February 2016

This is the story of how a team of Army Ranger veterans started the successful business, 'Combat Flip Flops."

2/29/2016 - News Article: The creators of 'Combat Flip Flops' - Army Ranger veterans-turned-entrepreneurs making a difference

This is the story of how a team of Army Ranger veterans started the successful business, 'Combat Flip Flops." read more »

A 12-year-old Boy Scout is collecting American flags to properly retire them in a ceremony.

2/29/2016 - News Article: Boy Scout collects old American flags

A 12-year-old Boy Scout is collecting American flags to properly retire them in a ceremony. read more »

Veterans hold 'nearly naked' march for suicide awareness

2/29/2016 - News article: Veterans hold 'nearly naked' march for suicide awareness

Suicide among veterans is significantly more common than it is for the rest of the U.S. population, and it's a problem that needs serious attention. read more »

On Feb. 25, over 100 community members attended a funeral for two Louisiana veterans.

2/29/2016 - News article: Community members attend funeral for kin-less veterans

On Feb. 25, over 100 community members attended a funeral for two Louisiana veterans. read more »

Finance company JPMorgan Chase & Co. donated $13.8 million to Syracuse University's higher education and employment program for veterans and their families.

2/29/2016 - News article: JPMorgan Chase & Co. donate to Syracuse University veterans program

Finance company JPMorgan Chase & Co. donated $13.8 million to Syracuse University's higher education and employment program for veterans and their families. read more »

Veterans groups seek more enrollment

2/29/2016 - News article: Veterans groups seek more enrollment

In the last few years, many veterans have sought assistance in a number of ways from private organizations and government agencies. read more »

The Connecticut state legislature, on Feb. 23, held a public hearing to discuss a bill that would designate Veterans Day as an official state holiday.

2/29/2016 - News article: Connecticut legislature considers bill to close schools on Veterans Day

The Connecticut state legislature, on Feb. 23, held a public hearing to discuss a bill that would designate Veterans Day as an official state holiday. read more »

The Florida Legislature, on Feb. 24, passed legislation that will allow disabled veterans to park at all airports in the state free of charge.

2/29/2016 - News article: Florida passes airport parking legislation for veterans

The Florida Legislature, on Feb. 24, passed legislation that will allow disabled veterans to park at all airports in the state free of charge. read more »

The Department of Veterans Affairs has disciplined two top administrators in the middle of a recent scandal at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio.

2/26/2016 - News article: VA disciplines officials at center of hospital controversy

The Department of Veterans Affairs has disciplined two top administrators in the middle of a recent scandal at the Cincinnati VA Medical Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. read more »

News article: Eugene, Oregon, site of major veteran job fair

2/26/2016 - News article: Eugene, Oregon site of major veteran job fair

Many businesses across the country are more than happy to hire veterans, but nonetheless it can sometimes be difficult for former servicemembers to find the right job. read more »

News article: Hawaii trying to tackle female veteran homelessness

2/26/2016 - News article: Hawaii trying to tackle female veteran homelessness

Nationwide, the fight against veteran homelessness has been under way for some time now, and is generally going well in all states trying to combat the problem. read more »

Teenager is hoping to raise one million dollars for veterans patients.

2/26/2016 - News article: Unstoppable teenager is hoping to raise $1 million for veteran patients

Teenager is hoping to raise one million dollars for veterans patients. read more »

100,000 veteran stories have been collected for The Veterans History Project.

2/26/2016 - The Veterans History Project collects more than 100,000 stories

100,000 veteran stories have been collected for The Veterans History Project. read more »

Over 30 employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati say the hospital is in disarray.

2/26/2016 - News article: VA hospital at the center of scandal

Over 30 employees at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Cincinnati say the hospital is in disarray. read more »

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., intends to introduce legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would establish a federal organization for studying illnesses caused by toxic combat wounds and developing treatments for veterans suffering from such conditions.

2/26/2016 - News Article: House legislator champions toxic wound center for veterans

Rep. Tim Walz, D-Minn., intends to introduce legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives that would establish a federal organization for studying illnesses caused by toxic combat wounds and developing treatments for veterans suffering from such conditions. read more »

News article: Minnesota veterans push for new nursing home.

2/25/2016 - News article: Minnesota veterans pushing for new nursing home

Thousands of veterans nationwide need constant care for any number of issues they may face, but not a lot have the option to actually receive such treatment. read more »

News article: Veterans taking up fishing through nonprofit

2/25/2016 - News article: Veterans taking up fishing through nonprofit

Many efforts now exist to help veterans find normalcy in their lives after service, and that can take many different forms. read more »

A couple in Tallahassee, Florida is working to help student-veterans succeed in life after service.

