July 2015

Camp Corral is a summer camp created to give military kids the chance to be young and to let loose.

7/31/2015 - News article: Summer camp brings military kids together

Camp Corral is a summer camp created to give military kids the chance to be young and to let loose. read more »

Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush announced on July 28 that he would be attending the upcoming Veterans and Military Town Hall.

7/31/2015 - News article: Presidential candidate Jeb Bush to attend veterans' gathering in South Carolina

Republican presidential candidate and former governor of Florida Jeb Bush announced on July 28 that he would be attending the upcoming Veterans and Military Town Hall. read more »

California firefighters and their logistics teams are starting to use the Cloud to help them fight fires.

7/31/2015 - News article: How the cloud is helping California firefighters' effectiveness

California firefighters and their logistics teams are starting to use the cloud to help them fight fires. read more »

Life in the military is challenging, but sometimes the hardest mission can be coming home. Community Rowing, Inc. launched a program to help veterans navigate the choppy waters of life after service.

7/31/2015 - News article: Rowing program throws combat veterans a lifeline

Life in the military is challenging, but sometimes the hardest mission can be coming home. Community Rowing, Inc. launched a program to help veterans navigate the choppy waters of life after service. read more »

In a career that demands a good deal of stamina, it is important for firefighters to maintain a nutritional and filling diet. However, it can be difficult to find time to prepare food.

7/31/2015 - Blog: Quick and healthy meals to cook at the station

In a career that demands a good deal of stamina, it is important for firefighters to maintain a nutritional and filling diet. However, it can be difficult to find time to prepare food. read more »

The dangerous situations firefighters experience daily are physically demanding. Being properly prepared for these physical challenges can save a firefighter's life.

7/30/2015 - Blog: The 7 best exercises for firefighters

The dangerous situations firefighters experience daily are physically demanding. Being properly prepared for these physical challenges can save a firefighter's life. read more »

In true Hollywood fashion, filmmakers recognized the potential for telling an amazing story through the eyes of first responders. Who made the top five list for Hollywood's most heroic police officers, firefighters and paramedics?

7/30/2015 - Blog: 5 of Hollywood's most heroic first responders

In true Hollywood fashion, filmmakers recognized the potential for telling an amazing story through the eyes of first responders. Who made the top five list for Hollywood's most heroic police officers, firefighters and paramedics? read more »

Rick Briggs and his partners built a campsite in Brooklyn, Michigan, where veterans could come and heal from their time in combat. Briggs is calling the 137-acre retreat Camp Liberty.

7/30/2015 - News article: Michigan man honors son's service by creating veterans' retreat

Rick Briggs and his partners built a campsite in Brooklyn, Michigan, where veterans could come and heal from their time in combat. Briggs is calling the 137-acre retreat Camp Liberty. read more »

Currently, 5.4 percent of veterans are unemployed, but an organization called 100,000 Jobs is dedicated to securing jobs service members transitioning to life after service.

7/30/2015 - News article: Coalition of businesses works to get veterans hired

Currently, 5.4 percent of veterans are unemployed, but an organization called 100,000 Jobs is dedicated to securing jobs service members transitioning to life after service. read more »

Some veterans are intimidated by life after service because it is unfamiliar. There are steps newly returned service members can follow to make the transition from combat to civilian life go smoothly.

7/29/2015 - Blog: 5 steps to take after you return from service

Some veterans are intimidated by life after service because it is unfamiliar. There are steps newly returned service members can follow to make the transition from combat to civilian life go smoothly. read more »

When WWII ended, thousands of hinomaru yosegaki made their way back to America. Now, a nonprofit organization called OBON 2015 is working to return those flags to their rightful owners.

7/29/2015 - News article: WWII veterans to return sacred flags to Japan

When WWII ended, thousands of hinomaru yosegaki made their way back to America. Now, a nonprofit organization called OBON 2015 is working to return those flags to their rightful owners. read more »

Over 60 years after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, Korean veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan are getting the recognition they deserve.

7/29/2015 - New article: Veterans of 'Forgotten War' honored in Michigan

Over 60 years after the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, Korean veterans in Grand Rapids, Michigan are getting the recognition they deserve. read more »

On Tuesday, a 10-year-old Maryland boy got the birthday surprise of a lifetime.

