March 2016

Thousands of veterans leave the military for life after service every year. A major part of reintegration to civilian society is obtaining a civilian job. However, it can be difficult for former servicemembers to choose which career path they want to pursue.

3/31/2016 - Blog: Best career fields for veterans

Thousands of veterans leave the military for life after service every year. A major part of reintegration to civilian society is obtaining a civilian job. However, it can be difficult for former servicemembers to choose which career path they want to pursue. read more »

Veterans of the Vietnam War were not always treated with the respect they deserved when they returned home from their service. In fact, many were treated poorly. Established in 2012, the National Vietnam War Commemoration was created to recognize the former servicemembers who fought in this war and show them the respect they earned.

3/31/2016 - News article: National Vietnam War Commemoration recognizes veterans

Veterans of the Vietnam War were not always treated with the respect they deserved when they returned home from their service. In fact, many were treated poorly. Established in 2012, the National Vietnam War Commemoration was created to recognize the former servicemembers who fought in this war and show them the respect they earned. read more »

New report shows disconnect between veterans, VA

3/31/2016 - New report shows disconnect between veterans, VA

The Department of Veterans Affairs has come under some fire recently with respect to its classifications of those who qualify for forms of support. read more »

Expanding support to veterans

3/31/2016 - Expanding support to veterans

Veterans need various forms of support when they return from overseas, including health care, jobs services and opportunities to acquire housing. read more »

News Article: Maryland, New Mexico, Florida active in veterans support

3/31/2016 - News Article: Florida, New Mexico, Maryland active in veterans support

Certain states have been more actively engaged in programs and initiatives focused on military veteran support than others, with local governments and state legislatures stepping up to the challenges seen in this fight. read more »

News Article: Plenty of support for entrepreneurial-minded veterans

3/31/2016 - News Article: Plenty of support for entrepreneurial-minded veterans

Veterans have been hailed for their acumen in corporate leadership thanks to their experiences in the service that prepare them for the challenges of decision making and even business ownership. read more »

Veterans deserve a great place to life in their life after service. Each of these cities is up to the task.

3/31/2016 - The best cities for a life after service [Infographic]

One way to make the transition to a life after service easier is if servicemembers know they're coming home to cities that welcome them with open arms, where opportunities to work and relax are theirs for the taking. read more »

News Article: Baseball team gives veteran a day to remember

3/30/2016 - News Article: Baseball team gives veteran a day to remember

Small gestures of kindness and recognition can sometimes have a very big impact on veterans. read more »

Veteran care set to improve in Arizona

3/30/2016 - News Article: Veteran care set to improve in Arizona

The Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness estimates that there are roughly 556,729 veterans living in the state, which is about 2.5 percent of all servicemembers in the United States. read more »

Most people don't realize that veterans make some of the best business people around. In fact, many of the most popular countries in the United States got their starts in the minds of former servicemembers.

3/30/2016 - Blog: Big businesses you probably didn't know were headed by veterans

Most people don't realize that veterans make some of the best business people around. In fact, many of the most popular countries in the United States got their starts in the minds of former servicemembers. read more »

Many military servicemembers have families that live with them on-base. However, raising children amidst the hustle and bustle of the base and under strict military schedules can be difficult. AFBA has composed a list of tips to help parents raise families despite the semi-chaos of military life.

3/30/2016 - Blog: 5 tips for raising a military family

Many military servicemembers have families that live with them on-base. However, raising children amidst the hustle and bustle of the base and under strict military schedules can be difficult. AFBA has composed a list of tips to help parents raise families despite the semi-chaos of military life. read more »

News Article: Commemorating Vietnam War veterans

3/29/2016 - News Article: Commemorating Vietnam War veterans

The Vietnam War began more than 50 years ago, and many local communities have taken to honoring the veterans who served there through various events. read more »

News Article: An interesting approach to PTSD treatment

3/29/2016 - News Article: An interesting approach to PTSD treatment

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that between 11 and 20 percent of veterans from conflicts in Iraq, 12 percent of those from the Gulf War, and 15 percent of Vietnam servicemembers suffer from post traumatic stress disorder. read more »

