September 2014

Almost 50 years ago, Virginia native Larry F. Freeman helped save the lives of nine people while fighting in Vietnam.

9/30/2014 - Vietnam vet receives Silver Star

Almost 50 years ago, Virginia native Larry F. Freeman helped save the lives of nine people while fighting in Vietnam. read more »

The Army has implemented a competitive program for enlisted servicemembers who want to become physician assistants.

9/29/2014 - Physician assistant program lets soldiers earn a master's degree

The Army has implemented a competitive program for enlisted servicemembers who want to become physician assistants. read more »

The Air Force's explosive ordinance disposal mission in Afghanistan is officially over.

9/26/2014 - Air Force ends EOD mission in Afghanistan

The Air Force's explosive ordinance disposal mission in Afghanistan is officially over. read more »

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, will begin work on a research initiative to look at non-opioid treatment options for servicemembers.

9/25/2014 - VA and NIH to launch research into new treatment options for veterans

The Department of Veterans Affairs, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, will begin work on a research initiative to look at non-opioid treatment options for servicemembers. read more »

Newman's Own Awards gave a total of $200,000 to five programs dedicated to helping servicemembers, veterans and their families.

9/25/2014 - Nonprofits dedicated to helping veterans receive awards

Newman's Own Awards gave a total of $200,000 to five programs dedicated to helping servicemembers, veterans and their families. read more »

A report just released by the Disabled American Veterans highlights the lack of services available that are geared towards female servicemembers.

9/25/2014 - Veterans services aren't keeping up with growing number of female soldiers

A report just released by the Disabled American Veterans highlights the lack of services available that are geared toward female servicemembers. read more »

A new program being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and using Microsoft's Kinect video game technology has turned regular sandboxes into 3-D maps.

9/24/2014 - Augmented reality sand: New tool for armed forces?

A new program being developed by the Army Research Laboratory and using Microsoft's Kinect video game technology has turned regular sandboxes into 3-D maps. read more »

The photograph of a soldier kissing a nurse in Times Square, snapped on August 15, 1945, is often seen as a symbol for the end of World War II.

9/24/2014 - WWII sculpture makes a visit to France

The photograph of a soldier kissing a nurse in Times Square, snapped on Aug.15, 1945, is often seen as a symbol for the end of World War II. read more »

After undergoing nearly $10 million worth of construction, the building that formerly housed San Francisco's Stanford Hotel is set to become a residence for 130 homeless veterans.

9/23/2014 - Abandoned San Francisco hotel now a home for veterans

After undergoing nearly $10 million worth of construction, the building that formerly housed San Francisco's Stanford Hotel is set to become a residence for 130 homeless veterans. read more »

A new initiative to help veterans find employment was announced recently by the Obama administration.

9/23/2014 - New program aims to give jobs to veterans

A new initiative to help veterans find employment was announced recently by the Obama administration. read more »

Northern California's King fire, which started on Sept. 13, has grown to be roughly the size of Atlanta.

9/23/2014 - California firefighters continue to work as King fire grows

Northern California's King fire, which started on Sept. 13, has grown to be roughly the size of Atlanta. read more »

A recent survey released by Blue Star Families in partnership with Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families shows the current challenges faced by today's servicemembers and their relatives.

9/23/2014 - Survey shows concerns of military families

A recent survey released by Blue Star Families in partnership with Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families shows the current challenges faced by today's servicemembers and their relatives. read more »

On Sept. 21, construction began on a new veteran's home in Chicago.

9/22/2014 - New veteran home to open in Chicago

On Sept. 21, construction began on a new veteran's home in Chicago. read more »

Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam veteran, has spent the past 19 years working to clean up leftover bombs in the southeast Asian country.

9/19/2014 - Vietnam vet continues service work

Chuck Searcy, a Vietnam veteran, has spent the past 19 years working to clean up leftover bombs in the southeast Asian country. read more »

Just about 70 years ago, an American B-25 Mitchell bomber plane named "Maybe" crashed into an Italian mountain after sustaining damage from an attack.

9/19/2014 - WWII veterans to be honored in Italian village

Just about 70 years ago, an American B-25 Mitchell bomber plane named "Maybe" crashed into an Italian mountain after sustaining damage from an attack. read more »

Sept. 18 marks the 67th birthday of the United States Air Force.

9/18/2014 - US Air Force celebrates 67th year

Sept. 18 marks the 67th birthday of the United States Air Force. read more »

Veteran unemployment rates, while improving, are still significantly higher than the national average,

9/18/2014 - Uber to hire 50,000 veterans

Veteran unemployment rates, while improving, are still significantly higher than the national average. read more »

El Dorado County, California has been struggling to stop the King Fire since Saturday afternoon.

9/17/2014 - Federal firefighters take charge of forest fire

El Dorado County, California, has been struggling to stop the King Fire since Saturday afternoon. read more »

Sept. 16 marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard.

9/16/2014 - Victims remembered on first anniversary of Navy shooting

Sept. 16 marks the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting at the Washington Navy Yard. read more »

Today President Obama is set to announce his plan for helping the Ebola crisis in West Africa.

9/16/2014 - Obama will send 3,000 troops to help Ebola crisis

Today President Obama is set to announce his plan for helping the Ebola crisis in West Africa. read more »

Today, President Obama will present Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam.

9/15/2014 - Vietnam vet to receive Medal of Honor

Today, President Obama will present Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins with the prestigious Medal of Honor for his service in Vietnam. read more »

The previously all-male Ranger school training course is now open to women.