7/29/2015 - News article: First Responders help make boy's birthday extra special

On Tuesday, a 10-year-old Maryland boy got the birthday surprise of a lifetime. read more »

First responders in Council Bluffs, Iowa, are some of the first to employ the use of new hovercraft technology in emergency situations.

7/29/2015 - News article: Hovercraft technology takes first responder effectiveness to new heights

First responders in Council Bluffs, Iowa, are some of the first to employ the use of new hovercraft technology in emergency situations. read more »

Financial uncertainties and housing instability are common issues for returning service members, but the president claims to have lowered veteran homelessness by a third.

7/29/2015 - News article: Obama makes big announcement regarding veteran homelessness

Financial uncertainties and housing instability are common issues for returning service members, but the president claims to have lowered veteran homelessness by a third. read more »

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club has been working hard to contribute to the team's initiative to become more involved in outreach programs.

7/29/2015 - News article: NFL rookies bond with local firefighters through bowling

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers Rookie Club has been working hard to contribute to the team's initiative to become more involved in outreach programs. read more »

On Sunday, 140 participants gathered to compete in Burr Ridge's 2nd Annual Run for Veterans 5K and Push-Up Challenge.

7/29/2015 - News article: Illinois town hosts 5K, push-up contest to support veterans

On Sunday, 140 participants gathered to compete in Burr Ridge's 2nd Annual Run for Veterans 5K and Push-Up Challenge. read more »

Life can be stressful for military families. However, when the family is together again, a vacation can be the perfect way to reconnect and relax.

7/29/2015 - Blog: The best vacations for military families

Life can be stressful for military families. However, when the family is together again, a vacation can be the perfect way to reconnect and relax. read more »

There are ways to be a part of your spouse's pregnancy even when you are halfway across the world.

7/28/2015 - Blog: Tips for staying involved in your spouse's pregnancy while deployed

There are ways to be a part of your spouse's pregnancy even when you are halfway across the world. read more »

Veterans of World War II from across the country are invited to a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the war's end.

7/28/2015 - News article: Alabama hosts event marking 70th anniversary of the end of WWII

Veterans of World War II from across the country are invited to a celebration marking the 70th anniversary of the war's end. read more »

Firefighting is an extremely dangerous profession. Engineers and fire specialists are constantly searching for ways to make things safer for firefighters in an emergency situation.

7/28/2015 - Blog: 6 firefighting technologies every firefighter should be on the look for

Firefighting is an extremely dangerous profession. Engineers and fire specialists are constantly searching for ways to make things safer for firefighters in an emergency situation. read more »

It is not every day that one sees scantily clad military members hiking together, but residents of San Diego were treated to just such a sight on Saturday, July 25.

7/27/2015 - News article: Veteran, active duty personnel work together to raise awareness on veteran suicide

It is not every day that one sees scantily clad military members hiking together, but residents of San Diego were treated to just such a sight on Saturday, July 25. read more »

Three years ago, Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute partnered to create a program for veterans who were looking to pursue farming as a career in their lives after service.

7/24/2015 - News article: Pennsylvania program helps veterans transition from battlefields to crop fields

Three years ago, Delaware Valley University and Rodale Institute partnered to create a program for veterans who were looking to pursue farming as a career in their lives after service. read more »

Local emergency response crews in Leonardtown, Maryland, hope to encourage first responders to embrace the UAS trend on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at their first drone symposium.

7/24/2015 - News article: Maryland hosts drone symposium for first responders

Local emergency response crews in Leonardtown, Maryland, hope to encourage first responders to embrace the UAS trend on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at their first drone symposium. read more »

On July 21, President Obama attended the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention.

7/24/2015 - News article: Obama addresses issues at veterans convention

On July 21, President Obama attended the 116th Veterans of Foreign Wars Convention. read more »

Scott LoBaido is not a veteran, but he is a patriot in every sense of the word.

7/23/2015 - News article: Artist paints murals across the country to honor veterans

Scott LoBaido is not a veteran, but he is a patriot in every sense of the word.  read more »

Life in the military was physically demanding and required you to keep in excellent shape. Now that you are entering life after service, it may be more difficult to stay fit.

7/23/2015 - Blog: 4 ways veterans can stay fit after service

Life in the military was physically demanding and required you to keep in excellent shape. Now that you are entering life after service, it may be more difficult to stay fit. read more »

A recent study by Kathleen Sutcliffe, a Johns Hopkins University professor, outlined how management teams in big organizations could learn crisis management from firefighters.

