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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 »

Ex-Marine Fired From Job for Lowering Flag on Memorial Day

He says he did it in memory of a Marine who killed himself

(Newser) - A former Marine says he was fired from his contract job with Time Warner Cable in North Carolina after he lowered the American flag to half-staff on Memorial Day, the AP reports. According to the Charlotte Observer , Allen Thornwell, 29, was thinking about his best friend, a former Marine who... More »

Trump Says Reporters Are 'Not Good People'

Calls ABC News reporter a 'sleaze'

(Newser) - You'd think Donald Trump would be used to journalists fact-checking. But after questions were raised about the $6 million he claimed to have raised for veterans while skipping a Fox News debate in January, Trump slammed reporters Tuesday as "not good people" and called one in particular a... More »

Dad: Houston Gunman May Have Had PTSD

Disturbed vet had anti-government beliefs

(Newser) - The gunman behind Sunday's deadly rampage in Houston has been identified as Afghanistan veteran Dionisio Garza III by ABC13 , which found a bag containing bullets and his personal papers at the scene. The bag, which held the 25-year-old's birth certificate and military discharge record, was turned over to... More »

House: Confederate Flags Only Twice a Year at Some Graves

Amendment vote included almost all Dems, 84 Republicans

(Newser) - Republicans and Democrats came together Thursday in a House of Representatives vote that agreed to limit the use of Confederate flags in national veterans cemeteries, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Per the approved amendment to a veterans and military spending bill, the controversial flag won't be able to be... More »

WVa Senate Candidate: I Was Beaten in Political Attack

Suspect arrested in assault on Democrat Richard Ojeda

(Newser) - Politics can be rough stuff, but for one West Virginia Senate candidate it got downright violent. Authorities say retired Army officer Richard Ojeda, a Democrat running in Tuesday's primary, was brutally beaten by a man wearing brass knuckles at a political cookout on Sunday, the AP reports. Per the... More »

Judge Spends Night in Jail With Troubled Vet

He didn't want man he sentenced to suffer alone

(Newser) - An Afghanistan vet sentenced to a night in jail for a probation violation found himself with an unusual cellmate for the night: the judge who sentenced him. District Court Judge Lou Olivera, who runs a special treatment court for troubled veterans in North Carolina, tells ABC 11 that while former... More »

Bill Would Give $20K to Vets With Infertility, Groin Injuries

Money could help start family, or be 'used at the veteran's discretion'

(Newser) - Veterans unable to have children because of a service-related injury would receive $20,000 under a bill introduced to the House of Representatives on Monday. Rep. Jeff Miller, who proposed the bill, says the funds would help compensate nearly 1,400 veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars who suffered... More »

US Veteran Sets Self on Fire Outside VA Clinic

Charles Richard Ingram III died that day

(Newser) - A veteran of the US Navy walked nine miles to a Veterans Affairs clinic in New Jersey earlier this month, poured gasoline on himself, and set himself ablaze. Charles Richard Ingram III, 51, died later on March 19 at a burn center in Philadelphia. "Gasoline burns extremely hot, so... More »

Wounded Warrior Fires CEO Over Misspending Mess

Amid accusations of wasteful expenditures, COO now gone, too

(Newser) - The board of Wounded Warrior Project, one of the nation's largest veteran support groups, has fired two top officials amid news reports accusing the group of wasteful spending , the AP reports. According to a statement released late Thursday on behalf of the group, CEO Steve Nardizzi and COO Al... More »

First American to Have Penis Transplant Is Selected

It will be the third such transplant attempted in the world

(Newser) - December brought the news that Johns Hopkins University planned to attempt the first penis transplants in the US; now, the first candidate has been selected. An American soldier wounded in an explosion in Afghanistan will be the first person in the US, and the third in the world, to undergo... More »

Calls to VA Suicide Line Went to Voicemail

In-crisis veterans put on hold, sent to voicemail, with calls never returned: report

(Newser) - The Oscar-winning film Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1 documents the counselors who man the phones for the 24-hour service, but it never mentions the suicidal veterans who are put on hold or sent to voicemail, with calls never returned—a fact made public last week in a report from the... More »

For Gay Man Kicked Out of Army in 1955, Vindication

Ohio's Donald Hallman was discharged as 'Class II homosexual'

(Newser) - An 82-year-old Ohio veteran is receiving an honorable discharge more than a half-century after the Army kicked him out for being gay, the AP reports. Donald Hallman of Columbus requested a reversal of his 1955 undesirable discharge status after President Barack Obama repealed the military's "Don't Ask... More »

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