2/25/2016 - News article: Florida donors fund college veterans center

A couple in Tallahassee, Florida is working to help student-veterans succeed in life after service. read more »

The U.S. Department of Labor, on Feb. 22, announced $13 million in grants will be given to its Homeless Veterans’ Reintegration Program, which offers employment and housing services to thousands of veterans nationwide.

2/25/2016 - News article: DOL announces grant for homeless veterans employment program

The U.S. Department of Labor, on Feb. 22, announced $13 million in grants will be given to its Homeless Veterans' Reintegration Program, which offers employment and housing services to thousands of veterans nationwide. read more »

A local nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is providing care to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

2/24/2016 - News article: PTSD program helps veterans in Milwaukee

A local nonprofit in Milwaukee, Wisconsin is providing care to veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. read more »

The University of Southern California's School for Social Work is running a unique campaign dedicated to raising funds for veterans looking to aid fellow servicemembers.

2/24/2016 - News article: USC starts veteran education program

The University of Southern California's School for Social Work is running a unique campaign dedicated to raising funds for veterans looking to aid fellow servicemembers. read more »

News article: Disabled veterans try skiing

2/24/2016 - News article: Disabled veterans try skiing

Many experts say that it's important for disabled veterans to get out of the house every once in a while, and organizations exist specifically to help them with that goal. read more »

News article: New York releases app for veterans

2/24/2016 - News article: Wisconsin group helping veterans with PTSD

One of the big focuses in veteran services over the last several years has been on helping those who come home with more than just physical scars.  read more »

Therapists are using virtual reality technology to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder.

2/24/2016 - News article: Virtual reality therapy helps veterans with PTSD

Therapists are using virtual reality technology to treat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. read more »

Veterans employed at the University of California, Los Angeles can now receive free walk-in care at the UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center.

2/24/2016 - News article: UCLA continues veterans initiative with new therapy program

Veterans employed at the University of California, Los Angeles can now receive free walk-in care at the UCLA Staff and Faculty Counseling Center. read more »

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Feb. 18, announced the deployment of a free mobile app that enables veterans to access state and federal services via smartphones and tablets.

2/23/2016 - News article: NY releases app for veterans

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, on Feb. 18, announced the deployment of a free mobile app that enables veterans to access state and federal services via smartphones and tablets. read more »

News article: New Rutgers program improves veteran health care access

2/23/2016 - News article: New Rutgers program improves veteran health care access

Many efforts across the country are now under way from both governmental and private institutions to improve the quality of health care that veterans receive, and the timeliness with which they receive it. read more »

News article: Michigan looks to improve veterans homes

2/23/2016 - News article: Michigan looks to improve veterans homes

While a number of states operate homes to help care for veterans in need, some experts have recently grown concerned about the quality of care those facilities actually provide. read more »

The Department of Defense wants to reform its recently amended retirement plan.

2/23/2016 - News article: DOD looking to alter military retirement plans, again

The Department of Defense wants to reform its recently amended retirement plan. The agency on Feb. 9 set out its intentions in its 2017 budget request. read more »

News article: Lawmakers seek to tie veteran benefits to cost of living

2/22/2016 - News article: Lawmakers seek to tie veteran benefits to cost of living

Many Americans may be worried about whether their Social Security benefits will end up being enough to help reasonably fund their retirements, even as those payouts are tied to the cost of living. read more »

Cultural researchers have united the families of two U.S. soldiers who served in World War II  with the dog tags of their lost loved ones.

2/22/2016 - News article: Dog tags from WWII veterans found in Italy, Okinawa

Cultural researchers have united the families of two U.S. soldiers who served in World War II with the dog tags of their lost loved ones. read more »

News article: Nevada Rep. seeks to improve veterans facility

2/22/2016 - News article: Nevada Rep. seeks to improve veterans facility

Nevada likes to pride itself on being one of the most veteran-friendly states in the union, and often lives up to that goal in convincing fashion. read more »

News article: Program connects veterans with homeless pets

2/22/2016 - News article: Program connects veterans with homeless pets

Many studies have shown that having a pet can go a long way for veterans and active military members alike when it comes to helping their mental state. read more »

Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Feb. 1 released building plans for a proposed addition to its West Los Angeles housing community for disabled and homeless veterans.

2/22/2016 - News article: Los Angeles releases plans for new VA campus

Officials from the Department of Veterans Affairs on Feb. 1 released building plans for a proposed addition to its West Los Angeles housing community for disabled and homeless veterans. read more »

Veterans in Vermont are taking part in a unique rehabilitation program.

2/19/2016 - News article: Vermont veterans fight PTSD with exercise

Veterans in Vermont are taking part in a unique rehabilitation program. read more »

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced on Feb. 17 a joint initiative to help veterans gain employment in the agriculture industry.