7/23/2015 - News article: Johns Hopkins research shows firefighters can teach organizations how to think on their feet

A recent study by Kathleen Sutcliffe, a Johns Hopkins University professor, outlined how management teams in big organizations could learn crisis management from firefighters. read more »

A transit company in Riverside, California, is launching a program that will help veterans improve their lives after the military.

7/23/2015 - News article: California transit system creates program to assist veterans

A transit company in Riverside, California, is launching a program that will help veterans improve their lives after the military. read more »

First responders can experience PTSD as well, but a Houston-based peer counseling program hopes to help.

7/23/2015 - News article: Peer counseling program helps first responders with PTSD

First responders can experience PTSD as well, but a Houston-based peer counseling program hopes to help. read more »

Memphis native Melvin McCoy, the first person on record to walk across Death Valley in the summertime without vehicle assistance, is on the road again to raise money and awareness for veterans issues.

7/22/2015 - News article: Man walks from Knoxville to Washington, D.C., to raise awareness for veterans

Memphis native Melvin McCoy, the first person on record to walk across Death Valley in the summertime without vehicle assistance, is on the road again to raise money and awareness for veterans issues. read more »

Firefighters are notorious for forming a deep bond with their station mates. When firefighter Kyle Jameson was diagnosed with cancer, his entire station came to his support.

7/22/2015 - News article: Firefighters shave heads in response to fellow department member's cancer battle

Firefighters are notorious for forming a deep bond with their station mates. When firefighter Kyle Jameson was diagnosed with cancer, his entire station came to his support. read more »

The Martin Jetpack is already groundbreaking in its technological capabilities, but first responders in New Zealand and Australia may have found a way to increase its value.

7/22/2015 - News article: New jetpack technology could replace first responder helicopters

The Martin Jetpack is already groundbreaking in its technological capabilities, but first responders in New Zealand and Australia may have found a way to increase its value. read more »

There are many programs in place to help veterans with any issues that may arise in their life after service.

7/22/2015 - Blog: 6 programs for returning servicemembers

There are many programs in place to help veterans with any issues that may arise in their life after service. read more »

Upon their return from service, many veterans experience feelings of isolation and alienation. Heroes and Horses is committed to changing that.

7/22/2015 - News article: Equine bonding helps veterans heal

Upon their return from service, many veterans experience feelings of isolation and alienation. Heroes and Horses is committed to changing that. read more »

Being a first responder means that you have to be alert and prepared most of the time. It is important to use your free time to decompress from the demands of your job.

7/21/2015 - Blog: 5 ways first responders can unwind

Being a first responder means that you have to be alert and prepared most of the time. It is important to use your free time to decompress from the demands of your job. read more »

Serving in the military can be a rewarding adventure, but it is not without its difficulties. Transitioning to life after service is one of these.

7/21/2015 - Blog: 5 things that help veterans transition to life after service

Serving in the military can be a rewarding adventure, but it is not without its difficulties. Transitioning to life after service is one of these. read more »

In 1985, the first World Police and Fire Games were established. These games bring police officers, firefighters and customs and correction officers from 70 countries together to compete in over 60 sporting events.

7/21/2015 - News article: Florida first responders win at World Police and Fire Games

In 1985, the first World Police and Fire Games were established. These games bring police officers, firefighters and customs and correction officers from 70 countries together to compete in over 60 sporting events. read more »

First responders usually play for the same team, but on July 19, local firefighters, police officers and paramedics from Davenport, Illinois, and Rock Island, Illinois, faced one another in a Battle of the Badges baseball game.

7/21/2015 - News article: First responders go head-to-head for charity

First responders usually play for the same team, but on July 19, local firefighters, police officers and paramedics from Davenport, Illinois, and Rock Island, Illinois, faced one another in a Battle of the Badges baseball game. read more »

Wisconsin veterans Natalie Koffarnus and Jenni Heisz have found a new way to inspire hope in combat veterans during their life after service.

7/20/2015 - News article: 2 female veterans hike to inspire hope

Wisconsin veterans Natalie Koffarnus and Jenni Heisz have found a new way to inspire hope in combat veterans during their life after service. read more »

Deep in a heavily wooded section of Bullitt County, Kentucky, there is a 144-acre stretch of land that is about to make one veteran's dying wish come true.

