September 2015

On May 10, the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department in Delmont, Pennsylvania, lost a newer portion of its fire station to the Mother's Day tornado that swept through the area. Recently, an anonymous donation was made to help the fire department rebuild the section it lost.

9/30/2015 - News article: Pennsylvania fire department receives anonymous donation

On May 10, the Delmont Volunteer Fire Department in Delmont, Pennsylvania, lost a newer portion of its fire station to the Mother's Day tornado that swept through the area. Recently, an anonymous donation was made to help the fire department rebuild the section it lost. read more »

Firefighting is one of the world's most dangerous professions, and firefighters put their lives on the line daily for the safety of others. However, many firefighters do not make a salary high enough to support their families.

9/30/2015 - News article: Officials lobby for firefighter pay increase

Firefighting is one of the world's most dangerous professions, and firefighters put their lives on the line daily for the safety of others. However, many firefighters do not make a salary high enough to support their families. read more »

The UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge gave over 200 injured and disabled veterans the chance to ride 460 miles as a part of the Ride to Recovery program.

9/30/2015 - News article: Army/Navy Challenge gives injured veterans chance to support other servicemembers

The UnitedHealthcare Army/Navy Challenge gave over 200 injured and disabled veterans the chance to ride 460 miles as a part of the Ride to Recovery program.  read more »

Country crooners like Jake Owner, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes are known for lighting up the stages for thousands of fans on a regular basis, but now they have added Patriotism to their repertoires as well.

9/30/2015 - News article: Country star lineup to perform for veterans

Country crooners like Jake Owner, Dierks Bentley and Hunter Hayes are known for lighting up the stages for thousands of fans on a regular basis, but now they have added Patriotism to their repertoires as well. read more »

According to Len Proper, executive director of the Military Veterans Resource Center, nearly 150,000 Ohio veterans don't have the resources they need and sometimes go hungry. That is why he and others opened the MVRC to provide assistance to former servicemembers who needed it.

9/29/2015 - News article: Resource center offers aid to former servicemembers

According to Len Proper, executive director of the Military Veterans Resource Center, nearly 150,000 Ohio veterans don't have the resources they need and sometimes go hungry. That is why he and others opened the MVRC to provide assistance to former servicemembers who needed it. read more »

For 75 years, the West Ridge Fire Department in Erie, Pennsylvania has been keeping the community safe and protecting the local residents. On Sept. 27, the station opened their doors to the public for tours and an anniversary celebration.

9/29/2015 - News article: Pennsylvania fire department celebrates 75th anniversary

For 75 years, the West Ridge Fire Department in Erie, Pennsylvania has been keeping the community safe and protecting the local residents. On Sept. 27, the station opened their doors to the public for tours and an anniversary celebration. read more »

The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge took place on Sept. 27, and the firefighters who were involved used the challenge as an opportunity to raise money for cystic fibrosis patients.

9/29/2015 - News article: Portland firefighters use stair climb as fundraiser

The Portland Firefighter Stairclimb Challenge took place on Sept. 27, and the firefighters who were involved used the challenge as an opportunity to raise money for cystic fibrosis patients. read more »

Two Native Americans who served in the Civil War received headstones for their unmarked graves.

9/29/2015 - News article: Native Americans get recognition for Civil War service

Two Native Americans who served in the Civil War received headstones for their unmarked graves. read more »

When Bailey's bicycle, his only means of transportation, went missing, the VA was the first to step up. According to the news source, the Yuma VA worked with local businesses to surprise the former servicemember with a new bike.

9/28/2015 - News article: Yuma VA surprises local with new bike

When Bailey's bicycle, his only means of transportation, went missing, the VA was the first to step up. According to the news source, the Yuma VA worked with local businesses to surprise the former servicemember with a new bike. read more »

On Sept. 26, hundreds of volunteers from Roanoke, Virginia, came together to give back to a veteran in their community.

9/28/2015 - News article: Volunteers in Virginia fix house of veteran

On Sept. 26, hundreds of volunteers from Roanoke, Virginia, came together to give back to a veteran in their community. read more »

Quilts of Valor is a nonprofit organization that gives handcrafted patriotic themed quilts to former servicemembers.On Sept. 26, Quilts of Valor presented 92-year old Richard William Branch, Sr. with a quilt and an honor ceremony.

