December 2014

Frank Bartlett, a World War II veteran in Largo, Florida, received replacement medals after his beloved awards somehow got lost during a move.

12/31/2014 - WWII veteran receives replacement medals

Frank Bartlett, a World War II veteran in Largo, Florida, received replacement medals after his beloved awards somehow got lost during a move. read more »

When soldiers return from service, they are often faced with an uncertain employment situation.

12/31/2014 - Intern program helps reassimilate servicemembers

When soldiers return from service, they are often faced with an uncertain employment situation. read more »

On Saturday, Dec. 27, U.S. Coast Guard officers from Sitka, Alaska, rescued two boaters when their boat ran aground.

12/31/2014 - Coast Guard rescues 2 boaters in Alaska

On Saturday, Dec. 27, U.S. Coast Guard officers from Sitka, Alaska, rescued two boaters when their boat ran aground. read more »

Kentucky's Gov. Steve Beshear has named 2015 the Year of the Woman Veteran.

12/31/2014 - Kentucky aims to help female veterans in 2015

Kentucky's Gov. Steve Beshear has named 2015 the Year of the Woman Veteran. read more »

The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center recently raised over $800,000 to build a new memorial, which will be known as the "Ring of Honor."

12/30/2014 - Milwaukee war memorial collects $800,000

The Milwaukee County War Memorial Center recently raised over $800,000 to build a new memorial, which will be known as the "Ring of Honor." read more »

The Coast Guard plans to upgrade its foghorns from its current old-style models to those with newer technology.

12/30/2014 - Updates to Coast Guard horns causes controversy

The Coast Guard plans to upgrade its foghorns from its current old-style models to those with newer technology. read more »

President Barack Obama announced on Sunday, Dec. 28, that the 13-year war in Afghanistan is officially over.

12/29/2014 - NATO officially marks end of war in Afghanistan

President Barack Obama announced on Sunday, Dec. 28, that the 13-year war in Afghanistan is officially over. read more »

When the first responders of Henrico County, Virginia, heard 3-year-old Tommy Opperman's story, they knew they wanted to make his Christmas extra special.

12/29/2014 - First responders brighten the Christmas of orphaned Virginia boy

When the first responders of Henrico County, Virginia, heard 3-year-old Tommy Opperman's story, they knew they wanted to make his Christmas extra special. read more »

Veterans looking for employment in Minnesota will now have an edge when it comes to federal, state, county and city positions.

12/29/2014 - Veterans in Minnesota will have hiring preference for government positions

Veterans looking for employment in Minnesota will now have an edge when it comes to federal, state, county and city positions. read more »

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has partnered with Governor Rick Scott and Building Homes for Heroes in an effort to provide disabled veterans with mortgage-free housing in their life after service.

12/24/2014 - Florida veterans get $2 million grant

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity has partnered with Gov. Rick Scott and Building Homes for Heroes in an effort to provide disabled veterans with mortgage-free housing in their life after service. read more »

The Department of Defense revealed on Monday, Dec. 22, that the Military's Basic Allowance for Subsistence will go up  2.9 percent starting next month.

12/23/2014 - BAS pay for troops will increase

The Department of Defense revealed on Monday, Dec. 22, that the Military's Basic Allowance for Subsistence will go up 2.9 percent starting next month. read more »

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was recently awarded the service's second-highest award.

12/18/2014 - Air Force Cross awarded to pararescueman

Master Sgt. Ivan Ruiz, a pararescueman with the 22nd Expeditionary Special Tactics Squadron, was recently awarded the service's second-highest award. read more »

Scott Schuelke, a retired police officer from Michigan, has a new mission - to educate first responders on how to properly interact with people who have autism spectrum disorder.

12/18/2014 - Police officer educates first responders on autism safety

Scott Schuelke, a retired police officer from Michigan, has a new mission: To educate first responders on how to properly interact with people who have an autism spectrum disorder. read more »

Iowa has launched an initiative to connect veterans with potential employers.

12/18/2014 - Home Base Iowa seeks to help veterans

Iowa has launched an initiative to connect veterans with potential employers. read more »

A Nov. 14 fire at a Emmanuel House, a nonprofit veterans' residence in Detroit, Michigan, left four former servicemembers without homes.

12/17/2014 - Detroit veterans home destroyed in fire, residents are relocated

A Nov. 14 fire at Emmanuel House, a nonprofit veterans' residence in Detroit, Michigan, left four former servicemembers without homes. read more »

A soldier who displayed heroic actions during World War I is one step closer to being awarded the Medal of Honor.

12/16/2014 - WWI soldier may receive honor 100 years later

A soldier who displayed heroic actions during World War I is one step closer to being awarded the Medal of Honor. read more »

Victims of the 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas could soon be eligible to receive Purple Heart Awards - an honor typically reserved for soldiers injured in combat.

12/12/2014 - Fort Hood victims could soon be eligible for Purple Hearts

Victims of the 2009 shooting at the Fort Hood military base in Texas could soon be eligible to receive Purple Heart Awards - an honor typically reserved for soldiers injured in combat. read more »

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama attended a Washington, D.C. event hosted by the Marine Corps in partnership with Toys for Tots.

12/11/2014 - Obama attends Marine Corps holiday fundraising event

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama attended a Washington, D.C., event hosted by the Marine Corps in partnership with Toys for Tots. read more »

Virginia Values Veterans (V3), a program started by the state in an effort to eradicate unemployment during life after service, has successfully paired 1,450 former servicemembers with jobs between July and October 2014.

12/10/2014 - Virginia program gives jobs to 1,450 veterans

Virginia Values Veterans a program started by the state in an effort to eradicate unemployment during life after service, has successfully paired 1,450 former servicemembers with jobs between July and October 2014. read more »

Body Labs, a 3D body modeling company, is using its state-of-the-art software to see how armor for female soldiers can be redesigned for a better fit.

12/9/2014 - 3-D technology improves armor for female soldiers

Body Labs, a 3-D body modeling company, is using its state-of-the-art software to see how armor for female soldiers can be redesigned for a better fit. read more »

a new initiative is being launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to attract veterans to farm work in their life after service.

12/9/2014 - New program encourages veterans to seek opportunities in agriculture

A new initiative is being launched by the U.S. Department of Agriculture to attract veterans to farm work in their life after service. read more »

The U.S. jobs report for November, recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed a large increase in the country's payroll. This growth positively impacted the employment situation for post-9/11 veterans, a demographic whose jobless rates have been high in recent years.

12/5/2014 - Post-9/11 veteran unemployment improves

The U.S. jobs report for November, recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showed a large increase in the country's payroll.  read more »

Veterans in Texas looking to join the civilian workforce in their life after service will soon have a helpful new online resource.

12/4/2014 - Texas veterans will have a new job resource

Veterans in Texas looking to join the civilian workforce in their life after service will soon have a helpful new online resource. read more »

Guests at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, were probably not expecting a holiday concert when they decided to visit the institution on Tuesday, Dec. 2 - but that is exactly what they got.

12/4/2014 - Air Force band spreads holiday cheer with flash mob

Guests at the National Air and Space Museum's Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, were probably not expecting a holiday concert when they decided to visit the institution on Tuesday, Dec. 2 - but that is exactly what they got. read more »

Four of the living survivors who were on board the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attacks reunited in Hawaii on Dec. 2.

12/3/2014 - Pearl Harbor survivors reunite

Four of the living survivors who were on board the USS Arizona during the Pearl Harbor attacks reunited in Hawaii on Dec. 2. read more »