Some soldiers have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan with an untreatable lung disease that interferes with their ability to do physical exercise, possibly caused by inhaling toxic material, doctors report.
Comrades, I hope to see as many of you as possible at the next meeting. That will be August 2nd at 1930 hours. Lots to talk about and a bunch of plans to make. District 2 meeting will be in November at our post so plan to attend!
A large study in older veterans raises fresh concern about mild brain injuries that hundreds of thousands of troops have suffered from explosions in recent wars. Even concussions seem to raise the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia later in life, researchers found.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars of the U.S. will testify before the House Committee on Veterans Affairs tomorrow morning, discussing long-overdue legislation to help veterans find jobs. The hearing will take place at 10 a.m. in the committee chambers, room 334 of the Cannon House Office Building on Capitol Hill. Live video will be available on the committee’s website, veterans.house.gov, during the hearing, and a full list of witnesses along with their prepared remarks will also be available tomorrow morning.
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Return the Favor programs and services fill in governmental assistance gaps for troops abroad, deserving military families back in the U.S. or America’s often forgotten veterans. Programs support all branches of the military, are provided at no cost to the recipients and require no VFW affiliation. Through Return the Favor programs and services, the VFW Foundation seeks to make military personnel and their families feel appreciated for their service to our country.
An Army Ranger from New Mexico who lost his hand throwing a grenade away from two fellow soldiers in Afghanistan will become one of only two living service members awarded the elite Medal of Honor in the current round of conflicts, Army officials said Thursday.
Sgt. 1st Class Leroy Petry, who will receive the nation’s highest award for valor from President Obama on July 12, continued to bark orders at his junior enlistees even as he was being bandaged at the scene of a 45-minute fight with insurgents, members of his unit told reporters.
Here is his profile on the Army’s MOH site.