News Article: Battling homelessness among veterans

3/29/2016 - News Article: Battling homelessness among veterans

Homelessness has been a major problem in the veteran community for decades, and both public and private sector organizations are working to quell the issue as quickly as possible. read more »

Donations boost homeless veteran help in New York

3/29/2016 - News Article: Donations boost homeless veteran help in New York

Veteran homelessness is still a major problem that affects tens of thousands of former servicemembers across the country. read more »

Iowa city sees new facility for homeless vets

3/29/2016 - News Article: Iowa city sees new facility for homeless vets

Private groups and government agencies nationwide are now trying to do more to combat veteran homelessness, often by creating new facilities in which these former servicemembers can live. read more »

Between 240,000 and 360,000 military members leave the Armed Forces for life after service every year. Many of these former servicemembers have families and are looking for a place to settle down. This article discusses best cities in the United States for veterans.

3/28/2016 - Blog: Where should you live after service?

Between 240,000 and 360,000 military members leave the Armed Forces for life after service every year. Many of these former servicemembers have families and are looking for a place to settle down. This article discusses best cities in the United States for veterans. read more »

Many former servicemembers are left with mental scars in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health issues. These mental health problems can be difficult to deal with on your own, so it's important for veterans to know that there are plenty of resources available to help.

3/28/2016 - Blog: Where can veterans turn for mental health help?

Many former servicemembers are left with mental scars in the form of post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and other mental health issues. These mental health problems can be difficult to deal with on your own, so it's important for veterans to know that there are plenty of resources available to help. read more »

Hagel speaks out for veterans in office

3/25/2016 - News Article: Hagel speaks out for veterans in office

Various organizations and committees have worked to get veterans into public office, as servicemembers are often well-suited to positions in government. read more »

How are veterans coping with PTSD?

3/25/2016 - News Article: How are veterans coping with PTSD?

Post-traumatic stress disorder affects an estimated 10 percent of Gulf War veterans and a further 11 percent of those who served in Afghanistan more recently. read more »

One school's approach to remembering veterans

3/25/2016 - News Article: One school's approach to remembering veterans

Universities have been actively working to support veterans through a range of educational programs and specialized training initiatives, but these types of ventures are far from the only ones launched by higher education facilities. read more »

Comcast looking to hire more veterans

3/24/2016 - News Article: Comcast looking to hire more veterans

In recent years, more large companies have made hiring veterans a priority, and that has afforded many former servicemembers employment opportunities they simply would not have had before. read more »

Veteran hiring on the rise

3/24/2016 - News Article: Veteran hiring on the rise

One of the biggest issues many veterans face in their daily lives after service is that it's not always easy for them to get a job. read more »

The Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago, Illinois is a key community resource for local veterans.

3/24/2016 - News Article: Chicago donation center helps veterans

The Midwest Veterans Closet in North Chicago, Illinois is a key community resource for local veterans. read more »

Former servicemembers have an increasing presence on college campuses today, but how do they choose which school to attend? Take a look at AFBA's list of things veterans should consider when choosing a college.

3/24/2016 - Blog: What should former servicemembers look for in a college?

Former servicemembers have an increasing presence on college campuses today, but how do they choose which school to attend? Take a look at AFBA's list of things veterans should consider when choosing a college. read more »

Veterans in Visalia, California plan to raise awareness about servicemember suicide rates with a commemorative march.

3/23/2016 - News Article: California veterans to raise awareness about servicemember suicide with march

Veterans in Visalia, California plan to raise awareness about servicemember suicide rates with a commemorative march. read more »

On March 20, 15 new members were inducted into the Joseph A. Dugan Hall of Valor at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh, Penn.

3/23/2016 - News Article: Veterans inducted into Hall of Valor

On March 20, 15 new members were inducted into the Joseph A. Dugan Hall of Valor at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hall and Museum in Pittsburgh, Penn. read more »

Entering life after service can be a confusing times for former servicemembers. Among other things, there is the pressing matter of finding a civilian job. As a part of the Armed Forces, you likely built a pretty impressive resume, but it is time to prepare it for its next target: the civilian hiring manager.

