October 2014

The Defense Department issued a statement on Oct. 30 declaring it would be training more medical workers to handle domestic Ebola cases.

10/31/2014 - US military will train more teams to fight Ebola

The Department of Defense issued a statement on Oct. 30 declaring it would be training more medical workers to handle domestic Ebola cases. read more »

Two years ago, Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye of 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

10/31/2014 - Soldier receives helmet that saved his life

Two years ago, Staff Sgt. Ryan Frye of 1st BCT, 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, was on his second tour of duty in Afghanistan. read more »

Prompted by threats from the jihadist terror group known as the Islamic State, the U.S. Department of Defense has issued an increased security warning for servicemembers and their families.

10/31/2014 - DoD increases security warning for servicemembers

Prompted by threats from the jihadist terrorist group known as the Islamic State, the U.S. Department of Defense has issued an increased security warning for servicemembers and their families. read more »

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts is a food service sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. His passion for serving his country does not stop when he is off duty, however.

10/31/2014 - Outstanding soldier serves community

Sgt. 1st Class Christopher Roberts is a food service sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 5th Special Forces Group. His passion for serving his country does not stop when he is off duty, however. read more »

When Congress returns in November, the Senate will vote on whether or not to give the Veterans Affairs Department funding 12 months in advance.

10/30/2014 - Senate will vote on VA funding

When Congress returns in November, the Senate will vote on whether or not to give the Veterans Affairs Department funding 12 months in advance. read more »

Massachusetts firefighters were recognized for their bravery during a ceremony at Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum.

10/29/2014 - Boston firefighters honored for heroism

Massachusetts firefighters were recognized for their bravery during a ceremony at Boston's John F. Kennedy Library and Museum. read more »

While serving in Iraq in 2004, Army Capt. Stephen Machuga experienced a number of supply drops that, while sent with the best intentions, did very little to stir up excitement among his fellow troops.

10/29/2014 - Operation Supply Drop delivers games to soldiers

While serving in Iraq in 2004, Army Capt. Stephen Machuga experienced a number of supply drops that, while sent with the best intentions, did very little to stir up excitement among his fellow troops. read more »

Two female South Korean soldiers have become the first women to earn the U.S. Army's Expert Infantrymen Badge.

10/29/2014 - 2 Korean soldiers become first women to achieve US military honor

Two female South Korean soldiers have become the first women to earn the U.S. Army's Expert Infantrymen Badge. read more »

The 437th Aircrew Flight Equipment fabrication shop is a unique organization.

10/29/2014 - Veterans lend a hand to Air Force fabrication shop

The 437th Aircrew Flight Equipment fabrication shop is a unique organization. read more »

First responders in the Twin Cities are following implementing increased security practices following the recent increase in U.S. cases.

10/29/2014 - Twin Cities first responders increase Ebola preparations

First responders in the Twin Cities are implementing increased security practices following the recent increase in U.S. cases. read more »

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters in For Stewart, Georgia will deploy to Afghanistan in November for a one year tour, officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 28.

10/29/2014 - 200 soldiers will deploy to Afghanistan for one year

Soldiers from the 3rd Infantry Division headquarters in Fort Stewart, Georgia, will deploy to Afghanistan in November for a one-year tour, officials announced Tuesday, Oct. 28. read more »

A tugboat operator sailing off the coast of Miami called officials after seeing people holding onto debris in the water.

10/29/2014 - Coast Guard rescues 9 people off Miami coast

A tugboat operator sailing off the coast of Miami called officials after seeing people holding onto debris in the water. read more »

The Moving Wall, a traveling memorial exhibit, continues to make its way around the U.S. with the goal of honoring Vietnam veterans.

10/28/2014 - Vietnam Moving Wall memorial continues to visit US cities

The Moving Wall, a traveling memorial exhibit, continues to make its way around the U.S. with the goal of honoring Vietnam veterans. read more »

The 39th Marine Corps Marathon was held on Sunday, Oct. 26 in Washington, D.C. Runners from all over the world assembled to experience the physical challenge - a challenge meant to symbolize the obstacles experienced by Marines everyday.