9/28/2015 - News article: Quilt of Valor given to Pearl Harbor survivor

Quilts of Valor is a nonprofit organization that gives handcrafted patriotic themed quilts to former servicemembers.On Sept. 26, Quilts of Valor presented 92-year old Richard William Branch, Sr. with a quilt and an honor ceremony. read more »

The Harahan Center in southeast Louisiana recently launched a program in which former servicemembers can train their own therapy dogs.

9/28/2015 - News article: Louisiana program lets veterans train service animals

The Harahan Center in southeast Louisiana recently launched a program in which former servicemembers can train their own therapy dogs. read more »

Most 8-year-olds ask for toys or games for their birthday presents. Adam Jay Perkins II of Brazil, Indiana, decided to ask for something different for his birthday. According to AOL.com, the second grader asked family and friends to donate to the Disabled American Veterans organization in place of buying him gifts.

9/28/2015 - News article: Boy uses birthday to help veterans

Most 8-year-olds ask for toys or games for their birthday presents. Adam Jay Perkins II of Brazil, Indiana, decided to ask for something different for his birthday. According to AOL.com, the second grader asked family and friends to donate to the Disabled American Veterans organization in place of buying him gifts. read more »

Veterans and first responders both experience things in their daily lives that can lead to PTSD. It is important for friends, family members and colleagues of these heroes to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, so they are able to recognize it in their loved ones and seek the appropriate help.

9/28/2015 - Blog: 5 signs of PTSD

Veterans and first responders both experience things in their daily lives that can lead to PTSD. It is important for friends, family members and colleagues of these heroes to be aware of the signs and symptoms of PTSD, so they are able to recognize it in their loved ones and seek the appropriate help. read more »

On October 1, the veteran-owned business Alliant will begin its five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The pair are calling the deal the Patriot Promise.

9/28/2015 - News article: Government grants veteran-owned business big federal contract

On Oct. 1, the veteran-owned business Alliant will begin its five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The pair are calling the deal the Patriot Promise. read more »

First responders may witness many difficult things in their daily lives. These things can sometimes lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the most important ways to combat PTSD is communication.

9/28/2015 - Blog: 5 ways to encourage communication at your station

First responders may witness many difficult things in their daily lives. These things can sometimes lead to the development of post-traumatic stress disorder. One of the most important ways to combat PTSD is communication. read more »

When veterans leave the military for life after service, many may experience a sense of confusion. They may be unsure what to do with themselves in civilian life, and many may still have the urge to serve their communities. New York governor Andrew Cuomo may have found a solution for these former servicemembers.

9/23/2015 - News article: Veterans continue to serve by teaching English to immigrants

When veterans leave the military for life after service, many may experience a sense of confusion. They may be unsure what to do with themselves in civilian life, and many may still have the urge to serve their communities. New York governor Andrew Cuomo may have found a solution for these former servicemembers. read more »

First responders have a reputation for giving back to their communities in more ways than simply keeping it safe. One group in North Rockland, New York, decided to have a little fun with their charity work. On Sept. 30, 17 first responders in the area will compete in the "Mr. Legs" competition.

9/23/2015 - News article: First responders shake a leg for charity

First responders have a reputation for giving back to their communities in more ways than simply keeping it safe. One group in North Rockland, New York, decided to have a little fun with their charity work. On Sept. 30, 17 first responders in the area will compete in the "Mr. Legs" competition. read more »

Every year the city of New Carlisle, Ohio, hosts the Heritage of Flight Festival. This year's festival will feature a new ceremony. The first responders in the New Carlisle community organized an event called the Blessing of the Badges.

9/23/2015 - News article: Ohio festival hosts 'Blessing of the Badges'

Every year the city of New Carlisle, Ohio, hosts the Heritage of Flight Festival. This year's festival will feature a new ceremony. The first responders in the New Carlisle community organized an event called the Blessing of the Badges. read more »

One such technology is the 3-D printer. The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, recently acquired one of these printers and has been using it to aid in veteran rehabilitation.

9/23/2015 - News article: 3-D printer could be next step in recovery for disabled veterans

One such technology is the 3-D printer. The James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, Florida, recently acquired one of these printers and has been using it to aid in veteran rehabilitation. read more »

The University of Illinois recently opened what its campus newspaper is calling a "one-stop shop" for veterans resources. The university opened the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education and is having the first open house on Sept. 24.

