December 2015

Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about receiving VA Disability.

12/30/2015 - Blog: Answers to the most common VA Disability questions

Veterans can use this collection of some of the most frequently asked questions as a guide to navigating the Department of Veterans Affairs Disability process and utilizing the veterans benefits they deserve. read more »

An Indiana couple, along with firefighters in MA, made sure vets had warm winter coats for the holiday season.

12/29/2015 - News article: Collecting coats for vets

Matthew and Cori Maple had long dreamed of establishing a nonprofit organization to help veterans. An Army veteran himself, Matthew finally got the opportunity to do so this holiday season.  read more »

Veterans in Brazil, IN have found camaraderie and relaxation through woodworking.

12/29/2015 - News article: Creative items handmade by veterans

Those who make a living working with their hands, or who build for a hobby, know well the unique feeling of focus and relaxation it can create. The staff of veterans behind Backyard Farm and Garden USA in Brazil, Indiana certainly know how it goes. read more »

Veterans in Santa Cruz were treated to a huge Christmas feast this past Wednesday.

12/24/2015 - News article: Veterans get a big Christmas dinner

In Santa Cruz, California on Wednesday night, veterans and their families were treated to the very first Operation Love Our Vets Christmas dinner.  read more »

One Army veteran made sure that he could do one last kindness for his fellow veterans.

12/24/2015 - News article: Veterans receive organs from a hero soldier

As Staff Sgt. Matthew James Whalen was wheeled on a gurney down the halls of the Plaza Fort Worth Medical Center in Texas, family, friends and, according to a blog on KTVU, a full honor guard, were there to commemorate his passing. read more »

Veterans in Michigan saw their community turn out to get them what they wanted for Christmas.

12/23/2015 - News article: Getting veterans what they want for Christmas

Harriet Simmons, a resident of the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans, was among the 11 veterans included on the Military Wishes 2015 list from The Grand Rapids Press who received gifts from the community.  read more »

Prince Harry selected a photo of himself in front of a Spitfire plane, clasping hands with a 95-year-old veteran from the United Kingdom who served in World War II, for his Royal holiday card.

12/23/2015 - News article: Prince Harry's Christmas card features veteran

Prince Harry selected a photo of himself in front of a Spitfire plane, clasping hands with a 95-year-old veteran from the United Kingdom who served in World War II, for his Royal holiday card. read more »

Mothers and students in Ohio have been hard at work creating care packages for veterans.

12/23/2015 - News article: Ohio moms and kids make care packages for vets

It's the holiday season, and all over Ohio people are getting in on the giving spirit. The Newark Advocate reported that in Granville, kids have been working since Veterans Day on a big care package project, while mothers in Eaton do the same.  read more »

The Veterans Garage lets veterans and gear heads work on military vehicles in a friendly atmosphere.

12/23/2015 - News article: Veterans Garage a haven for engine lovers

More than one veteran motor head has found that what they miss most in their life after service are the military-grade vehicles they got to work on and ride in daily. The Veterans Garage in the small village of Posen, Illinois seeks to put them back in touch with the engines they loved so much. read more »

Some of America's greatest soldier-athletes will represent their country at the 2016 Olympics.

12/23/2015 - News article: Active-duty soldiers prepare for the 2016 Olympics

The 2016 Summer Olympic games in Rio de Janeiro are already filling athletes the world over with anticipation. In the United States, a small, elite group of soldiers were honored to be some of the first athletes to be chosen as members of Team USA.  read more »

Homelessness among veterans in Montgomery County, MD has effectively reached zero.

12/23/2015 - News article: Another county declares an end to vet homelessness

Montgomery County, Maryland joined a growing list of counties, cities and states that have worked tirelessly for the last year to effectively end veteran homelessness.  read more »

Veterans incorrectly declared dead by the VA will see the procedure changed.

12/23/2015 - News article: Veterans erroneously declared dead get a VA reprieve

For the last year, accounts of veterans erroneously declared deceased by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have been a solemn reminder that, once thought deceased, these former servicemembers lose their veterans benefits. Thankfully, the incidence of false declarations should soon cease. read more »

Soldiers have celebrated Christmas in different ways throughout history.

12/23/2015 - Blog: A short history of how soldiers have celebrated Christmas

The stories of how soldiers celebrated Christmas in the Civil War and World War I are perfect for this time of year.  read more »

The Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association made sure military families nationwide had a great Christmas.

