Monthly Archives: October 2013

Can the military learn from its mistakes? (column)

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After the Vietnam War, the U.S. Army soberly examined where it had fallen short. That critical appraisal laid the groundwork for the military’s extraordinary rebuilding in the 1970s and 1980s. Today, after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan … Continue reading

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Military families find stability in home schooling kids on bases

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ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. — A growing number of military parents want to end the age-old tradition of switching schools for their kids. They’ve embraced homeschooling, and are finding support on bases, which are providing resources for families and … Continue reading

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Vexing problem: Bridging scores of military veterans into civilian jobs

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SAN JOSE — Retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Benjamin Freakley has heard the same, sad story dozens of times: Military veterans can’t find jobs because they and civilian employers just don’t speak the same language. And while job fairs are … Continue reading

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Saying goodbye to a veteran (column)

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Tommy Traba stood over his 3,266th grave Wednesday morning. It was time to say goodbye to another veteran. The 82-year-old member of the All Veterans Burial Squad lifted the 8-pound, M1 rifle in his hands and fired off a three-volley … Continue reading

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Work on first-ever Defenders Lodge wraps up in Palo Alto

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For Vietnam War veteran Billy Bryels, the trip from his home just outside Modesto to the VA Palo Alto Health Care System for treatment is arduous because of the time it takes. But it’s the uncertainty of finding affordable lodging … Continue reading

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Backlogs for veterans could spike under shutdown

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Veterans, who already face a lengthy backlog in getting help, risk not getting their disability and pension benefits at all next month if the federal government shutdown lasts several weeks. The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has enough money … Continue reading

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Vermont Container raises $22,000 for Wounded Warriors Action group

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BENNINGTON — When Mike Davenport and his staff decided to raise funds for Purple Heart recipients through the Wounded Warriors in Action Foundation, as part of a company-wide charity project, he didn’t know the huge amount of support it would … Continue reading

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