2/19/2016 - News article: USDA calls on veterans to restart U.S. agriculture industry

The Department of Agriculture and Chamber of Commerce Foundation announced on Feb. 17 a joint initiative to help veterans gain employment in the agricultural industry. read more »

News article: Connecticut has ended its veteran homelessness problem

2/18/2016 - News article: Connecticut has ended its veteran homelessness problem

Many states and cities have undertaken the challenge from the federal government to end homelessness among veterans within their borders. read more »

News article: Virginia to hold free legal clinics for veterans

2/18/2016 - News article: Virginia to hold free legal clinics for veterans

Across the country, many veterans may have pressing legal needs, but no real wherewithal to deal with those issues themselves. read more »

News article: College giving veterans free health clinic

2/18/2016 - News article: College giving veterans free health clinic

While many organizations exist to help veterans get access to more military benefits, some still struggle to get all the assistance they need. read more »

Military veterans making the transition back into civilian life need support. Fortunately, there are a myriad resources they can turn to when things get difficult.

2/17/2016 - Contacts and resources for veterans [Infographic]

Military veterans making the transition back into civilian life need support. Fortunately, there are myriad resources they can turn to when things get difficult. read more »

News article: Home for military families to open in Las Vegas

2/17/2016 - News article: Home for military families to open in Las Vegas

Families of military members and veterans certainly do not always have it easy, but organizations exist to help them with the various issues they may face. read more »

News article: Veterans criticize Rhode Island outreach

2/17/2016 - News article: Veterans criticize Rhode Island outreach

Many cities and states across the country are now doing more to make sure veterans are getting the attention and military benefits they both need and deserve. read more »

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 11 introduced legislation that would end the Selective Service System

2/17/2016 - News article: Lawmakers propose end to draft

Members of the U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 11 introduced legislation that would end the Selective Service System. This proposal comes amidst controversy surrounding the decision by Defense Secretary Ash Carter to open all combat positions in the U.S. military to women. read more »

New article: Ohio Senator pushing for new legal path for veterans

2/16/2016 - New article: Ohio senator pushing for new legal path for veterans

Many veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder may find themselves in trouble with the authorities for a variety of reasons, and experts say that simply sending them to jail can set them back in their recovery process. read more »

News article: Veterans helping each other get benefits

2/16/2016 - News article: Veterans helping each other get benefits

After service, veterans are typically entitled to a number of military benefits through the VA. read more »

The House passed a number of veterans bills.

2/16/2016 - News article: House passes veterans bills

The U.S. House of Representatives on Feb. 9 passed a handful of veterans bills. The legislation addresses education, health and regulatory issues impacting former members of the military. read more »

News article: Lawmakers worry over credit impact of VA benefits

2/12/2016 - News article: Lawmakers worry over credit impact of VA benefits

A VA program that is supposed to help veterans obtain low-cost health care may be so backed up that it cannot pay doctors on time. read more »

News articles: Soldiers turn to video games during and after service

2/12/2016 - News article: Soldiers turn to video games during and after service

Many organizations exist to help veterans re-acclimate themselves to civilian life once again when they get out of the service. read more »

The National Park Service may limit the number of items it gathers from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, reported The Associated Press. The department plans to keep only items associated with veterans listed on the memorial.

2/12/2016 - News article: Park Service may limit items collected at Vietnam memorial

The National Park Service may limit the number of items it gathers from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, reported The Associated Press. The department plans to keep only items associated with veterans listed on the memorial. read more »

On Feb. 9, the Obama administration released its 2017 budget proposal. The spending blueprint calls for an additional $75.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The total proposed budget for the VA amounts to $178.7 billion.

2/12/2016 - News article: Obama budget includes hike in VA funding

On Feb. 9, the Obama administration released its 2017 budget proposal. The spending blueprint calls for an additional $75.1 billion in funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The total proposed budget for the VA amounts to $178.7 billion, a 5 percent increase over the department's budget for the 2016 fiscal year. read more »

News article: PGA program helping disabled veterans

2/11/2016 - News article: PGA program helping disabled veterans

For some time now, the Professional Golf Association has made it a goal to assist wounded veterans in getting back to 100 percent, both physically and mentally. read more »

News article: Car service only hires veterans as drivers

2/11/2016 - News article: Car service only hires veterans as drivers

Many companies across the country make a point to hire veterans as part of their business model, because they know how beneficial it can be to both parties. read more »

The discovery of a forgotten Purple Heart has united distant family members.

