Monthly Archives: October 2012

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Iraq veteran hopes nature can help younger vets connect

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When Ben Haberthur returned from Iraq in 2003, he found solace and recovery in 10-hour hikes along California’s coasts, often with fellow veterans. Now Haberthur is determined to offer that same cathartic experience to Chicagoland’s veterans. Continue reading

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‘Doughboy’ showing in 11 states on Veterans Day

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The producers of “Doughboy” are holding special screenings across the country to celebrate Veterans Day. Continue reading

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Tax exemption for veterans’ spouses to take effect in Oklahoma

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A new Oklahoma law that creates a $1,000 sales tax exemption for widows and widowers of disabled veterans is set to go into effect this week. Continue reading

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Military wives find interest in Pinterest

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Like many hobbies, collecting recipes and cutting out pictures from magazines to make personal collages has moved into social media. People can now collectively organize their interests and aspects of their identity by creating “pinboards” on Pinterest. This has caught the attention of many military spouses. Continue reading

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On this Subway’s menu: support for veterans

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A veteran is sitting in a booth in a Connecticut Subway restaurant, waiting to meet with Michael Thomas about job opportunities after driving from his home in Waterbury. Another veteran is behind the counter, learning about customer service and business operations.
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Colleges experiment with veterans-only classes

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As students in a George Washington University writing seminar introduce themselves around a table, they reveal far more intimate biographies than just name and hometown. One confesses to demons he struggles to control. Another says he’s here to find a community. “Forgive me,” an Iraq war veteran begins haltingly. “I have to use notes. I have a brain injury.” Continue reading

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Veteran resource center in Lorain, Ohio, considers new site

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The Valor Home resource center for veterans in Lorain, Ohio, could move to a different location, from the St. Joseph Community Center, its planning committee said. Continue reading

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Opinion: Veterans could play key role in presidential election

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Veterans could play a key role in deciding whether Mitt Romney or Barack Obama is in the White House next year. The swing states — Florida, Virginia, North Carolina, Nevada, Colorado and Ohio — have high concentrations of vets. And veterans as a group are twice as likely to vote as the rest of the electorate. No surprise, then, that both candidates are heavily courting their votes. Continue reading

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Nursing home for North Carolina veterans opens

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A nursing home for North Carolina military veterans mostly built with money from the federal economic stimulus program is opening in the mountains. Continue reading

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Report: Nearly 30 percent of Iraq, Afghanistan veterans have PTSD

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A new report says nearly 30 percent of the post-9/11 Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans treated at VA facilities have been diagnosed with PTSD. Continue reading

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