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November 12, 2022, 2:45 PM

The historic legacy of the Montford Point Marines

Honoring and remembering the first Black men to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps.
November 12, 2022, 2:45 PM
The historic legacy of the Montford Point Marines
November 12, 2022, 3:03 AM

Meet 2022’s veteran of the year

David Kim, founder and CEO of the charity Children of Fallen Patriots, talks with Kyra Phillips about his experience helping Gold Star families.
November 12, 2022, 3:03 AM
Meet 2022’s veteran of the year
November 11, 2022, 10:40 PM

Retired Navy SEAL aims to destigmatize mental health support

ABC News Live honors Veterans Day and speaks with retired Navy SEAL Dave Berkenfield on his efforts to bring awareness to mental health in the military.
November 11, 2022, 10:40 PM
Retired Navy SEAL aims to destigmatize mental health support
November 11, 2022, 9:46 PM

Efforts launched to recover the history and identities of the nation's 1st Black Marines

Many are on a mission to find the first Black Marines that were established in 1942 as the Montford Point Marines.
November 11, 2022, 9:46 PM
Recovering the history and identities of the country's 1st Black Marines
November 11, 2022, 8:57 PM

16th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event

Bob Woodruff Foundation announces a minimum $1M commitment to mental health support for military and veteran children.
November 11, 2022, 8:57 PM
16th Annual Stand Up for Heroes event
November 11, 2022, 7:43 PM

Many vets are landing jobs, but the transition can be tough

The U.S. is experiencing some of its lowest monthly veteran unemployment rates.
November 11, 2022, 7:43 PM
November 11, 2022, 7:01 PM

Service dogs help veterans suffering from physical injuries, PTSD

Retired Master Sgt. David Crenshaw talks about how his service dog, Doc, has helped him through his PTSD and how service dogs can do the same for other veterans.
November 11, 2022, 7:01 PM
Service dogs help veterans suffering from physical injuries, PTSD
2 months ago

Veteran suicide rate is lowest in years, VA says, but advocates worry that's an undercount

The veteran suicide rate dropped to its lowest in over a decade, according to a report released Monday from the Department of Veteran Affairs
2 months ago
Vet suicide rate is lowest in years, VA says, but advocates worry it's an undercount
2 months ago

After a third of veterans report being arrested, a new effort to understand why

One-third of veterans say they have been arrested, according to a new report by the Council on Criminal Justice, citing a 2017 study focused on military service and crime
2 months ago
New program looking deeper after a third of veterans report being arrested
3 months ago

After a 2-year break, Warrior games are underway at Disney World

The 11th Department of Defense Warrior Games are welcoming more than 300 adaptive athletes, with about 250 competing for the first time.
3 months ago
After a 2-year break, Warrior games are underway at Disney World
3 months ago

Disney World supporting veterans

The Department of Defense Warrior Games are being held at Disney World and Disney's Veterans Institute Summit is an initiative to share best practices in hiring, retaining and supporting veterans.
3 months ago
Disney World supporting veterans
3 months ago

Annual Warrior Games underway

Hundreds of injured and wounded service members across the world are competing in adaptive sports celebrating their resilience and dedication.
3 months ago
Annual Warrior Games underway
4 months ago

Amid protests, Senate passes health care for vets exposed to toxic burn pits

The Senate on Tuesday night approved the PACT Act to help veterans exposed to toxic burn pits
4 months ago
Amid protests, Senate passes health care for vets exposed to toxic burn pits
4 months ago

Republicans reject spending bill for veterans exposed to 'burn pits,' toxins

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said he would schedule another procedural vote Monday.
4 months ago
Republicans reject spending bill for veterans exposed to 'burn pits,' toxins
4 months ago

Nothing new in veteran health care bill to spur GOP vote switch: Jon Stewart

Jonathan Karl interviews activist and comedian Jon Stewart on "This Week."
4 months ago
Nothing new in veteran health care bill to spur GOP vote switch: Jon Stewart
4 months ago

GOP rejects spending bill for veterans exposed to 'burn pits,' toxins

Comedian and activist Jon Stewart had some choice words for the Republicans who rallied together to block Wednesday evening’s Senate vote on the bill.
4 months ago
GOP rejects spending bill for veterans exposed to 'burn pits,' toxins
9 months ago

ABC exclusive: Inside the 'monumental' bid to end veteran homelessness

ABC News’ Devin Dwyer speaks with Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough on an ambitious effort to turn existing VA real estate into new housing for homeless veterans.
9 months ago
ABC exclusive: Inside the 'monumental' bid to end veteran homelessness
9 months ago

Can the VA pull off its 'monumental' bid to end veteran homelessness?

