November 2014

On Monday, Nov. 24, the Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, director of the VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona.

11/26/2014 - Phoenix VA hospital fires director

On Monday, Nov. 24, the Department of Veterans Affairs fired Sharon Helman, director of the VA hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. read more »

Megan Beimer has always loved to bake, but it was not until recently that she decided to do something about it.

11/26/2014 - Marine wife competes for $1 million prize

Megan Beimer has always loved to bake, but it was not until recently that she decided to do something about it. read more »

Terminally ill with lung cancer, former Marine Corps Sgt. Jeffrey Raymond Wheeler received his dying wish.

11/26/2014 - Terminally ill Marine receives dying wish

Terminally ill with lung cancer, former Marine Corps Sgt. Jeffrey Raymond Wheeler received his dying wish. read more »

Montana's Democratic senator John Walsh is urging the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee to extend the period of time post-9/11 veterans can receive automatic medical benefits.

11/25/2014 - Senator pushes for more veteran medical benefits

Montana's Democratic senator John Walsh is urging the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs to extend the period of time post-9/11 veterans can receive automatic medical benefits. read more »

Capt. Derek Herrera will receive a Bronze Star with a "V" for heroic actions on Friday, Nov. 21.

11/21/2014 - Paralyzed Marine will receive Bronze Star

Capt. Derek Herrera will receive a Bronze Star with a "V" for heroic actions on Friday, Nov. 21. read more »

Former Marine Capt. Phil Klay received a National Book Award for his fictional war book, "Redeployment," on Nov. 19.

11/21/2014 - Veteran receives National Book Award for war fiction

Former Marine Capt. Phil Klay received a National Book Award for his fictional war book, "Redeployment," on Nov. 19. read more »

Soldiers stationed in Senegal, Liberia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan will be receiving traditional Thanksgiving dinners this year.

11/20/2014 - Soldiers will receive a taste of home on Thanksgiving

Soldiers stationed in Senegal, Liberia, Jordan, Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan will be receiving traditional Thanksgiving dinners this year. read more »

The Army's athletic mascot could changing as soon as the spring.

11/20/2014 - Army athletics considers a mascot change

The Army's athletic mascot could be changing as soon as the spring. read more »

Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, 36, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman attached to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, is set to receive the Navy Cross, the military branch's second highest honor.

11/20/2014 - Officer will receive Navy Cross

Chief Petty Officer Justin Wilson, 36, a special amphibious reconnaissance corpsman attached to MARSOC's 1st Marine Special Operation Battalion, is set to receive the Navy Cross, the military branch's second-highest honor. read more »

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, former U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus spoke at a job fair in Nashville, encouraging Tennessee businesses to focus on hiring military veterans.

11/19/2014 - Army Gen. David Petraeus encourages Tennessee to hire veterans

On Tuesday, Nov. 18, former U.S. Army Gen. David Petraeus spoke at a job fair in Nashville, encouraging Tennessee businesses to focus on hiring military veterans. read more »

As part of a 2013 initiative to fully integrate women into the military by 2016, 31 women have been chosen to participate in next spring's Ranger Course Assessment as advisers and observers.

11/18/2014 - Women selected for Ranger Course Assessment

As part of a 2013 initiative to fully integrate women into the military by 2016, 31 women have been chosen to participate in next spring's Ranger Course Assessment as advisers and observers. read more »

Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit organization committed to building home for those in need, hopes to break ground on a special project in Leesburg, Florida.

11/18/2014 - Habitat for Humanity wants to build veteran's village in Florida

Habitat for Humanity, the nonprofit organization committed to building homes for those in need, hopes to break ground on a special project in Leesburg, Florida. read more »

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, veterans are trying something new to deal with the problems they face in life after service: Shakespearean theater.

11/18/2014 - Theater helps veterans cope

In Milwaukee, Wisconsin, veterans are trying something new to deal with the problems they face in life after service: Shakespearean theater. read more »

Officials announced on Friday, Nov. 14 that servicemembers in the National Guard and Army Reserve will be sent to West Africa to support U.S. efforts to eradicate Ebola.

11/17/2014 - National Guard and Army Reserve will deploy to West Africa

Officials announced on Friday, Nov. 14, that servicemembers in the National Guard and Army Reserve will be sent to West Africa to support U.S. efforts to eradicate Ebola. read more »

As part of its initiative to upgrade its hand-to-hand combat training, the Army will be introducing a brand new Master Trainer Course.

11/14/2014 - Army will begin new Master Trainer Course

As part of its initiative to upgrade its hand-to-hand combat training, the Army will be introducing a brand new Master Trainer Course. read more »

top officials at the Pentagon have decided to reduce the use of live animals in their medical training sessions starting Jan. 1, 2015.

11/14/2014 - DoD to use fewer animals in medical training

Top officials at the Pentagon have decided to reduce the use of live animals in their medical training sessions starting Jan. 1, 2015. read more »

In honor of Veterans Day, convenience store chain 7-Eleven has started its first-ever giveaway contest, opened exclusively to veterans, named Operation: Take Command.

