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Former Navy pitcher gets first taste of majors

By Dan Connolly The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — When a player gets his first call to the majors, he expects to be inundated with phone calls and text messages — so many people want to be part of the excitement. Among those who contacted new Orioles pitcher Oliver Drake on Saturday was St.Louis Cardinals reliever Mitch Harris. Call it a Navy brotherhood thing. "He sent me a text, congratulating me, said he'll be watching," Drake said before Saturday's game. "I' ... More

Is the US military ready to accommodate breast-feeding soldiers?

By Emily Greenhouse Bloomberg News The Affordable Care Act requires American employers to provide a "reasonable" break time for nursing mothers, and a private place for mothers to pump (or "express," as the Department of Labor puts it) their breast milk. But in the military workplace, the laws are different. Rep. Niki Tsongas, a Massachusetts Democrat and member of the Armed Services Committee, says she has heard "too many stories from servicewoman who had recently had children, who ... More

New report highlights significant role veterans play in building strong communities

Each year, nearly a quarter of a million service members transition from military life into civilian communities. How do these veterans add value once they leave the service?  A recent report released by Got Your 6 seeks to answer that question by shining the spotlight on veterans’ unique ability to create civic health nationwide.  Veteran Status = High Overall Investment in Community According to the report, veterans are nearly three times as likely as their civilian counterparts to be invo ... More

Former Green Beret signs with Seattle Seahawks

By Gregg Bell The News Tribune Nate Boyer, a 34-year-old former U.S. Army Green Beret who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan and then walked on to the University of Texas as a long snapper playing football for the first time, has signed a contract with the Seahawks as an undrafted free agent. NFL Network reported minutes after the three-day draft ended with the 256th and final pick the Seahawks are signing long-snapper Nate Boyer, an ex-Army Green Beret, to a contract and tryout as an undrafted free agent. ... More

Wounded soldier receives mortgage-free home

By BoNhia Lee The Fresno Bee HANFORD, Calif. — A Hanford soldier received a mortgage-free house from Homes for our Troops, a national nonprofit that builds houses with special features for severely injured veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Fidel Bobadilla, Jr. and his wife, Daisy, accepted the keys to their new home on North 12th Avenue during a ceremony on Saturday. The 2,000-square-foot, three bedroom and two-bath house has wide halls and doorways, a large shower and tub, low counters, shelves ... More

That 'stuck' feeling: Finding your way past the doldrums toward peace

I was standing next to my five-year old son who was playing shortstop in a tee-ball game on an overcast Saturday morning. The air was thick and the sky threatened rain. Most of the little boys didn't really want to be playing. They were outnumbered two to one by the other team. Many of them seemed like they'd rather be parked in front of the TV watching Paw Patrol. The pervasive attitude among the players was contagious. I tried to remain spirited and enthusiastic. My son was drawing pictures in the dir ... More

Stranger than fiction: How a kidney donor was found for a soldier

By Drew Brooks Military The Fayetteville Observer The hospital had to be wrong. Sgt. Maj. Miguel Filpo needed a kidney. His life depended on it. Injured in Iraq in 2008, his organs had finally failed him in 2013, forcing the 22-year veteran to undergo four hours of dialysis a day. And yet, the University of North Carolina Hospital in Chapel Hill was turning his two sisters away. For Filpo, his sisters were his hope. They were his best chance at finding a kidney that matched. And they were the on ... More

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