veterans

Coming Home Project
3:29 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Thirteen Months Left to End Homelessness Among Veterans in Connecticut

Dr. Laurie Harkness
Credit Chion Wolf

There's 13 months to go in the federal VA's five year plan to end veteran homelessness.

VA staff and community partners in Connecticut met this week at a summit to discuss how they plan to reach the goal by the end of 2015.

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Veterans
7:11 am
Thu November 13, 2014

Free Screenings for Veterans to Combat Cancer Killer

Jake Martins is a Vietnam war veteran and cancer survivor
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil

This week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it would start covering the cost of lung cancer screenings. Clinicians are applauding the decision including staff at Middlesex Hospital where it offers free lung screenings to veterans during the month of November. 

Jake Martins served in the U.S. Marine Corps during Vietnam. He described smoking as a habit for much of his life. "For 53 years, four packs day," he said. 

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Polish Stories
5:52 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Polish Stories Project: WWII Vet Henry Kawecki Married His German Sweetheart

Henry and Gertrude Kawecki, married 69 years
Catie Talarski

Henry Kawecki was born on April 30, 1924 in Warsaw, Poland. At 90 years old, he's seen more than most. In fact, he could write chapters of a history book.

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World War II
6:32 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Connecticut Veteran Witnessed Major WWII Battle From Unique Vantage Point

Herb Philbrick (in white Navy Cap) saluting the Flag at Wethersfield's Veteran's Day Ceremony
Ray Hardman WNPR

On Tuesday, I attended the Wethersfield Veteran's Day Ceremony at town hall. Among the many veterans in attendance, I had the chance to talk with Herb Philbrick, 97, who served in the Navy during World War II. Philbrick was a Chief Machinist Mate, and among his many memories of serving his country, he clearly remembers watching the battle of Iwo Jima, including the now iconic raising of the American Flag on Mount Surabachi from his ship, the U.S.S. Oceanus.

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Coming Home Project
3:26 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Sen. Blumenthal Pushes Dept. of Defense to Help Iraq War Veterans Exposed to Chemical Weapons

U.S. Army Sgt. Travis Livesey assigned to 731st Explosive Ordnance Disposal Company, 4th Advise and Assist Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division and an Iraqi Policemen, EOD, carefully arranges unexploded ordnance for disposal on Crazy Horse Range, Ramadi, Iraq, Feb. 17, 2011.
Credit U.S. Army

On Veteran's Day, Connecticut's U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal called on the Department of Defense to explain why it covered up instances when Iraq War veterans were exposed to chemical weapons. The Senator is also asking for the DOD to assist these veterans in seeking benefit claims for their injuries.

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Europe
12:18 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

On Armistice Day In U.K., A Sea Of Red Poppies Honors The Fallen

British servicemen and artist Paul Cummins (second from right) walk past his art installation "Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red," made of ceramic poppies, during an Armistice Day ceremony at the Tower of London on Tuesday.
Stefan Wermuth Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 5:01 pm

Veterans Day, which the U.S. is marking today, commemorates the end of World War I. In Europe, they call it Armistice Day, and these photographs are of celebrations in London in the form of red ceramic poppies that cover the ground around the Tower of London. There's a poppy for every member of Britain's former colonies who died in the war.

NPR's Ari Shapiro visited the site in August. Here's how he described them:

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Veterans Day
8:25 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A 3-Star General Explains 'Why We Lost' In Iraq, Afghanistan

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 7:57 am

"I am a United States Army General, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism."

Those are the frank opening words of a new book by retired Army Lt. Gen. Daniel Bolger, Why We Lost: A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars. Bolger continues:

"It's like Alcoholics Anonymous. Step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of America has a problem. To wit: two lost campaigns and a war gone awry."

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Iraq War
7:56 am
Fri November 7, 2014

10 Years After Battle For Fallujah, Marines Reflect On 'Iconic Fight'

U.S. Marines take position on the outskirts of Fallujah, Iraq, at the start of a major operation to combat insurgents in the city, on Nov. 8, 2004.
Anja Niedringhaus AP

Originally published on Wed November 12, 2014 3:58 pm

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first installment of the ongoing series.

Even 10 years after the battle for Fallujah, it's hard for Marine Master Gunnery Sgt. Torain Kelley to talk about some things that happened.

"We had people shooting at us from up [on] the rooftops, from the houses, from the sewers or wherever they could take a shot at us from," he says.

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Military
1:48 pm
Wed October 22, 2014

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Visits Connecticut, Talks Leadership

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, U.S Army Gen. Martin Dempsey visited Connecticut this week. First talking with the senior class at the Coast Guard Academy on Tuesday and then speaking to business leaders on Wednesday.
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The nation’s highest-ranking military officer delivered the keynote address at this year’s Geno Auriemma Leadership Conference organized by UConn School of Business. U.S. Army General Martin Dempsey, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, spoke about the tenets of leadership that exist in both the military and civilian world. 

