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Veterans Day
4:36 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

France's Government Recognizes US Vets' Role On French Soil

The Legion of Honor Medal was awarded to three veterans living in South Florida.
Credit Wilson Sayre / WLRN

The Star-Spangled Banner was not the only national anthem sung at Tuesday’s Veterans' Day service at the University of Miami.

Philippe Létrilliart, the French Consul General, was a guest of honor at the proceedings, where he awarded three Legion of Honor medals to current South Floridians who fought in France.

The Legion of Honor is the highest decoration in France. It was created by Napoleon Bonaparte to recognize people with exceptional merit. President Dwight D. Eisenhower and General Douglas MacArthur were both recipients.

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Topical Currents
3:53 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

A Memoir of Modern War in Theory & Practice

11/11/14 - Tuesday's Topical Currents is with retired U.S. Army Lieutenant Colonel John Nagl. 

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Veterans
3:35 pm
Wed October 8, 2014

Museum Helps War Veterans Reach Their Inner Artists

Vietnam veteran Howard Sweitzer, 78, works on a sketch during an Art of War session for veterans, hosted by the Coral Springs Museum of Art.
Credit Christine DiMattei

Once their tours of duty are over, war veterans sometimes have trouble readjusting to civilian life. But a program in Broward County uses art as a way to help vets cope with the trauma.

For the past few weeks, the Coral Springs Museum of Art has been hosting free sessions for veterans of all ages. They’re encouraged to express themselves however they choose -- with paints, colored pencils, collage or even poetry.

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Politics
7:12 pm
Mon October 6, 2014

Veterans Secretary Wants VA Whistleblowers

VA Secretary Bob McDonald (left) watches as paralyzed Navy Veteran Dwayne Scheuneman (right) demonstrates the Exoskeleton during the new leader's visit Wednesday at the James A. Haley VA Polytrauma Center.

Originally published on Fri October 3, 2014 3:01 pm

Secret patient waiting lists, delayed medical care, retaliation against whistleblowers  are all reasons why trust in the VA hit an all-time low this spring especially on Capitol Hill.

The new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert “Bob” McDonald is trying to restore that trust. He’s started by visiting as many VA facilities as possible during his first 90 days in office.

McDonald toured several Florida VA facilities this week and he invited U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, Chairman of the House Committee of Veterans Affairs, to come along.

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News
1:36 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Why Miami's Health Rights Clinic Offers Veterans Free Legal Services

Credit Miami Herald

The Health Rights Clinic in the University of Miami’s School of Law offers free legal services to veterans. They help those who've been denied benefits they may be entitled to, like Social Security.

Ryan Foley, a pro bono attorney for the clinic, says the most common reason veterans are denied is that they have not been able to provide enough evidence to support their claims.

“That is why lawyers are so important to getting veterans the benefits they deserve,” says Foley.

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Veterans Affairs
4:19 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Nurses Training At FIU To Team Up With VA

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Florida International University will now partner with Veterans Affairs medical centers in Miami to provide training to budding nurses.

The Veterans Affairs Nursing Academic Partnership provided the university with an $8 million grant to bring in more students and faculty over the next five years. Twenty additional students will start this fall, totaling 160 students over the next five years.

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New Education Laws
5:48 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

New Florida Education Laws Change Veteran Tuition, Grades For Schools

Veterans living in Florida can get in-state tuition at state colleges and universities starting Tuesday.
Credit Kate.Gardiner / Flickr

Veterans will pay less to attend Florida colleges and universities starting Tuesday, one of a handful of laws taking effect at the start of a new budget year.

The Florida GI bill means any veteran living in the Sunshine State only has to pay in-state tuition. That tuition is typically one-third the cost of out-of-state rates.

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Public Radio
3:04 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

StoryCorps Comes To The University Of Miami

James Garcia sits with StoryCorps facilitator Christina Stanton and Warmamas member Carolina Camps as he shares his military story.
Credit Selima Hussain

StoryCorps, the nonprofit radio program that broadcasts stories from everyday Americans, came to the University of Miami this week to record stories from veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.  It's part of the program's special military voices initiative. 

StoryCorps collaborated with UM’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and a nonprofit group called Warmamas to document the stories of 16 war veterans. 

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News
6:03 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Slideshow: How South Florida Helped Train D-Day Troops

Servicemen march along Collins Avenue in Miami Beach. Circa 1944.
HistoryMiami

 

Before American soldiers landed on the beaches of Normandy on June 6, 1944, troops were preparing for D-Day on the beaches of South Florida.

They were doing jumping jacks on the sand in Miami Beach.

In the sky were big, green military planes.

That’s because before Florida was prime real estate for waterfront mansions and tourism, it was the perfect place to train soldiers.

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Newscast
6:30 am
Fri May 30, 2014

May 30, 2014: Scott Vows To Sue VA

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Newscast
6:15 am
Mon May 26, 2014

May 26, 2014: Rubio Pushes Bill To Make VA Workers More Accountable

Today on WLRN-Miami Herald News, you heard:

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Fishing Buddies
5:57 pm
Thu April 24, 2014

Army Vets Become Fishermen For Therapy

Rudy Watt, left and in foreground above, and Neal Stark enjoy a fishing trip in Sawgrass Park, fishing for large-mouth bass on Tuesday, April 9. Rudy caught the first fish. He is a veteran with PTSD, and the fishing trips are part of his recreational therapy. He goes on fishing and scuba-diving trips with other veterans but has formed one of his closest bonds with Stark, a hairdresser and competitive angler.
Credit Walter Michot / Miami Herald

The trip begins with a high-speed ride on a black flats boat, deep into the wilderness of Sawgrass Recreational Park in Weston. The captain picks a spot, anchors and then digs into one of the boat’s many hidden compartments to select the bait, settling on two “wacky worms.”

The two fishermen set up the fishing rods, crack a few jokes and talk about strategy — “When you feel him tug that line a couple times, point your rod right at him and hit him, hit him good.” They begin casting, looking for bass and anything else that might bite.

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Sunshine Economy
2:13 am
Thu March 20, 2014

From Farm To Brewery: 5 Questions For Craft-Beer CEO Mike Halker

Credit Tom Hudson

Before making beer in Palm Beach, Mike Halker served on a bomb squad with the U.S. Army. That cool under pressure has served him well as the founder and head of Due South Brewery, a craft-beer company based in Boynton Beach. 

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Army Veterans
9:05 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

'Honorable' Or 'Honorably'? Difference Keeps Disabled Miami Veteran Off The Bus

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A U.S. Army veteran from Miami-Dade County has been told he's not "honorable" enough to qualify for a veteran's transit pass and he's filed a lawsuit against the county transit agency.

It's a dispute over words and how the military grades soldiers as they return to civilian life. But a benefit hanging in the balance could potentially make a big difference in the lives of low-income veterans.

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Jobs
5:13 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Fort Lauderdale Among Best Places For Veterans To Find Work

Ft. Lauderdale is listed as one of the top places in the country for veterans to find jobs that match their skills.
Credit Flickr/Abevil30

Fort Lauderdale isn’t just a Mecca for spring breakers and world travelers. It’s also a great place to live if you’re a veteran looking for work.

Fort Lauderdale is ranked No. 10 on the “2013 Best Places for Veterans: Jobs” report.

It’s the first time the city has made the list. It was lauded for its low unemployment rate and cost of living compared to the national average.

The city’s top-three industries are listed as:

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