'Triple Nickels' Veteran Retired 1st Sgt. Manuel Rucker Dies

Members of the 555th Parachute Infantry Battalion, or 'Triple Nickels,' are briefed before takeoff from Fort Dix, N.J., in this file photo from 1947. (National Archives)

One of the nation's first black paratroopers, retired 1st Sgt. Manuel Rucker, has died. First Sgt. Rucker, an active member of the Samuel Council Chapter of the 555th Parachute Infantry Association, spent much of his later years talking to students about his former unit and the discrimination it faced in a still-segregated Army. First Sgt. Ruc... more

VA Launching New Customer-Oriented Website on Veterans Day

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The Veterans Affairs Department will be going live with a new website on November 11 -- Veterans Day -- one intended as a quick stop for veterans wanting information or to apply for benefits and services. "" will not replace "," the VA’s main site, but will consolidate information pages and online applications for a range of pr... more

Vocational Rehabilitation Program Subsistence Allowance

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A subsistence allowance is paid to Veterans each month while enrolled in a Vocational Rehabilitation program and is based on the rate of attendance (full-time or part-time), the number of dependents, and the type of training. The charts below reflect the rates as of October 1, 2015. Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence Allowance Ra... more

Army Veteran Shot in the Back after Baseball Game May Never Walk Again

Candis Sanna, left, and Christopher Sanna in a picture from the family's GoFundMe page to help pay for Christopher's medical bills. (GoFundMe)

An Army vet may never walk again after he was shot in the back while leaving a St. Louis Cardinals home game on Friday. Christopher Sanna, 43, was struck in his liver, spine and lungs, according to KMOV. His mother, Candis Sanna, posted on a GoFundMe page on Sunday that "surgeons have confirmed that his spinal injury cannot be repaired." "... more

IAVA Chief Criticizes Sanders as ‘Apologist’ for Scandal-Riddled VA

Democratic presidential candidate, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during the Des Moines Youth Summit, Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Creative Visions in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

The head of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America said presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, should explain why he didn't early and aggressively investigate the Veterans Affairs Department scandal involving manipulated wait times and the deaths of veterans. "If you want to be commander-in-chief, let's ask some hard ques... more

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