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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.
In the Media by Alice Ritchie (AFP)

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.
In the Media by Daniel De Luce (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Stephen Collinson (AFP) - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by AFP

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.
In the Media by Nicole Weddington

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Donald Quinn

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.
In the Media by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Brett Wilkins - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Brett Wilkins - 3 comments

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
In the Media by Larry Fine (Reuters)

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?
Digital Journal Report by Robert Weller - 2 comments

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.
In the Media by Robert Weller - 5 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell

'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.
Digital Journal Report by Jonathan Farrell - 3 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Debra Myers - 10 comments

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.
In the Media by Nathan Miller - 20 comments

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.
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 4 comments

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 1 comment

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.
In the Media by Erin P. Capuano

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.
Digital Journal Report by Jeff Ryznar - 1 comment

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.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 2 comments

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.
Digital Journal Report by Emma Burge

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.
In the Media by Tim O'Brien

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.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 11 comments

Video: Interview with Scott Olsen on why he gave back his medal

Chicago - RT interviews Scott Olsen, an Iraq vet who was badly injured in an Occupy protest in Oakland, on why he gave back his medal. He also explains why voting Republican or Democrat is a waste of time.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

Deadly legacy of Agent Orange spreads to Japan

Okinawa - U.S. veterans have told the Japan Times that the Marine Corps buried a massive stockpile of Agent Orange at the Futenma air station in Okinawa, Japan.
In the Media by Anne Sewell - 5 comments

WWII: Missing Marine finally laid to rest

Ann Arbor - Marine Pfc. John Albert Donovan was laid to rest in Michigan Friday nearly 70 years after he and six other Marines went missing in the South Pacific during WWII.
In the Media by R. Francis Rubio - 7 comments

TopFinds: Building human homes on Mars, honouring D-Day veterans

Mars One wants to create human settlements on the Red Planet. A Digital Journalist photographs a D-Day memorial event in Toronto. An Indian village is overrun by giant venomous spiders. These are the top stories from across the world.
In the Media by David Silverberg - 13 comments
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
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Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
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Association, SANMVA, have certainly seen the wars. The gentleman in the front is in a wheelchair.
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Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
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Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
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Sonoma Valley Fire Dept. had the  Stars and Stripes  flying high above the crowd  estimated at about...
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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US Navy Taps
US Navy Taps
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Scenes at the Veteran s rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland  Ca.
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Scenes at the Veteran's rally for Bradley Manning in Oakland, Ca.
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Images of the kids so far that have joined the group. The shape of  22  signifies the 22 Veterans th...
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Images of the kids so far that have joined the group. The shape of "22" signifies the 22 Veterans that die each day from suicide.
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Civil War Veterans on film  from the documentary ECHOES OF THE BLUE & GRAY. This screen shot is from...
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Civil War Veterans on film, from the documentary ECHOES OF THE BLUE & GRAY. This screen shot is from a reunion held at Gettysburg in 1989.
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File photo: Amputee Retired Staff Sgt. Bradley K. Gruetzner explains his prosthetic arm to service m...
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File photo: Amputee Retired Staff Sgt. Bradley K. Gruetzner explains his prosthetic arm to service members
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Thousands of Canadians ascended on the National War Memorial in Ottawa today to commemorate the vete...
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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Thousands of Canadians ascended on the National War Memorial in Ottawa today to commemorate the vete...
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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Thousands of Canadians ascended on the National War Memorial in Ottawa today to commemorate the vete...
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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What PTSD TKO means
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The City of Hurricane Police Officers welcome the Veterans on the Run for the Wall ride.
The City of Hurricane Police Officers welcome the Veterans on the Run for the Wall ride.
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"American Icons" and summer time is the theme as shoppers stroll through Macy's stores like the one at Union Square in downtown San Francisco. During the summer months, Macy's is raising funds for military veterans, through its "Got your back" initiative that was established in 2012.
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Thousands of Canadians ascended on the National War Memorial in Ottawa today to commemorate the vete...
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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