during government shutdown

10/1/2013 - Servicemembers to receive paychecks during government shutdown

As servicemembers were beginning to worry about their lack of pay during the first federal government shutdown in 17 years, Congress stepped in and passed a last-minute bill Sep. 30 that benefits those in uniformed and their families. read more »