October 2015

OperationsLZ volunteers are reunited with the Vietnam veteran they inspired.

10/30/2015 - News article: Veteran reconnects with teen who changed his life

OperationsLZ volunteers are reunited with the Vietnam veteran they inspired. read more »

Charles Kettles actions on May 15, 1967 saved many of his fellow servicemembers' lives. The military recently decided to give Kettles the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism.

10/30/2015 - News article: Vietnam veteran receives Medal of Honor for past actions

Charles Kettles actions on May 15, 1967 saved many of his fellow servicemembers' lives. The military recently decided to give Kettles the Congressional Medal of Honor for his heroism. read more »

Television has long been one of America's favorite activities. People connect through mutually enjoyed shows and have the chance to experience different adventures through the characters on screen. Some of television's most loved programs depict military life.

10/30/2015 - Blog: 5 of television's most popular shows based on military life

Television has long been one of America's favorite activities. People connect through mutually enjoyed shows and have the chance to experience different adventures through the characters on screen. Some of television's most loved programs depict military life. read more »

With so many veterans entering life after service in the coming years, many government agencies are working to recruit these former servicemembers to fill open positions. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of these agencies actively seeking veterans for employment.

10/26/2015 - News article: US Customs and Border Protection recruits women veterans for jobs

With so many veterans entering life after service in the coming years, many government agencies are working to recruit these former servicemembers to fill open positions. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection is one of these agencies actively seeking veterans for employment. read more »

There comes a time in every servicemember's life when it is time to leave the military. Like any civilian career, retirement is inevitable. This is a time in your life when you should be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, and retirement planning can help make the retirement process a little easier.

10/26/2015 - Blog: 6 steps for planning for retirement from the military

There comes a time in every servicemember's life when it is time to leave the military. Like any civilian career, retirement is inevitable. This is a time in your life when you should be able to sit back and enjoy the fruits of your labor, and retirement planning can help make the retirement process a little easier. read more »

10/26/2015 - Best places for military discounts [Infographic]

Military members dedicate their lives and their careers to serving others, so it is only right that society gives back to these individuals in some way. Many businesses offer military discounts to show their gratitude to servicemembers and veterans. The most common areas that offer these discounts are restaurants, outings and services. read more »

Over 600 firefighters showed up to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Not all the competitors were men, though. Sarah Fraiser wants people to know she can hang with the "big boys."

10/23/2015 - News article: Mississippi woman competes in World Firefighter Combat Challenge

Over 600 firefighters showed up to compete in the World Firefighter Combat Challenge. Not all the competitors were men, though. Sarah Fraiser wants people to know she can hang with the "big boys." read more »

Adam Driver, who is credited on IMDB as Kylo Ren in the new "Star Wars" film, once served in the Marine Corps.

10/23/2015 - News article: Star of the upcoming 'Star Wars' film has big military ties

Adam Driver, who is credited on IMDB as Kylo Ren in the new "Star Wars" film, once served in the Marine Corps. read more »

On Oct. 22, The Home Depot Foundation chapter in Detroit, Michigan, spent the day making repairs to a local women veterans center.

10/23/2015 - News article: Home Depot workers fix up Detroit veterans center

On Oct. 22, The Home Depot Foundation chapter in Detroit, Michigan, spent the day making repairs to a local women veterans center. read more »

Among the social challenges in post-service, veterans must also confront new financial obstacles and career decisions. AFBA has outlined some helpful financial advice for servicemembers preparing to make the transition into civilian life.

10/23/2015 - Blog: Financial tips for transitioning into civilian life

Among the social challenges in post-service, veterans must also confront new financial obstacles and career decisions. AFBA has outlined some helpful financial advice for servicemembers preparing to make the transition into civilian life. read more »

Halloween is right around the corner, and many families are beginning to pick out costumes for the kids. If you want your children to represent your military family well during this year's Trick-or-Treat festivities, consider dressing them up in a patriotic costume.

