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  • New State Laws Could Help 783,000 Jobless Veterans

    New State Laws Could Help 783,000 Jobless Veterans

    Contrary to popular belief, the veterans' unemployment crisis is far from over. As of March 2013, approximately 783,000 veterans were unemployed--an unacceptable 20.4 percent. A survey by Prudential and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America found a majority of these encountered difficulty when translating military skills into civilian job experience, but only 66 percent received employment assistance in the tra…

  • 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 …

  • Leslie Sabo Jr.: Vietnam Hero Awarded Medal of Honor After 40 Years

    Leslie Sabo Jr.: Vietnam Hero Awarded Medal of Honor After 40 Years

    It took more than 40 years, but Leslie Sabo, Jr. has finally been awarded the Medal of Honor. Sabo, who served in the 101st Airborne Division, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on May 16, 2012 for his courageous actions on May 10, 1970 in Vietnam. Sabo's unit originally put in the paperwork shortly after his death, but the documents became lost until Alton Mabb, another 101st Airborne veteran, discover…

  • 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…

  • 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 …

  • Veterans United Live With Ron Greenwood, Founder of Hot Rods For Heroes

    Veterans United Live With Ron Greenwood, Founder of Hot Rods For Heroes

    Click the play button below to watch the highlights of our video chat with Ron Greenwood, Founder of Hot Rods For Heroes! Or watch the full 25-minute video chat by clicking here. Ron Greenwood, an Army Veteran and lifelong NHRA and drag racing enthusiast, wanted to give back to the men and women who have served America. And he found that doing what he knows best, hot rods, was the best way to do that. …

  • Robert Miller: Severely Wounded, Soldier Draws Enemy Fire to Save Team

    Robert Miller: Severely Wounded, Soldier Draws Enemy Fire to Save Team

    Continuing with our Medal of Honor series, which honors our Medal of Honor recipients, is the story about Robert J. Miller. Miller, who served in the Army Special Forces, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on Oct. 6, 2010 for his courageous actions on Jan. 25, 2008, in Afghanistan. He was the third service member to receive the Medal of Honor during the war in Afghanistan. Early Life Mille…

  • Clinton Romesha: Courageous Action Saved the Lives of Soldiers

    Clinton Romesha: Courageous Action Saved the Lives of Soldiers

    This latest post in our Medal of Honor series honors Clinton Romesha, the newest addition to our bravest and finest in our nation's military annals. Romesha, who served in the Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor on Feb. 11, 2013 for his courageous actions during one of the deadliest attacks on coalition forces in Afghanistan on Oct. 3, 2009. He is the fourth living recipient of the award from the Iraq and Afghan…

  • Paper Checks From The VA Will End After March 1

    Paper Checks From The VA Will End After March 1

    Checks to vets and military households will generally end after March 1 under the government's “Direct Express” program. Instead of paper checks and envelopes, the government is moving to electronic deposits, funds which go straight from the Treasury into beneficiary accounts. The use of electronic transfers is ending an era. No longer will it be possible to say that a bill hasn't been paid because the “chec…

  • 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…