12/22/2015 - News article: Veterans' Christmas made possible by fellow veterans

Despite the group's tough name, the Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association doesn't mind showing how much it cares. Families in central Nebraska learned of the non-profit's generosity recently when the CVMA showed up with dozens of presents.  read more »

Veterans made sure that two reservist moms could provide their children with a great Christmas holiday.

12/22/2015 - News article: Veterans save a reservist's home

Call it a Christmas miracle or just a charming true story - a single mother of four young children was on the verge of losing her home in the middle of the holiday season when a group of local veterans saved the day.  read more »

As the holidays hit full swing, firefighters and other first responders across the United States work to keep people safe and make the season a little brighter for some.

12/21/2015 - News article: Firefighters help make holidays a little special across the country

As the holidays hit full swing, firefighters and other first responders across the United States work to keep people safe and make the season a little brighter for some. read more »

The latest installment in the "Star Wars" franchise seems to be on everyone's minds lately. The seventh film "The Force Awakens" broke many box office records by making a cosmic $247 million opening weekend, as reported by Vanity Fair. Yet, the pop culture phenomenon has reached past the entertainment industry and begun to inspire military leaders.

12/21/2015 - News article: Military gets weapons inspiration from 'Star Wars' franchise

The latest installment in the "Star Wars" franchise seems to be on everyone's minds lately. The seventh film "The Force Awakens" broke many box office records by making a cosmic $247 million opening weekend, as reported by Vanity Fair. Yet, the pop culture phenomenon has reached past the entertainment industry and begun to inspire military leaders. read more »

Most people recognize Titus O'Neil as a star from the World Wrestling Entertainment. O'Neil can be seen regularly smacking down on his opponents and promising to be a champion. However, O'Neil recently shined the spotlight on another group he believed deserved it more: the Navy SEALS.

12/21/2015 - News article: WWE star Titus O'Neil shows support of Navy SEALS

Most people recognize Titus O'Neil as a star from the World Wrestling Entertainment. O'Neil can be seen regularly smacking down on his opponents and promising to be a champion. However, O'Neil recently shined the spotlight on another group he believed deserved it more: the Navy SEALS. read more »

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America.

12/21/2015 - News article: Veterans, servicemembers promise to defend Muslim Americans

When 8-year-old Sophia Yassini's mother wrote a Facebook post describing her daughter's fear that she would removed from the country for being Muslim, many servicemembers and veterans stepped up to let the little girl know that she was safe in America. read more »

In the Armed Forces, servicemembers are trained to conform and become part of the unit. This leads to a more efficient and disciplined military. However, there are some qualities that make soldiers stand out in a good way with their superiors.

12/21/2015 - Blog: Service habits that make soldiers stand out

In the Armed Forces, servicemembers are trained to conform and become part of the unit. This leads to a more efficient and disciplined military. However, there are some qualities that make soldiers stand out in a good way with their superiors. read more »

Veterans who contracted diseases while serving at Camp Lejeune have seen the VA widen their benefits.

12/21/2015 - News article: Camp Lejeune vets to receive VA help

Veterans who contracted eight different medical conditions while serving at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1987 have seen the Veterans Affairs Department change its policy regarding treatment.  read more »

Veteran homelessness has fallen around the country, including in Seattle and Philadelphia.

12/21/2015 - News article: Pennsylvania, Seattle work to reduce vet homelessness

States and cities nationwide have worked throughout 2015 to render veteran homelessness virtually extinct. On Thursday, Dec. 17, Philadelphia added its name to the list of those who have done their best to create a better safety net for anyone struggling in their life after service. read more »

Paralyzed veterans have regained their freedom of movement with new all-terrain chairs.

12/21/2015 - News article: Paralyzed vets get all-terrain rides

Hills and uneven terrain are no longer the obstacles they once were for some paralyzed veterans around the country. For veterans whose movements were restricted by their old wheelchairs in Oklahoma City and Adrian, Missouri, the arrival of new, all-terrain rides announced an early Christmas. read more »

Veterans can always be counted on to remember their fellow servicemembers during the holidays.

12/21/2015 - News article: Veterans give the best gifts

If there's one group that can be counted on to never forget veterans during the holiday season, it's fellow veterans.  read more »

Surgeons will implant pioneering prostheses in two Iraq War veterans.