10/28/2014 - Marine Corps marathoners run with purpose

The 39th Marine Corps Marathon was held on Sunday, Oct. 26, in Washington, D.C. Runners from all over the world assembled to experience the physical challenge - a challenge meant to symbolize the obstacles experienced by Marines every day. read more »

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes program recently released a list naming the top cities for veterans to settle down in during their life after service.

10/28/2014 - New list reveals the best cities for veterans

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce's Hiring our Heroes program recently released a list naming the top cities for veterans to settle down in during their life after service. read more »

President Obama will issue a posthumous Civil War Medal of Honor on Nov. 6.

10/28/2014 - Obama to award Civil War medal

President Obama will issue a posthumous Civil War Medal of Honor on Nov. 6. read more »

According to information released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the U.S. sold $34.2 billion worth of military equipment to allies during 2014.

10/28/2014 - 2014 Military sales to allies exceeds $34 billion

According to information released by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the U.S. sold $34.2 billion worth of military equipment to allies during 2014. read more »

The Army has begun isolating servicemembers arriving at U.S. military bases upon returning from West Africa.

10/27/2014 - Army quarantines soldiers returning from Africa

The Army has begun isolating servicemembers arriving at U.S. military bases upon returning from West Africa. read more »

After using their post-9/11 GI bills to fund their educations at two of the nation's top schools, veterans Augusto Giacoman and Tim Hsia wanted to help others do the same.

10/27/2014 - Nonprofit connects veterans with top colleges

After using their post-9/11 GI bills to fund their educations at two of the nation's top schools, veterans Augusto Giacoman and Tim Hsia wanted to help others do the same. read more »

After 13 years, the Marine Corps officially transferred their last base in Afghanistan to the nation's National Army Troops.

10/27/2014 - Marines end mission in Afghanistan

After 13 years, the Marine Corps officially transferred their last base in Afghanistan to the nation's National Army Troops. read more »

Ricardo Butler, a veteran who lives in Pittsburgh, has struggled with his home's upkeep since he became disabled seven years ago.

10/27/2014 - Neighbors come together to help veteran repair home

Ricardo Butler, a veteran who lives in Pittsburgh, has struggled with his home's upkeep since he became disabled seven years ago. read more »

Brave Marine awarded Bronze Star posthumously

10/24/2014 - Brave Marine awarded Bronze Star posthumously

Sgt. Daniel Vasselian was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 23, 2013, by enemy fire. During a ceremony in Abington, Massachusetts, on Oct. 13, his family was given the Bronze Star award he earned for the heroism displayed during his time serving as a Marine. read more »

The first person to test positive for Ebola in New York City was diagnosed Thursday, Oct. 23.

10/24/2014 - NYC Ebola case handled safely by first responders

The first person to test positive for Ebola in New York City was diagnosed Thursday, Oct. 23. read more »

New England experienced heavy rain this past week, which contributed to high surf along the coast of Maine.

10/24/2014 - Maine's Coast Guard kept busy by heavy rain

New England experienced heavy rain this past week, which contributed to high surf along the coast of Maine. read more »

A veteran in San Diego will get to keep his beloved truck, thanks to the help of some concerned neighbors.

10/23/2014 - Neighbors help Vietnam veteran keep his car

A veteran in San Diego will get to keep his beloved truck, thanks to the help of some concerned neighbors. read more »

Many post-9/11 servicemembers are opting out of joining long-standing veteran's organizations.

10/23/2014 - Traditional veteran groups find it hard to attract young members

Many post-9/11 servicemembers are opting out of joining long-standing veteran's organizations. read more »

Leave No Veteran Behind is a nonprofit that aims to help former servicemembers pay for education loans not covered by government programs such as the G.I. Bill.

