May 2015

The USS New Jersey will use cutting-edge technology for improved stealth and accuracy.

5/29/2015 - New submarine to be named after Garden State

The Secretary of the Navy announced that a Virginia-class attack submarine will bear the name USS New Jersey. read more »

Boston Harbor is the usual home of the USS Constitution, the oldest commissioned warship in the U.S. Navy.

5/29/2015 - Oldest commissioned warship leaves water for restoration

For the first time in two decades, the USS Constitution left the water to undergo restoration at a dry dock of the Charlestown Navy Yard. read more »

A recent study revealed that the unemployment rates for female veterans are trending down.

5/29/2015 - Report shows employment on the rise for female veterans

A new study shows employment for female veterans is on the rise in the U.S. read more »

Hillenglade Farm uses horses to help servicemembers heal.

5/28/2015 - Actress uses farm to help injured servicemembers heal

A former Hollywood star is using her Nashville farm to offer hope and healing to wounded warriors and their families.    read more »

100 Questions and Answers About Veterans: A Guide for Civilians can be purchased on Amazon.com.

5/28/2015 - Veterans answer 100 questions to correct myths

Journalism students from the University of Michigan hope to help combat misconceptions about veterans with their new book.  read more »

NASCAR partners mobilized to support U.S. troops both living and fallen.

5/26/2015 - NASCAR tribute honors fallen servicemembers

NASCAR honored fallen members of the military with a special Memorial Day tribute at the Coca-Cola 600. read more »

Mobile apps can help military families stay connected and organized during deployment.

5/26/2015 - 5 helpful apps for military families

Five mobile apps aim to make life easier for military families by providing valuable resources straight to their phones. read more »

Bands 4 Courage uses pieces of old uniforms to create bands and bracelets.

5/26/2015 - Military mom puts old uniforms to good use

A U.S. Marine mom is turning old uniforms into treasured mementos for loved ones. read more »

5 tips for military families while moving

5/22/2015 - How can military families make the moving process easier?

It is common for military families to have to move frequently. These transitions can be challenging, as aspects like moving with children can make the process stressful without good planning. read more »

North Dakota promotes first female general in National Guard

5/22/2015 - North Dakota names first female general in Army National Guard

Giselle Wilz was recently promoted from colonel to the first-ever female brigadier general in the Army National Guard in a ceremony in Bismarck, North Dakota. read more »

University starts two new programs to aid veterans and active duty students

5/21/2015 - University announces 2 new programs for veteran and active duty students

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has announced its plans for two new programs that will support military veterans and active duty members who want to enroll. read more »

National EMS week recognizes the men and women who provide emergency medical services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

5/21/2015 - EMS Week 2015 honors emergency responders

May 17 through 23 is National EMS Week.  read more »

Tips for first responders in emergency situations

5/21/2015 - Tips for first responders during emergencies

The ability to assess the situation and come up with the best course of action in a life-threatening circumstance is a skill that takes a great deal of training and is crucial to protecting the community. read more »

The VA's new initiative aims to increase economic opportunities for veterans in 25 communities.

5/21/2015 - Economic initiative by VA seeks to promote veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is partnering with 50 cities to provide economic opportunities for veterans nationwide.  read more »

Two of the bills passed by the House of Representatives could protect veterans from identity theft and increase accountability at the VA.

5/20/2015 - New bills passed by House to aid veterans

Six bills passed by Congress aim to provide solutions to some of the problems that veterans face in everyday life.  read more »

Veterans set out on 6,000-mile journey to raise funds for military families and their pets

5/20/2015 - Vets set out on 6,000-mile journey to raise funds for military families and their pets

Pets often have a major impact on how successfully military veterans heal after physical or mental injuries while serving. read more »

A new campaign by the Department of Veterans Affairs calls for innovative solutions to challenges faced by veterans with disabilities.

5/20/2015 - Creation series aims to improve quality of life for veterans

The VA's new Innovation Creation Series for Prosthetics and Assistive Technologies is a two-month campaign that seeks to gather ideas for innovative ways to solve problems that disabled veterans face every day.   read more »

5 ways for military families to communicate during deployment

5/19/2015 - 5 ways military families can communicate during deployment

Communication is key for families trying to successfully handle deployment. read more »

Mobile apps for veterans can aid in everything from job searching to prescription refills.

