For more than nine months now, a group of volunteer UCF medical students have been giving free hepatitis A shots to the homeless in Orlando. Once a month, on a Tuesday evening, they set up their portable tent and a few tables at the corner of a church parking lot in downtown Orlando and triage […]
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“Keep your fingers straight and off the trigger. Do not point the rifle at anyone you do not intend to shoot.” That’s Roman Baca, a U.S. Marine Iraq War veteran. But he’s not speaking to the company of soldiers he led during his tour as a sergeant in Fallujah, Iraq. Here, Baca is instructing a […]
PD9’s very own Steve Graves has published an article on this history of Veterans Day. The article can be downloaded here.
This week, U.S. Rep Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., announced $1 million is headed to the University of Central Florida (UCF) to further help veterans recover from PTSD. The federals funds, which come from the Army, will go to UCF RESTORES, an innovative program in which veterans suffering from PTSD are in an intensive, three-week outpatient program. Read more.
The secretary of veterans affairs has told several members of Congress that he’s evicting them from offices they’ve been using in VA hospitals. The House members use the offices to meet with vets and discuss everything from their eligibility for benefits to the quality of the care they receive. The VA says it wants the […]
The children of some U.S. military members and government workers overseas will have a harder time getting citizenship under a Trump administration policy announced Wednesday. The changes will affect a relatively small number of people. But the announcement touched off widespread confusion and outrage — with immigrant and veterans’ advocates questioning why the administration would […]
Army veteran Isiah James ‘loved’ being in the military. He says he enjoyed the kinship and camaraderie that the U.S. armed forces offered him. But when the Army medically retired him at 27, “that’s when all the problems hit me,” he says. Read more and listen.
Top officials of the Department of Veterans Affairs declined to step in to try to exempt veterans and their families from a new immigration rule that would make it far easier to deny green cards to low-income immigrants, according to documents obtained by ProPublica under a Freedom of Information Act request. The Department of Defense, […]
Want to be a Wildland Firefighter? Montana is Training Veterans for Free. The Veterans Green Corps, based in the Central Divide (Helena, Montana) region, is a field-based opportunity for post 9/11 era Armed Forces Veterans and Service Members. This training program is 11 weeks long and gives you all the qualifications you need to be a wildland firefighter. This […]
Combat Veterans are needed for a UCF study – UCF Restores is recruiting Veterans and/or active duty who were involved in the Iraq/Afghanistan wars for a research study on PTSD. The study will help develop tests to aid clinicians in their assessment and treatment of PTSD. They need Veterans with and without PTSD. In return for your participation, […]
There are times when retired Staff Sgt. Matt Lammers doesn’t look like he needs anyone’s help — like when he was competing, and winning, races at the Department of Defense Warrior Games in Tampa, Fla., this summer. “We don’t like to say the word ‘can’t’ in our family,” says Matt, who lost both his legs above the […]
The Trump administration wants to scale back a program that protects undocumented family members of active-duty troops from being deported, according to attorneys familiar with those plans. The attorneys are racing to submit applications for what is known as parole in place after hearing from the wives and loved ones of deployed soldiers who have been told […]
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