3/22/2016 - Blog: 6 things HR managers look for on a resume

Entering life after service can be a confusing times for former servicemembers. Among other things, there is the pressing matter of finding a civilian job. As a part of the Armed Forces, you likely built a pretty impressive resume, but it is time to prepare it for its next target: the civilian hiring manager. read more »

While the GI Bill is one of the most important benefits for veterans, there are many things about it that remain a mystery. Fortunately, AFBA has outlined some key facts every former servicemember should know about the GI Bill.

3/22/2016 - Blog: 5 GI Bill facts every servicemember should know

While the GI Bill is one of the most important benefits for veterans, there are many things about it that remain a mystery. Fortunately, AFBA has outlined some key facts every former servicemember should know about the GI Bill. read more »

On Friday, March 18, 2016 the U.S. State Department granted the Pentagon permission to open five new bases in the Philippines.

3/22/2016 - News article: The five new U.S. military bases in the South China Sea

On Friday, March 18, 2016 the U.S. State Department granted the Pentagon permission to open five new bases in the Philippines. read more »

Florida pushing to attract veterans

3/22/2016 - News Article: Florida pushing to attract veterans

In recent years, many states have tried to make life better for veterans living there. read more »

Illinois officials assessing veteran homes

3/22/2016 - News Article: Illinois officials assessing veteran homes

The care veterans receive after their service has been discussed a lot lately, and now more officials at both the state and federal levels are trying to see if they can do more to improve it. read more »

Veterans should consider the following five professions while transitioning from life in the military to the workforce.

3/22/2016 - Blog Article: 5 jobs for veterans in life after service

Veterans should consider the following five professions while transitioning from life in the military to the workforce. read more »

On March 16, community members attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new veterans museum in Costa Mesa, California.

3/22/2016 - News Article: Construction begins on California veterans museum

On March 16, community members attended a groundbreaking ceremony for a new veterans museum in Costa Mesa, California. read more »

On March 17, 25 veterans from San Diego, California took to the waves at San Onofre Beach near Camp Pendleton for the first day of a weekend-long surfing clinic.

3/21/2016 - News Article: California veterans hit the waves to heal

On March 17, 25 veterans from San Diego, California took to the waves at San Onofre Beach near Camp Pendleton for the first day of a weekend-long surfing clinic. read more »

Tattoos have long been part of military culture, and a group in North Carolina has begun using ink as a way for veterans to heal from the unseen wounds of combat.

3/21/2016 - News article: Getting inked helps some veterans heal

Tattoos have long been part of military culture, and a group in North Carolina has begun using ink as a way for veterans to heal from the unseen wounds of combat. read more »

Of the fifty states, Florida may be one of the most proactive in welcoming veterans to its region. In fact, the state has even launched a massive marketing campaign to attract former servicemembers, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

3/21/2016 - News article: Florida aims to become haven for former servicemembers

Of the fifty states, Florida may be one of the most proactive in welcoming veterans to its region. In fact, the state has even launched a massive marketing campaign to attract former servicemembers, according to the Orlando Sentinel. read more »

On March 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 802. This legislation approved $1 million for the First Responders Presumed Coverage Reimbursement Fund.

3/18/2016 - News article: Senate greenlights firefighter cancer fund

On March 17, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved Senate Bill 802. This legislation approved $1 million for the First Responders Presumed Coverage Reimbursement Fund. read more »

Deployment is a significant part of military service. Though it can be emotionally challenging, military families can make this time a little less stressful by getting their financials in order before the servicemember ships out.

3/18/2016 - Blog: The pre-deployment financial checklist

Deployment is a significant part of military service. Though it can be emotionally challenging, military families can make this time a little less stressful by getting their financials in order before the servicemember ships out. read more »

House weighing service dogs for veterans bill

3/17/2016 - News Article: House weighing service dogs for veterans bill

Service dogs have repeatedly proven themselves to be very effective in helping veterans with a variety of disabilities, but access to them hasn't always been easy. read more »

Senate moving quickly on veteran health bill

3/17/2016 - News Article: Senate moving quickly on veteran health bill

In recent months, the quality of veterans benefits as it relates to health care has come into question, but as is often the case in these situations, lawmakers are moving quickly to remediate these issues. read more »

Home Base, a national organization raises money to provide veterans with a free training program, Warrior Health and Fitness Program.

