Tag: veterans

‘I Don’t Need Lessons From You on Courage’: Pete Buttigieg Makes His Case

The last time a Democratic presidential nominee was trying to unseat a Republican incumbent, he arrived at the podium at the Democratic National Convention to tout his military service, his strongest credential: “I’m John Kerry and I’m reporting for duty.” Now, Pete Buttigieg, a former Navy intelligence officer who served in Afghanistan, is taking a […]

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‘I Am Fearless Again’: New Veterans’ Group Gives Women a Sense of Belonging

In a hotel conference room in Arlington, Va., seated around an oval table with a large window view of the Potomac River, roughly 15 women had gathered for a training seminar to learn how to lead small networking groups of women like themselves. Coming from all over the country, these women, who ranged in age […]

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Woman Trying to End Sexual Assault at V.A. Centers Says She Is Attacked in One

WASHINGTON — A senior policy adviser on female veterans issues for the House said she was assaulted last week at the V.A. Medical Center in Washington by a man who slammed his body against hers and then pressed himself against her in the center’s cafe. The woman, Andrea Goldstein, a reserve Navy intelligence officer and […]

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On His Deathbed, an Ex-Soldier Makes a Final Plea to Clear His Name

The young Army paratrooper had barely set foot in the club for noncommissioned officers at Fort Bragg, N.C., when he was confronted by a sergeant. The paratrooper, Needham Mayes, was among the first black servicemen on the base since the executive order to desegregate the armed forces was signed seven years earlier. But here in […]

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Program to Prevent Veterans Suicide Earns Bipartisan Support

PHOENIX — Gloribel Ramos sunk slightly under the weight of her 32-pound body armor and gingerly gripped a plastic facsimile of an M4 rifle as she prepared to watch a video of a roadside bomb detonated in Iraq, all so she could better understand the experience of war and its impact on people who have […]

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Russian Trolls Love Targeting U.S. Veterans

The post popped up in select Instagram feeds shortly before the election in 2016. Its photo depicted an anonymous black-clad woman on an airport tarmac, crying over a metal casket covered in an American flag. “Killary Clinton will never understand what it feels like to lose the person you love for the sake of your […]

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My Best Friend Died by Suicide. I Wish I Had Seen the Warning Signs.

Suicide is the No. 1 killer of active-duty airmen in the United States Air Force. In February, the crisis prompted the Air Force to release a memo calling for a culture change within the service. For me and many others, that shift is a personal charge. Six years ago, my best friend, Neil Landsberg, died […]

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Psychology Around the Net: September 7, 2019

Enjoy! Shawn Mendes, Lizzo, Halsey & More to Participate in ‘I’m Listening’ Mental Health Awareness Radio Special: To kick off National Suicide Prevention Week, music and sports stars including Lizzo, Tegan and Sara, Blink-182, Halsey, Disturbed, and Shawn Mendes — as well as a number of mental health professionals and first responders — will participate […]

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The First Marine in My Battalion to Die by Suicide

You’re reading this week’s At War newsletter. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox every Friday. Email us at atwar@nytimes.com. My battalion’s mortar platoon lived on the bottom floor of the barracks at Camp Lejeune and those Marines were always a pain. But they were good at their jobs and on the […]

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A Muslim Marine’s Trauma: I Was Set Up, Arrested and Acquitted

When I enlisted in the Marine Corps, I knew it was possible that I would become a casualty of war. I just never imagined I would become a casualty of the war on terror without ever leaving American soil. A native of Trinidad, I moved to Newark in 1981 when I was 5 years old. […]

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Surfing With a Disability

Dylan Hronec has been in a wheelchair since he was 2 years old. Surfing is his favorite activity. “When you’re surfing you don’t really think about anything else — it’s the closest thing to an out of body experience,” said Mr. Hronec, 27, who has cerebral palsy and uses a special surf board retrofitted with […]

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Montana Men Must Hold ‘I Stole Valor’ Signs for Misrepresenting Military Service

ImageJudge Greg Pinski showed the two men the language their signs would have to use, saying, “I want to make sure that my message is received loud and clear.” CreditKRTV News, via YouTube In an unconventional sentence, two Montana men have been ordered to stand in front of a memorial on Memorial Day and Veterans Day […]

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PTSD Made Him Walk Away From Public Life. Now He’s Heading Back.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jason Kander was a rising political star, in the homestretch of a race for mayor of Kansas City that he was widely expected to win. And he was moments away from upending it all. His campaign manager, Abe Rakov, stopped him and asked, “Are you sure this is the thing you […]

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5 Indicted in Identity Theft Scheme That Bilked Millions From Veterans

First, they secretly photographed the Social Security and bank account numbers of thousands of veterans and senior military members on a computer screen at a United States Army base in South Korea. Then, they used the personal information to withdraw or reroute millions of dollars in disability benefits and other payments made to veterans. The […]

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Trump Orders Student Loan Forgiveness for Disabled Veterans

President Trump signed a measure on Wednesday that seeks to remove the bureaucratic barriers for permanently disabled veterans to qualify for student loan forgiveness, which he said would save 25,000 wounded warriors an average of $30,000. The rollout of the executive action came during the American Veterans national convention in Louisville, Ky., where Mr. Trump […]

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Former V.A. Doctor Charged in Deaths of 3 Veterans

The federal authorities have charged a Department of Veterans Affairs pathologist in Arkansas with three counts of involuntary manslaughter, accusing him of intentionally botching diagnoses, falsifying records to cover his tracks and working under the influence of an intoxicating substance. The authorities said Tuesday that Robert Morris Levy, 53, was responsible for the deaths of […]

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What Vietnam Veterans Think of the New Film About Their War

It’s been 53 years since the Battle of Long Tan, and Harry Smith, 86, remembers it all — the torrential rain that obscured his view of his soldiers and the men they were facing, the relentless echo of bullets and artillery that shredded the ground around them and the smell of cordite in the air. […]

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The Army’s Message to Returning World War I Troops? Behave Yourselves

The shelling stopped on Nov. 11, 1918, sending millions of American soldiers back to the United States to pick up where they had left off before joining or being drafted into the war effort. For one officer, the return meant facing a perfunctory public welcome and superficial support. “The quick abandonment of interest in our […]

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Do Service Dogs Help Treat PTSD? V.A. Still Doesn’t Know

On a sunny October day in 2017, Lara Trump, the president’s daughter-in-law, held a meeting in the West Wing to promote an initiative that would pair shelter dogs needing homes with veterans wanting to act on the increasingly widespread notion that well-trained dogs can improve the lives of people suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and […]

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With Flyovers and Flags, Trump Plays M.C. for the Fourth

WASHINGTON — In a made-for-television Independence Day production starring America’s military weaponry, President Trump on Thursday used the Lincoln Memorial as the backdrop for a homage to the country’s armed forces and a call for unity that has been largely absent during his divisive presidency. Flanked by Bradley armored vehicles and M1A2 tanks in front […]

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