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Others-First Charity Awards Grant to “Vets Workshop”
The Veterans Workshop is grateful to the organization "Others First" for their generosity and help.
VFW Supports Expanding Service Members’ Housing Protections
Yesterday afternoon the VFW joined Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., at the U.S. Capitol, where Reed formally introduced the Servicemember Housing Protection Act, S. 3179, alongside Sens. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., Mark Begich, D-Alaska, and Dick Durbin, D-Ill., as well as Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden and leading veterans’ advocates.
Vietnam Veteran Needs Your Help and Your Support. Can you Give?
“Veteran Service Organizations like NCOA and others are donating resources to erect a new memorial headstone for this Combat Marine hero, can you help too?”
Former Navy Doctor spearheading “Remote Medicine Initiative” to Pakistan
Let me introduce you to Dr. Gary Levin. Dr. Levin was in the US Navy from 1969 to 1971 serving as a general medical officer. He was in an amphibious group, and served on the USS Jeneau, LPD 10.
Google+ Plus and the L-Shaped Ambush (Part two)
In my earlier writings about the Google+ platform I suggested to my readers that this Google product was perhaps the most significant leap in social media technology since the invention of the telephone.
Google+ Plus and the “L-Shaped” Ambush
I was invited to attend a symposium at the US Naval War College in Newport, RI last summer to learn something about how our Navy deals with terrorist threats to our fleets worldwide.
Military Veterans And Cancer
Men and Women in the military know that they risk their lives when they go into combat. What they have not anticipated is that they might be exposed to chemicals or toxins that could cause cancer many years later
101 Year Old Widow of a Veteran Homeless by HUD
HUD now says a 101-year-old Detroit woman it promised could move back into her foreclosed home four months ago can't return to her home because the building's unsanitary and unsafe.
Connecting the Military Dots
She walked onto the campus of the West LA Veterans Hospital in her Anne Taylor outfit and instantly could feel her throat tighten. "You OK Ma'am?" said one of the VA tour guides, a young male half her age.
CIA – DOD – Panetta and the Hidden Truth
Former CIA Director Panetta condemns Marines peeing on dead Taliban with "utterly deplorable" comment. Ain't that the pot calling the kettle black? .
Pissed off Marines
As many of you already know, I volunteer at the "National Veterans Hotline" a few nights per month. The hotline website can be found at www.Veterans911.com Last night, I was on duty for close to four hours and during that time I talked to over twenty callers.
Mitt Romney – Ted Kennedy and Veterans Milking Cows
Years later, I found out that the anonymous donor was Romney. Out of his own pocket he did this.
The Good Sheppard is Healing Our Heroes’ Homes
Seldom do we hear stories of people who give. We always hear stories about people who take. Meet the good Sheppard and learn something.
New Online Group for Out of Work Veterans
I was sent an email by a veteran who had lost his job last summer, and has been searching hard for a place to find work.
Sons of the Fallen from Iraq and Afghanistan
I seldom get moved about a movie, or a cause, beyond the confines of my own home, where I take time for my own kids every day, day after day, week after week.
Charity? You kidding me?
The season of giving has come and gone, and like a lot of you, I walked by the bell ringers of the Salvation Army every day during my shopping and the requests for my charity dollars came pouring in from the United Way, the American Red Cross and even UNICEF.
Homeless Veterans, Cable TV and the FBI
Once upon a time, I ran the largest shelter for Homeless Veterans in the USA, located in Boston Massachusetts. Here is a story that I remember with a smile:
Muslim Christian Jew, Extremism is Extremism
I recently read a story online about a little 8-year old girl from Israel and the trouble she encounters just going to her local elementary school everyday because some ultra-orthodox Jews living in a city called Beit Shemesh take offense to the way she dresses .
Homeless Veterans Bank Robbery
Every day at the homeless veterans shelter in Boston at ten in the morning there was a huge influx of vets.
