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Military charity blasts claims of veterans ‘exaggerating’ post-conflict mental trauma
Britain’s leading military mental health charity has attacked claims made last week that post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among veterans is being “exaggerated.” Read Full Article at RT.com
17 points by Russia Today | Military personnel United States Department of Veterans Affairs Charitable organization Charity Military Veteran Broadsheet
Embattled Soledad cross will remain standing after 25-year legal battle
More than 25 years of lawsuits, court rulings, aborted sales and property transfers over the landmark Mt. Soledad cross in La Jolla have finally come to an end, closing one of the longest legal battles over religious symbols on public property in the country. On Wednesday the 9th U.S. Circuit Court...
1753 points by Los Angeles Times | Mount Soledad cross controversy Law Veteran Appeal United States Constitution Supreme Court of the United States Federal government of the United States United States
Top high school football games this week
A look at two of the top high school football games in the Southland: Friday Las Vegas Bishop Gorman (2-0) vs. Bellflower St. John Bosco (2-0) at Long Beach Veterans Memorial Stadium, 7:30 p.m. (Prime Ticket): Bishop Gorman has never lost with Ohio State commit Tate Martell as its quarterback. ...
52 points by Los Angeles Times | Time Warner American football Time Warner Cable Veteran John Bosco 2000s American television series English-language films Columbus Ohio
More than 18,000 people want Gov. Christie to sign marijuana PTSD bill
For more than a month, Gov. Christie has not taken any action on a widely touted bipartisan bill that would allow people with post-traumatic stress disorder to use medical marijuana.
107 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veteran Posttraumatic stress disorder Medical cannabis Cannabis
Missouri man gets prison term for military benefits fraud
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - A Missouri man who admits he passed himself off as a Navy veteran and fraudulently received more than $234,000 in benefits has been sentenced to four years and three months in federal prison. Sixty-three-year-old Eric D. Smith of Independence also was ordered Thursday in federal ...
2 points by The Washington Times | Missouri Kansas City Missouri Kansas Kansas City Metropolitan Area U.S. state Veteran United States Department of Veterans Affairs Oregon Trail
Megan Rapinoe's plan to kneel foiled as anthem is played with teams still in their locker rooms
Soccer star Megan Rapinoe has stated her intention of kneeling during the national anthem before the Seattle Reign’s games in solidarity with San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick and as a means of protesting social injustice. She never got the chance before Wednesday’s game against...
128 points by Los Angeles Times | The Star-Spangled Banner The Washington Post San Francisco 49ers Veteran
Las Vegas Harvest Festival craft show showcases new and familiar artists
The annual Las Vegas Harvest Festival Original Art & Craft Show is set to return to Cashman Center Sept. 9-11, bringing craftspeople and artists from across the country, as well as local artisans.
24 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Veteran Las Vegas Boulevard
Undrafted Lions CB Adairius Barnes defies the odds
When he was signed as an undrafted free agent, no one seriously viewed Adairius Barnes as a player who would make the Lions final roster.        
-1 points by The Detroit News | National Football League Free agent Buffalo Bills Undrafted sportsperson Draft Veteran A Little Faster Detroit Lions
Service, not war, saluted at National Veterans Memorial & Museum being built in Columbus
Construction of the new National Veterans Memorial & Museum continues in downtown Columbus, with a 2018 opening anticipated for the facility designed as a salute to all U.S. veterans throughout history. CLEVELAND, Ohio - A giant bandolier of steel and concrete is slowly rising on the banks of the Scioto River in downtown Columbus as a salute to the service and contributions of U.S. veterans. The $75 million National Veterans Memorial & Museum (NVMM) is a project of the nonprofit Columbus Downtown Development Corporation (CDCC), and is dedicated to all veterans who served throughout the history of this country. Construction of the 50,000-square-foot facility started on the seven-acre site on West Broad Street in 2015, and completion is planned for 2018. According to the NVMM web site, the project "is neither a war memorial nor a military museum. NVMM will take visitors on a narrative journey telling individual stories and shared experiences of veterans throughout history. "It will pay tribute to the sacrifices of servicemen and women and their families. History will be presented in a dynamic, participatory experience with photos, letters and personal effects, multi-media presentations, and interactive exhibits." The project started in 2012 when a group of veterans including the late Sen. John Glenn, astronaut and Marine pilot, talked about creating a place to honor veterans and educate the public about the country's military contributions, according to Ann Taylor, CDCC chief operating officer. Taylor said that originally the memorial and museum was going to be devoted to just Ohio veterans. But planners then realized that by only concentrating only on Ohio, "it would be excluding some of the great stories of the service and sacrifice of all veterans, and there was no single monument or museum dedicated to the experience of 22 million living veterans," she added. Taylor