September 2012

9/28/2012 - Arizona Diamondbacks host car show for veterans

The end to the baseball season is fast approaching, but that doesn't mean the Arizona Diamondbacks is slowing down on supporting the troops. read more »

9/28/2012 - After "secret hold," COLA bill expected to pass

Veterans and their families may have been concerned about whether they would see a cost of living adjustment (COLA) this year, but a recent move by Congress put it one step closer to approving the common benefit. read more »

9/28/2012 - Lack of budget deal could harm first responders, too

Advocates for September 11 first responders hailed a victory earlier this month when the government added 50 cancers to the list of diseases covered by the Zadroga Bill. read more »

9/28/2012 - Afghanistan vet, Medal of Honor recipient pens memoir

Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta made history in 2010 when he became the first living recipient of the Medal of Honor since the Vietnam War, and now the Afghanistan vet is preparing to release his memoir about his experience in combat. read more »

9/28/2012 - Absentee voting begins among troops

For civilians, the presidential election is more than a month away, but for servicemembers overseas or away from their home state, the process has already begun, and its pace is beginning to pick up. read more »

9/28/2012 - Alternative treatment may improve PTSD symptoms

Finding effective treatments for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans has been an important goal among many medical professionals, and results of a new study may provide a breakthrough in the ongoing effort. read more »

9/28/2012 - New theater program helps military families

Life can be difficult for military families, especially for those who have a loved one serving over seas. read more »

9/27/2012 - Troops anxious about potential budget cuts

Lawmakers and military officials are both concerned about the impact sequestration can have on the Armed Forces, but often lost in the fray is what could happen to servicemembers and their families. read more »

9/27/2012 - VA works toward ending veteran homelessness

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) set a goal of of eliminating the problem of veteran homelessness by 2015, and according to recent findings it looks like officials are well on their way to reaching this. read more »

9/26/2012 - Bipartisan Senate group calls for compromise on budget

Republicans and Democrats alike have voiced their concern over the looming threat of across-the-board military budget cuts, known as sequestration, and now a bipartisan team of six senators has formed in an effort to avoid the deep slashes. read more »

9/26/2012 - California passes ambitious veterans bill

States looking to provide improved services to their veterans may want to look at what California has done. read more »

9/26/2012 - Michigan State study aimed at transitioning soldiers, families

The transition from active duty to civilian life is one of the biggest stressors for military families, and now a research team from Michigan State University hopes to get a better idea of the specific obstacles they face. read more »

9/25/2012 - Final troops from Afghan surge leave country

One of President Barack Obama's first moves as president was to order a troop surge of about 33,000 soldiers to Afghanistan to clamp down on Taliban attacks. read more »

9/25/2012 - Former President Bush hosts golf tournament for wounded troops

In the years since leaving office, former President George W. Bush has kept a relatively low profile. Yet, the nation's 43rd president emerged on Monday to host a golf tournament to support America's wounded veterans. read more »

9/25/2012 - Florida program encourages vets to help each other out

Few people know the challenges veterans face more than their fellow servicemembers, and a program in Florida has found success in letting the troops assist each other. read more »

9/24/2012 - Armed Forces Classic could become series

It was announced earlier this summer that Michigan State and the University of Connecticut would open the college basketball season at Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany, and organizers say it could be the beginning of a yearly tradition. read more »

9/21/2012 - Home Depot helps Michigan military family

Between having to manage rides to school with just one parent or shifting some of the household duties around, it's no secret deployment can have a significant impact on the lives of miltiary families. read more »

9/21/2012 - Veterans Jobs Corps Act fails to make it through Senate

The Veterans Job Corps Act had been lauded by the Obama administration as having the potential to lower the unemployment rate among veterans, but the ambitious legislation died in the Senate on Wednesday. read more »

9/20/2012 - VA job training program begins second phase

Although an ambitious veterans jobs bill was stymied on the Senate floor earlier this week, another program through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) moved forward. read more »

9/20/2012 - Zombie apocalypse makes the cut at counter-terrorism summit

Though it may seem like something out of Hollywood rather than the Pentagon, some members of the military will soon be receiving training on how to respond in the event of a zombie apocalypse. read more »

9/20/2012 - Innovative program helps UConn first responders

When first responders arrive on the scene, it can often be difficult for them to get an idea of what the inside of a building looks like. read more »