Homeless Veterans need to Stand Up – Not Stand Down
Almost 20 years ago I met a combat Vietnam Veteran named Robert Van Keuren and his partner in crime Dr. Jon Nachison both advocates like me doing work for homeless veterans in San Diego.
Syrian Dissidents Reach Out. Yes, Assad is Killing Children
"Yes, Children are being Killed the dissidents say" NOTICE: GRAPHIC VIDEOS ARE EMBEDDED IN THIS STORY. by Ken Smith I admitted upfront in an earlier post that I know even less than...
Prosthetic’s for Peace. The costs of Land Mines and War.
A friend of mine called and said: We should try to find ways to advance ourselves with our allies and even our perceived enemies by sharing our knowledge of prosthetics.
Israel and the Blame Game
I admit upfront that I know even less than you do (the reader), about the twisted and fragmented history of Israel and it's interactions with Arab and non-Arab neighbors in the middle east.
Veterans Support Organization
I was searching the internet the other day and came across a story online about a group collecting money for homeless Veterans outside a shopping center.
America and Pakistan – Questions and Answers
Two VT columnists, one from America and one from Pakistan exchanged ideas, concepts and concerns. This posting reflects questions and answers that are important to both of our countries.
“Occupy HUD” Movement Gains Traction
Forget about Occupy Wall Street. My readers and other Veteran Advocates nationwide say "Occupy HUD" and ask How many Iraqi or Afghanistan Combat Wounded Veterans Live in HUD Subsidized or Disability Housing?
Hundreds Sign Up 4 Veterans Hotline
As my readers already know, I volunteer once a month for the Veterans Hotline. This is a two-hour commitment and I will be "On Station" from 5am to 7am, the third Monday of each month.
Veterans Hotline Seeking Volunteers
A new Veterans nonprofit, "Veterans Workshop" has begun their nationwide recruitment for Volunteers who can assist with answering calls from American Veterans via a new Veterans911 hot-line.
Red Hawk IT – SDVOB
SDVOB's are struggling to gain traction with Procurement officers is one of the most common statements that owners of SDVOB's share with me.
HUD Secretary Donovan : Veterans Don’t Count
Last week we asked the Honorable Shawn L.S. Donovan, Secretary of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development of HUD, the following question "Where has the HUD Veteran Resource Center (HUDVET) been hiding during our nations housing crisis?"
2011 Marine Corps 236th Birthday Message
The Continental Marines were the Marine Force of the American Colonies during the American Revolutionary War.
Veterans First – Not Veterans Last
The Department of Labor (DOL) has a "Homeless Veterans Reintegration Project" that is operated out of the office of the Assistant Secretary of Veterans Employment and Training.
Veteran Corps of America
This is an incredible story of "David versus Goliath" . I know a disabled American Veteran named Bill Wheeler, a service connected disabled Veteran of the Air Force and I think, with Veterans Day right around the corner, an example of an "Against all Odds" inspirational story is prudent.
HUD Secretary Donovan – Shame on You.
I know people who work at HUD, one of the largest federal agencies in the country. HUD of course deals in housing, but also in homelessness.
Veterans Suicide – Ken Smith on Iran’s Press TV
Military suicides have increased since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a study conducted by the Center for a New American Security.
A Veteran Commits Suicide Every 80 Minutes
A veteran commits suicide every 80 minutes, according to a study published Monday.
American Prosthetic Sharing Program
"Used Prosthesis should be brought to foreign military veterans."
Veterans Unemployment Continues
I was called recently by someone I know, who asked me to talk to a veteran that he knew who was in trouble.
“When Jane & Johnny Come Marching Homeless”
There are hidden wounds soldiers have always experienced upon returning home from every war- this documentary will shed Light and Healing on these many issues through the Voices of Veterans and their Families.
Army Ranger Killed on 14th Combat Deployment
If we are sending our best into combat 14 times, then we are in worse shape than I thought.
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