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Veterans
3:21 am
Mon October 13, 2014

A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

For some rural vets who live far from a VA hospital, getting medical care has meant driving a day or two from home, and missing work.
iStockphoto

Originally published on Thu October 16, 2014 7:12 pm

Army veteran Randy Michaud had to make a 200-mile trip to the Veterans Affairs hospital in Aroostook County, Maine, near the Canadian border, every time he had a medical appointment.

Michaud, who was medically retired after a jeep accident in Germany 25 years ago, moved home to Maine in 1991. He was eligible for VA medical care, but the long drive was a problem.

He's one of millions of veterans living in rural America who must travel hundreds of miles round-trip for care.

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Coming Home Project
3:01 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Volunteers Continue Working on a Unique Memorial For Connecticut Veterans

Gold Star mother, Diane DeLuzio stands near a tree planted in honor of her son, Steven
Lucy Nalpathanchil

Over the last three years, a volunteer effort has grown to build a unique memorial in Middletown. The first phase of the Connecticut Trees of Honor Memorial is near completion.

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Veterans Issues
5:32 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Working Group Explores Connecticut's Veterans' Home

Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman and members of the Veterans' Advisory Group get a tour of the state Veterans' Home
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil

The state Veterans' Home sits on a sprawling campus in Rocky Hill but most of the buildings were built more than 70 years ago. In August, Governor Dannel Malloy asked for the creation of an advisory group to examine how the property--which offers several types of residential care-- can be transformed to serve more veterans.

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Veterans Affairs
5:16 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

State Veterans Commissioner Is Heading to Federal VA

Linda Schwartz is the outgoing Commissioner of Connecticut's Department of Veterans Affairs.
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

The state's Veterans Commissioner has waited a long time for this day. On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved Linda Schwartz to a high level position at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Tue September 16, 2014

The Sacrifices of Military Spouses and Families

Glenda Caprini and her daughter-in-law waiting for her son, Casey, a sailor who serves on USS Annapolis.
Lucy Nalpathanchil WNPR

Over the last 13 years, the media has focused on the sacrifices of the thousands of service-members who have served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. But behind these men and women are their families. We talk to author, Sarah Smiley who writes about her life as a Navy wife. Her latest book is a memoir about how she and her children invited members of their community to dinner as a way to fill the void in their home during her husband’s 13-month deployment.

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Honoring Soldiers
5:11 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Medals Of Honor Recognize Harrowing Battle And A Dying Act

Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie G. Adkins receives the Medal of Honor during a ceremony at the White House. He describes the battle that earned him the medal as the toughest he saw in three tours of duty in Vietnam.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Tue September 16, 2014 9:43 am

President Obama on Monday awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's highest military honor, to two soldiers who served in Vietnam: Army Command Sgt. Maj. Bennie Adkins, who survived a harrowing battle and 18 body wounds; and Army Spc. 4 Donald P. Sloat, whose dying act saved his fellow soldiers.

In January 1970, President Obama said Monday, Sloat was on patrol with his squad in Vietnam.

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Veterans Issues
3:51 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Federal VA Holds Town Hall Meetings to Improve Its Image

VA Connecticut held a public meeting at Newington Town Hall on Friday
Credit Lucy Nalpathanchil

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is holding town hall meetings as part of a nationwide effort to hear from the public. It comes after months of bad press about some VA systems hiding the actual amount of time veterans are waiting for care. 

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Huge Piles of Compost
10:11 am
Fri August 22, 2014

Citizen Science Project at Trinity College Taps Trained Eyes of Veterans

A coyote checks out a compost pile in this infrared shot from Smedley's remote camera.
Scott Smedley Trinity College

Researchers at Trinity College are snapping pictures of animals at compost piles as part of an ongoing biology project. They've been getting lots of pictures, and they're now hoping a new group can help analyze them: veterans. 

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Higher Education
11:56 am
Mon August 11, 2014

Senate Committee Calls For-Profit Colleges' Recruitment of Veterans Into Question

Credit J Colman / Creative Commons

A new Senate committee report analyzes the impact of the G.I. bill on "for profit" colleges in the United States.

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Congress
10:02 am
Thu July 31, 2014

House Approves $16 Billion Plan To Improve Health Care For Vets

The House easily approved a deal to help veterans hammered out by Florida GOP Rep. Jeff Miller (left) and independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed July 30, 2014 8:42 pm

The House voted Wednesday to approve a bill that would address widespread problems with health care for veterans.