9/23/2015 - News article: New center for veterans opens in Illinois

The University of Illinois recently opened what its campus newspaper is calling a "one-stop shop" for veterans resources. The university opened the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education and is having the first open house on Sept. 24. read more »

Firefighters in Portage, Indiana, were used to keeping their hair cut short and clean, but when they saw an opportunity to help a local family they decided to forgo the barber for a while.

9/23/2015 - News article: Firefighters forgo haircuts to benefit local family

Firefighters in Portage, Indiana, were used to keeping their hair cut short and clean, but when they saw an opportunity to help a local family they decided to forgo the barber for a while. read more »

The USA Freedom Kids, a group of girls who perform patriotic song and dance routines, recently took their act to the local police station in Marco Island, Florida.

9/23/2015 - News article: USA Freedom Kids perform for first responders

The USA Freedom Kids, a group of girls who perform patriotic song and dance routines, recently took their act to the local police station in Marco Island, Florida. read more »

The News Star reported that AT&T made a $5,000 donation to help the community with the repairs to the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks.

9/23/2015 - News article: AT&T makes big donation for veterans housing

The News Star reported that AT&T made a $5,000 donation to help the community with the repairs to the Fort Hero Veterans Barracks.  read more »

Students from Pitt Community College walked 2.2 miles across their campus on Sept. 22. The date and the distance were meant to represent the 22 veterans who take their lives daily.

9/23/2015 - News article: Community college students walk to raise awareness of veteran suicide

Students from Pitt Community College walked 2.2 miles across their campus on Sept. 22. The date and the distance were meant to represent the 22 veterans who take their lives daily.  read more »

AFBA has written about Honor Flight many times before. However, the program that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to receive praise and experience all the nation's capital has to offer, has done something different. Honor Flight recently did its first all-female veteran run.

9/22/2015 - News article: Honor Flight does first all-female run

AFBA has written about Honor Flight many times before. However, the program that flies World War II veterans to Washington, D.C., to receive praise and experience all the nation's capital has to offer, has done something different. Honor Flight recently did its first all-female veteran run. read more »

While first responders put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe, they rarely receive the thanks they deserve. One automotive dealer in Texas decided to change that by hosting an event to show gratitude for the local police officers, firefighter and emergency medical service workers.

9/22/2015 - News article: Cleveland car dealer hosts first responder appreciation lunch

While first responders put their lives on the line to keep their communities safe, they do not always receive the thanks they deserve. One automotive dealer in Texas decided to change that by hosting an event to show gratitude for the local police officers, firefighters and emergency medical service workers. read more »

This year's First Responder Games began on Sept. 16 and will continue through the 27th. However, the basketball portion of the games has concluded and the sheriff's department of Brevard County took home multiple medals.

9/21/2015 - News article: Florida first responders take home multiple medals from First Responder Games

This year's First Responder Games began on Sept. 16 and will continue through the 27th. However, the basketball portion of the games has concluded and the sheriff's department of Brevard County took home multiple medals. read more »

The Holland Club is a group based in Augusta, Maine. It was formed by submarine veterans to commemorate their service and preserve the memory of the servicemembers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Recently, The Holland Club welcomed two new members to its ranks.

9/21/2015 - News article: 2 Maine veterans inducted into submariners' club

The Holland Club is a group based in Augusta, Maine. It was formed by submarine veterans to commemorate their service and preserve the memory of the servicemembers who gave their lives in the line of duty. Recently, The Holland Club welcomed two new members to its ranks.  read more »

The U.S. Defense Department created POW/MIA Recognition Day on July 18, 1979 as a way to honor these missing heroes and servicemembers unaccounted for from other wars. Sept. 18 marked the 36th annual POW/MIA Recognition Day, and cities across the nation acknowledged the event in their own ways.

9/21/2015 - News article: Cities across the country acknowledge POW/MIA Recognition Day

The U.S. Defense Department created POW/MIA Recognition Day on July 18, 1979, as a way to honor these missing heroes and servicemembers unaccounted for from other wars. Sept. 18 marked the 36th annual POW/MIA Recognition Day, and cities across the nation acknowledged the event in their own ways. read more »

Veterans issues are hot topics in the 2016 presidential race. Both Republicans and Democrats are arguing over the treatment of former servicemembers when they return from combat and how to improve their quality of life. A group of students from the University of Delaware got tired of hearing the arguments and seeing no action.

