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Hundreds of Vets Will Stand Up to Protect Pipeline Protesters

Veterans bringing money, supplies, symbolism to North Dakota

(Newser) - The thousands of protesters already camped out in defiance of the Dakota Access Pipeline are about to get reinforcements in the form of hundreds of veterans, Stars and Stripes reports. As many as 2,000 vets will arrive in North Dakota on Sunday with the goal of "protecting the... More »

One Courageous Marine Died While Another Deceived

'Marines don't behave like this,' says Casey Owens' sister of Brandon Blackstone's fraud

(Newser) - "Marines don't behave like this." That's the disgusted assertion of Lezleigh Owens Kleibrink, whose late brother, Casey Owens, was an actual celebrated Marine—and whose identity was more or less assumed by a man who claimed most of Owens' achievements as his own. WFAA reports on... More »

Meet the Guy Who Busts Fake Service Members, Lying Vets

Anthony Anderson exposes phonies and vets who hype what they've done: the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Armed with plenty of caffeine and a laptop, Anthony Anderson works from his South Carolina home to expose a unique type of deception: stolen valor, where people pretend to be service members, or actual service members and veterans who exaggerate or lie about their war stories. A piece in the... More »

Chili's Manager Takes Away Vet's Free Veterans Day Meal

Manager says other customers raised doubts about his service

(Newser) - The parent company of Chili's says it wants to make things right after a veteran had his free meal taken away on Veterans Day, the AP reports. Ernest Walker posted a video to Facebook on Friday of a manager taking away his meal at a Chili's in the... More »

The 5 Best, Worst US Cities for Veterans

Scottsdale is the place to be

(Newser) - Veterans in some Texas cities appear to be living a sweeter life than those in other parts of the country, according to WalletHub . The site gave cities a score out of 100, based on 21 factors of "veteran-friendliness," including the availability of VA services, veteran income, the veteran... More »

'One in a Million': Chance Drone Pic Saves Trapped Man

Texas' Craig Williams just happened to see photo online of brother's flooded home in NC

(Newser) - A drone photo, a Twitter hashtag, and a concerned brother more than a thousand miles away all helped save a North Carolina veteran trapped in his home by Hurricane Matthew flooding. Craig Williams, who lives in Austin, Texas, was worried about his twin, Chris, who had fled Saturday night to... More »

Trump's Latest Brouhaha: PTSD Comments

Critics say he implied troubled vets are weak

(Newser) - Donald Trump either offended traumatized military veterans Monday or showed his commitment to helping them, depending on who you talk to. Critics accused the candidate of implying that vets with PTSD were weak with this comment to a group of vets in Virginia: "When you talk about the mental... More »

LinkedIn Founder Offers Up to $5M for Trump Tax Returns

Reid Hoffman says he'll make huge donation to veterans' charities

(Newser) - A crowdfunding effort to get Donald Trump to release his taxes is offering the same reward Trump dangled when he wanted to see President Obama's birth certificate: a large donation to charity. LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman has thrown his support behind Marine Corps veteran Pete Kiernan's plan, offering... More »

Female WWII Pilot Is Finally Honored at Arlington

'This now is about closure,' says granddaughter

(Newser) - It took an act of Congress, but World War II pilot Elaine Harmon is finally being laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery, reports the AP . Harmon died last year at age 95. She was one of the Women Airforce Service Pilots, a group of women who flew military aircraft... More »

65 Years After Dying in POW Camp, Veteran Comes Home

Thanks to an 11-year effort by his nephew

(Newser) - The remains of a Korean War veteran are back in his Massachusetts hometown 65 years after his death, thanks to his nephew's 11-year effort seeking their return, the AP reports. According to the Boston Globe , the remains of US Army Cpl. Ronald Sparks were flown from Hawaii to Boston'... More »

Cops: Man Held Veteran, 81, Captive in Motel for Years

Suspect accused of stealing ex-Marine's benefit checks

(Newser) - A man held an 81-year-old Marine Corps veteran hostage in his squalid motel room for at least four years in order to steal his benefits checks, authorities say. Perry Coniglio was arrested Tuesday in his room adjoining the victim's at a motel in Highlands, NY. The motel sits next... More »

20 Veterans Commit Suicide Every Day: VA

Most are over 50, according to 2014 data

(Newser) - The first official count of suicides among veterans is grim: 7,403 veterans committed suicide in 2014, or an average of 20 per day, according to Veterans Affairs, which reviewed data from every state. The group estimated there were 22 veteran suicides per day in 2010, but had never taken... More »

Each Thought the Other Died in War. 47 Years Later, a Miracle

Herman Johnson and Fred Rivera reunited, and much more

(Newser) - Fred Rivera believed his best friend, Herman Johnson, died in his arms after a rocket hit them during a Vietnam War firefight in 1969. "Surviving comrades of that horrid day presented me a bracelet fashioned from the leather laces of Herman’s boots," Rivera writes of what followed... More »

IBM Supercomputer to Help 10K Veterans Beat Cancer

First Watson competed on 'Jeopardy!'; now it's being brought into VA facilities

(Newser) - In January, President Obama handed the reins to Joe Biden to head a "moonshot" initiative to cure cancer , and a major step toward that end has just been made. Per Fortune , IBM will donate its Watson supercomputer technology—the same technology that beat humans on Jeopardy!, CNET notes—to... More »

$65K Raised for Pearl Harbor Vet Scammed Out of Life Savings

Jack Holder says he has 1,000 thank you notes to write

(Newser) - Publishers Clearing House couldn't help Jack Holder. Bank of America said it couldn't help him, either. But nearly 1,000 regular people could, and did, donating more than $65,000 to a GoFundMe account after the 94-year-old Pearl Harbor survivor was scammed out of nearly all of his... More »

Navy Vet Gets Apology for Misogynistic Note

Rebecca Landis Hayes was shamed for parking in a veterans-only space

(Newser) - A woman shamed with an anonymous note for parking in a veterans-only space—despite herself being a veteran—has received an apology from the unnamed note-leaver, Fox News reports. Rebecca Landis Hayes came out of a North Carolina grocery store June 13 to a note on her windshield that read:... More »

Abused Horses Find New Calling Easing Vets' PTSD

Veteran who went through such a program is creating his own in Alabama

(Newser) - After losing sight in his right eye from a 2013 rocket attack in Afghanistan, retired Army Maj. Dan Thomas recovered with help from an equine therapy program at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, reports the AP . Hoping to help other veterans, he and his wife traveled to Connecticut last... More »

Veteran Calls Out Anonymous, Misogynistic Note

'I served, did you?'

(Newser) - A veteran dropped some knowledge on an anonymous, misogynistic note-leaver who tried to shame her for parking in a veterans-only space Monday in North Carolina, Mashable reports. When Rebecca Landis Hayes finished shopping at a Harris Teeter grocery store in Concord, she returned to her car to find a note... More »

Gen. Petraeus, Astronaut Mark Kelly Form Gun-Control Group

They want stricter background-check laws

(Newser) - Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus and former astronaut Mark Kelly have teamed up to create a new gun-control group, the Hill reports. The Veterans Coalition for Common Sense was announced Friday with the goal of implementing tougher rules for background checks and reducing suicides among veterans. "[Veterans] have... More »

Hundreds Attend Funeral of Veteran With No Family

'We serve together, so therefore we should not die alone'

(Newser) - When Army Maj. Jaspen Boothe heard about Serina Vine, she knew she had to do something. Vine, a veteran of World War II, died May 21 at age 91 with no known surviving family. Boothe learned that there were only going to be four people attending Vine's funeral service... More »

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