12/17/2015 - News article: Utah veterans receive pioneering prosthetics

Two Utah veterans, Bryant Jacobs and Ed Salau - both Iraq war amputees - will be the first patients in the country to have prosthetics surgically implanted. read more »

Named for a Navy vet, this new home in PA will house a homeless vet and their family.

12/17/2015 - News article: A home built with homeless veterans in mind

David Morgan may be gone, but he is not forgotten. A brand new house for a homeless veteran and their family in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania bears a proud plaque with his name on it.  read more »

The VA has decided to provide electric exoskeletons to help paralyzed vets walk again.

12/17/2015 - News article: VA to help paralyzed vets walk again

In a historic moment, the Department of Veterans Affairs has decided to provide robotic legs to veterans paralyzed by spinal cord injuries.  read more »

Homeless women veterans now have a place to call their own in Massachusetts.

12/17/2015 - News article: Homeless women veterans get a second chance

Just in time for the holidays, a group of homeless women veterans in Western Massachusetts have found themselves a home. In Northampton, a brand new, $1.7 million residence for women veterans was just opened by Soldier On, a private nonprofit advocating for veterans.  read more »

The gender wage gap has been a topic of debate for many years now, but one sector has already achieved equal pay. Women in the U.S. military are paid the same as men in the same roles.

12/16/2015 - News article: The military offers equal pay for women

The gender wage gap has been a topic of debate for many years now, but one sector has already achieved equal pay. Women in the U.S. military are paid the same as men in the same roles. read more »

Helping veterans get the right tools for the job has had a big impact on the lives of wounded warriors.

12/16/2015 - News article: Free tools and suits for veterans

Bud Shepherd is familiar with the kinds of stress and danger war puts veterans through, and that's why after returning from WWII he set out to help veterans get the tools they need to build a life after service.  read more »

The graves of more than 900,000 fallen soldiers received wreaths on Saturday.

12/16/2015 - News article: Wreaths adorn the graves of more than 900,000 vets

At the time of year when Americans are stringing Christmas lights, one organization was putting together a national effort to commemorate fallen soldiers with graveside wreaths. On Saturday, Wreaths Across America completed its mission of laying more than 900,000 wreaths on the graves of military veterans. read more »

Before the recent climate talks in Paris, France, the U.S. military and other Armed Forces around the world were exempt from having to report their emissions. However, under the new climate deal, all militaries in the United Nations would no longer be exempt from emissions targets.

12/15/2015 - News article: Paris climate talks mean U.S. military no longer exempt from emissions targets

Before the recent climate talks in Paris, France, the U.S. military and other Armed Forces around the world were exempt from having to report their emissions. However, under the new climate deal, all militaries in the United Nations would no longer be exempt from emissions targets. read more »

During the holidays, everyone wants to be know that someone is thinking about them, and servicemembers are no different. That is why two Massachusetts natives, Emily Spencer and Lauren Eliopoulos, joined their nonprofits to gather holiday cards for soldiers and veterans.

12/15/2015 - News article: Boston nonprofit owners mail thousands of holiday cards to soldiers, veterans

During the holidays, everyone wants to be know that someone is thinking about them, and servicemembers are no different. That is why two Massachusetts natives, Emily Spencer and Lauren Eliopoulos, joined their nonprofits to gather holiday cards for soldiers and veterans. read more »

Thousands of riders - many of them veterans - turned out for a charity ride on Sunday.

12/15/2015 - News article: Motorcyclists gather in the thousands to honor vets

For some, the best way to honor veterans is with the wind in their hair and the roar of their bike below them. Sunday was the 15th annual Vet's Christmas Charity Ride in Columbia, South Carolina, and it was by all accounts the biggest ever recorded. read more »

In the 1990s, North Korea began to return many of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War. Many of these servicemembers had been declared Missing in Action or Killed in Combat decades before. One of these men was Robert Dakin.

12/15/2015 - News article: Purple Heart veteran laid to rest 65 years after being declared MIA

In the 1990s, North Korea began to return many of the remains of American soldiers from the Korean War. Many of these servicemembers had been declared Missing in Action or Killed in Combat decades before. One of these men was Robert Dakin. read more »

The Boston chapter of Rolling Thunder distributed winter gear to vets this Sunday.