10/23/2015 - Blog: 10 patriotic Halloween costume ideas for military children

Halloween is right around the corner, and many families are beginning to pick out costumes for the kids. If you want your children to represent your military family well during this year's Trick-or-Treat festivities, consider dressing them up in a patriotic costume. read more »

According to The Center for American Progress, 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness as a result of poverty. With Veteran's Day being only a few weeks away, students at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, got to experience first-hand what it was like to be a veteran in modern society.

10/23/2015 - News article: University students get to experience the struggle of veterans

According to The Center for American Progress, 1.5 million veterans are at risk of homelessness as a result of poverty. With Veteran's Day being only a few weeks away, students at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, got to experience first-hand what it was like to be a veteran in modern society. read more »

There are many nonprofits that go out of their way to help veterans in their communities. The Quota Club of Shreveport and United Way teamed up to take veteran support to the next level.

10/23/2015 - News article: Quota Club and United Way team up to help Shreveport veterans

There are many nonprofits that go out of their way to help veterans in their communities. The Quota Club of Shreveport and United Way teamed up to take veteran support to the next level. read more »

As gun control becomes a hotter topic and society faces the very real threat of active shooter situations, first responders have been forced to change the way they handle these incidents.

10/23/2015 - News article: Wisconsin first responders change the way they approach active shooters

As gun control becomes a hotter topic and society faces the very real threat of active shooter situations, first responders have been forced to change the way they handle these incidents. read more »

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that is committed to building homes for people in need. Most recently, the took their humanitarian efforts to a new level by building a home for a veteran and his family.

10/23/2015 - News article: Veteran's family gets new home from Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an organization that is committed to building homes for people in need. Most recently, the took their humanitarian efforts to a new level by building a home for a veteran and his family. read more »

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that every day 22 veterans commit suicide because of combat related stress or problems with reassimilation. Veterans groups have banded together to make Oct. 22 Buddy Check 22 Day.

10/22/2015 - Blog: 4 ways to help a veteran on Buddy Check 22 Day

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that every day 22 veterans commit suicide because of combat related stress or problems with reassimilation. Veterans groups have banded together to make Oct. 22 Buddy Check 22 Day. read more »

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that on average 22 veterans a day commit suicide. This number is one that has been highly publicized and criticized by the public and politicians. While veterans affair workers struggle to pinpoint what causes veterans to take these extreme actions, veterans advocacy groups are making an effort to reduce this number.

10/22/2015 - News article: Oct. 22 is Buddy Check 22 Day

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that on average 22 veterans a day commit suicide. This number is one that has been highly publicized and criticized by the public and politicians. While veterans affair workers struggle to pinpoint what causes veterans to take these extreme actions, veterans advocacy groups are making an effort to reduce this number. read more »

Since 1919, Nov. 11 has been a day to recognize veterans for their service and sacrifice. The town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, has made it a point to make this date with a special commemoration every year.

10/21/2015 - News article: William L. Nixon Veterans Day Tribute honored as official observance

Since 1919, Nov. 11 has been a day to recognize veterans for their service and sacrifice. The town of Phillipsburg, New Jersey, has made it a point to make this date with a special commemoration every year. read more »

Former servicemembers who want to go back to school to earn a degree may be hesitant because of the unfamiliarity of the classroom setting. However, returning to school can be a rewarding experience. There are some points veterans should consider to decide if pursuing a degree is right for them.

10/21/2015 - Blog: How to decide if going back to school is right for you

Former servicemembers who want to go back to school to earn a degree may be hesitant because of the unfamiliarity of the classroom setting. However, returning to school can be a rewarding experience. There are some points veterans should consider to decide if pursuing a degree is right for them. read more »

Veteran dedicates life to honoring fallen servicemembers

10/21/2015 - News article: Veteran dedicates life to honoring fallen servicemembers

Veterans sacrifice their lives for the safety and freedom of others. This notion led Navy veteran Robert Eberlein to commit his life after service to ensuring that every veteran in his community is given a proper burial ceremony. read more »

Whenever an area in Bastrop County, Texas, is in need, Mission U-Too shows up to help. The non-profit organization is known for bringing meals and comfort to their community members when disaster strikes.

