• U.S. Soldiers Continue Patrols Outside FOB Shank In Afghanistan
    March 31, 2014  

    According to a new survey, 89 percent of Iraq and Afghanistan War veterans say they would join the military again, while also reporting a spike in suicide, reduced physical wellness and feelings of disconnection. Gwen Ifill talks to two veterans, Tom Tarantino of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and Nathan Smith of Hire Heroes USA, as well as Rajiv Chandrasekaran of The Washington Post. Continue reading

  • Washington Post series, Pain and Pride
    March 30, 2014  

    The Washington Post launched a special series Sunday called “A legacy of pain and pride” which looks at the lives of military veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan through stories and polls in conjunction with the Kaiser Family Foundation. Hari Sreenivasan speaks with one of the authors of the series Greg Jaffe about the poll results and what they reveal about Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. Continue reading

  • A homeless U.S. military veteran stands in line for free winter clothing at a "Stand Down" event hosted by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Nov. 3, 2011 in Denver, Colorado. Photo by John Moore/Getty Images
    March 20, 2014   BY Tom Raum, Associated Press 

    The unemployment rate for veterans who served since 2001 dipped slightly in 2013 to 9 percent, the Labor Department reported Thursday. That’s down from 9.9 percent the year before, but well above overall civilian unemployment levels of around 7 percent over the same period.

    The youngest veterans, aged 18-24, posted an ultra-high jobless rate of 21.4 percent, said the agency’s Bureau of Labor Statistics in its annual review of unemployment among former members of the armed services. Continue reading

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    March 18, 2014  

    President Obama awarded the nation’s highest medal for combat valor to 24 Hispanic, Jewish and African-American soldiers who served during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars. The Pentagon blamed racial or ethnic discrimination for previously denying their honors. Gwen Ifill talks to retired Lt. Col. Sheldon Goldberg of the National Museum of American Jewish Military History. Continue reading

    January 2, 2014  

    When Congress reached a budget deal to fund the federal government, one of the controversial items they agreed to was a cut in military pensions. But does this break a promise to those who have served? Jeffrey Brown gets perspective from retired Vice Adm. Norbert Ryan and former Assistant Secretary of Defense Lawrence Korb. Continue reading

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    December 7, 2013  

    Some veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have returned home to face another battle: addiction to narcotic painkillers prescribed by their doctors. Aaron Glantz of the Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at whether these wounded warriors are being overmedicated with prescription opiates. Continue reading

  • November 11, 2013   BY Ariel Min  

    Eleanor Wimbish leaves something for Spanky every single year. Usually, she leaves letters mounted on pieces of cardboard and wrapped with plastic. She’s also left Christmas trees, holiday cards and an Easter basket — all addressed to her son, Army … Continue reading

  • November 11, 2013   BY Ellen Rolfes  

    The Pacific Arch at the World War II Memorial with the Atlantic Arch in the background. Photo by Scott D. Welch/Wikimedia Commons On Nov. 11, 1918, the Allied nations and Germany temporarily ceased fighting, marking the beginning of the end … Continue reading

  • November 11, 2013   BY Colleen Shalby 

    This Veterans Day, PBS NewsHour asked you to share your stories of veterans who taught, helped or inspired you in some way. You shared your experiences with us, big and small, about the veterans from World War Two through the Iraq War, who made a difference in your life.
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  • November 11, 2013   BY News Desk  

    “Our time of service to our newest veterans has only just begun,” said President Obama at Veterans Day ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery on Monday. The president said Americans must fulfill our obligation to honor and support our veterans “not … Continue reading