Monthly Archives: May 2012

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House passes veterans funding bill

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The Republican-controlled House approved legislation Thursday to boost health care spending for veterans and provide more money to compensate record numbers of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans claiming service-related disabilities as they return home. Continue reading

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Wounded veteran’s jokes make you uncomfortable, and make you laugh

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In 2007 in Iraq, a bomb hit the Humvee that Henline and four men were riding in; only Henline survived (barely), but badly burned and disfigured. While undergoing extensive care in the burn unit of the Brooke Army Medical Center, in San Antonio, Texas, Henline used humor to help get over his situation and pain. Since then, he’s been getting on stage to help injured soldiers like him heal through humor. Continue reading

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With residence for vets opening, Bronx neighbors talk about jobs, life after military

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NEW YORK — Just before a new veterans housing complex is scheduled to open at Kingsbridge Terrace in the Bronx, borough residents held a brainstorming session on how to help vets snare jobs and transition back to civilian life. Continue reading

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Puppies deployed: Vets training ‘Heeling Heroes’ for those with PTSD

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Five puppies are about to be deployed on a special mission — trained by vets, for vets, to help heal those faced with PTSD.
In what is believed to be the first such Veterans Affairs program, residential veterans at the Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center will raise and help teach shelter puppies to become psychiatric service dogs. Continue reading

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Survey: Employers and veterans struggle to match military skills to jobs

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America’s employers want to hire veterans — but both businesses and veterans have become more pessimistic about matching former service members with jobs that best match their military skills. Continue reading

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Disabled veterans get chance to fly helicopters with ‘Helileg’ device

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A prosthetic device called the HeliLeg allows paraplegics to manually operate the leg controls of rotorcraft and a non-profit helps them land jobs. Continue reading

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Entrepreneur says tenacity will help veterans succeed in business

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Justin Bajema knows a thing or two about resilience. A Marine veteran with a Purple Heart, Bajema, 31, owns Access Property Management Group in Allendale, Mich., and speaks nationwide about veterans’ issues and entrepreneurship. Continue reading

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Best modern-soldier books: ‘American Sniper’

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When Chris Kyle’s autobiography, “American Sniper,” hit the shelves early this year, it catapulted him to instant national recognition. With more than 150 confirmed kills at the time of the book’s publication, Kyle is called the “deadliest American sniper ever.” The book details Kyle’s pre-military life, his time as a Navy SEAL, and his subsequent civilian life. Continue reading

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Opinion: Blaming soldiers for suicides is appalling; blame the war

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The news in The Star-Ledger’s Memorial Day article, “Rutgers genetics center to study Army suicides,” was appalling — that we continue to blame the soldier, rather than war itself, for the morbidly high military suicide rate. Continue reading

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Afghanistan veteran from Florida killed in Bronx shooting

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A shooting outside a Bronx apartment building over Memorial Day weekend claimed the life of an Air Force veteran who had served in Afghanistan. Continue reading

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