Army vet: 'It's not the disability, it's the ability'

By Patrick Buchnowski The Tribune-Democrat JOHNSTOWN, Pa. — Retired Army Sgt. 1st Class Dana Bowman carries a triumphant message: "It's not the disability, it's the ability." The slogan was birthed from a horrific parachuting accident that cost him both legs and killed his jumping partner. Now, Bowman travels the world as a motivational speaker at military, school and business groups. He will be in the Johnstown area May 27-29. Bowman will speak at schools in Cambria an ... More

Vouchers in hand, homeless Idaho vets still struggle to find housing

By Anna Webb The Idaho Statesman BOISE, Idaho — The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development's supplemental housing program for homeless veterans, or HUD-VASH as it's commonly known, is the largest homeless veteran housing program in the country. The program provides 190 housing vouchers across Southern Idaho -- 25 in Twin Falls, 12 in Canyon County, the remainder in the Boise area. The number of vouchers given to communities across the United States is ... More

Calif. VA whistleblower to appear at House hearing

By Mark Emmons San Jose Mercury News OAKLAND, Calif. — For the longest time, Rustyann Brown felt like no one would listen as she tried to raise the alarm about how the Oakland VA regional benefits office was failing Northern California veterans. Not anymore. On Wednesday, Brown will have the attention of top lawmakers. She is scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill before a House Committee on Veterans' Affairs hearing that will examine troubling allegations that the Oakland and Philadelph ... More

73 years later, Texan living legacy of secret 'Doolittle Raid'

By David Tarrant The Dallas Morning News At a time when American morale was at its lowest point during World War II, the secret mission dubbed the "Doolittle Raid" seemed too audacious even for screenwriters pumping out war movies in Hollywood. Seventy-three years later, Victor Egger still shakes his head as he recalls his role on April 18, 1942 -- just four months after Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor. "I still find it hard to believe," Egger said. For the young Texas ... More

Scientists find radioactive aircraft carrier off San Francisco coast

By Aaron Kinney San Jose Mercury News HALF MOON BAY, Calif. — In a ghostly reminder of the San Francisco Bay Area's nuclear heritage, scientists announced Thursday they have captured the first clear images of a radioactivity-polluted World War II aircraft carrier that rests on the ocean floor 30 miles off the coast of Half Moon Bay. The USS Independence saw combat at Wake Island and other decisive battles against Japan, and was later blasted with radiation in two South Pacific nuclear tests. ... More

2 soldiers accused of selling rifles and military ammo

By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times EL CAJON, Calif. — Two soldiers assigned to the El Cajon armory were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of illegally selling high-grade weaponry, including assault rifles and military ammunition. The sales were allegedly made to an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. Spec. Jaime Casillas, 22, of El Cajon and Staff Sgt. Andrew Reyes, 34, of La Mesa wore their uniforms during at least one transaction, according to court documents. ... More