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Borne the Battle #220: Vietnam War Veteran John Burns and Iraq War Veteran David Eckert, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act

In this episode of Borne the Battle, two Veterans from two very different generations come to talk about the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.

By |November 16th, 2020|Benefits, Borne the Battle podcast, Top Stories|1 Comment

Veteran goes from fighting in Iraq to firefighting

Navy Veteran Tyler Welch used to patrol the streets of Iraq as a corpsman. Now, he’s fighting a new battle against fires. Welch is part of the Veterans Fire Corps crewmember program, run through the Southeast Conversation Corps. SECC is an AmeriCorps-affiliated non profit that engages recent-era Veterans, partnering with the U.S. Forest Service Southeast Region. SECC started the Veterans Fire Corps program in 2018. The 10-month intensive training program engages recent-era military veterans in fuels reduction, fuels management, and wildland firefighting. For Veterans like Welch, the program is a perfect fit for his transition.

By |September 25th, 2019|Employment, VSO / Partners|1 Comment

Veterans Crisis Line helps North Texas, Iraq Veteran

Russell Fields patrolled the gritty, dangerous streets of Al-Fallujah, Iraq. An Eagle Scout, college graduate, and airborne-qualified Soldier, Fields led soldiers as a noncommissioned officer in the 10th Mountain Division. His unit fought street-to-street, door-to-door, in urban conflict. He lost Soldiers, placing them in body bags. Reality changed for Fields when he left the battlefield and the military to return home to Texas and start a new life. Fields faced a new form of combat. Flashbacks, images of combat, and the faces of those killed came rushing back. Everyday events like shopping, loud noises and crowds of people left him unprepared.

By |September 4th, 2019|Mental Health, Uncategorized|6 Comments

Silver Star recipient to represent the more than 300,000 women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan

National Memorial Day concert highlights women Veterans representing all five branches of the military and service since WWII

By |May 24th, 2018|Honoring Vets, Women Veterans|Comments Off on Silver Star recipient to represent the more than 300,000 women who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan

VA Health Care use among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans

OEF/OIF infographic VA Health Care Use among Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans About 55% of newly eligible Operation Enduring Freedom, Operation Iraqi Freedom, or Operation New Dawn (OEF/OIF/OND) Veterans chose to use VA health care services between 2002 and 2010, according to researchers looking at patterns in VA health care use. This result is from an Epidemiology Program, Office of Public Health study on [...]

By |August 28th, 2015|Health|2 Comments

Back to Iraq, For a Completely Different Mission

U.S. Marine Corps Veteran My fellow Veterans told me I was crazy to go back. My fellow teaching artist and I were the only Americans who boarded the bus that would take us from the Erbil International Airport to the parking lot to meet our contact.

By |April 24th, 2012|Guest Posts|Comments Off on Back to Iraq, For a Completely Different Mission

Iraq’s Far-Reaching Anniversary

The news said it was supposed to be quick. A matter of weeks, according to some within the government. It seemed right from where I was sitting on March 19, 2003. I was two months from high school graduation when the bombs fell over Baghdad. I snuck downstairs at night to watch bombs explode in hazy night-vision green on CNN. […]

By |March 19th, 2012|Top Stories|Comments Off on Iraq’s Far-Reaching Anniversary
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