12/14/2015 - News article: Veterans receive winter wear for the holiday season

The New England Center and Home for Veterans distributed heavy winter coats to 60 former servicemembers on Sunday morning, along with gift bags full of hats, socks and sweatshirts and gift cards in an event hosted by Rolling Thunder.  read more »

During the holiday season, people often search for ways to make things a little more special for friends and family. However, there are some people who want to share the holiday spirit with strangers, too. Across the country, volunteers have decorated thousands of veterans' graves with holiday wreaths.

12/14/2015 - News article: Thousands of wreaths adorn veteran cemeteries over holiday season

During the holiday season, people often search for ways to make things a little more special for friends and family. However, there are some people who want to share the holiday spirit with strangers, too. Across the country, volunteers have decorated thousands of veterans' graves with holiday wreaths. read more »

Veterans were cheered on at recent parades in Texas and Kentucky.

12/11/2015 - News article: Parades honor veterans, first responders

Veterans Day isn't the only day of the year veterans are honored with parades. In San Angelo, Texas and Louisville, Kentucky, veterans were at the center of parades recognizing them for their dedication to service read more »

Dinners and food banks make sure veterans aren't forgotten this holiday season.

12/11/2015 - News article: Making sure vets have food for the holidays

With the arrival of the holiday season, organizations around the nation are making sure military veterans take part in the festive spirit. read more »

New York City is getting a new veterans' department.

12/11/2015 - News article: New York City gets a new veterans' department

Veterans in New York City have finally seen their City Council petitions pay off. On Thursday, Mayor Bill de Blasio signed a law to create a new Department of Veterans' Services that will help the more than 225,000 veterans living in the Big Apple. read more »

Four Ohio WWII veterans were honored with one of France's highest honors.

12/10/2015 - News article: France honors 4 Ohio WWII veterans

It became very clear this week to four Ohio veterans that France doesn't forget those who were there to fight in its hour of need as they were awarded one of the country's highest honors.  read more »

Tibor Rubin, a Holocaust survivor and Medal of Honor recipient, passed away on Saturday.

12/10/2015 - News article: A Medal of Honor recipient passes away

A soldier whose story was worthy of the movies passed away on Saturday, leaving behind a legacy of bravery and service. Tibor Rubin, a Hungarian who survived the Holocaust to join the U.S. Army and fight in the Korean War, was 86.  read more »

According to the American Humane Association, there are roughly 2,500 dogs serving overseas in the military roles. As part of a new bill from the Obama administration, there will be a greater effort to bring home these animals at the end of their service.

12/10/2015 - News article: New bill guarantees canine veterans will be brought home

According to the American Humane Association, there are roughly 2,500 dogs serving overseas in the military roles. As part of a new bill from the Obama administration, there will be a greater effort to bring home these animals at the end of their service. read more »

The Library of Congress is recording the personal stories of America's veterans.

12/10/2015 - News article: Vets at the center of Library of Congress project

Monday, Dec. 7 marked the 74th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and students at Allentown High School in New Jersey did their part by conducting video interviews with war veterans as part of the U.S. Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. read more »

Many servicemembers will not get to spend Christmas with their loved ones, and care packages make their holiday a little brighter. But what do military members really want in their care packages? AFBA has compiled a list of the most requested items to assist you in building your next care package.

12/9/2015 - Blog: What soldiers really want in care packages

Many servicemembers will not get to spend Christmas with their loved ones, and care packages make their holiday a little brighter. But what do military members really want in their care packages? AFBA has compiled a list of the most requested items to assist you in building your next care package. read more »

A new VA study is looking at the effect service dogs have on veterans with PTSD.

12/9/2015 - News article: Service dogs helping vets with PTSD

Service dogs have longed helped veterans with physical disabilities. But a new Veterans Administration study has been launched to determine the difference specially-trained service dogs can make for veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder in their life after service.  read more »

A group of 14 Knoxville Vietnam veterans returned to their old battleground after nearly 50 years away.

12/9/2015 - News article: Vietnam vets return to an old battleground

A group of Knoxville, Tennessee veterans who made it through the violence of the Vietnam War headed back to the small Southeast Asian country on Dec. 1 for a sense of closure. read more »

To illuminate some veterans' darkness, researchers have turned to light therapy.

