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  • 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 …

  • The Service Member’s Secret to Buying a Car Overseas

    The Service Member’s Secret to Buying a Car Overseas

    Picture this: You're PCSing to Germany and before you know it you're cruising on the Autobahn in your 350-horsepower Porsche 997. Or, you've just finished your 12-month stint in Afghanistan and when you get back stateside, your brand new BMW is waiting for its first joyride. These aren't just fantasies, but a reality for many service members who are serving or have served outside of the United States. You, too, ca…

  • 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…

  • Kisseloff Children with First Pitches to Remember

    Kisseloff Children with First Pitches to Remember

    A grenade attack killed Sgt. Denis Kisseloff of St. Charles, Mo. in 2010, but his legacy lives on through a new award. Sgt. Kisseloff's children had previously lost their mother to an illness, so his passing left Aleks and Serena Kisseloff without parents. "I thought God would spare him because of the kids," said Mila Kisseloff, Sgt. Kisseloff's mother. Through a rain storm, members of Kisseloff's Missouri…

  • 10 Common Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Military Origins

    10 Common Words and Phrases You Didn’t Know Had Military Origins

    The English language contains some fascinating, odd and funny words and phrases. Did you know that many of the things we say in everyday parlance have a military origin? Here's a list of some common things we say that found their beginnings in the armed forces. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" The telegraph was invented in the mid-19th century by Samuel Morse, and by 1861, telegraph wires stretch…

  • 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 Afgh…

  • 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…