July 2011

7/29/2011 - Bill allowing service dogs at VA facilities moves forward

Service dogs have proven to be an effective way to help wounded soldiers cope with their injuries, and a new bill hopes to require that all VA facilities let the canines in - no questions asked. read more »

7/28/2011 - Oregon soldiers enter garden gnome photo contest

Garden gnomes are typically thought of as residing in suburban front lawns, but thanks to a unique contest organized by the Gorge Heroes Club, they're making their way into combat zones as well. read more »

7/28/2011 - Profession of Arms Campaign to assess state of the military

For the last decade, military service has been characterized by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Now the Army is looking to redefine its role in the world. read more »

7/27/2011 - Cancer not covered by Zadroga bill, NIOSH says

The fight for medical benefits for first responders to the World Trade Center on September 11 just hit another bump in the road. read more »

7/27/2011 - Veterans groups meet with White House as debt deadline looms

As the standoff in Washington continues over the debt ceiling, veterans groups met with White House officials recently about what might happen to benefits if deal isn't reached by the August 2 deadline. read more »

7/26/2011 - Photographers volunteer to support troops

A new organization has provided troops with a unique way to stay close to their loved ones while they are deployed overseas. read more »

7/26/2011 - Officials call for changes to military retirement policy

In the hopes of changing the longstanding 20-year cliff vesting system for retirement benefits, the Department of Defense is planning a major overhaul in its retirement system. read more »

7/25/2011 - Navy gets ready for first female submarine officers

The Navy will rid itself of one of the last standing gender barriers later this year when it welcomes the first female officers aboard its fleet of submarines. read more »

7/25/2011 - Recruiter rescues man from burning vehicle

Thanks to some quick thinking and brave actions by Army Staff Sgt. Marcus A. Stone last December, a Texas motorist escaped a car wreck with his life. read more »

7/22/2011 - Air Force, Army host energy forum in D.C.

In another move to make going green a priority, the Army and Air Force conducted their first joint forum in Washington, D.C., this week to discuss energy efficiency. read more »

7/22/2011 - Military glider museum opens in Michigan

After years of planning and work, a unique museum honoring oft-overlooked heroes of World War II opened its doors for the first time on Thursday. read more »

7/21/2011 - Rest and Recuperation gets new streamlined process

The Rest and Recuperation program has been an integral part of military life since it was launched in 2003, and now Military officials are making changes to make the process run much more smoothly, Army News Service reports. read more »

7/21/2011 - First Lady helps build home for female vets

Michelle Obama has been a very vocal advocate of supporting military families, and now she's showing that she's much more than just talk. read more »

7/20/2011 - Air Force streamlines dress code policy

After years of criticism for outdated standards, the Air Force has revised its dress code manual to offer airmen more easy-to-follow guidelines regarding their appearance. read more »

7/20/2011 - Walter Reed to close at the end of August

Walter Reed Army Medical Center has been treating wounded soldiers for more than 100 years, and at the end of August it will close its doors for the last time. read more »

7/20/2011 - Marine to receive Medal of Honor for 2009 heroics

President Obama contacted Dakota Meyer on Monday to let him know that he will become the first living Marine to receive the Medal of Honor in more than 40 years. read more »

7/19/2011 - Fallen South Dakota Guardsman honored by song on flight home

Sgt. Lex Lewis, who was killed by small arms fire in Afghanistan last week, recently received an impromptu honor as his body was being flown back to the states. read more »

7/19/2011 - Women's soccer team gets ready for Military World Games

Capt. Christina Acojedo has already served two one-year tours in Iraq, but now the Presidio of Monterey, California, native is set to head overseas for a very different reason - to play soccer. read more »

7/19/2011 - Iowa native makes 100th quilt for injured troops

Many Americans try to do what they can to help injured soldiers, but one Le Mars, Iowa, woman has gone above and beyond the call. read more »

7/18/2011 - New lightweight machine gun on the way

Thanks to some innovative engineers leading the Lightweight Small Arms Technologies (LSAT) program, soldiers may now have an alternative to carrying around heavy weapons while out on patrol. read more »

7/18/2011 - Retired soldier offers free fishing trip to vets

Robert Thornsberry is a retired soldier, so he knows the many challenges servicemen and women face. To help, he has aligned himself with the Fishing for Heroes program, which offers free offshore fishing trips to men and women in the military. read more »

7/18/2011 - Idaho residents honor military families

Residents of Pocatello, Idaho, recently showed their appreciation for families of soldiers stationed overseas at the town's third annual Military Appreciation Day. read more »

7/15/2011 - Military changes treatment of traumatic brain injury

Traumatic brain injuries have been one of the most pervasive casualties in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and the Army is attempting to treat the condition without having to send soldiers overseas to do so. read more »

7/15/2011 - Cancer survivor completes Ranger School

The 61 days of Ranger School is certainly a challenge for even the most physically and mentally gifted soldiers, but that was even more true for Cpl. Austin Saunders. read more »

7/15/2011 - Military pay could be threatened by debt ceiling stalemate

The fight over the debt ceiling that has gripped Washington over the last month could have long-lasting impact on almost every aspect of American life, including the Armed Forces. read more »

