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Celebs praise pet adoption: Cuddly love, kindness and support

It is so important to remember that one should give back to the furry members of society by adopting a pet in need of someone to love. Celebrities have long been using their status to help in the efforts of getting pets adopted.

Alabama gun repairman's anti-Veterans Day message sparks outrage

Anniston - An Alabama gun repairman has raised eyebrows and ire across America after posting a controversial Facebook message in which he opined that veterans are "not heroes."

Veterans are asked to be wary of pension investment schemes Special

Sacramento - As U.S. Veterans gather tomorrow and as families and loved ones honor those who have served, the California Dept. of Business Oversight wanted to urge veterans to be wary of investment schemes being offered to them that can place their finances at risk.

Yoga could help veterans with PTSD

New research from the University of W-Madison has looked at how yoga can help war veterans dealing with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD.

Jokes and nightmares: British veterans return to Normandy

Lisieux - "Here we are at the start of a new Normandy invasion!" Don Sheppard announced over the loudspeaker as the coach carrying British D-Day veterans pulled out of the rain-soaked car park.

Wounded U.S. vets return to Afghanistan to confront demons

Seven years ago, Jose Navarro's platoon was ambushed and nearly overrun by Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The troops found themselves pinned down, desperately calling for air strikes.

Op-Ed: Sonoma gathers for 56th annual Memorial Day ceremony for Veterans Special

Sonoma - Hundreds showed up on Memorial Day, May 26, 2014 at the Sonoma Veterans Memorial Park to honor all those who have served the nation in military service. This past Monday was the 56th annual Memorial Day Observance for Sonoma Valley.

US Veterans Affairs secretary resigns amid scandal

Washington - President Barack Obama's under-fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki resigned Friday, paying the price for an expanding scandal over failures in health care for America's retired warriors."Secretary Shinseki offered his resignation.

Harleys blessed ahead of US motorbike rally for POWs

Washington - Holy water fell on Harleys when the Washington National Cathedral for the first time blessed motorcycles converging on the US capital for the 27th annual Rolling Thunder run.

Op-Ed: Congress is failing vets on benefits

Veterans are again up in arms after a bill designed to expand educational programs and health care for veterans failed to pass through the Senate.

Op-Ed: Hey Cheney, military families rely upon food stamps to survive

San Francisco - In the wake of US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's proposed "defense" cuts, former Vice President Dick Cheney lambasted the Obama administration for choosing programs of social uplift over militarism, even though the president has done no such thing.

Op-Ed: The Price of Freedom — What are we sacrificing now?

The proposed budget cuts by the Secretary of Defense are nothing more than a red herring from an administration with out of control spending habits, desperate to make the Affordable Care Act work, and a habit of targeting the military.

Op-Ed: Cut the military, but don't screw the troops

Washington - On Monday, US Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel called for shrinking the American military to its smallest size since before World War II.

Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton on ending chronic veteran homelessess Special

Phoenix - Phoenix, Arizona, America's sixth-largest city, recently announced it had become the first in the nation to effectively put an end to chronic veteran homelessness.

How Phoenix ended chronic veteran homelessness Special

Phoenix - Phoenix, Arizona recently announced it had become the first US city to successfully end chronic veteran homelessness. Two years ago, there were 222 chronically homeless vets on the city's streets. Today, there are practically none.

Experience overrated, according to Seattle coach Carroll

Seattle Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said the build-up to Sunday's Super Bowl really kicked into motion on Wednesday with his players stepping up their preparation for the title clash against the Denver Br

Op-Ed: The shutdown's butterfly effect on Olympic athletes Special

Aspen - If you watch the Sochi Winter Games, you may not see the best U.S. Paralympic skiers, or may not see them in their best shape. Remember the government shutdown?

Shutdown stops death benefit payments to US veterans

Americans are being reminded that the war in Afghanistan is still going on as families of US soldiers killed there are being denied death benefits.

Op-Ed: Got Your 6 campaign sees Veterans as steps to the future Special

"Got Your Six" is an expression in the US Military that means, "I got your back." When this is said between friends even casually the expression says, not to worry, help is near.

'Brain at War' conference offers hope, even with no bio-markers Special

San Francisco - For the past six years the Brain at War conference held each summer in June, has been galvanizing to raise awareness of the growing health-care needs of military veterans returning home from combat.

Kids uniting to knock out PTSD in Veteran dads Special

Evansville - Jesse Gourley, 8, is no stranger to the effects of PTSD on her father. With her mother's help, a group has been formed called PTSD TKO Project. Their mission is to get help for their moms and dads and spread awareness of PTSD.

Op-Ed: This Memorial Day, it's time for soldiers to come home

As cookouts and barbecues get under way, it's easy to forget those who won't have the opportunity to spend the day with their loved ones. This Memorial Day, let's honor their sacrifice by bringing them home.

Mental health training to be offered to military veterans

London - The U.K. government has decided to offer support to military veterans suffering from mental health problems. This will be through a new nationwide training program.

Nazi veterans parade in Riga, Latvia (video)

Riga - The annual march of Latvian veterans, members of the Waffen SS divisions which was part of the armed wing of Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party during World War Two, was held on Saturday.

Op-Ed: The Presidential Election is Over, Now What? Fixing Education.

The election is over, now what, the future of education, financial aid and student debt in President Obama's next term. How will we as a nation begin to fix the education system.

The NBA family salutes service men & women for Veterans Day Special

The NBA and its teams honored service men, women and their families throughout the week of Veterans Day with special events in-arena and in the community to commemorate this patriotic holiday.

Restaurants offer complimentary meals to military on Veterans Day Special

Savannah - Participating restaurants are honoring veterans and active duty service members by offering free meals, and there is evidence to indicate that current and former members of the military are taking them up on that offer.

Occupy Department of Veterans Affairs ignored, but shows purpose Special

As the election has ended and the campaign ads have dissolved off of the television, most people have gone back to their every day lives and have generally forgotten about the many protests that are still going on even after the election.

PBS set to air Veterans Day special

Washington - As the United States gets ready for Veterans Day, PBS preps for their inaugural broadcast titled "National Salute to Veterans." It airs Nov. 11 on PBS at 7 p.m. CST.

Israeli vets break the silence on abuse of Palestinian children

Breaking the Silence is an organization formed in 2004, made up of Israeli army veterans. On Saturday, they released a report to the international media on the abuse of Palestinian children.
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The Public Service of British Columbia held a Remembrance Day event Nov. 10 in the Rotunda of the British Columbia Legislature in Victoria.
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Scott Olsen at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
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Guest of Honor and key note speaker for the program that Monday May 26 was General Joseph P. Hoar, USMC (Ret.). He noted that "War is not an easy business."
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Sonoma Valley Fire Dept. had the "Stars and Stripes" flying high above the crowd, estimated at about 700 to 900 that day at the 56th Annual Sonoma Valley Memorial Day Observance on May 26.
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Thousands of Canadians ascended on the National War Memorial in Ottawa today to commemorate the veterans of Vimy Ridge. This was the 93rd anniversary of the pivotal Battle of Vimy Ridge, but this years Ceremony was much higher key than previous years because of the death of Canada’s last World War One Veteran John Babcock. Mr Babcock died at age 109 this past February. In attendance was Canada’s Governor General and Prime Minister Stephen Harper who took some time to greet some of the war ve
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Soldiers in the Gulf War.
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The Veterans Hospital in San Francisco serves hundreds of military veterans and has done so for decades.