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  • You Wouldn’t Believe How People are Using UAVs

    You Wouldn’t Believe How People are Using UAVs

    UAVs are most known as the weapon of choice against Taliban and al Qaeda members in the remote locations of the mountains in Afghanistan and Pakistan. But, the UAV's future is not limited to the military, especially as old military drones are decommissioned. What are some other uses for UAVs outside of the military? Media In 2012, NPR affiliate KBIA in Columbia, Mo. launched a drone program to build …

  • Col. Ben Purcell: Highest Ranking Vietnam POW Dies at 85

    Col. Ben Purcell: Highest Ranking Vietnam POW Dies at 85

    Retired Col. Benjamin H. Purcell, who was the highest-ranking Army prisoner of war (POW) in Vietnam, died on April 2 at age 85. Purcell was captured in Vietnam in early 1968 and spent more than five years as a POW in Laos. After his return to the United States, Purcell continued serving until his retirement in 1980. Life as a POW On Feb. 8, 1968, the helicopter Purcell was in was shot down near Quang …

  • Veterans United Network's Sarah Hill Brings Google Glass to Veterans

    Veterans United Network’s Sarah Hill Brings Google Glass to Veterans

    Social media pioneer and Veterans United Network's chief storyteller Sarah Hill is forging another new path -- and taking America's veterans along for the ride. Sarah was selected as one of the first people in the country to get early access to a Google Glass headset, a revolutionary form of augmented reality gear from the tech giant. She plans to incorporate the headset into the "Veterans Virtual Tours" exper…

  • Joining Forces All Over the World: Multinational Cooperation in the Military

    Joining Forces All Over the World: Multinational Cooperation in the Military

    It's a long, continued tradition of the United States and its allies to work together to ensure peace and security in the world. That means countries serving other countries. The White House has announced that the United States will increase its military focus in the Pacific and East Asia. Let's take a look at some of the multinational endeavors the United States and other countries have together in that half of…

  • Chuck Hagel: A Combat Veteran Finally Takes Helm at the Pentagon

    Chuck Hagel: A Combat Veteran Finally Takes Helm at the Pentagon

    Chuck Hagel has officially been sworn in as the new Secretary of Defense, but what does that mean for veterans? He is the first Vietnam veteran and first enlisted soldier to ever serve as U.S. defense secretary. Each decision is not only important, it may be the only time that someone with his military credentials will ever sit in that chair again. The Hard Road Hagel enlisted in the Army in 1968, and like many …

  • From Balloons to B-52s: How The Air Force Grew Into a Global Power

    From Balloons to B-52s: How The Air Force Grew Into a Global Power

    You might think of the United States Air Force as having started in 1947. True, it was officially founded then as its own branch of the military, but it had been in developing stages years earlier. Today, the USAF is the world's largest air force and one of the most advanced technologically. So how did the aerial powerhouse come to be? On August 1, 1907, the U.S. Army Signal Corps developed an Aeronautica…

  • Here's Why Your GI Bill Benefits Might Be In Danger

    Here’s Why Your GI Bill Benefits Might Be In Danger

    GI Bill benefits are at risk of being cut if military veterans do not show a "return on investment" to the American people, VA Secretary Eric Shinseki recently told the annual gathering of Student Veterans of America. A return on investment basically amounts to veterans earning college degrees and getting jobs, but no one really knows how many veterans actually graduate and start a career. VA and SVA Collaborate…

  • Here's How Veterans Can Score Free Tickets

    Here’s How Veterans Can Score Free Tickets

    When you go to a concert or sporting event, there's often a scattering of empty seats about. Usually, those seats were purchased, but their owners couldn't come for one reason or another. Until recently, there wasn't much you could do about it. But now, if you're ever in that sticky situation, there's a military-friendly solution: Veteran Tickets Foundation. The premise behind the organization is for civilians and…

  • Scheduling VA Medical Visits Might Get Easier. Here’s Why

    Scheduling VA Medical Visits Might Get Easier. Here’s Why

    Currently, the Veterans Health Administration uses a 25-year-old computer system to schedule the VA medical appointments of the millions of veterans that visit their hospitals and doctors every year. Through years of patches and technological advancements, the software has turned into a relic that only those working there know how to use or fix. To remedy this problem, the VA has invested over 160 million dollars …

  • VA Taking Major Steps Toward Eliminating GI Bill Scams

    VA Taking Major Steps Toward Eliminating GI Bill Scams

    Celebrate the New Year knowing that it is becoming much more difficult for fraudulent educational services and schools to scam veterans out of their GI Bill benefits. Last month, the VA officially announced their ownership of the term GI Bill, which will greatly cut down on the ways in which non-government affiliated companies can use the term in marketing. The Problem Why all the hubbub about for-profit schools …