said the NVMM will present the veterans' experience through stories set along various themes that have been constant throughout history, such as leaving home, going to war and returning. "Some things always remain the same," she noted. The facility's mission has been enumerated in four general areas: honoring Americans' contributions through military service, connecting civilians with veterans, inspiring visitors to serve their nation and community, and educating young people about the history and value of military service. To that end, more than 500 exhibits will be featured, created by the design firm of Ralph Appelbaum Associates, which has done work for the National Museum of African American History and the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum. Exhibits will feature a combination of artifacts plus video and audio presentations including interviews with veterans, according to Taylor. Individual features include a 360-degree, walk-around screen for film presentations, a Great Hall, Memorial Room, exhibition gallery, classrooms and meeting rooms, and a spiral processional rising to an open rooftop sanctuary. The surrounding grounds will be landscaped as a memorial grove for reflection. Additionally, the NVMM could host events for active duty and retired military members, such as homecoming ceremonies, ROTC training and graduations, celebrations and parades. Taylor said the NVMM currently is interviewing veterans and collecting artifacts for the facility. She estimates that the NVMM could potentially attract several hundred thousand visitors per year. "We want to make it a premier destination for veterans and their families, and service organizations," she said. Former Air Force Col. Tom Moe, a Vietnam war POW and past head of the Ohio Department of Veterans Services, is doing project outreach with veterans groups nationally. The NVMM has been "very, very well-received" among those groups, according to Moe. He said that the facility could be available to such groups for reunions and other affairs, and also honor those organizations "that have done so much, not only to help veterans, but lobby for veterans in Washington." Moe was particularly struck by the education component of the NVMM. "I think the education part is very important for all ages," he said. "We certainly are going to focus on young people, but we want to show all ages what military service has done to help mold people into citizens." Retired Army Maj. Gen. Dennis Laich, chairman of the NVMM military advisory committee, described the project as "downright exciting in a number of perspectives. "It not only gives voice to the sacrifices and contributions of military veterans and their families, but also serves as platform for the broader society to be educated and informed about these sacrifices," he said. Citing an existing gap between civilians and the military, Laich said the NVMM "will go a long way toward closing that gap." He described the design as iconic, stunning, eye-catching and yet still dignified. Laich also noted that designers and architects involved in the project have meshed well with military advisors. "They have been absolutely open to input from the military community, and gone to great lengths to understand the military community," he said. "I think that will be reflected in the final product."
265 points by The Plain Dealer | G.I. Bill Veteran
Vets group frustrated by the way the city treats their fallen friends

-2 points by The Philadelphia Inquirer | Veteran United States Department of Veterans Affairs American Legion Born on the Fourth of July Posttraumatic stress disorder Military veterans' affairs Vietnam War Vietnam veteran
Rep. Kihuen introduces first bill to help veterans land jobs
The Service Training Education and Preparation for Veterans Act would align Labor Department grants for community colleges with local veteran labor markets.
449 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | Employment United States Congress Veteran Legislature United States Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Affairs Canada American Legion Business
Black Rifle Coffee to Starbucks: Hire veterans instead of refugees
A Utah-based coffee company is hitting back at Starbucks' vow to hire 10,000 refugees in response to President Trump's extreme vetting program, saying it will hire an equal amount of military veterans instead. Evan Hafer, CEO of the Black Rifle Coffee Company, said the ubiquitous corporate chain is making a ...
2234 points by The Washington Times | Howard Schultz Veteran Starbucks Employment Military
Jets enter offseason at telling crossroads that starts with QB
With Super Bowl LI in the rearview mirror, the 2017 offseason officially has begun for the Jets, who are looking to bounce back from a disappointing 5-11 year. This is going to be an offseason of transition for the team, which could part ways with some of its big names. Darrelle Revis is the biggest...
39 points by New York Post | American football positions American football 2010 Pro Bowl Canadian football Blitz Hail Mary pass Veteran Free agent
Disabled veteran finds his miracle
ALEXANDRIA, La. (AP) - Anthony Mitchell had been in enough hot situations to know this was trouble. As the convoy rolled through rural Afghanistan, Mitchell, a sergeant first class manning the gun turret in the rear vehicle, could see it made a tempting target. And God help them if they ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | Veteran Improvised explosive device A Good Day So Many Things
The WWII vet and the 6th-graders who made him their friend
The sixth-graders at All Saints’ Episcopal Day School in Phoenix made friends with World War II veteran Jim Mende.       
