Veterans

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

Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment VetSuccess

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If you are a veteran who has a VA disability rating and an employment handicap, you may be entitled to vocational rehabilitation & employment services under Chapter 31 of the GI Bill. These services include - but are not limited to - counseling, training, education and job placement assistance. The following services may be provided through the... more

Motorcycle Trip Reunites Old Army Buddies

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A cross-country motorcycle trip has brought together two old Army buddies -- and helped make new friends in the process. Junction City resident Cortez McKinnis was a drill instructor at Fort Polk, La. in 1971 when Robert Marseglia was one of his trainees. "He was the one guy who treated us like men," Marseglia said of his then-instructor. Now... more

VA Seeks Creative Prosthetics Design at 'Make-a-thon' in Richmond

Lisamarie Wiley talks with participants at the "Make-a-thon" at the VA Medical Center in  Richmond, Virginia, where the VA is hosting a two-day event seeking innovative changes to prosthetics. (Bryant Jordan/Military.com)

Eric Young was only eight months out of the Marine Corps in 2008 when he lost his right arm during a tree-cutting accident. And one of the things he misses most - and what he wants back - is the ability to ride his motorcycle. Lisamarie Wiley lost her left leg below the knee when she stepped on a mine in Afghanistan, where she was serving with ... more

World War II Army Veteran Receives Purple Heart

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AZTEC, N.M. -- An 89-year-old World War II veteran received the Purple Heart during a ceremony on Saturday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 614 in Aztec. As a young man from Indiana, Leroy Bussell enlisted in the U.S. Army in September 1944. He arrived in the Pacific on March 11, 1945. About three months later, he was wounded in Okinawa, Ja... more

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