9/21/2015 - News article: College students run across country for veterans

Veterans issues are hot topics in the 2016 presidential race. Both Republicans and Democrats are arguing over the treatment of former servicemembers when they return from combat and how to improve their quality of life. A group of students from the University of Delaware got tired of hearing the arguments and seeing no action. read more »

The overpasses on Highway I-65 in Kentucky were a sight to see on Sept. 14. First responders from across the state hung the flags in the memory of State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder.

9/21/2015 - News article: First responders display flags to honor fallen fellow

The overpasses on Highway I-65 in Kentucky were a sight to see on Sept. 14. First responders from across the state hung the flags in the memory of State Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder. read more »

Early in September, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes division launched a new online tool to help veterans with their post-service job search.

9/21/2015 - News article: Chamber of Commerce online tool to help in veteran hiring

Early in September, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Hiring Our Heroes division launched a new online tool to help veterans with their post-service job search. read more »

The Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama, is using the poppy to unite students and veterans through art. The ESAC has spent months bringing art students and former servicemembers together to craft hundreds of ceramic poppies for an exhibit called “Symbols of Sacrifice: Poppies for Veterans."

9/21/2015 - News article: Art brings together veterans, students

The Eastern Shore Art Center in Fairhope, Alabama, is using the poppy to unite students and veterans through art. The ESAC has spent months bringing art students and former servicemembers together to craft hundreds of ceramic poppies for an exhibit called "Symbols of Sacrifice: Poppies for Veterans." read more »

Firefighters are known for saving people from burning buildings, but one unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took their duty one step further. The firefighters from the Bridge Street Fire Station saved a local family's beloved dog.

9/18/2015 - News article: Michigan firefighters save beloved family pet

Firefighters are known for saving people from burning buildings, but one unit in Grand Rapids, Michigan, took their duty one step further. The firefighters from the Bridge Street Fire Station saved a local family's beloved dog. read more »

When Trish Buchanan's husband, a police officer in East Hartford, Connecticut, took his own life because of post-traumatic stress disorder, she searched for a way to make sure no other first responder had to go through what her husband experienced. Buchanan partnered with the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement to found Believe 208.

9/18/2015 - News article: Connecticut 5K raises awareness for first responder depression

When Trish Buchanan's husband, a police officer in East Hartford, Connecticut, took his own life because of post-traumatic stress disorder, she searched for a way to make sure no other first responder had to go through what her husband experienced. Buchanan partnered with the Connecticut Alliance to Benefit Law Enforcement to found Believe 208. read more »

Veterans United Arizona is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing assistance to servicemembers as they enter life after service. The group helps with veteran housing, employment and support groups. Its next fundraising event is a Texas Hold 'Em tournament.

9/18/2015 - News article: Veterans United Arizona hosts poker tournament to fund veteran assistance programs

Veterans United Arizona is a nonprofit group dedicated to providing assistance to servicemembers as they enter life after service. The group helps with veteran housing, employment and support groups. Its next fundraising event is a Texas Hold 'Em tournament. read more »

The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, launched an exhibit called “The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas’ Mexican American Veterans and Families” on Sept. 11.

9/18/2015 - News article: Texas cultural center honors Mexican American veterans

The Latino Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, launched an exhibit called "The Untold Story: A Tribute to Dallas' Mexican American Veterans and Families" on Sept. 11. read more »

Vietnam veteran John Hundahl partnered with The Missing in America Project to identify the remains of 47 veterans in the Medical Lake, Washington, area. According to The Tri-City Herald, many of the remains have been unclaimed for over 20 years.

9/18/2015 - News article: Remains of unknown veterans laid to rest after decades

Vietnam veteran John Hundahl partnered with The Missing in America Project to identify the remains of 47 veterans in the Medical Lake, Washington, area. According to The Tri-City Herald, many of the remains have been unclaimed for over 20 years. read more »

During his campaign, Donald Trump has established himself as a champion of veterans. In fact, much of his policy deals with veteran support and VA reform. On Sept. 15, the Republican frontrunner delivered his first speech relating to national security.

