Monthly Archives: April 2012

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Vets’ groups, Connecticut support disabled lesbian sailor’s fight for spousal benefits

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. — A disabled Navy veteran, who was denied spousal benefits by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, has gotten veterans groups and the state of Connecticut to join her legal challenge to the ruling. Carmen Cardona, an … Continue reading

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‘Coming Home’ reality TV show is coming home

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Lifetime moved the show, but fans wanted it back … and they won! “Coming Home” showcases veterans returning home and surprising their families. It is an emotionally charged show that stresses the hole left when a solider leaves home, and the important role they fill upon their return. Continue reading

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Army veteran Tim Kenney finds a new life as a small-businessman

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Veteran Tim Kenney in Montrose is struggling to figure out if he will ever be able to do what he did before he became an Army specialist. Continue reading

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Away from Afghanistan, but not yet to American shores

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We often think of soldiers returning to American soil after a tour of duty in Afghanistan or Iraq. But waves of American troops also return “home” to other countries, either as their home base, or as a stopping point before heading to the U.S. Continue reading

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‘The Lucky One’: more romance, less war

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Newly released Marine-returns-home-with-a-twist movie “The Lucky One” hasn’t exactly been racking up critics’ raves. Reviews prior to the April 20 release and after are dicey, for the most part. But movie-goers seem to be kinder, on the whole, than those fussy critics. Continue reading

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Cowbirds in Afghanistan and Iraq

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A new and as yet little-known website called Cowbird is becoming home to a growing number of fascinating, entertaining, weird, funny, and sad tales from storytellers and photographers around the world. It’s well suited for returning military veterans to share … Continue reading

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‘A Warm Wind’ looks to find audience

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Among a wave of movies about wounded military veterans returning home is “A Warm Wind,” which screened at the Cheyenne International Film Festival in 2011, and now is being booked for additional screenings and has been released on DVD. Directed … Continue reading

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Michigan couple begin their biggest mission yet — as new parents

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When Rosemarie Young met Tyler Kenny at Michigan Army National Guard training, the petite medic came to a quick conclusion:  “I knew he was the one for me,” Rosemarie, 25, said. “It was matter of him realizing it.” The couple … Continue reading

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About this project

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“American Homecomings, ” is a project from Digital First Media that will chronicle the lives of returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and offer vets news, information about support services and a place to share their photos and memories. Eight … Continue reading

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Program finds foster homes for pets of deployed military

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David Calvaresi was clicking around Craigslist for available dogs when he came across an advertisement asking for volunteers to foster pets of deployed military service members. “I thought, ‘What a great way to kind of give back to people serving … Continue reading

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