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  • Ross McGinnis: Soldier's Leap onto Grenade Saves 4

    Ross McGinnis: Soldier’s Leap onto Grenade Saves 4

    Next in our Medal of Honor series, which honors our Medal of Honor recipients, is the story about Ross McGinnis. McGinnis, who served in the Army, was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously on June 2, 2008 for his courageous actions on Dec. 4, 2006, in Iraq. He was the fourth service member to receive the Medal of Honor during the Iraq War. Early Life McGinnis was born on Flag Day (June 14), 1987 in Mea…

  • 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 …

  • Animal Tissue Used to Heal Injured Veteran

    Animal Tissue Used to Heal Injured Veteran

    Medical technology has advanced significantly since the days of the American Civil War, where a gunshot more often than not meant death for the soldier. Now, doctors are able to replace muscle destroyed from explosion by growing new muscle with the help of animal tissue. Dr. Peter Rubin of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is leading a study, in which he is learning how to use tissue from a pig to regrow…

  • The Smiling Soldier: World War II Veteran Reflects on His Service

    The Smiling Soldier: World War II Veteran Reflects on His Service

    "It's better to let go with a smile than to hold on with tears." —Geraldine Romero Joe Schaefer has the kind of smile that when you see it, you feel the corners of your own mouth turning up. Schaefer is a World War II Veteran. He served with the 92nd Field Artillery and 2nd Armored Division. This former door-to-door produce salesman punctuates the end of a sentence with a giggle when he tells the story of how he…

  • Leroy Petry: Ranger Loses Hand Returning a Grenade, Saves Team

    Leroy Petry: Ranger Loses Hand Returning a Grenade, Saves Team

    Next in our Medal of Honor series, which honors our Medal of Honor recipients, is a biography about Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry. Petry was  awarded the Medal of Honor on July 12, 2011 for his courageous actions in Afghanistan on May 26, 2008. He is the second living recipient to have been awarded the medal since the Vietnam War. Early Life Petry was born on July 29, 1979 in Santa Fe, N.M. Growing up, Petry wa…

  • House Passes Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act

    House Passes Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act

    Any legislation aimed at helping veterans is good legislation, especially those veterans who struggle with homelessness. The House of Representatives has passed the Vulnerable Veterans Housing Reform Act of 2012 (H.R. 6361). The act, introduced by Representives Joe Heck, R-Nev., Jim Renacci, R-Ohio, Judy Biggert, R-Ill., and Al Green, R-Texas, "would remove an unnecessary barrier that prevents our disabled …

  • Hanging Out on Google+ with UFC Fighter Brian Stann

    Hanging Out on Google+ with UFC Fighter Brian Stann

    Veterans United Network's Sarah Hill hosted a Google+ hangout with UFC fighter and U.S. Marine Corps veteran Brian Stann. Check out the highlight reels below to hear Stann discuss his life as a professional mixed martial artist and his reflections on being a Marine.   Video Transcription Sarah Hill: “Let’s talk a little bit about Hire Heroes for people who aren't familiar with that. Brian Stann: F…

  • VA Pledges $100 Million in Added Support for Homeless Vets

    VA Pledges $100 Million in Added Support for Homeless Vets

    In January, Veterans United chief writer Levi Newman reported that female veteran homelessness has nearly doubled since 2006. The Department of Veterans Affairs has just taken another step towards solving the problem of veteran homelessness. On July 17, the VA announced $100 million in grants for homeless veterans, which will help approximately 42,000 homeless and at-risk veterans and their families. The awar…

  • Military Pay May Be Headed for a More Modern Makeover

    Military Pay May Be Headed for a More Modern Makeover

    The 11th Quadrennial Review of Military Compensation recently concluded a two-year investigation into the efficiency of military pay. The study came to numerous conclusions that, if endorsed and enacted, will modernize military pay. The results were summarized in a blueprint presented to Congress in hopes that a bill will be passed to increase the efficiency of the Department of Defense and the Treasury. Some of t…

  • Female Service Members Fighting for a Place on the Battlefield

    Female Service Members Fighting for a Place on the Battlefield

    Women account for almost 15 percent of our 1.4 million active duty service members. In the last 10 years, more than 280,000 women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, with 144 killed and at least 860 wounded. Despite this, the Defense Department has continued to prohibit women from taking part in direct combat. Two military women, Command Sgt. Maj. Jane Baldwin and Col. Ellen Haring of the U.S. Army Reserve, h…