Veterans

4:32pm

Thu November 7, 2013
Politics

Bennet Bill Would Study Other Than Honorable Discharges

Colorado Springs Gazette

Last spring, the Colorado Springs Gazette investigated the connection between war wounds, military misconduct and other-than-honorable or bad conduct discharges. Now Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet wants to officially study the topic.

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4:02am

Sat October 12, 2013
StoryCorps

With Veteran's Life In Peril, His Parents Take Up The Fight

Originally published on Fri October 18, 2013 10:28 am

The Schei family in 2010 (from left): Anneka, Gordon, Erik, Deven and Christine.
Courtesy of the Schei family

In October 2005, 21-year-old Army Sgt. Erik Schei was shot in the head during his second tour in Iraq. The bullet shattered the top half of his skull.

Christine and Gordon Schei got the phone call about their son's injury at around 4 a.m. Christine Schei says her husband was "white as a sheet" and shaking after answering.

A sniper had struck their son; a bullet "entered above his right ear and exited above his left," Gordon Schei says.

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4:10pm

Tue October 1, 2013
Author Interviews

'Thank You For Your Service' Follows America's Soldiers Home

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 12:58 pm

In the pages of David Finkel's new book, you'll meet a veteran who has recurring nightmares in which a fellow soldier asks, "Why didn't you save me?" You'll also meet a veteran who sees images of dead Iraqis floating in his bathtub, and another who tries to kill himself by biting through his right wrist — the only wrist he can raise to his mouth since his left side is paralyzed.

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12:06pm

Tue October 1, 2013
The Two-Way

What Shutdown? WWII Vets Ignore Barricades To See Memorial

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 1:16 pm

A World War II veteran visits the World War II Memorial on the National Mall on Tuesday.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Perhaps Congress can take a hint from these gentlemen:

The men in red shirts are World War II veterans, who traveled from Mississippi as part of an Honor Flight tour, which has been flying veterans to the National World War II Memorial in Washington since 2005, a year after the memorial opened.

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5:47am

Sat September 14, 2013
StoryCorps

Hotline Responders Answer Veterans' Desperate Calls

Originally published on Sat September 14, 2013 11:43 am

Rich Barham, left, and Nelson Peck are both veterans working for the Veterans Crisis Line.
StoryCorps

Responders at the Veterans Crisis Line work to help veterans through their darkest hours. The Department of Veterans Affairs runs the hotline, the only national line dedicated to helping veterans in crisis.

A report in February was the most comprehensive to date from the VA on veterans and suicide. As of that publication, the Crisis Line had made approximately 26,000 rescues of actively suicidal veterans.

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