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  • 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…

  • Big Band in the Barracks: Looking Back At The Music of WWII and the Greatest Generation

    Big Band in the Barracks: Looking Back At The Music of WWII and the Greatest Generation

    "Here, there and everywhere, the stamping foot of the boogie piano player sets the tempo for nimble feet that dance the jitterbug," Pete Smith, the narrator for the 1944 short film "Groovie Movie," chimes. Swing and Big Band helped to define a culture and an era when great nations clashed on the battlefield in all corners of the globe. The music and dance of the late 30's and early 40's gave men and women an oppo…

  • 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…

  • Before TV: Watch WWII Like the Greatest Generation

    Before TV: Watch WWII Like the Greatest Generation

    For a small admission fee, you were once able to sit inside a movie theater and get a solid hour's worth of news and information from around the country and the world. This was not made possible by cable news or the Internet, but by the newsreel — a relic of a bygone era that informed, entertained and boosted morale. Newsreels played an important role in providing news to the public between 1911 and 1967, though…

  • Gloves 4 Troops: Through the Eyes of a Vietnam Veteran's Daughter

    Gloves 4 Troops: Through the Eyes of a Vietnam Veteran’s Daughter

    For decades, America's pastime has provided relief to baseball fans all over the county. It's a time for people to come together, forget their worries, and get lost in a simple game of baseball. Growing up in St. Louis, you have no other choice than to be a Cardinals fan. My love for the Redbirds stemmed from my dad, who, at 14 years old, went to spring training and snapped a picture with Stan "The Man" Musial…

  • 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…

  • Why and How to Learn a Second Language

    Why and How to Learn a Second Language

    "To prosper economically and to improve relations with other countries, Americans need to read, speak and understand other languages," Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, declared at the Foreign Language Summit, in 2010. Only about 18 percent of Americans report speaking a language other than English, while 53 percent of Europeans can converse in a second language. Learning another language is hard work, …