10/21/2015 - News article: Texas organization hand delivers meals to first responders

Whenever an area in Bastrop County, Texas, is in need, Mission U-Too shows up to help. The non-profit organization is known for bringing meals and comfort to their community members when disaster strikes. read more »

On Oct. 20, the Charleston Public Safety Council, a non-profit organization that supports local safety initiatives, hosted its annual “Salute to Public Safety” luncheon.

10/21/2015 - News article: First responders honored with annual luncheon

On Oct. 20, the Charleston Public Safety Council, a non-profit organization that supports local safety initiatives, hosted its annual "Salute to Public Safety" luncheon. read more »

On July 9, Johnnie H. Hodges Sr. of Buffalo, New York, was removed from his home when the bank foreclosed due to missing mortgage payments. Thanks to the generosity of community members and a GoFundMe campaign, Hodges will soon be able to return to his home.

10/21/2015 - News article: Community helps WWII veteran keep home

On July 9, Johnnie H. Hodges Sr. of Buffalo, New York, was removed from his home when the bank foreclosed due to missing mortgage payments. Thanks to the generosity of community members and a GoFundMe campaign, Hodges will soon be able to return to his home. read more »

After moving to California, a former servicemember was trying to pick up the pieces of her life and support her family. A generous gift from an Oregon man helped her accomplish that.

10/21/2015 - News article: Oregon man helps California veteran get a car

After moving to California, a former servicemember was trying to pick up the pieces of her life and support her family. A generous gift from an Oregon man helped her accomplish that. read more »

For many WWII veterans, the war is a distant memory. Some of them may have even forgotten large part of their time in combat. However, one young man in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, wanted to make sure these veterans knew their service would never be forgotten.

10/21/2015 - News article: Missouri restaurant worker thanks veteran

For many WWII veterans, the war is a distant memory. Some of them may have even forgotten large part of their time in combat. However, one young man in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, wanted to make sure these veterans knew their service would never be forgotten. read more »

Over 10,000 military medics entered life after service in the last year, according to the Daily Journal. Many of those medics have the skills and training to work in first responder jobs. One Act of Congress hopes to make it easier for these veterans to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians.

10/21/2015 - News article: Act could make it easier for veterans to become first responders

Over 10,000 military medics entered life after service in the last year, according to the Daily Journal. Many of those medics have the skills and training to work in first responder jobs. One Act of Congress hopes to make it easier for these veterans to pursue careers as emergency medical technicians. read more »

Popular crowdfunding site Razoo is known for being a big help when it comes to fundraising. The site recently announced that it would participate in a veterans inspired fundraising event. According to Stars and Stripes, the event will be called Day For The Brave and will raise money for more than 100 nonprofits that benefits veterans.

10/21/2015 - News article: Crowdfunding site to host Veterans Day charity fundraiser

Popular crowdfunding site Razoo is known for being a big help when it comes to fundraising. The site recently announced that it would participate in a veterans inspired fundraising event. According to Stars and Stripes, the event will be called Day For The Brave and will raise money for more than 100 nonprofits that benefits veterans. read more »

At the 4th annual Stand Up for Stand Down event hosted by the Atlanta VA Medical Center, hundreds of homeless veterans received the things they needed most. The community hosted a care package drive, and the items collected were distributed to the veterans.

10/21/2015 - News article: Stand Up for Stand Down event provides veterans with supplies, haircuts

At the 4th annual Stand Up for Stand Down event hosted by the Atlanta VA Medical Center, hundreds of homeless veterans received the things they needed most. The community hosted a care package drive, and the items collected were distributed to the veterans. read more »

The events that firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians experience on a daily basis can lead to things like post-traumatic stress and other neurological disorders if they are not properly addressed. To keep the members of your station happy and mentally healthy, you should establish a safe zone.

