September 2013

Military banks might pay troops during government shutdown

9/30/2013 - Military banks might pay troops during government shutdown

As the government shutdown looms closer, the defense department is preparing for the worst. read more »

Hundreds run for veterans in north Jersey community

9/30/2013 - Hundreds run for veterans in north Jersey community

The iconic Bayonne Bridge, which connects Bayonne, N.J., to Staten Island, N.Y., buzzed with pedestrian traffic Sunday morning as hundreds ran and walked across the world's fifth-largest steel-arched bridges, all for a good cause. read more »

N.J. adds veterans status to drivers' licenses

9/30/2013 - N.J. adds veterans status to drivers' licenses

During a National Guard event over the weekend, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie signed into law a military benefits measure that will make it easier for former servicemembers to prove their military service, The Star-Ledger reports. read more »

Veteran teaches Bermuda-based servicemembers about military benefits

9/30/2013 - Veteran teaches Bermuda-based servicemembers about military benefits

Many U.S. military veterans currently residing in Bermuda do not realize that they qualify for military benefits. Now, they have the opportunity to fully receive the rewards they deserve for their service, The Royal Gazette reports. read more »

Philly veterans advocate for employment in city's VA office

9/27/2013 - Philly veterans advocate for employment in city's VA office

Philadelphia has nearly 80,000 residents living within its city limits, yet none are employed by the city's VA office, the Philadelphia Daily News reports. read more »

George W. Bush holds golf tournament for veterans

9/27/2013 - George W. Bush holds golf tournament for veterans

Former President George W. Bush launches the Wounded Open golf tournament this weekend in Irving, Texas. read more »

Iowa veterans home under investigation

9/27/2013 - Iowa veterans home under investigation

An Iowa nursing home for military veterans has been targeted by the state for an investigation into its management practices, The Des Moines Register reports. read more »

Pentagon releases video highlighting same-sex couples

9/27/2013 - Pentagon releases video highlighting same-sex couples

For Naval Senior Chief Dwayne Beebe-Franqui and his husband, Jonathan Beebe-Franqui, a routine trip to the commissary has never felt so satisfying as it did Sept. 3. read more »

John Marshall Law School opens new veterans' clinic offices

9/26/2013 - John Marshall Law School opens new veterans' clinic offices

The John Marshall Law School in Chicago held a ribbon-cutting ceremony this week to celebrate the new home of its legal clinic exclusively for veterans. read more »

Mental health leads in military hospital stays

9/26/2013 - Mental health leads in military hospital stays

Newly released data from the Pentagon reveals that mental illness hospitalized the most servicemembers and veterans at military medical centers in 2012.  read more »

Veterans heal their wounds through cycling

9/26/2013 - Veterans heal their wounds through cycling

A group of wounded warriors took a ride through the historic streets of Concord, Mass. last weekend, finding a calming peace of mind through cycling. read more »

More women veterans take on small-business roles

9/26/2013 - More women veterans take on small-business roles

Female servicemembers are stepping into more small-business roles with the help of new initiatives, the New York Post reports. read more »

Food stamps for veterans on legislative chopping block

9/26/2013 - Food stamps for veterans on legislative chopping block

The U.S. House of Representatives voted for massive cuts to the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program last week, shaving $40 billion off the budget for the next 10 years, the Washington Times reports. These cuts might pose a major threat to the low-income veterans who rely on food stamps to live. read more »

Veteran startups the latest Internet trend

9/25/2013 - Veteran startups the latest Internet trend

Are military veterans startups on the rise? Forbes seems to think so. read more »

Iraq, Afghanistan veterans advocate for military shopping benefits

9/25/2013 - Iraq, Afghanistan veterans advocate for military shopping benefits

Gulf War II-era veterans have joined the fight to protect military shopping benefits and base commissaries, which are increasingly under pressure to close due to reduced defense budgets. read more »

Blocking military benefits creates burdens for same-sex couples

9/25/2013 - Blocking military benefits creates burdens for same-sex couples

The fight over full military benefits for National Guard members in same-sex relationships continues despite the Department of Defense's shift in policy last July. read more »

Think tank release budget plan for defense department

9/24/2013 - Think tank releases budget plan for defense department

National security think tank the Stimson Center presented a 27-point budget plan for the Department of Defense this week, Military Times reports. read more »

FSU students fight for veteran tuition benefits

9/24/2013 - FSU students fight for veteran tuition benefits

Since the G.I. Bill changed its policy in 2011, many veterans wishing to return to school after military service are finding it harder to find colleges they can afford. Now, students at Florida State University are advocating for more affordable options for its out-of-state student veterans. read more »

What military programs are at-risk during the government shutdown?

9/24/2013 - What military programs are at-risk during the government shutdown?

Several uniformed chiefs from the Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force testified before the House Armed Services Committee last week, identifying the key military programs that would falter due to a government shutdown, NJ.com reports. read more »

Connecticut Governor puts veterans on path to educational success

9/24/2013 - Connecticut Governor puts veterans on path to educational success

Connecticut-based veterans hoping to enroll in an university may now find the process a little bit easier. read more »

Servicemembers should expect docked paychecks in government shutdown

9/23/2013 - Servicemembers should expect docked paychecks in government shutdown

As the U.S. government inches closer to a potential shutdown, military personnel might be locked in without pay, according to U.S. Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young, R-Fla., chairman of the House defense appropriations subcommittee. read more »

Missouri Guard grants benefits to same-sex couples

9/23/2013 - Missouri Guard grants benefits to same-sex couples

As several states with same-sex marriage bans currently fight the Department of Defense's new policy to include same-sex couples in its spousal benefits, one Midwestern state has decided to turn the tide.  read more »

Do military benefits suffer from government furloughs?

