Saturday, September 13th, 2014
Regional offices of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs have set up town hall meetings across the country to hear from former service members trying to get their benefits.
The New York regional office held its first meeting in a near-empty room: Only seven veterans attended.
Some attendees said they heard about the meeting at the last minute. For some, the poor showing underscored larger issues with the agency, which has been working to restore trust in its services amid revelations of months-long waits for veterans seeking healthcare and attempts to hide the delays.
Monday, November 11th, 2013
When he came home from the war in Iraq 10 years ago, Jason Sagebiel, a scout-sniper and sergeant in the U.S. Marines, knew something wasn’t right. He was losing weight rapidly, getting lightheaded after going up only a few steps, and without knowing it, was slurring his speech.
It took many tests — and even a diagnosis of parasites that he treated with medication to help him gain his weight back – to find that he had bleeding in his brain stem.
“Looking back, we finally made the connection,” Sagebiel said. “What we know about brain injuries now is they usually don’t happen from one occurrence, they usually happen from multiple occurrences.”
Saturday, September 28th, 2013
As Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif spoke out against drone strikes to the UN General Assembly, the Granny Peace Brigade took the fight to the streets.
The Granny Peace Brigade, which has been protesting U.S. involvement in wars since 2005, teamed with Nick Mottern of knowdrones.com to help raise awareness in an eye-catching way near Rockefeller Center.
Saturday, September 21st, 2013
The high unemployment rate among veterans is starting to slowly decline, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. To help with the job hunt, the Save-A-Suit Foundation has pledged to provide $1 million worth of free suits and professional business attire to veterans in need. More than 1,00o veterans got the opportunity to pick up suits and meet with prospective employers at the “Be a Hero, Hire a Hero” job fair held at Citi Field.