Stories by Jamie Reno
A ceremony at the Air Ground Combat Center Marine base in Twentynine Palms was held this morning to debut a state-of-the-art “mock city” roughly equivalent in size to downtown San Diego that was constructed to practice and refine the complex and dangerous combat tactics Marines use while deployed to urban settings around the world, according to the Marine Corps.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has released a new, unpublished report on Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans to Veterans for Common Sense (VCS) under the Freedom of Information Act, which VCS has provided to this blog.
In what could one day be looked upon as one of the more significant programs of his tenure in the White House, President Barack Obama today announced an ambitious set of new government-wide policies to improve the lives of military families that addresses everything from veteran homelessness and job opportunities for spouses to child-care and financial problems.
As a decorated Marine combat veteran of the fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan, Jake Wood, who was stationed at Camp Pendleton and is a former University of Wisconsin football player, discovered that he and other veterans have the perfect skills to provide global humanitarian disaster relief.
In yet another case in which military medical training is helping with a civilian tragedy, Dr. Peter Rhee, who treated hundreds of soldiers with traumautic brain injury (TBI), one of the signature wounds of the current war, while working as a Navy surgeon at Naval Medical Center in Balboa Park and as a trauma surgeon in Iraq and Afghanistan, is one of the physicians treating Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and the other Tucson shooting victims.
Veterans groups and other military organizations are singing the praises today of Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords following the tragic shooting in Tuscon. Still in critical condition but expected to survive, Giffords, in addition to being a Congresswoman, is also a military spouse (seen here on the cover of Military Spouse magazine) who married U.S. Navy Captain and astronaut Mark E. Kelly in November 2007.