10/23/2014 - Nonprofit helps veterans out of student loan debt

Leave No Veteran Behind is a nonprofit that aims to help former servicemembers pay for education loans not covered by government programs such as the G.I. Bill. read more »

A Boy Scout troop in Yuma, Arizona was rescued by Marines after getting stranded while canoeing up the Colorado River on Sunday, Oct. 19.

10/23/2014 - Marines rescue Boy Scout troop

A Boy Scout troop in Yuma, Arizona, was rescued by Marines after getting stranded while canoeing up the Colorado River on Sunday, Oct. 19. read more »

Though there is no confirmed threat to the U.S., the country is increasing security after Wednesday's attack at the Canadian Parliament and War Memorial.

10/23/2014 - Security increases in US following Canadian attacks

Though there is no confirmed threat to the U.S., the country is increasing security after Wednesday's attack at the Canadian Parliament and War Memorial. read more »

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases is training a team of 30 first responders that will be used as emergency back up for any Ebola cases detected within the country.

10/22/2014 - Emergency first responder team starts Ebola training

The U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases is training a team of 30 first responders that will be used as emergency back up for any Ebola cases detected within the country. read more »

As a Coast Guard base in Newport, Oregon, is preparing to close on Nov. 30, local residents are fighting to keep it open.

10/22/2014 - Community protests closing of Coast Guard base

As a Coast Guard base in Newport, Oregon, is preparing to close on Nov. 30, local residents are fighting to keep it open. read more »

A new motorcycle training course is currently under development for members of the Marine Corps.

10/22/2014 - New motorcycle training course for Marine Corps

A new motorcycle training course is currently under development for members of the Marine Corps. read more »

A significant portion of businesses that work with the federal government are looking to match veterans with open positions.

10/22/2014 - Many federal contractors are looking to hire veterans

A significant portion of businesses that work with the federal government are looking to match veterans with open positions. read more »

While the troops deployed to West Africa are there to strengthen the fight against Ebola, and not for combat purposes, their families are still eligible to receive financial benefits while they are away.

10/21/2014 - Families of troops in West Africa eligible for financial assistance

While the troops deployed to West Africa are there to strengthen the fight against Ebola and not for combat purposes, their families are still eligible to receive financial benefits while they are away. read more »

he Army is testing super-repellent uniforms developed by internal researchers in collaboration with UltraTech International to see if they can stand up to harsh conditions.

10/21/2014 - Army tests new uniforms

The Army is testing super-repellent uniforms developed by internal researchers in collaboration with UltraTech International to see if they can stand up to harsh conditions. read more »

Travis Mills, a veteran who lost his limbs serving in Afghanistan, received a new handicap-accessible home.

10/17/2014 - Quad-amputee veteran receives new home

Travis Mills, a veteran who lost his limbs serving in Afghanistan, received a new handicap-accessible home. read more »

On Oct. 17, Gen. Joe Dunford will officially be in control of the Marine Corps as the 36th commandant following a ceremony.

10/17/2014 - Gen. Joe Dunford to be inaugurated as Marine Corps commandant

On Oct. 17, Gen. Joe Dunford will officially be in control of the Marine Corps as the 36th commandant following a ceremony. read more »

Now that multiple cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the U.S., the nation's first responders are gearing up to deal with the illness.

10/16/2014 - First responders in major cities prepare for Ebola

Now that multiple cases of the Ebola virus have been confirmed in the U.S., the nation's first responders are gearing up to deal with the illness. read more »

After the Veterans Affairs department recent scandal involving long wait times and poor patient care, the government organization is under pressure to make staff adjustments.

10/15/2014 - VA moves toward firing employees after scandal

After the Department of Veterans Affairs' recent scandal involving long wait times and poor patient care, the government organization is under pressure to make staff adjustments. read more »

As a part of the Soldier Enhancement Program, Army members will be involved in testing potential new gear in both Hawaii and Alaska.