1119 points by USA Today | World War II Cotton Flag of the United States World War I Veteran Flag
Colorado shows nation’s largest spike in the number of homeless veterans
While most states saw their homeless veteran populations drop an average of 17 percent in the past year to a total of 39,471, Colorado was one of only eight states going in the opposite direction with increasing numbers.
1241 points by The Denver Post | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Homelessness Veteran Veterans Affairs Canada American Legion United States Coast Guard Veterans' Bill of Rights Homeless shelter
Film Review: ‘Life on the Line’
John Travola is a lineman for the county, and he drives the main road — through very, very familiar territory — in “Life on the Line,” an uninspired time-killer that, while purportedly “based on actual events,” plays like a by-the-numbers aggregation of shopworn clichés. There’s a ’70s TV-movie vibe to the entire enterprise, an impression... Read more »
44 points by Variety | Iraq War Veteran Devon Sawa Kate Bosworth Episodic memory English-language films
Veterans Affairs whistleblower resigns, citing retaliation
DENVER (AP) - A Department of Veterans Affairs employee who told Congress the agency was using unauthorized wait lists for mental health care in Colorado has resigned, saying he was subjected to retaliation for speaking out. Brian Smothers told The Associated Press Wednesday the VA had opened two separate inquiries ...
-2 points by The Washington Times | United States Department of Veterans Affairs Health care Posttraumatic stress disorder Mental health Associated Press Veteran Independent agencies of the United States government
Fixing VA starts with accountability
What does it say about the state of the Department of Veterans Affairs when the agency can’t even be trusted to tell the truth to the president of the United …
-1 points by Las Vegas Sun | Barack Obama United States United States Department of Veterans Affairs President President of the United States Veteran Health care Bill Clinton
Letter: Deplorable me
Deplorable meI am a deplorable. Hillary Clinton and the Democratic Party believe that I am disgraceful, shameful, dishonorable, unworthy, inexcusable person. Why? Because I am going to vote for Donald Trump for president.I am a veteran, have a great education and am a retired executive. This “deplor...
1 points by Concord Monitor | World War II Family Hillary Rodham Clinton Bill Clinton Democratic Party Donald Trump Veteran Barack Obama
This company is turning veterans into entrepreneurs
For increasingly more United States veterans, starting a solo venture is a desirable career path following service. In fact, with 200,000 service members coming off duty each year over the next five years, 25 percent of them want to build a business, according to Bunker Labs, a national non-profit organization built by military veterans to...
1407 points by New York Post | Veteran United States Department of Veterans Affairs Entrepreneurship Entrepreneur Small business
The difference between being laid off or fired could save your career
I got fired from my job because, I have to admit, I was pretty bad at it. I also hated the job, so I didn’t care. The company and I agreed that we would say that I was “laid off.” When I’m looking for a new job does it really matter whether I say I...
145 points by New York Post | Employment Termination of employment Lie Recruitment Veteran Restructuring Job interview Layoff
6 reasons every employer should hire veterans
Serving a cause higher than yourself is a goal that author and Navy veteran Mike Schindler believes most US veterans possess. “When you add someone to your team who feels it’s not about himself, but who is rooted in something bigger and is confident that efforts will succeed because of the team you have —...
598 points by New York Post | Veteran
LinkedIn makes job searching for veterans easier than ever
If you’re a veteran looking for work, LinkedIn has your back — or at least the 2.2 million other vets and service members who belong to LinkedIn’s professional social network do. “My path forward in the military was well-defined; I pretty much knew what my next position would be,” says Daniel Savage, veterans program manager...
294 points by New York Post | Veteran Military United States Army Army
Memorial ride to help vets honors McHenry deputy who died after shooting
As the anniversary of the death of a beloved McHenry County sheriff's deputy nears, a community and his widow are honoring him by helping others.The inaugural Dwight "Maddog" Maness Veterans Assistance Fund Motorcycle Run was scheduled to set off Saturday morning from Woodstock Harley-Davidson...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Police Sheriff McHenry County Illinois Constable Johnsburg Illinois Deputy sheriff Chicago metropolitan area Veteran
VA proposes rule that could open floodgates for Camp Lejeune compensation claims
Rule would grant ‘presumptive status’ to veterans acknowledging their maladies were caused by exposure to toxic chemicals in the base’s water supply.
168 points by Las Vegas Review-Journal | United States Marine Corps Cancer North Carolina Water Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune Veteran Waterborne diseases United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Chicago nonprofit trains veterans to be software developers
Code Platoon, a Chicago nonprofit that puts military veterans through an immersive coding boot camp, graduated its first class this year with high hopes of addressing both tech talent gaps and challenges to veteran employment. The class of nine, most of whom went on to do internships, represents...
-1 points by Chicago Tribune | Veteran Household income in the United States Software engineering