Afghanistan

Staff Sgt. Mario Tenario, Company A, 1st Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division trains Afghan National Army soldiers how to inspect equipment.

Considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world, Afghanistan has been wracked by continuous war for over three decades. The U.S., U.K., Australia, France, and Afghan United Front began Operation Enduring Freedom on October 7th, 2001 in response to the September 11th attacks in the U.S. The mission focused on the the overthrow of the Taliban government, as well as the ouster of Al Qaida and it leaders, including Osama Bin Laden. With over a decade of combat, it has become the second longest war in the U.S. history. The conflict has resulted in over two thousand U.S. troops killed.

With the death of Bin Laden, the U.S. is formulating plans for withdrawal from the region. President Obama has announced an end to combat operations, but an unknown number of troops will likely remain in the country after the 2014 deadline. Afghanistan is currently seeking financial assistance from other countries to assist in the reconstruction process.

Afghanistan has been populated for millennia, seeing the rise and fall of empires, kingdoms, and religions. Islam -- which influences much of its current culture and politics -- is the most popular religion in the region. The current estimated population is over 30 million, with Pashtun and Tajik as the two largest ethnicities.

2015 VA Disability Compensation Rates

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The following tables show the 2015 VA compensation rates for veterans with a disability rating 10 percent or higher. (Effective Dec. 1, 2014) Dependents Allowance: In addition veterans entitled to compensation whose disability is rated as 30 percent or more, shall be entitled to additional compensation for dependents as follows (monthly amount... more

25 Years Ago, Iraq Invaded Kuwait, Changing the World

U.S. Army Gen. Norman H. Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. Central Command, speaks to U.S. soldiers inside a hangar while visiting a base camp during Operation Desert Shield, on April 1, 1992. Army photo

INDIANAPOLIS -- A quarter century ago, after Saddam Hussein's Iraqi army successfully invaded and took over the tiny Persian Gulf nation of Kuwait, President George H.W. Bush famously drew a line in the sand against Iraqi aggression. While the United States and its allies easily ejected Iraq from Kuwait within seven months of the Aug. 2, 1990, ... more

Dog and Soldier Reunited at Last

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PEABODY, MA -- Army Staff Sgt. Justin Coletti reunited with the former sergeant that who made sure he came home safe from Afghanistan to West Peabody, during a veterans support event last night at the Peabody Historical Society's Smith Barn on Felton Street. The former Army Specialis... more

VA's Make-a-thon Produces 'Game-Changing' Device for Leg Prosthetics

The winning team at the Veterans Affairs Department’s prosthetics “Make-a-thon” at the VA Medical Center in Richmond, Virginia, display the coupler they designed to permit lower leg amputees to change the bottom part of a prosthesis. (Photo: VA)

Richmond, Va. -- An Army veteran who lost part of her left leg in Afghanistan worked with a group of medical professionals and students this week in a competition that resulted in what could be a breakthrough for veterans wearing prosthetics. Lisamarie Wiley -- a 10th Mountain Division soldier who lost much of her lower left leg to a land m... more

Post-9/11 GI Bill Frequently Asked Questions

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The Top 20 Post-9/11 GI Bill Frequently Asked Questions When does the Post 9/11 GI Bill go into effect and how do I apply? Is this new benefit retroactive to Sept. 11, 2001? Am I eligible? Does the length of time served after 9/11 effect my level of benefits? What are the major benefits of the this new program? Ar... more

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