11/13/2014 - 7-Eleven will give franchise to veteran

In honor of Veterans Day, convenience store chain 7-Eleven has started its first-ever giveaway contest, opened exclusively to veterans, named Operation: Take Command. read more »

The number of servicemembers that will be sent to West Africa as part of U.S. efforts to stop the region's Ebola epidemic will be fewer than initially estimated.

11/13/2014 - Fewer troops will be deployed to fight Ebola

The number of servicemembers that will be sent to West Africa as part of U.S. efforts to stop the region's Ebola epidemic will be fewer than initially estimated. read more »

Three California-based Marine veterans, John Preston, Shane Roberts and Justin Heisey, released a four-track album entitled "Your War is Over" on Veteran's Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11.

11/13/2014 - Musical Marines score record deal

Three California-based Marine veterans, John Preston, Shane Roberts and Justin Heisey, released a four-track album entitled "Your War is Over" on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11. read more »

The star-studded Concert of Valor, held on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, drew hundreds of thousands civilians and servicemembers celebrating Veteran's Day.

11/12/2014 - D.C. Veterans Day concert a great time for servicemembers

The star-studded Concert of Valor, held on Washington, D.C.'s National Mall, drew hundreds of thousands of civilians and servicemembers celebrating Veterans Day. read more »

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for Army Staff Sgt. and Vietnam prisoner of war James VanBendegom.

11/12/2014 - Vietnam POW finally laid to rest

A funeral service was held on Tuesday, Nov. 11, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for Army Staff Sgt. and Vietnam prisoner of war James VanBendegom. read more »

Tuesday, Nov. 11 is Veteran's Day, or the day where U.S. citizens express their gratitude to the many servicemembers who have served the nation.

11/11/2014 - Celebrate your veterans today and every day

Tuesday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day, or the day when U.S. citizens express their gratitude to the many servicemembers who have served the nation. read more »

Lt. John Pritchard was recently inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut.

11/10/2014 - WWII pilot honored by Coast Guard Academy

Lt. John Pritchard was recently inducted into the Hall of Heroes at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. read more »

Three servicemembers from 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, received a medal on Oct. 31 recognizing their outstanding actions during the rescue of a boater in April.

11/7/2014 - Soldiers receive award for rescuing a boater

Three servicemembers from 10th Mountain Division at Fort Drum, New York, received a medal on Oct. 31 recognizing their outstanding actions during the rescue of a boater in April. read more »

When Amy Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet Theater in Virginia, lost her son Colin in Iraq in 2006, she knew she wanted to create a lasting tribute to him.

11/7/2014 - Mother of fallen Marine creates ballet in his memory

When Amy Wolfe, artistic director of the Manassas Ballet Theater in Virginia, lost her son Colin in Iraq in 2006, she knew she wanted to create a lasting tribute to him. read more »

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division's combat aviation brigade are set to receive Humanitarian Service Medals.

11/7/2014 - Soldiers will receive medals for humanitarian work

Soldiers from the U.S. Army's 4th Infantry Division's combat aviation brigade are set to receive Humanitarian Service Medals. read more »

"Stand Up For Heroes" is an event to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that aims to help injured servicemembers and their families.

11/6/2014 - Celebrities come together for troops at 'Stand Up For Heroes'

"Stand Up For Heroes" is an event to raise money for the Bob Woodruff Foundation, an organization that aims to help injured servicemembers and their families. read more »

Although the overall number of politicians and lawmakers with military experience is on the decline, Congress will be getting an increase in Afghanistan and Iraq veterans in 2015.

11/6/2014 - Congress will have more young veterans in 2015

Although the overall number of politicians and lawmakers with military experience is on the decline, Congress will be getting an increase in Afghanistan and Iraq veterans in 2015. read more »

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby, the last continuously serving active-duty Vietnam War draftee, is retiring after 42 years in the Army.

11/5/2014 - Last serving draftee retires

Chief Warrant Officer 5 Ralph Rigby, the last continuously serving active-duty Vietnam War draftee, is retiring after 42 years in the Army. read more »

As part of an ongoing reform of VA legislation, some veterans will receive "choice cards" this week.

11/5/2014 - Some veterans will receive special health care cards

As part of an ongoing reform of VA legislation, some veterans will receive "choice cards" this week. read more »

Active duty drill sgt. Christiana Ball, winner of the 2013 Rising Star competition put on by Army Entertainment, will perform alongside some of the world's most notable musicians at A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House.

11/4/2014 - Musical drill sergeant will perform at White House

Active duty drill Sgt. Christiana Ball, winner of the 2013 Rising Star competition put on by Army Entertainment, will perform alongside some of the world's most notable musicians at A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House. read more »

A World War II veteran will be buried 69 years after his death on Monday, Nov. 3.

11/4/2014 - WWII Marine buried after 69 years

A World War II veteran will be buried 69 years after his death on Monday, Nov. 3. read more »

The Connecticut veterans' parade, New England's largest veterans' parade, drew thousands of observers as it marched through the streets of Hartford on Sunday, Nov. 3.

11/3/2014 - Connecticut Veterans Parade draws thousands

The Connecticut Veterans┬áParade, New England's largest veterans┬áparade, drew thousands of observers as it marched through the streets of Hartford on Sunday, Nov. 3. read more »