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  • 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, …

  • VA Loans Hit the 20 Million Mark

    VA Loans Hit the 20 Million Mark

    The nearly 70-year-old VA home loan program hit an incredible milestone recently, guarantying its 20 millionth mortgage since 1944. The historic loan guaranteed a home in Woodbridge, Va., for the surviving spouse of an Iraq War veteran who died in 2010. "The 20 millionth VA home loan is a major milestone and is a testament to VA’s commitment to support and enhance the lives of veterans, service members, thei…

  • 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 …

  • Hut, Hut, Hike: Army vs. Navy Football Rivalry Has a Rich History

    Hut, Hut, Hike: Army vs. Navy Football Rivalry Has a Rich History

    In America, football is a sport of rivalries, perhaps more than any other sport in the country. Even if your team has a bad season, beating your top rivalry can feel like success. Although many fierce rivalries exist, one of the greatest is between Army and Navy. This football rivalry is girded by decades of military tradition. Yahoo! Sports even named it one of the top 25 greatest college football rivalries. T…

  • September's Winning Reader Essays: 9/11 at the Pentagon

    September’s Winning Reader Essays: 9/11 at the Pentagon

    We received dozens of excellent essays and responses to our “Blue Star Stories” initiative that began last month. Our first prompt for Veterans United Network readers was this: "We want you to tell us about the best day of your military career and your worst." Your responses covered some incredible ground. We wanted to highlight a couple of responses over the next two days.  The first essay is from Navy ve…

  • 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…

  • Craigslist Scams Target Military Community

    Craigslist Scams Target Military Community

    We hear a lot about how constant moves for military families can negatively affect relationships and job opportunity for spouses but it is also important to consider how it may make the military community a vulnerable target for scammers on websites like Craigslist and what you can do to stay safe. Without the use of a third party, you can buy or sell generally everything you need. But, buyer beware. For this r…

  • Flying the Friendliest Skies: U.S. Air Force Ranked 7th Happiest Workplace

    Flying the Friendliest Skies: U.S. Air Force Ranked 7th Happiest Workplace

    Who says work has to be boring? Not the U.S. Air Force! In a recent CareerBliss survey of the 50 happiest companies of 2012, the Air Force ranked among the happiest. The survey used employee company reviews and ratings on CareerBliss to determine the winners, who were selected based on criteria including general happiness, company culture, work-life balance, opportunities for growth, the company's work and the…

  • 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…

  • Unemployed Veterans Can Now Get Job Retraining Assistance

    Unemployed Veterans Can Now Get Job Retraining Assistance

    The Department of Veterans Affairs is now accepting applications for the new Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) which provides unemployed veterans with up to 12 months of paid benefits to retrain into a field where they can find employment. This job retraining assistance can mean great things for unemployed veterans. Qualifying veterans will receive assistance up to the full-time rate under the Montgom…