7/20/2015 - News article: PTSD Retreat Center makes veteran's wish come true

Deep in a heavily wooded section of Bullitt County, Kentucky, there is a 144-acre stretch of land that is about to make one veteran's dying wish come true. read more »

When Paul Hookham retired from the Delta Fire Department in 2012, he turned his love of music into an aid effort.

7/20/2015 - News article: First responder-turned-songwriter uses talents to help aid workers

When Paul Hookham retired from the Delta Fire Department in 2012, he turned his love of music into an aid effort.  read more »

Many veterans struggle with what to do in life after service. Syracuse University - along with dozens of other universities across the country - is offering them a chance to find direction.

7/20/2015 - News Article: Syracuse University sends veterans to career boot camp

Many veterans struggle with what to do in life after service. Syracuse University, along with dozens of other universities across the country, is offering them a chance to find direction. read more »

Residents of Omaha, Nebraska, were treated to a special show on Friday afternoon when the Wings of Freedom Tour made a stop at Eppley Airfield to honor World War II veterans.

7/20/2015 - News Article: Wings of Freedom Tour makes stop in Nebraska

Residents of Omaha, Nebraska, were treated to a special show on Friday afternoon when the Wings of Freedom Tour made a stop at Eppley Airfield to honor World War II veterans. read more »

As technology evolves, firefighting could become safer and more effective.

7/20/2015 - News Article: Evolving technology could help to protect firefighter lives

As technology evolves, firefighting could become safer and more effective. read more »

From July 11-12, firefighters from across the country gathered in Bellevue, Washington, and pitted their skills against one another.

7/20/2015 - News Article: Combat course competition puts firefighters' skills to the test

From July 11-12, firefighters from across the country gathered in Bellevue, Washington, and pitted their skills against one another. read more »

T.J. Booms and the rest of the Meridian Township Fire Department are valuable assets to their community. However, the firefighter/paramedic wanted to do more.

7/17/2015 - News Article: Michigan first responders go above and beyond the call of duty

T.J. Booms and the rest of the Meridian Township Fire Department are valuable assets to their community. However, the firefighter and paramedic wanted to do more. read more »

Chris Ring partnered with Legacies Alive, an nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families of fallen servicemembers and preserving the memory of these individuals' sacrifices, to start Swim for their Sacrifice.

7/16/2015 - News article: Veteran swims Mississippi River to honor soldiers' sacrifices

Chris Ring partnered with Legacies Alive, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping families of fallen servicemembers and preserving the memory of these individuals' sacrifices, to start Swim for their Sacrifice. read more »

After serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British military, Prince Harry was searching for a way to help combat veterans who were injured during their service.

7/16/2015 - News article: Florida veterans getting sports from UK's Prince Harry

After serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British military, Prince Harry was searching for a way to help combat veterans who were injured during their service. read more »

During World War II, many American soldiers that were prisoners of war in Japan were used for forced labor.

7/16/2015 - News article: Japanese corporation to offer apology for using US prisoners of war for forced labor during World War II

During World War II, many American soldiers who were prisoners of war in Japan were used for forced labor. read more »

After an IED blew off Toran Gaal's legs on June 26, 2011, the former Marine veteran tried to stay positive.

7/16/2015 - Double amputee veteran wheels across country

After an improvised explosive device blew off Toran Gaal's legs on June 26, 2011, the former Marine tried to stay positive. read more »

The 86th MLB All-Star Game on July 14 brought thousands of baseball fans from around the country to Cincinnati, Ohio.

7/16/2015 - Firefighters get honor of unfurling flag at All-Star Game

The 86th Major League Baseball All-Star Game on July 14 brought thousands of baseball fans from around the country to Cincinnati, Ohio. read more »

It's a widely known fact that life after service can be difficult.

7/16/2015 - Marine veteran shares healing through yoga

It is a widely known fact that life after service can be difficult. read more »

In Nelsonville, Ohio, 52 teenagers got to live the life of a firefighter for a week.

7/15/2015 - News article: Teens get first-hand firefighter experience at Ohio camp

In Nelsonville, Ohio, 52 teenagers got to live the life of a firefighter for a week. read more »

In a University of Buffalo study, first responders expressed a desire for more training in end-of-life care.

7/15/2015 - News article: Study examines preparedness of first responders for end-of-life calls

A newly published study examined the role of first responders who answer end-of-life calls.    read more »

The VA is providing funds for studies that will use veteran data to examine kidney disease, heart disease and substance use.