2/11/2016 - News article: Purple Heart unites distant family members

The discovery of a forgotten Purple Heart has united distant family members. read more »

News article: Wounded veterans find benefit in biking

2/10/2016 - News article: Wounded veterans find benefit in biking

Riding a bike is an exercise many Americans undertake every day as a means of staying in shape, but these days, one group of veterans is getting a lot of mileage out of the practice after being wounded during service. read more »

News article: Lawmakers trying to curb female veteran suicides

2/10/2016 - News article: Lawmakers trying to curb female veteran suicides

Suicide among veterans is at an unfortunately high level and has been for quite a while now. read more »

News article: Wisconsin business, Girl Scouts working to help vets

2/9/2016 - News article: Wisconsin business, Girl Scouts working to help vets

Many people try to help veterans in rather material ways, giving them financial, medical, and even housing support. read more »

News article: UCLA strikes deal with VA to help vets

2/9/2016 - News article: UCLA strikes deal with VA to help vets

A controversial deal between UCLA and the VA which resulted in a lawsuit a few years ago has been revised to ensure that veterans have better access to health care and other improvements. read more »

News article: Yale program gets veterans top-notch education

2/8/2016 - News article: Yale program gets veterans top-notch education

Many veterans get a lot of real-world training for future careers while they're in the service, but others may want to further their education. read more »

News article: Riverside, California, ends its veteran homelessness

2/8/2016 - News article: Riverside, California, ends its veteran homelessness

A while ago, now, President Barack Obama asked cities across the country to try to end their veteran homelessness problems by the end of 2015. read more »

If your job search has hit a rough patch, maybe it's time to reassess how you're applying.

2/8/2016 - Blog: How veterans can capture an employer's attention

If you're a veteran who has continued to fire off resumes with no noticeable effect, it might be time to reassess your candidate profile. Here are some tips for better capturing an employer's attention.  read more »

Poetry is helping veterans write about the experiences they can't talk about.

2/8/2016 - News article: Veterans find some peace in poetry workshops

Cowboy poet Vess Quinlan used last month's 32nd National Cowboy Poetry Gathering in Elko, Nevada to address a workshop of combat veterans and their families about sharing their stories. read more »

News article: County bans housing discrimination against veterans

2/5/2016 - News article: County bans housing discrimination against veterans

In addition to the problems directly related to veteran homelessness, many other former servicemembers deal with their own housing issues as well. read more »

News article: New homeless veterans bill passes House

2/5/2016 - News article: New homeless veterans bill passes House

Lawmakers at the local, state, and federal level are now trying to do more to end the scourge of veteran homelessness, and these efforts are largely being very well received. read more »

Marines volunteered their time to help homeless veterans in the District of Columbia.

2/4/2016 - News article: Marines lend veterans a helping hand

Counseling, medical screening, housing assistance and a number of other services were on offer at Washington, D.C.'s Stand Down event, where a number of Marines volunteered their time.  read more »

Delaware's facility is 48,000 square feet of space just for homeless veterans.

2/4/2016 - News article: Delaware plans its biggest homeless veterans home

The Delaware Center for Homeless Veterans has already set plans in motion to purchase the former Layton Home, a 48,000-square-foot facility that will be the first in Delaware to provide permanent, subsidized housing exclusively to veterans. read more »

Homeless veterans found food, clothing and job support at Tuesday's event.

2/3/2016 - News article: Homeless vets find help at Stand Down event

There were hundreds of veterans filling the American Legion hall in Jacksonville, North Carolina on Tuesday for the Sixth Annual Veterans Stand Down event, which provided assistance of all kinds.  read more »

News article: Western Mass. group renovating old school to house vets

2/3/2016 - News article: Massachusetts group renovating school to house vets

With the veteran homelessness problem now getting a lot more attention nationwide, a lot of individual cities are now starting to do more to deal with the problem whenever they can. read more »

Veterans can receive leadership training to prepare them for the business world.

2/3/2016 - News article: Vets, top executives given the same leadership training

Korn Ferry and Harris Corp., two tech and manpower giants, are joining to offer a free executive leadership program for veterans who have recently transitioned into their life after service.  read more »

News article: Chicago moves to protect veterans seeking housing

2/3/2016 - News article: Chicago moves to protect veterans seeking housing

The housing rental market has been shown over the years to have a lot of discriminatory practices in it, most often against minorities or people with lower incomes. read more »

Health care providers must have an understanding of military culture to be truly efficient.

2/2/2016 - News article: Divide between military and civilian culture impedes vet care

An understanding of military culture is essential for health care systems and providers to effectively care for veterans and their families, a new University at Buffalo study found.  read more »

News article: Florida lawmaker pushing for vets' improved access to ID

2/2/2016 - News article: Florida lawmaker pushing for vets' improved access to ID

Each year, many veterans may end up seeking new ID cards but find that it is a difficult and slow process to complete. read more »

Ohio veterans get access to free tax help

2/2/2016 - News article: Ohio veterans get access to free tax help

There are many things that veterans may need help with in their everyday lives, and during filing season, that may often include assistance filling out all their tax forms. read more »