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  • John Basilone: Returning to the Fight After Earning Medal of Honor

    "On Guadalcanal, he'd become a hero. But returning to the war in Iwo Jima made him a legend," Diane Hawkins said of her uncle, WWII hero John Basilone, in her documentary. He was touring the country, encouraging people to buy war bonds, and had high hopes as a movie star. But he decided to go back to war. Basilone, who served in the Marine Corps, was awarded the Medal of Honor for his courageous actions on Oc…

  • Veterans United Live with Boot Campaign

    Veterans United Live with Boot Campaign

    Click play below to watch the highlight of our Heroes Hangout with the Boot Campaign! Or watch the full 21-minute chat here!   If you've got a tough job to do, you've got to be wearing the right gear. Service members of each branch have unique uniforms, but there's a common element between each: boots. They're what you put on when you've got some heavy lifting to do, need to get over rough terrai…

  • The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    The Bittersweet Story Behind the 20 Millionth VA Mortgage

    Joey Carpenter likes fast cars and Captain America. A couple years ago, Joey, now 4, lost a super hero in his life -- his Dad. Army Capt. Matt Carpenter, an Iraq War veteran, was readying for another deployment when he started to mysteriously itch. Tests revealed a progressive form of cancer. The West Point graduate was just 29 years old when he died. Now raising Joey on her own, Beth Carpenter wanted to be closer to her family. She needed a new house and a home loan. The VA has s…

  • Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Finding Peace In The Rubble: Continuing To Serve With Team Rubicon

    Editor's note: The following story by Veterans United's Levi Newman details his experience with Team Rubicon and the cleanup efforts the group volunteered for in Moore, Okla., following the tornado in May 2013. When I joined Team Rubicon to help provide disaster relief in Moore, Okla., I volunteered with the assumption that I knew what disaster relief was all about. I knew we’d work hard, that the sun would b…

  • Veterans United Live with MSgt. Kevin Wallace

    Veterans United Live with MSgt. Kevin Wallace

    Click the play button below to watch the Veterans United Live recorded video chat with MSgt. Kevin Wallace. Or watch the entire 27-minute video by clicking here.   MSgt. Kevin Wallace Kevin Wallace, an Air Force master sergeant, is adept at military combat, but his main weapon, as a photojournalist, is a camera. So, in April 2011, when he was embedded with a small team of Marine Special Forces and A…

  • Grace Hopper: Mother of Digital Communication and Navy Veteran

    Grace Hopper: Mother of Digital Communication and Navy Veteran

    Rear Admiral Grace Murray Hopper was an intriguing woman whose knowledge and passion for some of the most complicated computing systems of her time essentially created the personal computer. According to Elizabeth Dickason of CHIPS, a Department of Navy magazine, "[Hopper] was described ... as a 'feisty old salt who gave off an aura of power.' This held true in her dealings with top brass, subordinates and interv…

  • Rick Rescorla: American Hero of Vietnam and 9/11

    Rick Rescorla: American Hero of Vietnam and 9/11

    Rick Rescorla was 62 years old and dying of terminal bone marrow cancer on September 11, 2001. He was also working on the 44th floor of World Trade Center Tower 1 when a plane crashed into the building. Rescorla, who had already gone through a terrorist attack in the same building near 20 years earlier, jumped into action. Running up and down 22 floors in the Morgan Stanley Dean Witter headquarters, he helped evac…

  • Fr. Emil Kapaun: Korean War Hero Never Fired a Shot

    Fr. Emil Kapaun: Korean War Hero Never Fired a Shot

    "This is the valor we honor today — an American soldier who didn't fire a gun, but who wielded the mightiest weapon of all, a love for his brothers so pure that he was willing to die so that they might live," President Obama remarked at Fr. Emil Kapaun's Medal of Honor ceremony. Most Medal of Honor recipients earn the award through heroic actions while fighting an enemy. Kapaun was awarded the medal without ever…

  • Veterans United Live with US Secretary of State

    Click the link below to watch highlights of our recorded video chat with Secretary of State, John Kerry. Or watch the full 26 minute video chat with John Kerry by clicking this link.   Veterans United Live is proud to announce a live chat with US Secretary of State John Kerry. In a panel moderated by NBC News Chief Foreign Affairs Correspondent Andrea Mitchell, Veterans United Live's Sarah Hill w…

  • Veterans United Live with Memorization Expert Ron White

    Veterans United Live with Memorization Expert Ron White

    Watch highlights of our recorded video with memory expert Ron White by clicking play below! Or watch the full 21 minute video chat by clicking here.   Quick -- name the last five people you shook hands with. Give up? Memory can be a fickle thing to manage, full of snippets of conversation and faces. People who memorize things want those memories to remain forever indelible in their mind, so as no…