10/20/2015 - Blog: Ways to make your station a 'safe zone'

The events that firefighters, police officers and emergency medical technicians experience on a daily basis can lead to things like post-traumatic stress and other neurological disorders if they are not properly addressed. To keep the members of your station happy and mentally healthy, you should establish a safe zone. read more »

 While many college students are taking big trips or going out with friends, Tyler Skluzacek of Saint Paul, Minnesota, used his time to create a smart watch app to help veterans who suffer from night terrors.

10/20/2015 - News article: Macalester College student creates app to assist veterans

While many college students are taking big trips or going out with friends, Tyler Skluzacek of Saint Paul, Minnesota, used his time to create a smart watch app to help veterans who suffer from night terrors. read more »

During the Oct. 13 Democratic debates, the presidential candidates took on topics like health care reform and guns laws. One of the more hot button subjects covered was veterans issues. Former Marine and Vietnam veteran Jim Webb and Bernie Sanders were especially focused on this area.

10/20/2015 - News article: Veterans' issues and the Democratic debate

During the Oct. 13 Democratic debates, the presidential candidates took on topics like health care reform and guns laws. One of the more hot button subjects covered was veterans issues. Former Marine and Vietnam veteran Jim Webb and Bernie Sanders were especially focused on this area. read more »

First responders are trained to deal with a variety of situations, but until recently, very few had received training on how to handle emergency situations in which a person with autism was involved. A Northern Nevada group called JUSTin Hope is trying to change that.

10/15/2015 - News article: Organization provides unique specialized training for first responders

First responders are trained to deal with a variety of situations, but until recently, very few had received training on how to handle emergency situations in which a person with autism was involved. A Northern Nevada group called JUSTin Hope is trying to change that. read more »

In 2013, The Huffington Post reported that over 1 million former servicemembers and their dependents had enrolled in college after service. For many of those veterans, the GI Bill and other service-based scholarship made it possible for them to pursue higher education. Such was the case with Daniel Ybarra.

10/15/2015 - News article: Veterans see academic success thanks to Tillman scholarship

In 2013, The Huffington Post reported that over 1 million former servicemembers and their dependents had enrolled in college after service. For many of those veterans, the GI Bill and other service-based scholarship made it possible for them to pursue higher education. Such was the case with Daniel Ybarra. read more »

Most people are familiar with the phrase "pay it forward." It simply means that when something kind is done for you, it is your responsibility to do something kind for someone else. A pizza shop in North Tonawanda, New York, took this concept and applied it to the veterans in the community.

10/15/2015 - News article: New York pizza shop offers veterans a slice of kindness

Most people are familiar with the phrase "pay it forward." It simply means that when something kind is done for you, it is your responsibility to do something kind for someone else. A pizza shop in North Tonawanda, New York, took this concept and applied it to the veterans in the community. read more »

For many veterans, one of the most important things they learned in their time in the military was the service to others. A large percentage do not want to stop helping their communities even once they have been discharged. AFBA has listed several ways veterans can continue to serve their communities after they leave the military.

10/15/2015 - Blog: 8 ways veterans can continue to serve after the military

For many veterans, one of the most important things they learned in their time in the military was the service to others. A large percentage do not want to stop helping their communities even once they have been discharged. AFBA has listed several ways veterans can continue to serve their communities after they leave the military. read more »

On Oct. 11, Tony Constanzo completed his mission to run across Texas in honor of fallen first responders. Constanzo worked as a firefighter for 31 years was inspired to make the journey so that people would remember the sacrifice of first responders everywhere.

10/14/2015 - News article: Texas man makes massive run in support of first responders

On Oct. 11, Tony Constanzo completed his mission to run across Texas in honor of fallen first responders. Constanzo worked as a firefighter for 31 years was inspired to make the journey so that people would remember the sacrifice of first responders everywhere. read more »

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game.