9/17/2015 - News article: Trump touches on military issues, veterans affairs in LA speech

During his campaign, Donald Trump has established himself as a champion of veterans. In fact, much of his policy deals with veteran support and VA reform. On Sept. 15, the Republican frontrunner delivered his first speech relating to national security. read more »

It is important for children to trust first responders and be ready to ask them for help should they ever need it. This is why the first responders of Circleville, Ohio, started Kids and Badges Day.

9/17/2015 - News article: Kids and Badges Day teaches Ohio youth about first responders

It is important for children to trust first responders and be ready to ask them for help should they ever need it. This is why the first responders of Circleville, Ohio, started Kids and Badges Day. read more »

Fire equipment is an integral part of fighting fire. If equipment malfunctions, firefighters run the risk of losing lives. It is important to make equipment checks a station wide priority in order to maintain properly functioning tools and gear.

9/17/2015 - Blog: 5 equipment checks every fire station should be doing

Fire equipment is an integral part of fighting fire. If equipment malfunctions, firefighters run the risk of losing lives. It is important to make equipment checks a station-wide priority to maintain properly functioning tools and gear. read more »

Honor Flight is a nonprofit program that flies veterans who served in World War II to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments and receive gratitude. In fact, it is so dedicated to making sure all WWII veterans have the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C., the program is willing to do whatever it takes to let the veterans know they are appreciated.

9/17/2015 - News article: Oklahoma veteran gets flightless Honor Flight

Honor Flight is a nonprofit program that flies veterans who served in World War II to Washington, D.C., to see the monuments and receive gratitude. In fact, it is so dedicated to making sure all WWII veterans have the opportunity to experience Washington, D.C., the program is willing to do whatever it takes to let the veterans know they are appreciated. read more »

Firefighters are first responders without an abundance of spare time on their hands. However, tradition holds that they should maintain a clean and presentable station house. See how to clean faster and more efficiently.

9/17/2015 - Blog: 5 ways firefighters can clean the station quicker and more efficiently

Firefighters are first responders without an abundance of spare time on their hands. However, tradition holds that they should maintain a clean and presentable station house. See how to clean faster and more efficiently.  read more »

Though military children may face more difficulties than their peers, they also have opportunities that other children their age may not.

9/16/2015 - Blog: 5 important life lessons military children learn

Though military children may face more difficulties than their peers, they also have opportunities that other children their age may not. read more »

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that female former servicemembers make up nearly 9 percent of veterans living in the U.S. Women Veterans Stand Up is an event where female veterans can come together for support and to learn about the different opportunities available to them in life after service.

9/16/2015 - News article: Fresno hosts 2nd annual Women Veterans Stand Up event

The Department of Veterans Affairs reported that female former servicemembers make up nearly 9 percent of veterans living in the U.S. Women Veterans Stand Up is an event where female veterans can come together for support and to learn about the different opportunities available to them in life after service. read more »

When the summer heat gets high, nothing cools you off faster than a nice, tall glass of lemonade. Two elementary school girls from Washington capitalized on this fact, but they used their profit to benefit local first responders.

9/16/2015 - News article: Washington girls donate lemonade stand profit to local firefighters

When the summer heat gets high, nothing cools you off faster than a nice, tall glass of lemonade. Two elementary school girls from Washington capitalized on this fact, but they used their profit to benefit local first responders. read more »

Al "Abby" Ramirez choose to spend his 89th birthday a little differently than most. The former World War II Navy machine gunner and Korean war Army veteran, took made his 104th skydive from 13,000 feet in the air.

9/16/2015 - News article: World War II veteran takes memorial skydive

Al "Abby" Ramirez chose to spend his 89th birthday a little differently than most. The former World War II Navy machine gunner and Korean War Army veteran took his 104th skydive from 13,000 feet in the air. read more »

The residents of Ellensburg, Washington, hosted the Tunnel to Tower 5K on Sept. 13 to honor 9/11 first responders.

9/16/2015 - News article: Tunnel to Tower 5K pays tribute to 9/11 first responders

The residents of Ellensburg, Washington, hosted the Tunnel to Tower 5K on Sept. 13 to honor 9/11 first responders. read more »

First responders have a reputation for being prepared to save lives at a moment's notice. Los Angeles rookie firefighter Cody Campbell proved this at his wedding on Sept. 10.

