Richard Boes Memorial Award-Winning Book 2011

The 2011 Richard Boes Memorial Award goes to James John Magner  for his book A Haunting Beauty: Vietnam Through the Eyes of an Artist (ISBN 978-1461057543).  The award is a $200 cash prize for best debut book by a veteran (fiction or memoir) and is sponsored by Modern History Press. An excerpt from Magner’s book will appear in…

Finding Your Way after Military Service

Guest Blogger: Kevin Pearia December’s unemployment data came out recently, showing a progressing trend of lower unemployment; however, one key demographic hasn’t been feeling the relief—post Sept. 11th veterans. These veterans saw a major increase in unemployment from 2010 to 2011, moving from 11.7 percent to 13.3 percent. Although many veterans hold highly sought-after skills,…

A Veterans’ Issue: Deficiencies in CLCs

Guest Blogger: Amber Paley Veteran Community Living Centers (CLCs) were established by the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) in order to, “[restore veterans] to maximum function and independence, prevent declines in health, and provide comfort at the end of life” (VA).  Unfortunately, some of these centers are guilty of deficiencies in patient/resident care. These deficiencies…

A Proud Soldier – by Sharon Alsop

A Proud Soldier by Sharon Alsop Proudly he served his country Defended freedom far away Served loyally, protecting homeland Calls kept coming, more missions Tours to Afghanistan, Iraq Proudly he wore the uniform Until the day of the IED Shattered that commitment Another soldier in VA Program Papers filled out, doctors to see Obstacles lined…