10/14/2015 - New article: High school football player greets veterans in attendance at game

When football players take the field, they are usually deep in their own thoughts and focus. They may be psyching themselves up for the game or running through assignments in their head. However,  one high school football player in Louisiana recently chose to direct his attention to the veterans in attendance at the game. read more »

On Oct. 24, the VA in Prescott, Arizona will host the 2nd annual Veterans Olympic Day. Former servicemembers from every branch are invited to participate in a day of sporting competition.

10/14/2015 - News article: Arizona hosts 2015 Veterans Olympic Day

On Oct. 24, the VA in Prescott, Arizona will host the 2nd annual Veterans Olympic Day. Former servicemembers from every branch are invited to participate in a day of sporting competition. read more »

Starting in 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs has planned a program to increase education and employment opportunities for veterans. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative will begin in 25 test counties, according to WKMS.org. One of those counties is Montgomery County in Tennessee.

10/13/2015 - News article: Montgomery County 1 of 25 selected for veterans initiative

Starting in 2016, the Department of Veterans Affairs has planned a program to increase education and employment opportunities for veterans. The Veterans Economic Communities Initiative will begin in 25 test counties, according to WKMS.org. One of those counties is Montgomery County in Tennessee. read more »

While veteran unemployment reached its lowest numbers in 2014, there is still a significant percentage of former servicemembers who are unable to find work. The Border Jobs for Veterans Act hopes to provide some relief by employing these individuals in defense positions along the U.S.-Mexico border.

10/13/2015 - News article: Veterans could find work securing the border

While veteran unemployment reached its lowest numbers in 2014, there is still a significant percentage of former servicemembers who are unable to find work. The Border Jobs for Veterans Act hopes to provide some relief by employing these individuals in defense positions along the U.S.-Mexico border. read more »

Michigan State University has consistently made College Factual's veteran-friendly campus list, and a group of MSU students are working to make the campus even more welcoming to former servicemembers.

10/13/2015 - News article: Michigan State students want to make veterans more comfortable on campus

Michigan State University has consistently made College Factual's veteran-friendly campus list, and a group of MSU students are working to make the campus even more welcoming to former servicemembers.  read more »

The Korean War Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. However, the U.S. National Park Service reported that the memorial is in need of some major repairs. Samsung Electronics answered their call in a big way.

10/13/2015 - News article: Memorial maintenance fund receives large donation from Samsung

The Korean War Memorial is located in Washington, D.C. However, the U.S. National Park Service reported that the memorial is in need of some major repairs. Samsung Electronics answered their call in a big way. read more »

Travel is one of life's great gifts. To lose yourself in a place or culture you have never experienced before is truly remarkable. For veterans, travel provides the opportunity to rediscover themselves on the road.

10/13/2015 - Blog: 5 places every veteran should visit

Travel is one of life's great gifts. To lose yourself in a place or culture you have never experienced before is truly remarkable. For veterans, travel provides the opportunity to rediscover themselves on the road. read more »

Veterans are the keepers of some of the nation's most important history. It is vital that society record and preserve their experiences and memories, so that it can learn from them. The American Folklife Center in Helena, Montana, is working hard to keep veterans' stories alive in conjunction with a national initiative to promote historical preservation.

10/13/2015 - News article: Montana group aims to preserve veteran history

Veterans are the keepers of some of the nation's most important history. It is vital that society record and preserve their experiences and memories, so that it can learn from them. The American Folklife Center in Helena, Montana, is working hard to keep veterans' stories alive in conjunction with a national initiative to promote historical preservation. read more »

Creativity, in whatever form it takes, provides individuals with an outlet for emotions and memories. Veterans who are coping with combat-related mental issues or having difficulty finding their place in civilian society could benefit greatly from pursuing a creative hobby.

10/8/2015 - Blog: 5 creative outlets for former servicemembers

Creativity, in whatever form it takes, provides individuals with an outlet for emotions and memories. Veterans who are coping with combat-related mental issues or having difficulty finding their place in civilian society could benefit greatly from pursuing a creative hobby. read more »

One of the most helpful treatments for former servicemembers experiencing any of these difficulties in life after service is using art as an emotional outlet. That is the idea on which the Feast of Crispin, a nonprofit acting troupe in Wisconsin, based its organization.