3/17/2016 - News article: Home Base raises awareness and holds fundraisers for Warrior Health and Fitness Program

Home Base a national organization raises money for the Warrior Health and Fitness Program. read more »

Lawmakers in New York have introduced legislation that would add the state to the list of U.S. territories that celebrate K-9 Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor military and law enforcement service dogs.

3/17/2016 - News Article: NY to celebrate K-9 Veterans Day

Lawmakers in New York have introduced legislation that would add the state to the list of U.S. territories that celebrate K-9 Veterans Day, a national holiday to honor military and law enforcement service dogs. read more »

A charity by the name of M.A.S.H. Pantry puts food in the bellies of hungry homeless and low income veterans and their families.

3/16/2016 - News Article: M.A.S.H. Pantry provides food to veterans in need

A charity by the name of M.A.S.H. Pantry puts food in the bellies of hungry homeless and low-income veterans and their families. read more »

Wounded veteran, Bobby Henline plans to open a burger restaurant and hire a staff of other veterans.

3/16/2016 - News Article: Wounded veteran plans to open burger restaurant, staffed with other veterans

Wounded veteran Bobby Henline plans to open a burger restaurant and hire a staff of other veterans. read more »

French representatives, on March 10, honored three Boston-area veterans for their service during World War II.

3/16/2016 - News Article: France recognizes Boston-area veterans

French representatives, on March 10, honored three Boston-area veterans for their service during World War II. read more »

A bill that would help veterans in Colorado obtain service dogs has passed through the state's House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee.

3/11/2016 - News Article: Veteran service dog bill passes in Colorado

A bill that would help veterans in Colorado obtain service dogs has passed through the state's House Public Health Care and Human Services Committee. read more »

Over 50 veterans gathered to perform on the first day of the 2016 Local Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Reno, Nevada.

3/11/2016 - News Article: Nevada VA hospital sponsors arts festival for veterans

Over 50 veterans gathered to perform on the first day of the 2016 Local Veterans Creative Arts Festival in Reno, Nevada. read more »

A sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor was buried March 9 in Honolulu, Hawaii.

3/10/2016 - News Article: Sailor killed in Pearl Harbor attack buried

A sailor killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor was buried March 9 in Honolulu, Hawaii. read more »

Students at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana treated local veterans to free dental care.

3/10/2016 - News Article: Indiana veterans treated to free dental care

Students at the University of Southern Indiana in Evansville, Indiana treated local veterans to free dental care. read more »

The Aura Home for Women Veterans, a nonprofit organization for homeless women veterans opened a new office in Asheville, North Carolina.

3/8/2016 - News article: The Aura Home for Women Veterans opens new office in Asheville, North Carolina

The Aura Home for Women Veterans, a nonprofit organization for homeless women veterans opened a new office in Asheville, North Carolina. read more »

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, on March 4, discussed pain management techniques for veterans during a field meeting in Concord, New Hampshire.

3/8/2016 - News Article: House subcommittee holds hearing on veteran pain management

Members of the House Veterans' Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, on March 4, discussed pain management techniques for veterans during a field meeting in Concord, New Hampshire. read more »

The Welcome Johnny and Jane Home Project heals veterans through listening.

3/7/2016 - News article: Healing veterans through listening

The Welcome Johnny and Jane Homes Project aims to heal veterans through the power of listening. read more »

A veteran in Huntington Beach contributed to The Library of Congress' Veterans History Project.

3/7/2016 - News article: California veteran contributes to history project

A veteran in Huntington Beach contributed to The Library of Congress' Veterans History Project. read more »

First lady Michelle Obama, on March 2, recognized female veterans during a reception in Washington, D.C.

3/7/2016 - News article: First Lady honors female veterans

First lady Michelle Obama, on March 2, recognized female veterans during a reception in Washington, D.C. read more »

Indiana group promoting efforts of veteran farmers

3/4/2016 - News article: Indiana group promoting efforts of veteran farmers

After they get out of the service, many veterans turn to different kinds of entrepreneurship as a means of making a living. read more »

Group builds motorcycles to help veterans.