9/16/2015 - News article: LA firefighter saves life of wedding guest

First responders have a reputation for being prepared to save lives at a moment's notice. Los Angeles rookie firefighter Cody Campbell proved this at his wedding on Sept. 10. read more »

Vietnam veteran John Kerr created a scholarship to share his passion for winemaking and to help fellow former servicemembers.

9/16/2015 - News article: Scholarship gives veterans opportunity to pursue winemaking

Vietnam veteran John Kerr created a scholarship to share his passion for winemaking and to help fellow former servicemembers.  read more »

Though deployment is undoubtedly a challenge, there are steps you can take to make the time easier for your family.

9/16/2015 - Blog: 6 ways to prepare your family for deployment

Though deployment is undoubtedly a challenge, there are steps you can take to make the time easier for your family. read more »

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in the attempt to save those in the buildings, the first responders of Charlotte, North Carolina, banded together for the 5th Annual Charlotte Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb.

9/14/2015 - News article: North Carolina first responders climb 110 flights of stairs in 9/11 remembrance

In honor of the men and women who gave their lives in the attempt to save those in the buildings, the first responders of Charlotte, North Carolina, banded together for the 5th Annual Charlotte Firefighters 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb. read more »

When servicemembers enter life after service, many look for the opportunity to continue serving their communities. The Mission Continues is an organization that was founded to give veterans that exact opportunity.

9/14/2015 - News article: Organization gives veterans a chance to continue the mission

When servicemembers enter life after service, many look for the opportunity to continue serving their communities. The Mission Continues is an organization that was founded to give veterans that exact opportunity. read more »

Despite rainy weather, the Smyrna Rotary Club of Smyrna, Tennessee, held its 13th annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry on Sept. 12.

9/14/2015 - News article: Smyrna Rotary Club honors Vietnam veterans with fish fry

Despite rainy weather, the Smyrna Rotary Club of Smyrna, Tennessee, held its 13th annual Wings of Freedom Fish Fry on Sept. 12. read more »

Most people use their days off for relaxation, but one man in Lutz, Florida, uses his day off to clean the headstones of veterans.

9/11/2015 - News article: Florida man uses free time to clean veterans' graves

Most people use their days off for relaxation, but one man in Lutz, Florida, uses his day off to clean the headstones of veterans. read more »

Last year on Sept. 10, the opening ceremonies for Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games were taking place. The games, which got their name from William Ernest Henley's poem about overcoming adversity, were the first of their kind.

9/11/2015 - News article: The Invictus Games: One year later

Last year on Sept. 10, the opening ceremonies for Prince Harry's inaugural Invictus Games were taking place. The games, which got their name from William Ernest Henley's poem about overcoming adversity, were the first of their kind. read more »

When you are in the military, you dedicate a large portion of your time to maintaining physical fitness and staying active. Entering life after service does not mean you have to give up physical activity. There are a variety of nationwide sporting events and competitions for veterans.

9/11/2015 - Blog: Sporting events for veterans

When you are in the military, you dedicate a large portion of your time to maintaining physical fitness and staying active. Entering life after service does not mean you have to give up physical activity. There are a variety of nationwide sporting events and competitions for veterans. read more »

First responders are some of the bravest individuals in the workforce. What makes them even more special is that they go to work for their communities every day without expecting recognition.

9/11/2015 - Blog: 6 ways to thank a first responder on 9/11

First responders are some of the bravest individuals in the workforce. What makes them even more special is that they go to work for their communities every day without expecting recognition. read more »

Thousands of veterans leave the service for civilian careers every year. While veteran unemployment rates have been steadily decreasing, many former servicemembers are struggling to find jobs. Fortunately, a number of startups have recently announced that they are interested in hiring veterans.

9/10/2015 - News article: New startups looking to hire veterans

Thousands of veterans leave the service for civilian careers every year. While veteran unemployment rates have been steadily decreasing, many former servicemembers are struggling to find jobs. Fortunately, a number of startups have recently announced that they are interested in hiring veterans. read more »

Recently, first responders in Washington paired with Cribs for Kids to help lower infant mortality rates.