VA Secretary Denis McDonough says the nation's largest veterans housing project underway at the West LA VA could be a game-changer for eliminating veteran homelessness.
9 months ago
Can the VA pull off its 'monumental' bid to end veteran homelessness?
1 year ago

Bob Woodruff Foundation provides fertility funds to veterans in need

Crystal and Ash Engert, a trans military couple, share their IVF journey and the support they received from The Bob Woodruff Foundation and its Veterans In-Vitro Initiative.
1 year ago
Bob Woodruff Foundation provides fertility funds to veterans in need
1 year ago

Jon Stewart talks about hosting Department of Defense Warrior Games

The event, held Sept. 12-22, features active-duty and veteran service members, and will take place for the first time at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
1 year ago
Jon Stewart talks about hosting Department of Defense Warrior Games
1 year ago

Jon Stewart joins lawmakers to push benefits for vets exposed to toxins

Jon Stewart joined lawmakers to unveil legislation that would make it easier for veterans exposed to toxic substances to access Veterans Affairs benefits.
1 year ago
Jon Stewart joins lawmakers to push benefits for vets exposed to toxins
2 years ago

A 'monster': Woman who killed veterans at VA hospital gets 7 life sentences

Reta Mays' victims were killed in 2017 and 2018.
2 years ago
A 'monster': Woman who killed veterans at VA hospital gets 7 life sentences
2 years ago

For vets struggling to readjust to civilian life, fitness offers new beginning

So many veterans struggle to readjust to civilian life after returning home. FitOps aims harness their leadership and develops them into personal trainers.
2 years ago
For vets struggling to readjust to civilian life, fitness offers new beginning
2 years ago

FitOps gives veterans new purpose after military discharge

So many veterans struggle to readjust to civilian life after returning home. This program aims to harness their skills in leadership and is dedicated to turning soldiers into elite personal trainers.
2 years ago
FitOps gives veterans new purpose after military discharge
2 years ago

Jon Stewart’s new mission

The former late-night comedian is now fighting for war veterans exposed to toxic fumes from military “burn pits.” ABC News’ Mona Kosar Abdi has more.
2 years ago
Jon Stewart’s new mission
2 years ago

Jon Stewart, lawmakers announce legislation to help veterans impacted by burn pits

Comedian Jon Stewart joined lawmakers on Tuesday to announce legislation that would make it easier for veterans with diseases linked to burn pits to access benefits.
2 years ago
Jon Stewart, lawmakers announce legislation to help veterans impacted by burn pits
2 years ago

Gillibrand, Rubio announce veterans’ health bill

Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Marco Rubio, R-Fla., announced legislation that would make it easier for veterans with diseases linked to burn pits to access Veterans Affairs benefits.
2 years ago
Gillibrand, Rubio announce veterans’ health bill
2 years ago

Trump rolls out national plan to address veteran suicides

President Donald Trump rolled out a national plan to address veteran suicides, part of a three-year effort to address the problem.
2 years ago
Trump rolls out plan to address veteran suicides
3 years ago

Travis Manion Foundation pairs veterans with youth to teach character amid COVID-19 pandemic

The Travis Manion Foundation teaches students character and engages veterans.
3 years ago
Foundation aims to teach students character by engaging veterans
3 years ago

44 veterans have died at Holyoke Soldiers' Home, 100 test positive for COVID-19

44 veterans have died at Massachusetts Soldiers' Home which is facing two investigations
3 years ago
44 veterans have died at Holyoke Soldiers' Home, 100 test positive for COVID-19
3 years ago

D-Day veteran on fellow soldiers: 'We watched out for each other'

A World War II veteran shares with ABC News' Terry Moran his memories of the war while he visits his friend's grave in Normandy.
3 years ago
D-Day veteran on fellow soldiers: 'We watched out for each other'
3 years ago

VA watchdog report finds veterans are owed refunds for incorrect fees

Thousands of disabled veterans are owed millions in repayments after government overcharges for home loans.
3 years ago
VA watchdog report finds vets are owed refunds for incorrect fees
3 years ago