12/9/2015 - News article: Using light to heal dark wounds

Rather than treat veterans' mental and physical pains with heavy doses of medication, scientists have begun to use light therapy.  read more »

Veteran unemployment has fallen to record lows.

12/9/2015 - News article: Veteran unemployment hits record low

The unemployment rate for all U.S. military veterans of working age fell to the lowest it has been since the federal government began tracking veteran employment in November 2006. read more »

One Washington state woman is doing all she can to help and honor veterans.

12/9/2015 - News article: One woman's determination is saving vets

No one knows for sure how many military veterans are living alone in the vast wilderness of Washington's Olympic Peninsula. One thing is certain, however - Cheri Tinker won't let this country's heroes suffer in isolation.  read more »

According to Fox 4 News, GM recently celebrated reaching a milestone of having produced over 500 million cars. In order to make that event even more memorable, the company donated a brand new 2016 Chevy Malibu to the former servicemember from Kearney, Missouri.

12/8/2015 - News article: Veteran receives 2016 Malibu from GM

According to Fox 4 News, GM recently celebrated reaching a milestone of having produced over 500 million cars. In order to make that event even more memorable, the company donated a brand new 2016 Chevy Malibu to the former servicemember from Kearney, Missouri. read more »

Roughly 1,400 servicemembers had injuries to their genitalia between 2011 and 2013, many sustained from improvised explosive devices. Several doctors at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to change the life of one of the veterans who lost part his penis during service.

12/8/2015 - News article: Johns Hopkins doctors will perform America's first penis transplant on veterans

Roughly 1,400 servicemembers had injuries to their genitalia between 2011 and 2013, many sustained from improvised explosive devices. Several doctors at Johns Hopkins University are hoping to change the life of one of the veterans who lost part his penis during service. read more »

110-year-old Army veterans traveled to Washington D.C. from Louisiana for the 74th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

12/8/2015 - News article: Oldest veteran from WWII visits Washington D.C.

110-year-old Army veterans traveled to Washington D.C. from Louisiana for the 74th commemoration of the attack on Pearl Harbor. read more »

Virginia's free legal clinics will help veterans prepare their wills.

12/7/2015 - News article: Virginia establishes free legal clinics for vets

Starting next year, Virginia will introduce four statewide legal service clinics for low-income veterans totally free of cost to help will wills and estate planning.  read more »

Veteran incarceration rates have continued to decline.

12/7/2015 - News article: Number of vets in prison continues to fall

In a blow to sinister stereotypes that returning war veterans are more likely to commit crimes than the average citizen, the number of incarcerated military veterans has continued to fall.  read more »

Decorating Arlington National Cemetery with wreaths has become a tradition.

12/7/2015 - News article: Thousands of wreaths headed to Arlington National Cemetery

It was a beautiful and moving sight on Sunday when a fleet of trucks left Columbia Falls, Maine with 248,000 wreaths in tow. The convoy of box trucks and tractor-trailers was headed for Arlington National Cemetery as part of Wreaths Across America read more »

Veterans' access to private care has been simplified by new VA rules.

12/7/2015 - News article: VA makes access to private doctors easier

For years the Department of Veterans Affairs has been under scrutiny for its understaffed team of medical professionals, an issue made worse by the fact that veterans' access to private doctors outside the VA has been notoriously restricted. But on Tuesday the VA announced new rules to change that. read more »

With the holidays around the corner, here are some great gifts for veterans made by fellow veterans.

12/4/2015 - Blog: Gifts for veterans, by veterans

The holidays are approaching quickly, and if you're stuck debating what to get the veteran or military servicemember in your life, here are some great gift ideas that are sure to impress. read more »

President Bush will serve as honorary chairman for the 2016 Invictus Games.

12/4/2015 - News article: Former President Bush cheers on Invictus Games

A Commander and Chief's duty to those who served him doesn't end after leaving office. Former President George W. Bush was on deck aboard a retired aircraft carrier on Thursday to cheer on a one-of-a-kind volleyball match between players without the use of two legs.  read more »

Athens, GA has created a "supermarket" for veterans benefits.

12/4/2015 - News article: A veterans' supermarket in Athens

In Athens, Georgia, a variety of veterans service agencies and support groups hosted a "supermarket of veterans benefits." read more »

Previously, women in the military were limited in the jobs they could do. Female servicemembers were not allowed to serve in about 220,000 combat positions. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford recently announced that women would be allowed to take on these roles in service.