9/10/2015 - News article: First responders team up with organization to reduce infant mortality

Recently, first responders in Washington paired with Cribs for Kids to help lower infant mortality rates. read more »

It has been 14 years since the 9/11 attacks, but comedian and former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is still lobbying for the first responders who were in action that day.

9/10/2015 - News article: Jon Stewart to lobby Congress for support for 9/11 first responders

It has been 14 years since the 9/11 attacks, but comedian and former "Daily Show" host Jon Stewart is still lobbying for the first responders who were in action that day. read more »

Donald Trump recently wrote CNN president, Jeff Zucker, with a unique request. Trump asked Zucker to donate the profits from the debate to a variety of veterans organizations.

9/10/2015 - News article: Trump asks CNN to donate debate profits to veterans

Donald Trump recently wrote CNN president, Jeff Zucker, with a unique request. Trump asked Zucker to donate the profits from the debate to a variety of veterans organizations. read more »

As a military family, there is a chance you moved and your children will be starting the new year in an unfamiliar school. AFBA has compiled some ways you can help them adjust to their new educational environment.

9/10/2015 - Blog: How to help your kids adjust to a new school

As a military family, there is a chance you moved and your children will be starting the new year in an unfamiliar school. AFBA has compiled some ways you can help them adjust to their new educational environment. read more »

On Labor Day, when most people are off work, the nation's first responders report for duty like always. While they are busy making sure their communities are safe and healthy, one chain restaurant kept its tradition of gratitude.

9/9/2015 - News article: Chain restaurant delivers to first responders on Labor Day

On Labor Day, when most people are off work, the nation's first responders report for duty like always. While they are busy making sure their communities are safe and healthy, one chain restaurant kept its tradition of gratitude. read more »

The Department of Defense reported that between 1 million and 1.5 million servicemembers will leave the military in the next half decade. These individuals will need civilian jobs, and Kroger is stepping up to provide them.

9/9/2015 - News article: Veterans seeking jobs should look to Kroger

The Department of Defense reported that between 1 million and 1.5 million servicemembers will leave the military in the next half-decade. These individuals will need civilian jobs, and Kroger is stepping up to provide them. read more »

Many companies are dedicated to hiring veterans. Among these is British Petroleum, which was named one of the top employers of veterans for the second year in a row.

9/8/2015 - News article: BP tops list of veteran-friendly employers for second year

Many companies are dedicated to hiring veterans. Among these is British Petroleum, which was named one of the top employers of veterans for the second year in a row. read more »

There are some items that are simply not a good idea to send to your soldier. There are also military and United States Postal Service restrictions on some items. Take a look at some things you should leave out of your servicemember's next care package.

9/8/2015 - Blog: What not to send in a care package

There are some items that are simply not a good idea to send to your soldier. There are also military and United States Postal Service restrictions on some items. Take a look at some things you should leave out of your servicemember's next care package. read more »

September is a busy month. Kids are going back to school and the adults begin to prepare for the changing of seasons. There are also a number of veteran-centered events nationwide that occur in September.

9/8/2015 - Blog: Veterans events happening in September

September is a busy month. Kids are going back to school and the adults begin to prepare for the changing of seasons. There are also a number of veteran-centered events nationwide that occur in September. read more »

The local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police officers in Darien, Connecticut, bonded together to raise awareness of the issue and raise money for victim services provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center.

9/8/2015 - News article: Connecticut first responders come together for walk against domestic violence

The local firefighters, emergency medical personnel and police officers in Darien, Connecticut, bonded together to raise awareness of the issue and raise money for victim services provided by the Domestic Violence Crisis Center. read more »

Ever since Hurricane Katrina, Air Force Veteran Michael Maroney has been attempting to reunite with the little girl he saved.

9/8/2015 - News article: Air Force veteran reunites with girl he saved after Hurricane Katrina

Ever since Hurricane Katrina, Air Force Veteran Michael Maroney has been attempting to reunite with the little girl he saved.  read more »

U.S. News and World Report stated that networking is the most important basis for job hunting, so AFBA has outlined some networking advice for veterans.

