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3:12am

Thu January 15, 2015
Back At Base

In Remote Washington, Veterans Services Are Ferry Ride Away

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 11:45 am

The ferry pulls in to Friday Harbor, the only incorporated city in San Juan County, Wash. Veterans will often travel the hourlong ferry ride to reach VA services here.
Patricia Murphy KUOW

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This story is part of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 1 / Part 2).

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3:05am

Wed January 14, 2015
Back At Base

Without Help, Navigating Benefits Can Be Overwhelming For Veterans

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 12:11 pm

Grant County VSO Bob Kelley makes calls in his office at the Grant County Government Building in Marion, Ind.
Aaron P. Bernstein for NPR

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live.

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3:04am

Tue January 13, 2015
Back At Base

VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending

Originally published on Thu January 15, 2015 9:30 am

George Murray, who served in Vietnam, was able to access his medical benefits from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs relatively easily while living in Boston. But veterans living in other parts of Massachusetts, like Cape Cod, have more difficulty. Across the U.S., VA data show the unevenness in its benefit spending.
Jesse Costa WBUR

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of a three-part series about veteran benefits (Part 2 / Part 3).

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4:29pm

Mon January 12, 2015
Code Switch

The Story Behind '40 Acres And A Mule'

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 12:30 pm

The Green-Meldrim House in Savannah, Ga., is where Gen. William T. Sherman held meetings with local black leaders, creating the plan later known as "40 acres and a mule."
Sarah McCammon NPR

As the Civil War was winding down 150 years ago, Union leaders gathered a group of black ministers in Savannah, Ga. The goal was to help the thousands of newly freed slaves.

From that meeting came Gen. William T. Sherman's Special Field Order 15. It set aside land along the Southeast coast so that "each family shall have a plot of not more than forty acres of tillable ground."

That plan later became known by a signature phrase: "40 acres and a mule."

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3:24pm

Sun December 21, 2014
Around the Nation

It Just Needed A Little Love: An Ugly Spruce Ties A Town Together

Originally published on Mon December 22, 2014 11:10 am

This scraggly 50-foot Christmas tree in downtown Reading, Pa., became a symbol for a town hit by tough economic times to rally behind.
Ben Allen WITF

Reading, Pa., is one of the poorest cities in the country. So when a shabby-looking, 50-foot Christmas tree went up in the middle of the city's downtown around Thanksgiving, many saw it as a metaphor for the city's troubles.

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