10/8/2015 - News article: Shakespeare's words help veterans heal from combat

One of the most helpful treatments for former servicemembers experiencing any of these difficulties in life after service is using art as an emotional outlet. That is the idea on which the Feast of Crispin, a nonprofit acting troupe in Wisconsin, based its organization. read more »

Service animals can provide assistance when a veteran is familiarizing himself or herself with a new prosthetic and give comfort to veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, among many other talents. One former servicemember bonded so closely with his service animal that he used the dog as a best man in his wedding.

10/7/2015 - News article: Service dog best man at veteran's wedding

Service animals can provide assistance when a veteran is familiarizing himself or herself with a new prosthetic and give comfort to veterans coping with post-traumatic stress disorder, among many other talents. One former servicemember bonded so closely with his service animal that he used the dog as a best man in his wedding. read more »

Studies show that medical marijuana may provide relief from PTSD and other traumatic brain injuries that are common in veterans.

10/7/2015 - News article: Veterans may benefit from medical marijuana

Studies show that medical marijuana may provide relief from PTSD and other traumatic brain injuries that are common in veterans.  read more »

Many U.S. citizens proudly fly the American flag in show of support for the country and its servicemembers. One Pennsylvania woman wanted to create a flag that would also show support for first responders.

10/7/2015 - News article: Pennsylvania woman creates flag for first responders

Many U.S. citizens proudly fly the American flag in show of support for the country and its servicemembers. One Pennsylvania woman wanted to create a flag that would also show support for first responders. read more »

The Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to helping former servicemembers who have an injury or illness from their time in combat. The organization has created countless events to help these wounded veterans heal and improve their quality of life. One of the most popular of these is the Soldier Ride.

10/7/2015 - News article: Veterans bond through cross-country cycling

The Wounded Warrior Project is dedicated to helping former servicemembers who have an injury or illness from their time in combat. The organization has created countless events to help these wounded veterans heal and improve their quality of life. One of the most popular of these is the Soldier Ride. read more »

Veterans are usually very familiar with guns. However, they may not think of them as a way to heal from mental and physical injuries from combat. A nonprofit group in Free Soil, Michigan, is doing just that. Veterans and Sportsman United is a hunting group founded in 2015 that brings former servicemembers together with avid hunters for recreation and relaxation.

10/7/2015 - News article: Michigan veterans group provides healing through hunting

Veterans are usually very familiar with guns. However, they may not think of them as a way to heal from mental and physical injuries from combat. A nonprofit group in Free Soil, Michigan, is doing just that. Veterans and Sportsman United is a hunting group founded in 2015 that brings former servicemembers together with avid hunters for recreation and relaxation. read more »

First responders often describe their units as "teams." This is an excellent analogy because it inspires trust and comradery in a difficult work event. However, no team is successful without a strong and reliable leader.

10/7/2015 - Blog: 5 ways to be a stronger leader in your station

First responders often describe their units as "teams." This is an excellent analogy because it inspires trust and comradery in a difficult work event. However, no team is successful without a strong and reliable leader. read more »

Recently, Beaufort County in South Carolina has been witness to historic flooding. Heavy rains and thunderstorms flooded the area, but the dangerous conditions and high waters did not stop local first responders from suiting up for work.

10/7/2015 - News article: First responders in South Carolina work through flood conditions

Recently, Beaufort County in South Carolina has been witness to historic flooding. Heavy rains and thunderstorms flooded the area, but the dangerous conditions and high waters did not stop local first responders from suiting up for work. read more »

On Memorial Day 2013, Walmart announced its new veterans hiring initiative. The supermarket chain called their program the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment.

10/7/2015 - News article: Wal-Mart committed to hiring veterans

On Memorial Day 2013, Wal-Mart announced its new veterans hiring initiative. The supermarket chain called their program the Veterans Welcome Home Commitment. read more »

Inspired by the attacks of 9/11, the Green Bay Country Club has shared their golf course with veterans for the past 13 years, according to local ABC News affiliate WBAY. Every Veterans Day On the Links, the golf course closes to the public to allow veterans to enjoy the day golfing and bonding.