The vote in favor of the $16.3 billion package was 420 to 5.

The problems veterans have had obtaining care has drawn national attention in recent weeks. A White House investigation into problems at Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals found "significant and chronic systemic failures."

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Veterans
6:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Veterans Groups Sue VA Over Disability Claims Process

Credit Kuzma/iStock / Thinkstock

Two veterans groups have sued the federal VA for a policy they say discriminates against thousands of veterans with PTSD who endured rape, sexual assault or harassment during their service. 

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Veterans Affairs
9:34 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Blumenthal Pushes Veterans Affairs Reform Bill

Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

Senator Richard Blumenthal spoke in Hartford about a bipartisan compromise to reform the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs health program, which has been impacted by long patient wait times.

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War Wounds
8:41 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Years Home, Female Iraq Vets Endure the Wounds of War

After work, Eunice Ramirez finds comfort in a walk at Walnut Beach, Milford.
Tony Bacewicz Connecticut Health I-Team

It’s been nine years since Eunice Ramirez served in Iraq, but she still suffers from war wounds: post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, respiratory problems, and frequent crying triggered by her memories.

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Veterans
4:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Wait Times for VA Health Care Growing in Connecticut

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal
Credit Chion Wolf / WNPR

U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal wants the VA to explain why veterans are waiting longer than 30 days to be seen in Connecticut and nationwide.

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Thu July 3, 2014

GI Bill Funds; Coast Guard Safety; the Future of the Department of Veterans Affairs

2011 New York Veterans Day Parade.
DVIDSHUB Creative Commons

Passed in 1944 -- 70 years ago -- The Serviceman’s Readjustment Act, better known as the GI Bill, was designed to provide American vets with a number of benefits, ranging from business loans, to mortgages, to money that would help with their education. 

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Veteran's Health Crisis
10:25 am
Tue July 1, 2014

VA Offers Doctor's Appointment To Man Who Died In 2012

Originally published on Tue July 1, 2014 11:37 am

Nearly two years after her husband died, a Massachusetts woman received a letter saying that a Veterans Affairs hospital was ready to see him. Suzanne Chase's husband, Doug, was a Vietnam veteran who died of a brain tumor; the agency is apologizing over the mistake.

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Connecticut First
5:16 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

Blumenthal Calls for Improved Veterans' Access to Care; Norwalk Bridge Inpsected

Senator Richard Blumenthal is calling on Washington to improve veterans’ access to medical care. Blumenthal sponsored a bill that passed the U.S. Senate last week and now heads to the house. This comes in response to growing controversy over delays in medical care at V-A facilities around the country. Blumenthal says the measure enables our heroes to seek healthcare outside of the VA.

Norwalk Walk Bridge Gets Inspection

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Where We Live
9:00 am
Mon June 16, 2014

Iraq War Veterans Reflect on New Crisis

U.S. Army Black Hawk helicopter flies over Baghdad, Iraq on June 15, 2007.
Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza The U.S. Army

Throughout the U.S. occupation of Iraq, there was concern about what would happen to the country when combat forces left. Over the last year, militant extremists have slowly taken over the country and now President Barack Obama is weighing his options. "We will not be sending U.S. troops back into combat in Iraq, but I have asked my national security team to prepare a range of other options that could help support Iraqi security forces," Obama said on Friday.

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Connecticut First
5:10 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Metro North Says Most 100 Day Action Steps Completed; Senate Approves Funding for West Haven VA Cent

Metro-North Railroad has released a final report on what it has done to improve safety following a series of accidents last year. The rail line says it has completed most of its priorities. In a 100-day action plan, Metro-North said it has established an investigation unit to look into the root causes of accidents, overhauled a system safety plan, reviewed and improved employee training programs and made other changes.

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Veterans
3:27 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Connecticut Law to Help Veterans Connect to Jobs, College Credit

Margaret Middleton of the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center.
Credit CVLC

Connecticut is joining a number of states that have passed laws to consider military training when veterans apply for certain jobs or college credit. 

The law stems from recommendations of a legislative task force and a report by the Connecticut Veterans Legal Center

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D-Day Commemoration
2:20 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

WWII Vet, AWOL From Nursing Home, Found At Normandy Ceremonies

Normandy veterans parade in Arromanches, France, during events to mark the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings.
Gareth Fuller PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Fri June 6, 2014 3:45 pm

An 89-year-old World War II veteran, reported missing by his U.K. nursing home, has been found at the D-Day commemorations in France.

Bernard Jordan, who served in the Royal Navy during WWII, is a resident at The Pines nursing home in Hove, Sussex, reports the BBC. He had previously attended the 50th and 60th memorial services in Normandy.

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