9/15/2014 - Women invited to participate in Ranger school

The previously all-male Ranger school training course is now open to women. read more »

After spending time in the rural village of Hutal, Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott was used to animals roaming the perimeter of his post.

9/15/2014 - Soldier forges friendship with abandoned cat

After spending time in the rural village of Hutal, Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Jesse Knott was used to animals roaming the perimeter of his post. read more »

Six U.S. Army helicopters were forced to land unexpectedly when their flight from Lithuania to a temporary Polish base near the German border encountered bad weather.

9/12/2014 - US helicopter makes surprise landing in Poland

Six U.S. Army helicopters were forced to land unexpectedly when their flight from Lithuania to a temporary Polish base near the German border encountered bad weather. read more »

Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones was officially awarded the Bronze Star Medal he earned while serving in Vietnam at the team's home game Thursday, Sept. 11.

9/12/2014 - Texas Rangers coach given Bronze Star

Texas Rangers bench coach Bobby Jones was officially awarded the Bronze Star Medal he earned while serving in Vietnam at the team's home game Thursday, Sept. 11. read more »

All over the nation, memorials were held on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11, remembering the thousands of victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks 13 years ago, including a number of first responders who died trying to save the lives of civilians.

9/11/2014 - First responders remembered on 9/11

All over the nation, memorials were held on the morning of Thursday, Sept. 11, remembering the thousands of victims who were killed in the terrorist attacks 13 years ago, including a number of first responders who died trying to save the lives of civilians. read more »

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation.

9/11/2014 - Obama discusses strategy in public address

On Wednesday, Sept. 10, President Obama addressed the nation. read more »

In an effort to lower veteran unemployment rates, 50 U.S. schools are taking part in Veteran's Upward Bound, a program run by the U.S. Department of Education.

9/11/2014 - Upward bound program helps veterans get an education

In an effort to lower veteran unemployment rates, 50 U.S. schools are taking part in Veteran's Upward Bound, a program run by the U.S. Department of Education. read more »

 The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans has been in a constant state of fluctuation this year.

9/10/2014 - Post-9/11 vet unemployment still high but speculated to fall

The unemployment rate for post-9/11 veterans has been in a constant state of fluctuation this year.  read more »

Seth Moulton is new to the world of politics, but that did not stop the former Marine from beating U.S. Rep. John Tierney in Sept. 9's Democratic primary elections for Massachusetts'  6th Congressional District.

9/10/2014 - Former Marine takes Democratic primary in Massachusetts

Seth Moulton is new to the world of politics, but that did not stop the former Marine from beating U.S. Rep. John Tierney in Sept. 9's Democratic primary elections for Massachusetts'  6th Congressional District. read more »

President Obama is set to announce his strategy for dealing with the Islamic militant issue in Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 10.

9/10/2014 - Obama to announce strategy for handling Islamic militants

President Obama is set to announce his strategy for dealing with the Islamic militant issue in Syria on Wednesday, Sept. 10. read more »

After the controversial VA scandal at the Phoenix, Arizona facility in July, officials have been investigating allegations of wrongdoing in locations all over the country.

9/10/2014 - 93 VA facilities remain under investigation

After the controversial Veterans Affairs scandal at the Phoenix, Arizona, facility in July, officials have been investigating allegations of wrongdoings in locations all over the country. read more »

Jeff Monken was appointed the new coach of Army football on Dec. 24, according to Go Army Sports.

9/9/2014 - Army's new football coach leads team to victory

Jeff Monken was appointed the new coach of Army football on Dec. 24. read more »

According to Newsweek, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is observing the 13th anniversary of the attacks by unveiling new exhibits.

9/9/2014 - 9/11 museum commemorates 13th anniversary

According to Newsweek, the 9/11 Memorial and Museum is observing the 13th anniversary of the attacks by unveiling new exhibits. read more »

Peter Goutiere, now just shy of his 100th birthday, was reunited in Seattle with the Douglas C-47 plane he flew during WWII.

9/9/2014 - 99-year-old WWII pilot reunited with aircraft

Peter Goutiere, now just shy of his 100th birthday, was reunited in Seattle with the Douglas C-47 plane he flew during WWII. read more »

Former marine veteran Wallace T. Stewart will participate in the 2014 Alcatraz Invitational Swim on Sept. 14.

9/8/2014 - 81-year-old veteran to compete in Alcatraz Invitational Swim

Former marine veteran Wallace T. Stewart will participate in the 2014 Alcatraz Invitational Swim on Sept. 14. read more »

Ebola has spread rapidly throughout West Africa since cases started popping up earlier this year.

9/8/2014 - US military to help fight Ebola outbreak

Ebola has spread rapidly throughout West Africa since cases started popping up earlier this year. read more »

The Pentagon has announced roughly 200 U.S. servicemembers will be sent to train in Ukraine as part of an annual peacekeeping exercise called Rapid Trident.

9/4/2014 - US troops will be sent to Ukraine to train

The Pentagon has announced roughly 200 U.S. servicemembers will be sent to train in Ukraine as part of an annual peacekeeping exercise called Rapid Trident. read more »

President Barack Obama has authorized sending 350 additional military servicemembers to Iraq to help protect U.S. personnel and facilities following a Department of State request.

9/3/2014 - Obama sends 350 additional troops to Iraq

President Barack Obama has authorized sending 350 additional military servicemembers to Iraq to help protect U.S. personnel and facilities following a Department of State request. read more »

Government officials released an updated version of the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool recently.

9/2/2014 - New GI bill calculator takes aim at predatory schools

Government officials released an updated version of the G.I. Bill Comparison Tool recently. read more »