Veterans

St. Louis on the Air
4:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Helping Veterans Transition Back To Civilian Life

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Memorial Day is one of just a couple days a year in which attention is brought specifically to veterans.

While the remembrance earlier this week is a reminder of veterans’ service to the country, the issues and needs associated with returning veterans is an ongoing issue.  Many veterans struggle with health and emotional issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have difficulty finding jobs and trouble finding a new normalcy in civilian life.

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VA
5:01 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Enyart Looking To Give 'Boot To The Posterior’ Of The VA

War veterans salute as an American flag passes by during Memorial Day services at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in St. Louis on May 30, 2011.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

According to the Center for Investigative Reporting, the wait time for veterans to receive benefits has skyrocketed from 116 days in 2009 to 330 days now. In response, US Representative Bill Enyart is sponsoring legislation to try to reduce that wait.

What the bill would do is pay partial, provisional benefits for veterans whose cases aren't handled within 125 days after they are submitted. Currently, that would apply to more than half a million veterans.

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Military Veterans
3:30 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Over 19,000 Veterans Are Waiting On A Disability Claim Response From The St. Louis VA

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As of May 6, 2013, there were 19,900 veterans waiting to hear a response from the St. Louis Regional VA "about compensation for a disease, injury or illness linked to service in the military."

Where does that number, and classification of it, come from? The Center for Investigative Reporting has released a huge set of data (which is periodically updated) from the nation's Department of Veterans' Affairs and its local offices.  

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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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