9/19/2012 - Reserve's Yellow Ribbon Program aids transition process

Both deployment to and returning from overseas can put a great deal of stress on servicemembers and their families. read more »

9/19/2012 - Schumer urges VA to cover service dogs for troops with PTSD

There has been some evidence suggesting that service dogs can help veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder and other mental health issues, and now some advocates are encouraging the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to revise its policy. read more »

9/18/2012 - One year later, DADT repeal hailed as a success

The one-year anniversary of the repeal of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy is fast approaching, and by all accounts the change has been an overwhelming success. read more »

9/18/2012 - White House details sequestration cuts, Pentagon still not planning

For a year, the threat of sequestration, automatic across-the-board budget cuts, has loomed over the military. read more »

9/17/2012 - White House threatens veto of budget bill, sequestration inches closer

Congress has been working to construct a budget deal that will avoid sequestration, the $500 billion cuts in defense spending, but the most recent proposal has been met with a quick veto threat from the Obama administration. read more »

9/14/2012 - Panel discusses challenges of wounded warriors

The Military Officers Association of America recently hosted its annual Warrior-Family Symposium to gain some insight into what the priorities are among injured troops as they transition to their new lives. read more »

9/14/2012 - Pentagon moves warships off coast of Libya

In the wake of an attack on the U.S. embassy in Libya that killed four Americans, the Department of Defense has moved two warships to the coast of the North African country. read more »

9/14/2012 - Federal program makes voting easier for troops

As election day inches closer, most Americans don't have to think twice about where and when they will cast their ballot. However, it is not quite that easy for soldiers stationed overseas. read more »

9/13/2012 - House approves provision to curtail unscrupulous GI Bill practices

The Post 9/11-GI Bill provides servicemembers with a great chance to go on to college after leaving the service, but the benefits have led to some for-profit schools seeking out vets to take advantage of their unique position. read more »

9/12/2012 - DoD grows suicide awareness campaign

With September being recognized as National Suicide Prevention and Awareness Month, the Department of Defense is taking the opportunity to encourage the military community to be on the lookout for potential warning signs of depression and suicide. read more »

9/12/2012 - Senate poised to move forward with Veterans Job Corps

Finding jobs for veterans has been a priority for the Obama administration, and it looks like one of its landmark bills may soon move forward in Congress. read more »

9/11/2012 - Wounded warriors being treated through unique methods

The wars in Iraq and Afghanistan presented doctors in the United States with a number of new challenges. read more »

9/11/2012 - Cancer officially added to 9/11 first responder ailments

On the 11-year anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks, first responders and those who lived near Ground Zero will finally receive coverage for cancer. read more »

9/10/2012 - Blinded Navy lieutenant finds success at Paralympics

The Paralympics kicked off in London toward the end of August, and with them came a host of inspiring stories and astonishing accomplishments. read more »

9/7/2012 - Latest jobs figures both good and bad news for vets

The Department of Labor released its August jobs report on Friday, and though it showed some gains for veterans, the news was not quite as good for the youngest servicemembers. read more »

9/7/2012 - Vet honors troops by rebuilding military vehicles

American civilians pay tribute to the troops in a wide variety of ways. Whether it be a cross-country bike ride, a community fundraiser or volunteering, their efforts rarely go unnoticed. read more »

9/6/2012 - What do veterans care about this election season?

With the November elections rapidly approaching, much of the nation's attention is on the candidates' positions on everything from healthcare to taxes. read more »

9/6/2012 - Pentagon claims classified info in Osama bin Laden book

It's been more than a year since the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, and now one of the Navy SEALS involved in the mission is causing a bit of a stir. read more »

9/5/2012 - Maryland soldier begins 185-mile run for wounded warriors

Even to some of the most seasoned distance runners, what Spc. Mark Lopez is trying to accomplish is seemingly impossible. read more »

9/5/2012 - Obama marks two-year anniversary of Iraq War's end

The two-year anniversary of the end of U.S. involvement in Iraq passed over the weekend, and President Barack Obama marked the occasion by vowing to continue his support of veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. read more »

9/4/2012 - New devices aimed at studying impact of blast waves

Improvised explosive devices (IEDs) have caused the majority of injuries in Iraq and Afghanistan, and thanks to a new piece of equipment, researchers may be better able to understand the impact of the blasts. read more »