5/19/2015 - 4 great mobile apps for veterans

Innovative individuals and companies are creating apps that make it a little easier to be a veteran in the U.S. read more »

The GI Film Festival offers a diverse glimpse into military life.

5/19/2015 - GI Film Festival aims to diversify portrayal of military experience

The GI Film Festival features a large collection of films that testify to the diverse experiences of the American soldier.  read more »

9/11 memorial wall adds new names to honor the first responders who passed away

5/18/2015 - 9/11 memorial created to honor first responders

Over 400 people gathered at the 9/11 Responders Remembered Park in Nesconset, New York, to honor the lives of the first responders who passed away from injuries they developed from serving that day.  read more »

New bill works to make life after service easier for veterans

5/18/2015 - New bill set to help veterans adapt to civilian life

Lawmakers in Midland, Michigan, have created a bill that will assist retired veterans in familiarizing themselves with their employment benefits. read more »

Uber offers military spouses a flexible way to earn extra income for their family.

5/18/2015 - Uber strengthens partnership with US military families

It can be difficult for a military spouse to find work. Whether it is the regular moves, single-parent duties or an attempt to go back to school, spouses need flexible hours if they are looking to add extra income, something that can be difficult to find in this economy. Luckily, Uber wants to help.  read more »

Service dogs can help former and current military members alike deal with PTSD symptoms.

5/18/2015 - Nonprofit uses dogs to help veterans heal

Brothers and Sisters in Arms is a nonprofit based in Louisiana that aims to improve the life of military veterans, active duty soldiers and any special-needs dependents by providing them with trained service dogs. read more »

A family retreat can help you to connect and create new memories with your loved ones.

5/15/2015 - Reconnect with a retreat for military families

Family dynamics can be difficult to navigate when returning from deployment. Consider one of these retreats created specifically for military families to help ease the adjustment period.  read more »

A police academy in Massachusetts geared toward National Guardsmen is the first of its kind.

5/15/2015 - Massachusetts rolls out police academy for national guardsmen

Thirty-four members of the Army Military Police and Air Force Security Forces completed the first police academy in the U.S. specially geared towards Citizen-Soldiers.  read more »

Tips for veterans transitioning to life after service

5/13/2015 - How can veterans make the transition to civilian life easier?

After you have returned from deployment and are readjusting to life at home with your family, remember these tips to ensure that your transition is as easy and smooth as possible. read more »

Oldest vet in U.S. celebrates 109th birthday

5/13/2015 - Happy birthday to America's oldest vet

All birthdays are worth celebrating, but Richard Overton's is usually recognized with a little extra pomp and circumstance. At 109, the Austin, Texas, resident has the honor of being recognized as the oldest living U.S. veteran.  read more »

The Responder Incident Report app could help protect highway first responders.

5/12/2015 - New app could increase speed, safety of first responders

The Responder Incident Report app could help protect highway first responders in the line of duty.  read more »

How to prevent and recover from injuries on the job

5/8/2015 - How can first responders prevent and recover from injury?

Whether you are a firefighter, a policeman or an emergency medical technician, it is important that you are taking measures to help yourself prevent injury and that you know what to do if you become hurt on the job. read more »

VA program helps blind veteran see life in a new light

5/7/2015 - VA program helps blind veteran see life in new light

Veteran Charles Miller's active lifestyle began after his eyesight failed, leaving him legally blind. With the help of his persistence and the assistance of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Miller's eyesight has encouraged him to see life in a whole new light. read more »

How can military spouses adapt to life during deployment?

5/6/2015 - How to transition to life after a spouse's deployment

From taking care of the children on your own to cooking or learning how to fix household products when they break, military spouses are forced to make a lot of changes very quickly. read more »

How can first responders maintain a health well-being?

5/5/2015 - 5 wellness tips for first responders

While the job of first responders can be extremely stressful and require frequent stress alleviation, it's of equal importance that servicemembers are in good physical health. read more »