7/14/2011 - Organization installs flagpoles in the yards of military families

An organization formed in Minnesota in 2006 to pay tribute to families who had lost loved ones in Iraq and Afghanistan has since spread to 12 states and continues to grow. read more »

7/14/2011 - Soldier honored by AAFP for medical excellence

A family practice resident at DeWitt Army Community Hospital at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, was recently honored for his excellent service in the medical community. read more »

7/14/2011 - First troops set to leave Afghanistan

Approximately 650 Iowa National Guardsmen left Afghanistan on Wednesday, the first in what is expected to be about 10,000 troops leaving the embattled nation by the end of the year. read more »

7/13/2011 - Navy raises physical fitness standards

The physical fitness requirements of the Armed Forces have always been stringent, but this week the Navy's standards got a little bit tougher. read more »

7/13/2011 - Red Cross organizes school supplies drive for Indiana military families

As the next school year approaches, many families across the country will be sending their sons and daughters to their first day with a parent deployed overseas. read more »

7/13/2011 - Wounded soldier helps others transition

A soldier who lost a portion of his right arm in Afghanistan has since been helping wounded service members make the transition back to normal life. read more »

7/12/2011 - Cold weather operations an important part of Armed Forces

The National Guard plays a large role at home and abroad, and now its members are helping out in some of the most remote corners of the world. read more »

7/12/2011 - Sen. Gillibrand moves forward with bill to help unemployed vets

Unemployment among 18-to-24-year-old veterans is disproportionately high, New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says, but she is taking steps to lower the number. read more »

7/12/2011 - Soldier gets a date with Mila Kunis

Sgt. Scott Moore will certainly be the envy of most every other soldier when he attends the Marine Corps Ball on November 18. read more »

7/11/2011 - Prince William shows support for military at California event

In the midst of his first trip to the United States as the newly-appointed Duke of Cambridge, Prince William stopped by Culver City, California, to show his support for the men and women in uniform. read more »

7/11/2011 - Gov. Bobby Jindal signs retroactive military benefits law

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal recently signed into law a bill that provides death and disability benefits for the state's National Guardsmen who served in Iraq and Afghanistan between 2001 and 2007. read more »

7/11/2011 - Task force changes approach to pain management

In years past, the Army has focused primarily on using only medication to treat pain in soldiers, but after more than 100 recommendations from the Pain Managment Task Force, they are on the cusp of changing their policy. read more »

7/8/2011 - Air National Guard educates through realistic simulation

American citizens may not always be up on what exactly it is members of the Armed Forces do, but thanks to the Air National Guard, awareness is spreading. read more »

7/8/2011 - Traumatic stress a concern among first responders

When a catastrophic tornado struck the town of Joplin, Missouri, on May 22, the first responders quickly leaped into action, leading the search for survivors and helping to clear the rubble. read more »

7/8/2011 - VA officials look to improve service for female vets

There are around 1.8 million female veterans in the United States, but very often they don't reach out to the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) for their healthcare needs as much as their male counterparts. read more »

7/7/2011 - Florida signs five military benefits bills into law

Florida Governor Rick Scott signed five bills into law on Tuesday, all aimed at providing benefits to veterans, as well as active duty military personnel. read more »

7/7/2011 - House restores funding to Military bands

Republicans and Democrats alike are calling for across-the-board budget cuts, but lawmakers recently reversed course on one area in particular - music. read more »

7/6/2011 - Washington Nationals and Michelle Obama come together to support troops

Michelle Obama launched the Joining Forces initiative earlier this year to help support military families, and now the MLB's Washington Nationals have joined the cause. read more »

7/6/2011 - Arizona mothers wait for Afghanistan withdrawal together

President Barack Obama's recent announcement that he was planning to bring home thousands of troops from Afghanistan by the end of next summer was a relief to many military families across the country. read more »

7/6/2011 - Army Captain designs tactical smartphone app

Thanks to an innovative new app, soldiers will be able to use their iPhones for much more than just listening to music. read more »

7/5/2011 - Soldiers learn the ins and outs of hospitality

A group of Kentucky National Guardsman are getting a crash course in something other than military training. read more »

7/5/2011 - President Obama honors troops at Fourth of July gathering

In honor of the Fourth of July on Monday, President Barack Obama hosted a barbecue and concert for military families on the South Lawn of the White House. read more »

7/1/2011 - Documentary on the Lt. Dan Band to launch this July 4

Actor Gary Sinise has been performing for the troops with his Lt. Dan Band for the better part of the last decade, and this upcoming Independence Day, fans can get a behind-the-scenes look when a new documentary is released. read more »

7/1/2011 - Connecticut sailor awarded Silver Star

A sailor from Avon, Connecticut, was recently awarded the Silver Star for his brave actions while stationed in Afghanistan. read more »

7/1/2011 - Pepsi, USO donate new bikes to children at New Jersey base

Pepsi and the USO recently teamed up to provide 20 New Jersey children of soldiers with brand new bicycles. read more »