Veterans

St. Louis on the Air
10:01 am
Wed March 13, 2013

U.S. VETS Assists St. Louis Area Homeless, At-Risk Veterans And Their Families

Stephen Peck
U.S. VETS

Making the transition from the military to civilian life can be difficult. 

Many veterans come out of the military with combat trauma, a condition which must be dealt with before they can move on.  And many don’t admit their condition for fear their discharge will be delayed or they won’t be able to get jobs needing a security clearance or jobs in law enforcement. 

Only a fraction of those with combat trauma register with a VA hospital.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Preserving The Stories Of Missouri Veterans

Volunteer and American Legion Historian Mike Trial conducts a veterans interview for the Missouri Veterans History Project and Library of Congress in Columbia, MO on November 16, 2010.
Jeff D. Corrigan

The Missouri Veterans History Project is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to capture the oral history of as many Missouri veterans as possible.

According to the group’s website, “Our nation’s veterans each have a unique perspective to share about our history. First-hand recollections of their service provide a richer and more personal context to historical accounts.”

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St. Louis on the Air
3:21 pm
Tue November 13, 2012

New Housing Center For St. Louis Veterans Opens

Veterans Residence ribbon cutting in St. Louis
Robert Peterson / St. Louis Public Radio

The transition from active military service to civilian life can challenge veterans and put a strain on a city’s homelessness resources.

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B-17 flight
6:25 am
Tue October 9, 2012

Navigator Flies Again, 68 Years After Final Mission

Capt. Don Nicholson watches from a window in the nose of the "Memphis Belle," a restored B-17 bomber.
Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio

In September 1944, just nine days before his 23rd birthday, 1st Lt. Don Nicholson boarded the B-17 bomber known as “Little Chum” for a run over Germany. It was his 26th mission navigating the plane referred to as the "flying fortress."

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Morning round-up
6:41 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Morning headlines - Wednesday, July 4, 2012

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Court upholds election for earnings tax

The Missouri Supreme Court has rejected a legal challenge to a law that requires residents in St. Louis and Kansas City to vote on their earnings tax every five years.

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Morning round-up
6:40 am
Mon July 2, 2012

Morning headlines - Monday, July 2, 2012

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Fireworks cancelations climb as heat lingers

The list of communities canceling their fireworks displays this year is growing longer.

St. Louis County announced today that it's postponing Tuesday's concert and fireworks at Jefferson Barracks County Park in South County because officials could not secure a permit from Lemay.

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MO Statehouse
2:06 pm
Thu May 31, 2012

Missouri veterans homes get casino money

Gov. Nixon addresses nursing home residents
Adam Allington St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri veterans homes are getting a significant boost as a result of new legislation establishing a dedicated source of funding.

Governor Jay Nixon attended a ceremonial bill signing at the St. Louis Veterans Home on Thursday.

Missouri currently has seven nursing homes which serve some 1,300 veterans. The legislation will allocate $32 million to the Missouri Veterans Commission annually, up from just $6.6 million, and will be paid for through per-patron fees paid by casinos.

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Homeless Veterans
6:25 am
Wed April 18, 2012

VA works to keep up with growing number of homeless female veterans

Anne Garcia’s locker is covered with pictures of her daughter, who she calls her “motivation.” The Air Force veteran has been homeless for four years, but says her life is back on track thanks to the treatment she’s receiving at Jefferson Barracks.
(Tim Lloyd for St. Louis Public Radio)

Veterans homelessness used to be an issue associated with men, but that’s rapidly changing.

According to the General Accountability Office the number of homeless female veterans more than doubled between 2006 and 2010.

That’s a problem because the Department of Veterans Affairs has historically built its programs for men.

In the second instalment of a two part series on veterans homelessness, Tim Lloyd reports on how the VA is trying to keep up with the growing number of homeless female veterans.

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Homeless Veterans
6:25 am
Tue April 17, 2012

VA, nonprofits pool resources to address veterans’ homelessness

Scott Egan is a homeless Vietnam veteran. Egan is going back to school, working and saving his money while living at the Salvation Army’s Harbor Light facility on Washington Ave. and he hopes to one day buy a home he can rehab himself.
(Tim Lloyd for St. Louis Public Radio)

The Department of Veterans Affairs is almost halfway through its national push to end homelessness by 2015.

And even though the agency says it’s making progress, there are still more than 67,000 homeless veterans in America.

That has the VA reaching out more and more to community partners as key allies in its battle to end veterans homelessness.

In this first installment of a two-part series on veterans' homelessness, Tim Lloyd reports on how the national initiative is strengthening local partnerships in St. Louis.

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Veteran's Benefits
8:10 pm
Sun March 25, 2012

McCaskill: Ryan budget would cut veteran aid

Sen. Claire McCaskill is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Veterans Jobs Caucus.
Joseph Leahy/St. Louis Public Radio

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says the budget proposal of House Republican Paul Ryan would only hurt veterans and help the wealthy. 

Speaking with veterans Sunday at Soldiers’ Memorial Military Museum downtown, McCaskill called the proposal a “non-starter.” 

“The Ryan budget calls for a 33 percent cut in mandatory domestic spending," McCaskill said. "Mandatory domestic spending includes veterans. Now that is the same budget that gives an additional six-figure tax cut for multi-millionaires." 

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