Colonel Van Barfoot Stands His Ground to Raise the American Flag

RICHMOND, Va., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Col. Van Barfoot has until Friday at 5 pm to remove his flagpole or face a civil suit. The 90-year-old veteran is shocked and gratified by the outpouring of support from around the country. His daughter, Margaret Nicholls said, “The response has been unbelievable. What started as a local […]

Showing Troops America Cares – Soldiers’ Angels Send Holiday Care Packages

PASADENA, Calif., Dec. 3 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — American military personnel stationed in the war zones will soon receive Holiday care packages from nonprofit Soldiers’ Angels. This holiday season, Soldiers’ Angels aims to ship 140,000 Wrapped in Holiday Spirit gifts to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan and is calling on all Americans to join the final push […]

VA Outsourcing Threatens Employment Opportunities for Veterans

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — In the midst of the great recession, a depressed job market is hitting veterans particularly hard. Unemployment numbers for all veterans continues to hover near 12 percent, but for service members who left the military in the past three years unemployment is 18 percent, nearly twice the national average. “The […]

Wounded Vets, CAREER Counselors Gather in Washington as Obama Announces Afghanistan Troop Buildup

WASHINGTON, Dec. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The following was released today by the National Organization on Disability: WHAT: Wounded veterans and career counselors from the Army Wounded Warrior (AW2) program’s National Organization on Disability’s Career Demonstration Project will be gathering in Washington for a previously-scheduled meeting this week, right after President Obama announces plans to beef […]

RAO Bulletin Update 01 December 2009

This bulletin contains the following articles: == VA Electronic Health Record [01] — (VA/Kaiser Pilot Program) == U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps —————– (VA Recognition Sought) == COLA 2011 —————————————— (0.1% OCT 09) == Mobilized Reserve 24 NOV 09] —————– (9,082 Decrease) == DFAS myPay System [07] ————– (Personal Email Addees) == Military Health Records ————— […]

Justice Department Settles Lawsuit Against Newark, New Jersey, Public Schools to Enforce the Employment Rights of U.S. Naval Reservist

WASHINGTON, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The Justice Department announced today that it has entered into a consent decree with the Newark Public Schools (NPS) that will resolve its lawsuit on behalf of George Lawton, a naval reservist, against NPS alleging it violated the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act of 1994 (USERRA). Under the […]

Operation Cookie Countdown: to Send Holiday Cookies to Members of U.S. Armed Forces Serving Abroad Every Day Until December 25

SEATTLE, Dec. 1 /PRNewswire/ —, the world’s #1 food site, today launched its 12th annual Christmas Cookie Countdown, an Allrecipes tradition which features holiday cookie recipes daily on the site for the 25 days leading up to Christmas. This year Allrecipes will host the first annual Cookie Countdown for the Troops using the power […]

VA Consolidates Cleveland Health Care Facilities

WASHINGTON, Nov. 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki has announced the signing of a lease that will permit the dramatic expansion of services by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for Cleveland’s Veterans. “Through community partnerships and innovative business practices, we will provide more Veteran-focused services, ensuring Ohio’s Veterans have access […]

Video: Wreaths Across America ceremonies to honor U.S. veterans

MAXWELL AIR FORCE BASE, Ala. & Harrington, Maine (November 25, 2009) /PRNewswire/ — In what is now a holiday tradition, Civil Air Patrol is proud to partner with Wreaths Across America, a nonprofit organization that recognizes the courage and sacrifices of U.S. veterans. “Our mission is to remember the fallen, honor those who serve and […]