3/4/2016 - News article: Group builds motorcycles to help veterans

Many veterans come home from combat with serious physical and mental scars, and those are issues that need to be addressed on an ongoing basis. read more »

Legislators in Kentucky have introduced a bill that would help veterans in the state start small businesses.

3/3/2016 - News article: Kentucky legislators introduce veterans business bill

Legislators in Kentucky have introduced a bill that would help veterans in the state start small businesses. read more »

The documentary "Hunting in Wartime," portraying the lives of Vietnam War veterans, won the Big Sky Award at Big Sky Film Festival.

3/3/2016 - News Article: Documentary "Hunting in Wartime" wins big at Big Sky Film Festival

The documentary "Hunting in Wartime," portraying the lives of Vietnam War veterans, won the Big Sky Award at Big Sky Film Festival. read more »

The unemployment rate remains low for U.S. veterans.

3/3/2016 - News article: Unemployment rate remains stable for US veterans

The unemployment rate remains low for U.S. veterans. read more »

On Feb. 27, almost 200 veterans gathered at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts to show support for local Muslims.

3/3/2016 - News article: New England veterans hold rally in support of local Muslims

On Feb. 27, almost 200 veterans gathered at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury, Massachusetts to show support for local Muslims. read more »

Indiana Grown program's Homegrown by Heroes initiative supports U.S. veteran farmers.

3/2/2016 - News Article: Homegrown by Heroes Program

Indiana Grown program's Homegrown by Heroes initiative supports U.S. veteran farmers. read more »

Team Rubicon volunteers to help a tornado-stricken town in Virginia.

3/2/2016 - News article: Tornado hits Virginia - Team Rubicon saves the day

Team Rubicon volunteers to help a tornado-stricken town in Virginia. read more »

Despite being diagnosed with brain cancer, Suarez overcomes it and re-enlists in the Marine Corps.

3/2/2016 - Blog post: Strong Marine battles cancer and re-enlists

Despite being diagnosed with brain cancer, Suarez overcomes it and re-enlists in the Marine Corps. read more »

Equine therapy may help lessen the symptoms of PTSD.

3/2/2016 - Blog post: Horse therapy helping to heal PTSD

Equine therapy may help lessen the symptoms of PTSD. read more »

Father makes quilts out of his late veteran son's uniform.

3/2/2016 - News Article: Made with love - father creates quilts in memory of his veteran son

Father makes quilts out of his late veteran son's uniform. read more »

Veterans can participate in a free training program for cybersecurity.

3/1/2016 - News article: Free cybersecurity training for veterans

Free cybersecurity training is available to veterans through SANS CyberTalent Immersion Academy. read more »

Tails of Valor is a non-profit organization that trains rescued dogs to become disabled veterans companions.

3/1/2016 - News article: Tails of Valor supporting a dynamic duo - rescued pups and disabled vets

Tails of Valor is a non-profit organization that trains rescued dogs to become disabled veterans companions. read more »

A Medal of Honor was awarded by President Obama to Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers.

3/1/2016 - News Article: Medal of Honor awarded to Navy SEAL

A Medal of Honor was awarded by President Obama to Senior Chief Petty Officer Edward Byers. read more »

News article: Veterans dealing with VA benefits gap for infertility

3/1/2016 - News article: Veterans dealing with VA benefits gap for infertility

While many veterans across the country receive assistance from the VA to deal with a number of health care issues, one group has found a surprising lack of help with one type of medical problem. read more »

News article: Ohio organization helps vets get stability

3/1/2016 - News article: Ohio organization helps vets get stability

One of the biggest problems that many veterans may face when returning home from service is re-acclimating themselves to civilian life. read more »

Ruth Fairchild, a veteran of the Gulf War and the former State Junior Vice Commander of the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Feb. 28, will speak at the 70th anniversary celebration for the VFW Post in Titusville, Pennsylvania.

3/1/2016 - News article: Female VFW commander to commemorate post anniversary

Ruth Fairchild, a veteran of the Gulf War and the former State Junior Vice Commander of the Pennsylvania Department of Veterans of Foreign Wars, on Feb. 28, will speak at the 70th anniversary celebration for the VFW Post in Titusville, Pennsylvania. read more »