US World War II veteran receives France's medal of honor on D-Day anniversary

Stan Friday, an Army scout, went ahead of the Allied troops after D-Day to scope out the danger and witnessed two Nazi concentration camps before they were liberated.
3 years ago
US World War II veteran receives France's medal of honor on D-Day anniversary
3 years ago

Heroes return to Normandy for 75th anniversary of D-Day

"World News Tonight" anchor David Muir traveled to France with a group of veterans to remember the invasion that changed the course of WWII.
3 years ago
Heroes return to Normandy for 75th anniversary of D-Day
4 years ago

Veterans group calls for multi-agency investigation after 3 vets killed themselves at VA facilities in 5-day span

American Veterans is calling for a multi-agency investigation into what they're calling a "suicide epidemic among veterans and service members."
4 years ago
Veterans group calls for multi-agency investigation amid 'suicide epidemic'
4 years ago

Study toxic exposure, vaccines in 9/11 and Gulf War veterans, scientists say

Scientists call on lawmakers and the Department of Veterans Affairs to fund a new program to study generational health effects among Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans.
4 years ago
Scientists call on VA to study toxic exposure in vets, again
4 years ago

'Nothing could be further than the truth': VA officials contest report that underpaid veterans would not be reimbursed after August backlog

Officials from the Department of Veteran Affairs sought to correct conflicting reports Thursday that they would not reimburse underpaid vets from an August backlog.
4 years ago
VA officials contest report that underpaid vets would not be reimbursed
4 years ago

'Disgruntled' Air Force vet sets himself on fire outside Georgia Capitol, authorities said

Atlanta's Capital Square became a crime scene Tuesday when a man described by authorities as a "disgruntled" Air Force veteran tired to set himself on fire.
4 years ago
'Disgruntled' Air Force vet sets himself on fire outside state Capitol: Authorities
5 years ago

Dems say allegations against VA nominee include wrecking government car while drunk, unethical behavior

A new document alleges the VA secretary nominee overzealously prescribed painkillers, was described as unethical and once drunkenly crashed a government car.
5 years ago
Dems say allegations against VA nominee include wrecking government car while drunk
5 years ago

Patients at risk due to failed VA leadership: Watchdog report

The veterans affairs secretary said critical deficiencies likely exist.
5 years ago
Patients at risk due to failed VA leadership: Watchdog report
5 years ago
VA plan would give every service member mental health benefits after leaving military
5 years ago

The Department of Veteran Affairs secretary is under growing pressure

David Shulkin reportedly spent $122,000 of taxpayer money on a European trip.
5 years ago
The Department of Veteran Affairs secretary is under growing pressure
5 years ago

VA took years to review complaints against doctors in some cases, watchdog says

The government watchdog looked into five of the US's 170 VA medical centers.
5 years ago
VA took years to review complaints against doctors in some cases, watchdog says
5 years ago

House clears major Veterans Affairs reform bill, sends to White House

The bill passed on a bipartisan 368-55 vote.
5 years ago
House approves Veterans Affairs reform bill
5 years ago

Veterans Affairs to revamp how it stores veterans' health information

Shulkin said the move will ultimately allow the VA to deliver better care.
5 years ago
Veterans Affairs to revamp how it stores veterans' health information
6 years ago

Veteran's and service dog's cross-country walk casts light on PTSD

Navy veteran Joe Copeland, along with his service dog Molly, hopes to inspire others with his long journey and raise awareness about post-traumatic stress disorder.
6 years ago
Veteran's and service dog's cross-country walk casts light on PTSD
6 years ago

Veteran's and service dog's cross-country walk casts light on PTSD

Navy veteran Joe Copeland hopes to inspire others with his long journey.
6 years ago
Veteran's and service dog's cross-country walk casts light on PTSD
6 years ago

Conditions at DC VA hospital leave patients 'at unnecessary risk,' report finds

The OIG is continuing to survey conditions at the medical center.
6 years ago
Conditions at DC VA hospital leave patients 'at unnecessary risk,' report finds
6 years ago

Veteran Plans to Get 'Dream Job' as Chef After Double Arm Transplant

John Peck became a quadruple amputee in Afghanistan.
6 years ago
Veteran Plans to Get 'Dream Job' as Chef After Double Arm Transplant
6 years ago

First Ladies Obama and Bush Urge Next President to Prioritize Veterans

"Keep the pressure on the next administration," Obama said.
6 years ago
First Ladies Obama and Bush Urge Next President to Prioritize Veterans