Monthly Archives: August 2012

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Obama vows to help veterans with jobs, mental health care

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During a Friday visit to Fort Bliss in Texas, President Obama vowed to help veterans with jobs and heath care. Earlier Friday, he signed an order further expanding the government’s efforts to boost mental health outreach. Continue reading

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Pa. veteran gets his ’67 Ford Galaxie restored courtesy of local car club

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After nearly 20 months of waiting, the keys to Army veteran Brad Herron’s 1967 Ford Galaxie were returned to him by members of the Pottstown Classics Car Club, who restored the vehicle with top-notch upgrades from bumper to bumper.

Before a large crowd gathered earlier this month at the Nostalgia Night in Pottstown, Herron was reunited with his car, and left nearly speechless in wonderment as he looked over the sparkling cherry-red Ford. Continue reading

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Other-than-honorable discharge can leave troubled veterans without help

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After Jarrid Starks ended his Army service in May, he tried to enroll for veterans health care benefits. He took records that detailed his PTSD and physical injuries, and documented his tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan. But his other-than-honorable discharge blocked his access.

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Indiana man chosen American Legion national commander

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An Indiana veterans affairs commissioner has been elected national commander of the American Legion. Continue reading

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Essay: In crisis, veteran asks, ‘Who am I, after returning home from war?’

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July saw a record number of suicides in the Army and among recent veterans. Shannon P. Meehan was nearly one of them. Continue reading

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Iraq, Afghanistan veterans make mark at paralympics in London

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Hundreds of troops have lost their limbs in Iraq and Afghanistan; now as veterans, they’re making their mark at the Paralympics. They account for about 10 percent of the U.S. team in London this week. The Pentagon is driving new innovation in prosthetics with money and research; Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs, led the U.S. delegation to the London Games this week. Continue reading

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VA shows off new outpatient clinic in Toledo

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Visitors to the new VA Outpatient Clinic in South Toledo will be greeted by a large atrium near the entrance, a light-filled space with a patriotic mural that adorns all four walls. Continue reading

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‘There’s no words’ – Injured Iraq veteran receives new home

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Marine Alex Del Rio lost both of his legs in a devastating IED attack in Iraq that he said cost him half of his men. Continue reading

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Romney courts veterans as GOP convention to focus on national security

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney delivered a speech on foreign policy and national security to the American Legion in Indianapolis Wednesday just hours before several top national-security surrogates are set to speak at the Republican National Convention. Continue reading

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New analysis, map reveal where VA disability claims languish, move quickly

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If you’re a Northern California veteran who has waited a year for a decision on a war-related disability claim, you might consider a move to South Dakota – where the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs typically responds in less than half the time. Continue reading

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