May 2013

Hagel warns about potential cuts to benefits

5/31/2013 - Defense Secretary Hagel warns of impending changes to benefits

Since the sequester took hold in March, there have been no official changes to benefits received by servicemembers, but on Thursday, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel warned that some may be looming in the future. read more »

Army observes National Safety Month in June

5/31/2013 - Army observes National Safety Month in June

Many preventable deaths occur during the summer months, and that doesn't change when it comes to servicemembers and their families. read more »

HUD, VA take steps to end veteran homelessness by 2015

5/31/2013 - Ending veteran homelessness by 2015 may be a challenge

Several years ago government officials committed to eliminating veteran homelessness by 2015. Since then, thanks to work by the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and Department of Housing and Urban Development, the rate of homelessness has fallen considerably, but there is still considerable work to be done. read more »

Gary Sinise continues to support vets nearly 20 years after 'Forrest Gump' role

5/30/2013 - 'Forrest Gump' continues to influence Gary Sinise's view of vets

Gary Sinise rose to fame thanks in large part to his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump," but aside from helping his career the part also has changed his life. Nearly 20 years later, he is among the most ardent supporters of veterans. read more »

Baseball teams around the country honored fallen troops on Memorial Day

5/30/2013 - Baseball, beers among unique tributes to fallen heroes

Major League Baseball teams across the country paid tribute to fallen soldiers on Memorial Day by wearing military-inspired uniforms, but the Milwaukee Brewers took things one step further. read more »

Military children face health challenges, AAP reports says

5/28/2013 - AAP releases report on challenges faced by military children

Children who have parents serving in the military encounter problems that civilian youngsters do not, and a new report from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) suggests that their health can suffer as a result. read more »

President Obama gives landmark speech on national defense

5/24/2013 - President Obama gives landmark speech on national defense

With the military on its way out of Afghanistan but the threat of terrorism around the world still very prevalent, the national defense strategy is at a crossroads. read more »

Oklahoma National Guard helps out with tornado recovery

5/23/2013 - Oklahoma National Guard helps town recover from tornado

As the town of Moore, Okla., recovers from a devastating tornado that hit earlier this week, the Oklahoma National Guard has played an integral role in the process. read more »

Stolen Valor Act headed to president's desk

5/23/2013 - New Stolen Valor Act to become law

In 2012, the Supreme Court struck down a law that made it illegal to lie about having earned a military medal on the basis of free speech. Now, a year later an improved, more narrowly tailored law is on its way to President Barack Obama's desk. read more »

Debate wears on over pay raises, TRICARE fees

5/22/2013 - House proposal addresses controversy over smaller pay raises for troops

As the Department of Defense looks to cut costs in the wake of sequestration, there has been substantial controversy surrounding what impact it could have on military families. Specifically, the community was concerned about purpose plans to reduce service members' annual raises and increase TRICARE fees. read more »

Growing number of vets presenting with serious joint pain

5/21/2013 - Increasing number of troops suffering from joint damage

A wide variety of injuries affect veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Everything from traumatic brain injuries (TBI) to amputations have gained a considerable amount of attention, but experts say that chronic pain caused by musculoskeletal conditions may be one of the most prevalent issues. read more »

Could Yoga help treat PTSD?

5/20/2013 - Servicemember helps vets, first responders overcome PTSD with yoga

Even if they are not diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), servicemembers and first responders undoubtedly face a great deal of mental strain on a day-to-day basis. read more »

Solar panels helping create an energy-efficient military

5/17/2013 - Armed Forces continue to focus on renewable energy

The military has made a strong push to become more energy efficient in recent years, and nowhere is that more evident than at their bases around the country. Many installations have implemented solar panels, a recent report from the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) revealed that they are creating an estimated 130 megawatts. read more »

Group hopes to help bridge the civilian-military gap

5/17/2013 - New York-based program hopes to bridge civilian-military gap

Transitioning to a life away from the military is often challenging for servicemembers. Making the jump from the structured life of the Armed Forces to a new environment can certainly be difficult, but one of the biggest obstacles troops encounter is what's known as the civilian-military gap. read more »

Legislators push for public schools to offer in-state rates to vets

5/16/2013 - Lawmakers push for in-state tuition at public schools for vets

The Post-9/11 GI Bill is one of the most popular benefits among the military community, and its use is on the rise. Nearly 500,000 people took advantage of the benefits in 2012, which was a 13 percent jump from the year before. read more »

