Wounded Warriors

Marine with Robotic Leg Braces to Get Bronze Star

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SAN DIEGO — Capt. Derek Herrera wanted to remain on active duty after a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan left him paralyzed two years ago. Now he plans to retire from the Marine Corps, but not before walking across a stage with robotic leg braces to receive a Bronze Star. Herrera will be honored Friday at Camp Pendleton, north of San Diego, in a... more

Disability System for Veterans Strays Far From Its Official Purpose

Tammy Duckworth

The room fell silent for seven minutes as Illinois Rep. Tammy Duckworth upbraided a government contractor. "Shame on you," the congresswoman scolded Braulio Castillo at an oversight hearing in Washington, D.C., last year, accusing the business owner of gaming the veterans disability system. Castillo had filed a claim with the U.S. Department o... more

Tomas Young, Veteran Who Protested Iraq War, Dies At 34

Tomas Young, a paralyzed veteran of the Iraq War who became prominent for protesting the war, has died. He was 34. Young enlisted in the U.S. Army shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and within five days of arriving for combat in Iraq, he was shot in the chest and paralyzed from the waist down. Ensuing medical complications left him a... more

Report: Ex-Pentagon Wounded Warrior Boss Bullied Staff, Broke Laws

Former Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy's Principal Director Philip Burdette (left) is seen here standing for a photo with other Pentagon officials and actor Sean Astin at the Care Coordination Summit in 2011. DoD photo

The former head of the Pentagon's Wounded Warrior Care and Transition Policy Office misused government resources, tried to influence a defense contract, bullied subordinates and even detailed a contractor to work as a caddy for a charity golf game, military investigators found. A Defense Department Inspector General's report released on Mond... more

Rep. Tammy Duckworth Retiring From the Military

Tammy Duckworth

Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a double amputee from the Iraq War and lieutenant colonel in the Illinois Army National Guard, is retiring from the military, the Guard said Tuesday. Duckworth, 46, from Hoffman Estates, is running for a second term in Congress, facing Republican Larry Kaifesh in the Nov. 4 election. She and her husband, Maj. Brian Bowlsb... more

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