9/23/2013 - Do military benefits suffer from government furloughs?

The on-going sequester continues to pose a major threat to military families, servicemembers and civilian defense workers as Congress currently battles over an increasing debt ceiling and hefty spending cuts, which include a $52 billion defense reduction for the 2014 fiscal year. read more »

Servicemembers and robots: an unlikely relationship

9/20/2013 - Servicemembers and robots: an unlikely relationship

As use of robots on the battlefield increases, a strange connection is being forged between these robots and the active-duty troops they serve. Slate recently reported that servicemembers are becoming attached to the mechanical beings - and it might have detrimental effects. read more »

New system finds a unified way to access military benefits

9/20/2013 - New system finds a unified way to access military benefits

Thanks to a new White House privacy initiative, servicemembers might be able to obtain their military benefits through one secure I.D. card. read more »

Military to re-examine background checks policy

9/19/2013 - Military to re-examine background checks policy

Following the Washington Navy Yard shooting that claimed the lives of 12 civilians Monday, Sep. 16, the defense department is looking into its policy on background checks and taking further steps to reform the process, Reuters reports. read more »

Traveling veterans memorial lands in Illinois

9/18/2013 - Traveling Vietnam memorial lands in Illinois

A replica of the iconic Vietnam War memorial has been making its way around the country, granting those who have never been to Washington, D.C. a chance to view it. read more »

Syracuse Law offers military veterans free legal guidance

9/18/2013 - Syracuse Law offers military veterans free legal guidance

Students and alumni of the Syracuse University College of Law will provide pro-bono legal and financial advice to military veterans through their Sep. 28 Valor Day initiative. read more »

Maryland senator demands more from Veterans Affairs office

9/17/2013 - Maryland senator demands more from Veterans Affairs office

Following a recent testimony from an American Legion official that revealed major failings at the Veterans Affairs Baltimore office, Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., has delivered an ultimatum to the VA. read more »

Georgia congressman urges government to keep base commissary open

9/17/2013 - Georgia congressman urges government to keep base commissary open

Rep. Hank Johnson, D-Ga., is leading a fight to maintain Fort McPherson's commissary, the sole military benefits store in the Greater Atlanta area that's slated to close Sep. 28. read more »

Congress places military benefits on chopping block

9/16/2013 - Congress places military benefits on chopping block

A congressional subcommittee has recently taken up military benefits, threatening the pay, healthcare and retirement packages of future servicemembers. read more »

Veterans going back to school lack out-of-state tuition benefits

9/16/2013 - Veterans going back to school lack out-of-state tuition benefits

The G.I. Bill might allocate enough tuition money for veterans to attend public universities, but an increasing number of former servicemembers are struggling to pay for room and board at out-of-state tuition prices due to a lack of higher-education benefits.  read more »

Baltimore VA faces allegations of neglecting veteran benefits

9/13/2013 - Baltimore VA faces allegations of neglecting veteran benefits

As the disability claims backlog continues to plague the Department of Veteran Affairs, new reports out of Baltimore unearth growing tensions between the VA and other veteran agencies. read more »

Military experience a leg up for job-seeking veterans

9/12/2013 - Military experience a leg up for job-seeking veterans

Hundred of job-seeking veterans found a new hope in the workforce Wednesday at the "Putting America Back to Work" event in Plantation, Fla. read more »

Military life insurance might play role in suicides

9/12/2013 - Military life insurance might play role in suicides

The increase in suicides among veterans and active-duty members over the last decade has caused many investigators to take a closer look at how military life insurance might factor into these deaths. read more »

Veterans filing disability claims find no relief

9/11/2013 - Veterans filing disability claims find no relief

An increased number of veterans are filing disability appeals, claiming previous decisions were incorrect, The Washington Post reports. read more »

Benefits for same-sex Texas Guard members, veterans on shaky ground

9/11/2013 - Benefits for same-sex Texas Guard members, veterans on shaky ground

A battle over spousal benefits for guard members and veterans in same-sex marriages has erupted in Texas, turning the recent shift in federal policy into even more of a bipartisan political debate. read more »

Tuition assistance program has uncertain future

9/5/2013 - Tuition assistance may see changes in coming months

The tuition assistance program is among the most popular benefits available to active duty servicemembers, but as the beginning of the next fiscal year inches closer, the military community is largely in the dark about what potential changes the program could see in the coming months. read more »

Barack Obama orders 1 percent pay raise for troops

9/4/2013 - President Obama moves forward with 1 percent pay raise

For months, President Barack Obama has been pushing for a 1 percent pay raise for troops rather than the 1.8 percent they would receive under the government's formula. read more »

Therapy dogs help military children across the country

9/3/2013 - Therapy dogs help military children at summer camps across the country

Therapy dogs have shown promise in helping veterans overcome challenges associated with post-traumatic stress disorder, and now some of the youngest members of the military community are also turning to four-legged friends for comfort. read more »