Diagnostic criteria for PTSD may change

5/15/2013 - Diagnostic criteria for PTSD may change

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is one of the greatest challenges facing servicemembers after they leave the battlefield. read more »

Growing number of soldiers separating from service

5/14/2013 - Growing number of soldiers separating from service

As the U.S. winds down operations in Afghanistan and the Pentagon looks to shrink its size by 2017, a growing number of troops are separating from service. read more »

Social media helps military families in wide variety of ways

5/14/2013 - Social media plays vital role for military families

Staying in contact with loved ones is an essential part of life for military families. In years past, doing so may have been particularly difficult, especially with a parent or spouse deployed overseas. read more »

Many vets head to railroad industry after leaving service

5/13/2013 - Railroad jobs a popular career choice among veterans

With thousands of veterans slated to separate from service in the coming months and years, many of them will be looking for new employment opportunities. read more »

Afghanistan vet Prince Harry visits with American troops during U.S. trip

5/13/2013 - Afghanistan vet Prince Harry pays tribute to U.S. troops during visit

In the midst of his most recent visit to the U.S., Prince Harry has taken a much more somber approach than he did during his previous trips overseas. read more »

Military works to create electronic records to cemeteries

5/10/2013 - Military officials work to create digital cemetery records

Over the last several years, record keeping at Washington, D.C.'s Arlington National Cemetery has improved dramatically, and now experts across the country are trying to do the same on military installations. read more »

Warrior Games helps wounded soldiers recover

5/10/2013 - Injured soldier sets standard at Warrior Games

The Warrior Games showcases the best the Armed Forces has to offer, and one servicemember in particular is certainly a testament to that. read more »

New York airport opens new Military Family Room

5/9/2013 - Military Family Room opens at New York airport

Whether they are welcoming home a loved one from overseas or saying goodbye before a deployment, the airport can be a very emotional place for military families, and one in New York is taking a unique approach into helping them through the stressful time. read more »

California-based program helps wounded warriors transition

5/9/2013 - Sentinels of Freedom helps wounded warriors transition to civilian life

Transitioning from active duty to civilian life is difficult for many soldiers, but the challenges may be especially steep for wounded warriors. Having to adapt to a drastically different lifestyle, all while managing the wounds of war - whether they be emotional or physical - is something few people can fully understand. read more »

Dr. Jill Biden praises military families

5/7/2013 - Second lady Dr. Jill Biden praises military families

Men and women who have a spouse serving overseas face a wide variety of challenges, but second lady Dr. Jill Biden did not know just how difficult it was having a loved one deployed in a war zone until she experienced it herself. read more »

ISU helps servicemembers head back to school

5/7/2013 - Indiana State University extends education benefits for servicemembers

Many servicemembers take advantage of the education benefits afforded to them by their time in the military, and a large number states make sure it's easy for troops to head back to school once they've separated from service. read more »

Fort Carson leads charge to improve relationships between commanders, soldiers

5/7/2013 - Fort Carson leads push to strengthen bonds between soldiers, commanders

There's no denying that being a soldier is a stressful job. Aside from being physically demanding, the job also requires regular moves and is mentally straining. In an effort to stay on top of soldiers' mental health, officials at Fort Carson have launched a new program. read more »

Unemployment for post-9/11 vets drops significantly in April

5/6/2013 - Unemployment for post-9/11 vets drops significantly in April

The employment report for the month of April contained good news for much of the country. An estimated 165,000 jobs were added to the economy, bringing the overall unemployment rate to 7.5 percent - its lowest in four years. read more »

Army's tradition of innovation earns priase

5/3/2013 - Army earns praise for its impressive innovation

The Army often is recognized for the skill and bravery of its soldiers, but the branch recently earned praise for something else - its research capabilities. read more »

TRICARE may help cover alternative therapies

5/2/2013 - TRICARE may soon cover experimental therapies

Physical therapy comes in many different forms, and a new bill being proposed in Congress could make sure that TRIACRE covers all kinds. read more »

Mortgages top servicemember complaints to CFPB

5/1/2013 - Mortgages top financial complaints among troops, CFPB says

Frequent moves are one of the greatest challenges faced by the military community. Known as permanent changes of station (PCS), not only can they be stressful, but the moves often cause significant concerns surrounding finances. read more »