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Homeless Vet Looks for Food in Trash, Gets Ticketed

James Kelly fighting Houston dumpster diving charge

(Newser) - James Kelly, a nine-year Navy veteran, was ticketed in Houston last week for trying to find something to eat. Kelly, who is homeless, was looking for food in a trash bin near Houston's City Hall when a police officer charged him with "disturbing the contents of a garbage...

Vietnam Veterans Sue Military
 Vietnam Veterans Sue Military 

Vietnam Veterans Sue Military

They want undesirable discharges upgraded due to PTSD

(Newser) - John Shepherd Jr. enlisted in the Army in 1968 and was awarded a Bronze Star for his service during the Vietnam War, yet he can't get veterans benefits today due to his undesirable discharge (now known as an other-than-honorable discharge). Shepherd was court-martialed and discharged after he started acting...

Float Hit by Train Crossed Track Against Signals

Officials say truck entered tracks after warning bells, signals

(Newser) - A parade float filled with wounded veterans that was struck by a freight train had crossed onto the railroad tracks after warning signals were going off, investigators say. It was the second of two floats carrying veterans in Thursday's parade in Midland, Texas. The first was exiting the tracks...

Vets Killed in Train Crash Pushed Wives to Safety

Four servicemen were killed in Texas accident

(Newser) - Two of the military veterans killed in yesterday's horrific train accident in Midland, Texas, died saving their wives, reports ABC News . Witnesses say Army Sgt. Joshua Michael, 34, and Sgt. Maj. Lawrence Boivin, 47, pushed their wives to safety but were unable to escape themselves as the train bore...

Number of Homeless Vets Down Sharply

But can administration make it zero by 2015?

(Newser) - The Obama administration has vowed to end homelessness among military veterans by 2015 and while some advocates call that pledge unrealistic, there has been undeniable progress made over the last few years, the AP finds. Veterans Affairs officials estimate the number of homeless vets has dropped by 15,000 since...

Dark Knight Victim May Have Tried to Stop Shooter

Friends say police think Jonathan Blunk died going after suspect

(Newser) - A Navy veteran who died after throwing himself in front of a friend during the Colorado movie theater shooting was remembered today for his fearlessness and optimism. Some mourners at the funeral for 26-year-old Jonathan Blunk also said they've been told by officials that he may have tried to...

US Military Veterans Failing College En Masse

Student Veterans of America tries to ease transition into academia

(Newser) - US military veterans are stressing out in college and failing in record numbers, citing problems such as PTSD, cultural dvides, and the intellectual challenges of academia, MSNBC reports. Among the roughly 800,000 veterans in college, an estimated 88% bail after a year and only 3% make it to graduation....

MSNBC Host Apologizes to Vets for 'Hero' Comment

Chris Hayes 'deeply sorry' for not being more respectful

(Newser) - The conservative blogosphere apparently got through to Chris Hayes: After sparking outrage Sunday when he said he felt uncomfortable calling fallen soldiers "heroes," the MSNBC host has apologized. The Huffington Post has his statement in full. Highlights:
  • "As many have rightly pointed out, it's very easy

Veterans Prefer Romney, 58% to 34%
 Veterans Prefer 
 Romney, 58% to 34% 
gallup poll

Veterans Prefer Romney, 58% to 34%

Mitt has the advantage among military vets, Gallup poll shows

(Newser) - President Obama and Mitt Romney both honored Memorial Day today, as a new Gallup poll shows that Romney has the advantage among military veterans. A big advantage, too, at 58% to 34%, the Christian Science Monitor reports. Veterans are an important part of the Republican base; they voted for...

Vets on Jobs: Feds Are Discriminating Against Us

Returning service members file large number of complaints against government

(Newser) - Unemployment has long been a problem for returning vets, but the Washington Post now reports a troubling fact: Each year, more than 1,000 returning troops say they have lost jobs or been penalized due to their service, despite the fact that such treatment is against the law under the...

Why Was First Lady Booed? She's 'Uppity': Limbaugh

'We don't like to be told what to eat,' Rush snipes at 'Moochelle'

(Newser) - Rush Limbaugh once again has chosen his words for ultimate explosive effect, explaining that NASCAR fans booed Michelle Obama —whom he referred to as "Moochelle"—because they're sick of her "uppityism." We "don’t like paying millions of dollars for Mrs. Obama’s...

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