Veterans

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

The Purple Heart

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

Famous Veteran: Charles Durning

Charles Durning head-shot.

"I was the second man off my barge, and the first and third man got killed." Born in Highland Falls, New York, Charles Durning was the ninth of ten children. Five of his siblings died due to scarlet fever and smallpox, and much of his early life was spent in hardship. Although he displayed a passion for entertaining others, a high school tea... more

Ailing Vets Sue, Say Toxic Burn Pits Cost Them Their Health

.In this undated file photo Master Sgt. Darryl Sterling tosses unserviceable uniform items into a burn pit at Balad Air Base, Iraq.

Hundreds of soldiers who've come home from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan now are battling the very companies that helped operate their base camps, claiming constant exposure to toxins from open-air burn pits has wrecked their health. David Montoya, 44, of Farmington is one of newest litigants suing the companies. Cancer that started in his colon... more

Famous Veterans: Jeff Bridges

Jeff Bridges

You might have a hard time picturing "The Dude" as a member of the United States military, but Jeff Bridges is no stranger to working hard for the government. Bridges was born in December of 1949 to actor Lloyd Bridges and writer Dorothy Bridges. Despite his family's Hollywood cred, Bridges made his way with hard work and perseverance. His f... more

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