9/8/2015 - Blog: 5 career networking tips for veterans

Networking is the most important basis for job hunting, so AFBA has outlined some networking advice for veterans. read more »

For the fourth year in a row, the city of Lamar, Colorado, will host the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute. The 3-day event is a celebration of veterans and first responders and a time to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

9/8/2015 - News article: The Tri-State 9/11 Tribute pays respect to vets, first responders

For the fourth year in a row, the city of Lamar, Colorado, will host the Tri-State 9/11 Tribute. The three-day event is a celebration of veterans and first responders and a time to remember those who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks. read more »

While many servicemembers are trained with special combat skills, few people know about the entertainment talents they have.  A group call the U.S. Army Soldier Show allows servicemembers to showcase talents such as acting, singing and dancing.

9/8/2015 - News article: Army entertainer group showcases servicemembers' talents

While many servicemembers are trained with special combat skills, few people know about the entertainment talents they have. A group call the U.S. Army Soldier Show allows servicemembers to showcase talents such as acting, singing and dancing. read more »

There are plenty of ways for military servicemembers and first responders to relax at the end of the day, and one of the most effective methods is listening to music.

9/3/2015 - Blog: 10 songs to relax to at the end of the day

There are plenty of ways for military servicemembers and first responders to relax at the end of the day, and one of the most effective methods is listening to music.  read more »

A Vietnam veteran found renewed faith in humanity and in himself, all because of a trip he decided to take.

9/3/2015 - News article: Cross-country covered wagon trip changes veteran's outlook

A Vietnam veteran found renewed faith in humanity and in himself, all because of a trip he decided to take. read more »

7-Eleven is a corporation known for its support of veterans. In January, the company expanded its patriotism by launching the first ever corporation giveaway. The company invited veterans to apply to a contest called Operation: Take Command.

9/3/2015 - News article: Navy veteran wins Operation: Take Command

7-Eleven is a corporation known for its support of veterans. In January, the company expanded its patriotism by launching the first ever corporation giveaway. The company invited veterans to apply to a contest called Operation: Take Command. read more »

AUDREY is a cloud-based software that is compatible with most personal computers. Recently, JPL has begun to loan the AUDREY technology to first responders to improve their effectiveness.

9/3/2015 - News article: First responder technology gets boost from NASA

AUDREY is a cloud-based software that is compatible with most personal computers. Recently, JPL has begun to loan the AUDREY technology to first responders to improve their effectiveness. read more »

During the month of September, several of Florida's biggest attractions have gotten together to offer free admission to first responders as a show of gratitude.

9/2/2015 - News article: Major Florida attractions to offer free admission to first responders

During the month of September, several of Florida's biggest attractions have gotten together to offer free admission to first responders as a show of gratitude. read more »

Upper Arlington, Ohio native Pete Cline never served in the military, but he has served at the racetrack his whole life. Cline was involved with motorcycle racing for over 10 years before he started a nonprofit called VETMotorsports.

9/2/2015 - News article: Ohio man helps veterans find freedom at the track

Upper Arlington, Ohio, native Pete Cline never served in the military, but he has served at the racetrack his whole life. Cline was involved with motorcycle racing for over 10 years before he started a nonprofit called VETMotorsports. read more »

The fires in the West have not only devastated property and nature, they have claimed the lives of several of the firefighters attempting to combat them. When one boy from Oregon found out about this, he decided to help in the only way he knew how.

9/2/2015 - News article: Oregon boy makes special donation to firefighters

The West Coast fires have not only devastated property and nature, but they have claimed the lives of several of the firefighters attempting to combat them. When one boy from Oregon found out about this, he decided to help in the only way he knew how. read more »

While there are a number of PTSD treatments available, many of them are relatively new and sometimes ineffective. However, a neuropsychologist in North Carolina may have found the newest, most effective treatment yet.

9/1/2015 - News article: New audio-therapy could help veterans with PTSD

While there are a number of PTSD treatments available, many of them are relatively new and sometimes ineffective. However, a neuropsychologist in North Carolina may have found the newest, most effective treatment yet. read more »

When a three-alarm fire tore through Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 6, local firefighters came to the rescue of many beloved local businesses. One such business was a restaurant called Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar.

9/1/2015 - News article: Kentucky restaurant repays firefighters with free meal

When a three-alarm fire tore through Whiskey Row in Louisville, Kentucky, on July 6, local firefighters came to the rescue of many beloved local businesses. One such business was a restaurant called Doc Crow's Southern Smokehouse and Raw Bar. read more »