10/7/2015 - News article: Wisconsin golf course celebrates veterans

Inspired by the attacks of 9/11, the Green Bay Country Club has shared their golf course with veterans for the past 13 years, according to local ABC News affiliate WBAY. Every Veterans Day On the Links, the golf course closes to the public to allow veterans to enjoy the day golfing and bonding. read more »

For nearly two years, the Veteran Affairs office has been without a permanent general inspector. On Oct. 2, President Obama made the announcement that he had found a candidate worthy of nomination for the position.

10/7/2015 - News article: President nominates new VA inspector general

For nearly two years, the Veteran Affairs office has been without a permanent general inspector. On Oct. 2, President Obama made the announcement that he had found a candidate worthy of nomination for the position. read more »

First responders understand tight knit communities and stressful job situations. Perhaps that is why first responders are often the first to offer support to veterans. In Dearborn, Michigan, the firefighters and police officers show this support every year at a charity softball game.

10/6/2015 - News article: Michigan first responders show support for local veterans

First responders understand tight knit communities and stressful job situations. Perhaps that is why first responders are often the first to offer support to veterans. In Dearborn, Michigan, the firefighters and police officers show this support every year at a charity softball game. read more »

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of the homeless individuals in America are veterans. In April, President Obama called on American cities to work together to End Veteran Homelessness. The city of Long Beach, California, stepped up to this request wholeheartedly.

10/6/2015 - News article: California program aims to end veteran homelessness

According to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, 12 percent of the homeless individuals in America are veterans. In April, President Obama called on American cities to work together to End Veteran Homelessness. The city of Long Beach, California, stepped up to this request wholeheartedly. read more »

Sociology major Devin Mitchell spends the majority of his time in front of the bathroom mirror with a camera. However, it is not selfies that the ASU junior is taking. Mitchell found inspiration in the untold stories of returned veterans as they transition into life after service.

10/6/2015 - News article: Sociology student takes photos of veterans' transitions

Sociology major Devin Mitchell spends the majority of his time in front of the bathroom mirror with a camera. However, it is not selfies that the ASU junior is taking. Mitchell found inspiration in the untold stories of returned veterans as they transition into life after service. read more »

Ohio first responders took to the streets to cut loose and perform a fun dance routine to the popular song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)."

10/6/2015 - News article: Ohio first responders show off their dance moves

Ohio first responders took to the streets to cut loose and perform a fun dance routine to the popular song "Watch Me (Whip/Nae Nae)." read more »

Every Eagle Scout is required to follow through with a community service project before they can complete their Scout program. A young man in Lakeland, Florida, decided to use his project as an opportunity to help veterans in their community.

10/6/2015 - News article: Boy Scout finds way to recycle cars for veterans

Every Eagle Scout is required to follow through with a community service project before they can complete their Scout program. A young man in Lakeland, Florida, decided to use his project as an opportunity to help veterans in their community. read more »

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 2 million female veterans in the U.S. When these women enter life after service, they sometimes struggle with finding employment or housing. A veterans advocacy group in Pittsburgh, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, is trying to reduce the number of homeless female former servicemembers in the region.

10/6/2015 - News article: Veterans shelter focuses on women servicemembers

According to the Department of Veterans Affairs, there are over 2 million female veterans in the U.S. When these women enter life after service, they sometimes struggle with finding employment or housing. A veterans advocacy group in Pittsburgh, Veterans Leadership Program of Western Pennsylvania, is trying to reduce the number of homeless female former servicemembers in the region. read more »

First responders serve their communities on a daily basis, but because they are so busy protecting their friends and neighbors, they do not always have a chance to bond with them. The people of Nolanville, Texas, wanted to change this by organizing the town's first civilian vs. first responder baseball game.