12/4/2015 - News article: Women now allowed to serve in all combat positions

Previously, women in the military were limited in the jobs they could do. Female servicemembers were not allowed to serve in about 220,000 combat positions. However, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford recently announced that women would be allowed to take on these roles in service. read more »

For hundreds of years, doctors have used what is called the "stump and socket" method to handle amputation. Most doctors agree that this is not the ideal way of doing things, since it goes against the body's natural weight bearing capacity. However, doctors at the Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Hospital are expected to conduct a new type of surgery for amputees in early December 2015.

12/4/2015 - News article: Veterans to receive groundbreaking prosthetic implants

For hundreds of years, doctors have used what is called the "stump and socket" method to handle amputation. Most doctors agree that this is not the ideal way of doing things, since it goes against the body's natural weight bearing capacity. However, doctors at the Salt Lake Veterans Affairs Hospital are expected to conduct a new type of surgery for amputees in early December 2015. read more »

Because of his contact with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, Army veteran Jan Heinz lost feeling in both his legs. The 66-year-old told KPVI-6 News that it made mobility difficult for him. When a local organization called the Independence Foundation heard Heinz's story, it donated a new technologically advanced wheelchair to him.

12/4/2015 - News article: Idaho veteran receives revolutionary wheelchair

Because of his contact with Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, Army veteran Jan Heinz lost feeling in both his legs. The 66-year-old told KPVI-6 News that it made mobility difficult for him. When a local organization called the Independence Foundation heard Heinz's story, it donated a new technologically advanced wheelchair to him. read more »

In the military, you and your family may be asked to relocate to a base in a different country. When this happens, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. You and your loved ones will get to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time, an opportunity that not many other people have. However, you are also leaving behind what is most familiar.

12/4/2015 - Blog: Preparing for a move overseas

In the military, you and your family may be asked to relocate to a base in a different country. When this happens, it is both exciting and nerve-wrecking. You and your loved ones will get to live in a foreign country for an extended period of time, an opportunity that not many other people have. However, you are also leaving behind what is most familiar. read more »

Corporate hiring is part of the reason veteran unemployment has fallen so low.

12/3/2015 - News article: Unemployment rate for vets near 8 year low

According to the Department of Defense, corporate America's desire to employ veterans with specialized skills training has dropped the veteran unemployment rate to its lowest level since April 2008. read more »

According to ABC News, the Nazis in charge of Prisoner of War camps during World War II had orders to separate the Jewish-American prisoners from the other soldiers. When the Nazis tried to follow through with this order, Roddie Edmonds took a stand.

12/3/2015 - News article: Late WWII veteran honored for saving Jewish American soldiers

According to ABC News, the Nazis in charge of Prisoner of War camps during World War II had orders to separate the Jewish-American prisoners from the other soldiers. When the Nazis tried to follow through with this order, Roddie Edmonds took a stand. read more »

The Maine Veterans Project was founded to help veterans in the state by hosting events and performing charitable actions. Most recently, this organization will soon help a local veteran by making huge improvements to his home.

12/3/2015 - News article: Maine organization gives veteran a home makeover

The Maine Veterans Project was founded to help veterans in the state by hosting events and performing charitable actions. Most recently, this organization will soon help a local veteran by making huge improvements to his home. read more »

Honor flights allow veterans from all around the country to visit war memorials in the Washington D.C. area.

12/3/2015 - News article: Vets reminisce after Honor Flight

One of the great ways this country has of honoring veterans are honor flights. In Kansas City this week, veterans who participated in the Heartland Honor Flights to visit the World War II memorial, among other monuments, got together for a reunion.  read more »

South Carolina has plans for simplifying the process of veterans seeking care.

12/2/2015 - News article: South Carolina's VA programs set for reforms

South Carolina already has hundreds of organizations in place to assist veterans, but part of The State and Local Veterans Issues Study Committee's concern is that there is no central body in place designed to help vets navigate the maze of services. They aim to change that.  read more »

A new bill would allow the VA to recoup huge payouts given to demoted officials.

12/2/2015 - News article: Bill proposed to make VA officials return improper payments

New legislation proposed by Rep. Jeff Miller, the chairman of the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, would allow the VA to recoup any payments regarded as illegal or improper. read more »