10/15/2014 - Army will test new equipment in extreme climates

As a part of the Soldier Enhancement Program, Army members will be involved in testing potential new gear in both Hawaii and Alaska. read more »

A recent report issued by Military Times revealed the top technical and career colleges in the nation for veterans.

10/14/2014 - List of top technical colleges for vets revealed

A recent report issued by Military Times revealed the top technical and career colleges in the nation for veterans. read more »

Two months ago, a report issued by the Merit Systems Protection Board cited a growing concern among civilians that veteran hiring practices within the federal government were contributing to an excess of under-qualified staff members.

10/10/2014 - American Legion pushes to keep veteran hiring preference

Two months ago, a report issued by the Merit Systems Protection Board cited a growing concern among civilians that veteran hiring practices within the federal government were contributing to an excess of under qualified staff members. read more »

A group of 95 World War II veterans recently flew from Michigan to Washington, D.C. to view the memorial dedicated to their service.

10/10/2014 - WWII vets flown to Washington, D.C.

A group of 95 World War II veterans recently flew from Michigan to Washington, D.C., to view the memorial dedicated to their service. read more »

While there are a number of services and benefits available for military families, many of them do not know how to access them - or that they exist at all.

10/8/2014 - Military Family Readiness Council met with Congress

While there are a number of services and benefits available for military families, many of them do not know how to access them - or that they exist at all. read more »

As the Ebola epidemic in Liberia continues to spread, the Department of Defense extended the speculated time U.S. servicemembers will spend helping in Liberia from six months to one year.

10/8/2014 - Troops now expected to remain in West Africa for a year

As the Ebola epidemic in Liberia continues to spread, the Department of Defense extended the speculated time U.S. servicemembers will spend helping in Liberia from six months to one year. read more »

Six veterans received the Légion d'honneur, France's highest honor, for their service in World War II.

10/7/2014 - Veterans knighted for WWII service

Six veterans received the Légion d'honneur, France's highest honor, for their service in World War II. read more »

Now that a case of Ebola has been confirmed inside the U.S., the Coast Guard has issued new guidelines in to help prevent the spread of the disease.

10/7/2014 - Coast Guard implements new rules to prevent the spread of Ebola

Now that a case of Ebola has been confirmed inside the U.S., the Coast Guard has issued new guidelines to help prevent the spread of the disease. read more »

The National Marine Corps Museum, located in Triangle, Virginia, has opened a temporary exhibit honoring those lost in 9/11.

10/7/2014 - Marine Corps museum installs 9/11 display

The National Marine Corps Museum, located in Triangle, Virginia, has opened a temporary exhibit honoring those lost in 9/11. read more »

After their son, Lance cpl. Donald Hogan, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, Jim and Carla Hogan found comfort in his friends from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment.

10/6/2014 - Socks for Heroes gives the gift of comfort to Marines

After their son, Lance Cpl. Donald Hogan, was killed in Afghanistan in 2009, Jim and Carla Hogan found comfort in his friends from 1st Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment. read more »

Over the next year, the Obama administration will put $270 million towards ending veteran homelessness.

10/3/2014 - $270 million approved to fight veteran homelessness

Over the next year, the Obama administration will put $270 million toward ending veteran homelessness. read more »

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has increased their efforts to help families of fallen soldiers receive the benefits they are entitled to.

10/3/2014 - Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors helps families of fallen soldiers get an education

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors has increased its efforts to help families of fallen soldiers receive the benefits they are entitled to. read more »

A new tribute to servicemembers, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, will be recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 5.

10/2/2014 - New memorial recognizes disabled veterans

A new tribute to servicemembers, the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, will be recognized in a ceremony on Oct. 5. read more »

U.S. soldiers prepare to head to Liberia this month to help in the ongoing fight against Ebola.

10/1/2014 - US troops head to West Africa to fight Ebola

U.S. soldiers prepare to head to Liberia this month to help in the ongoing fight against Ebola. read more »