7/15/2015 - News article: New studies will examine high-priority conditions that affect veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs announced four studies that will look at conditions that are high priorities to the veterans' community: kidney disease, heart disease and substance abuse.  read more »

Nation's oldest veteran gets an Honor Flight to D.C.

7/15/2015 - Nation's oldest veteran takes Honor Flight

During World War II, the Women's Auxiliary Corps consisted of over 150,000 American women. read more »

Ian Michael returned from his service to the Marine Corps in 2003.

7/15/2015 - Marine veteran travels across country to give out hugs

Ian Michael returned from his service in the Marine Corps in 2003. read more »

Combat veterans  will have license plate fees waived in Illnois for 12 months after returning from service.

7/14/2015 - News article: License plate fees waived for combat veterans in Illinois

This month, Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner signed state legislation that will waive license plate fees for combat vets who are returning from active duty.   read more »

Two days prior to France's Bastille Day, three U.S. veterans received the country's highest honors.

7/14/2015 - US veterans earn honors from France

Two days prior to France's Bastille Day, three U.S. veterans received the country's highest honors. read more »

Many combat veterans struggle with their return to civilian life. However, former U.S. Marine Tank Commander Sean Gobin may have found a solution.

7/14/2015 - Veterans 'walk it off'

Many combat veterans struggle with their return to civilian life. However, former U.S. Marine Tank Commander Sean Gobin may have found a solution. read more »

Earlier this month, Angers, France hosted the first ever Conseil International du Sport Militaire (CISM) Women’s Basketball tournament.

7/9/2015 - US women take bronze in armed forces basketball tournament

Earlier this month, Angers, France, hosted the first-ever Conseil International du Sport Militaire Women's Basketball Tournament. read more »

On June 30, 2013, America saw its biggest loss of first responder life since the 9/11 attacks.

7/9/2015 - Eagle scouts pay respect to first responders

On June 30, 2013, America saw its biggest loss of first responder lives since the 9/11 attacks. read more »

Ideas for military families going on vacation

7/9/2015 - Blog: Vacation ideas for military families

One of the best ways for military families to bond is on a family vacation. read more »

The bill that President Obama signed into law will promote communication strategies within the Department of Homeland Security.

7/9/2015 - News article: President signs first responder bill to improve communication

On July 7, President Obama signed the Department of Homeland Security Interoperable Communications Act.  read more »

Vets who used the virtual training program were significantly more likely to receive job offers.

7/9/2015 - News article: Virtual training helps veterans with PTSD ace job interviews

Researchers at Northwestern University found that veterans with PTSD were much more likely to get job offers after training with a virtual interview program.  read more »

The brain bank will serve to advance scientific research on PTSD's effect on the brain.

7/8/2015 - News article: VA starts brain bank to study PTSD

On July 2, the VA announced the creation of the first-ever nationwide brain bank founded to help researchers study PTSD in veterans.  read more »

Baseball fans in Cincinnati will have the opportunity to support their favorite team and the troops at a baseball game on July 12.

7/7/2015 - News article: All-Star FanFest to salute troops

Baseball fans in Ohio, can celebrate their favorite sport while supporting the troops at All-Star FanFest.  read more »

Remember these pieces of advice for entrepreneurship after service

7/6/2015 - Blog: 4 pieces of advice for entrepreneurial veterans

It has become increasingly common for veterans to start their own businesses upon returning to civilian life after service. read more »

The Army began implementing the Operational Camouflage Pattern on July 1.

7/6/2015 - News article: New Army uniforms released

The new Army fatigue pattern officially hit select military stores on July 1.  read more »

A study by the VA is examining the effects of service dogs on veterans with PTSD.

7/6/2015 - News article: Government to study benefits of service dogs for veterans

The VA is currently conducting a study on the effect that service dogs have on veterans with PTSD. read more »

Blind army vet completes Ironman Triathlon

7/2/2015 - News Article: Blind Army vet completes Ironman Triathlon

Army Maj. Scott Smiley, a blind veteran, completed the Ironman Triathlon. read more »

How to stay positive while your spouse is deployed

7/1/2015 - Blog: How to stay positive while your spouse is deployed

Whether your spouse is currently deployed or is going to be soon, take note of these tips to make sure that you are mentally prepared when the time comes. read more »