“Remember. Honor. Teach.”
That’s the message Wreaths Across America wanted to impart through this weekend’s wreath laying event at Arlington National Cemetery. If the thousands of volunteers who gave up their Saturday morning were any indication, the organization was successful.
Thousand of homeless veterans who tried to reach the Department of Veterans Affairs national call center seeking treatment or shelter were forced to leave messages on answering machines and never received a referral or medical services, a new report by an independent watchdog found.
Chairman of the House Veteran Affairs Committee, Rep. Jeff Miller (R., Fla.) praised the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for “formally removing” the embattled director of the Phoenix VA Health Care System, late Monday night, but questions still remain.
Cpl. Ethan Laberge was seriously injured by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan. He’s had 10 surgeries this year. He also loves muscle cars. That’s something he has in common with Jay Leno.
Richard Overton is a 108-year-old World War II veteran who served at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima.
Hundreds of thousands of American veterans have served in Afghanistan since 2001, and around 20,000 troops remain there today, though the number plummets daily with the abandonment of bases and the turnover of major installations to the Afghan government. By early next year, there will be only 9,800 American troops left in the country, a number that will be reduced by half no later than the end of 2015. According to the White House, it will be reduced again, effectively to zero, by the end of 2016.
So how are things going?