Veterans Day

6:32am

Mon November 11, 2013
Veterans Day

Homeless Veteran's Makeover Goes Viral: VIDEO

Originally published on Mon November 11, 2013 7:18 am

Jim Wolf of Grand Rapids, Mich. The Army veteran was transformed for a video that the maker hopes will convince people to look at the homeless differently.
Screen grabs from the RobBlissCreative video

On this Veterans Day, a video showing a homeless veteran's transformation as a stylist cuts his hair, trims his beard and puts him in a new suit, is going viral. It's already drawn more than 10 million views in just 5 days.

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6:21am

Sat November 9, 2013
StoryCorps

Severely Burned Marine Finds Strength In Nascent Marriage

Originally published on Sat November 9, 2013 9:24 am

Jessica and Anthony Villarreal in December 2011, more than three years after the explosion that severely burned Anthony in Afghanistan.
Courtesy of Jessica Villarreal

In June 2008, Marine Cpl. Anthony Villarreal was driving back from a mission in Afghanistan when his truck was hit by a roadside bomb. He was 22 at the time and recently married to Jessica, who was just 21.

Villarreal suffered third-degree burns over most of his face and body and was very severely disfigured. His right arm and the fingers on his left hand eventually had to be amputated.

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2:00pm

Mon November 12, 2012
Opinion

On Veterans Day, Stories Of Service

Originally published on Tue November 13, 2012 7:18 am

Mie Ahmt istockphoto.com

This Veterans Day, All Things Considered asks two veterans and writers to tell a story about their experiences in the military.

Benjamin Busch reflects on his grandfather's service during World War II, and David Abrams tells the story of a terrifying flight to Iraq.





Benjamin Busch

Benjamin Busch is the author of Dust to Dust.

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4:54am

Mon November 12, 2012
The Two-Way

For Veterans Day: We Pause To Read 'In Flanders Fields'

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 1:16 pm

Marine Corps Capt. Jeff Cliffe, sat to reflect Sunday next to the grave of his grandfather and grandmother at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia.
Lexey Swall Getty Images

Good morning.

At Arlington National Cemetery on Sunday, President Obama expressed the nation's gratitude to its veterans.

"Whenever America has come under attack, you've risen to her defense," he said. "Whenever our freedoms have come under assault, you've responded with resolve. Time and again, at home and abroad, you and your families have sacrificed to protect that powerful promise that all of us hold so dear –- life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."

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1:28am

Mon November 12, 2012
Poetry

WWI Poetry: On Veterans Day, The Words Of War

Originally published on Mon November 12, 2012 3:39 am

Four U.S. soldiers, runners for the 315th Infantry, pose in France in November 1918. The troops reportedly carried official orders to Lt. Col. Bunt near Etraye, France, shortly before noon, Nov. 11, 1918, announcing that the armistice had been signed, thereby ending World War I.
AP

Veterans Day — originally Armistice Day — was renamed in 1954 to include veterans who had fought in all wars. But the day of remembrance has its roots in World War I — Nov. 11, 1918 was the day the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War. On this Veterans Day, we celebrate the poetry of World War I, one of the legacies of that conflict.

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