10/6/2015 - News article: Texas town hosts first ever civilian vs. first responder baseball game

First responders serve their communities on a daily basis, but because they are so busy protecting their friends and neighbors, they do not always have a chance to bond with them. The people of Nolanville, Texas, wanted to change this by organizing the town's first civilian vs. first responder baseball game. read more »

Over 30 veterans from West Virginia recently took a trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the war memorials and share stories about their experiences.

10/6/2015 - News article: West Virginia veterans tour nation's capital

Over 30 veterans from West Virginia recently took a trip to Washington, D.C., to tour the war memorials and share stories about their experiences. read more »

On Oct. 1, more than 200 veterans gathered across the state of Tennessee for the fourth annual Paychecks for Patriots networking event. According to WBIR.com, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development sponsored the statewide initiative to increase veteran employment.

10/6/2015 - News article: Tennessee organization works to get veterans hired

On Oct. 1, more than 200 veterans gathered across the state of Tennessee for the fourth annual Paychecks for Patriots networking event. According to WBIR.com, the state Department of Labor and Workforce Development sponsored the statewide initiative to increase veteran employment. read more »

Every year, the number of veterans entering life after service grows. These former servicemembers seek jobs in the civilian workforce and hope to make great additions to most companies. However, as an employer, it is important to know how to approach the process of hiring and retaining veterans.

10/2/2015 - Blog: 6 tips for hiring veterans

Every year, the number of veterans entering life after service grows. These former servicemembers seek jobs in the civilian workforce and hope to make great additions to most companies. However, as an employer, it is important to know how to approach the process of hiring and retaining veterans. read more »

Helen Anderson Glass was just 20 years old when she enlisted in the United States Navy, and since then, she has dedicated her life to the service of others.

10/2/2015 - News article: Arizona veteran recalls decades of service, accolades

Helen Anderson Glass was just 20 years old when she enlisted in the United States Navy, and since then, she has dedicated her life to the service of others.  read more »

After 70 years, Navy veteran Bill Malone was finally awarded his high school diploma at Norman High School in Oklahoma.

10/1/2015 - News article: Oklahoma veteran receives high school diploma after 70 years

After 70 years, Navy veteran Bill Malone was finally awarded his high school diploma at Norman High School in Oklahoma.  read more »

On Sept. 29, the negotiators in the House and the Senate reached an agreement and approved a $612 billion defense authorization bill that will take effect on the fiscal start of 2016, resulting in a 1.3 percent raise for servicemembers.

10/1/2015 - News article: Military to receive pay raise in 2016

On Sept. 29, the negotiators in the House and the Senate reached an agreement and approved a $612 billion defense authorization bill that will take effect on the fiscal start of 2016, resulting in a 1.3 percent raise for servicemembers.  read more »

The New York Military Academy was recently purchased by Research Center on Natural Conservation, a Chinese owned nonprofit company.

10/1/2015 - News article: Chinese-owned nonprofit group purchases New York Military Academy

The New York Military Academy was recently purchased by Research Center on Natural Conservation, a Chinese owned nonprofit company. read more »

The Washington Post recently wrote that two of fall's newest television series, "Heroes Reborn" and " You're the Worst" have included characters that are Hispanic veterans. Not only is this a unique step forward for the entertainment industry, it is also an excellent opportunity to increase the feeling of inclusion of minorities in the military.

10/1/2015 - News article: Fall television shows shine spotlight on Latino veterans

The Washington Post recently wrote that two of fall's newest television series, "Heroes Reborn" and " You're the Worst" have included characters that are Hispanic veterans. Not only is this a unique step forward for the entertainment industry, it is also an excellent opportunity to increase the feeling of inclusion of minorities in the military. read more »

When Fort Smith native Sgt. Robert Lopez was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Sept. 29, he was exceptionally proud but he did not keep the award for himself.

10/1/2015 - News article: Arkansas veteran gives medal to his father

When Fort Smith native Sgt. Robert Lopez was awarded the Bronze Star Medal on Sept. 29, he was exceptionally proud but he did not keep the award for himself. read more »