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91-Year-Old Triathlete Offers Tips To Young Competitors

America’s oldest triathlete advised the nation’s youngest triathletes at Lake Elmo Saturday. Bob Powers of St. Paul is 91-years-old. He’s been competing in triathlons for decades. A few weeks ago, he won his age group at the national triathlon championship in Milwaukee.

08/22/2015

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Minnesota Police Trained To Identify Veterans In Crisis

Some police officers across Minnesota are going through training to recognize and offer support for a growing number of returning war veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder or a traumatic brain injury.

08/07/2015

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Police Training To Identify Veterans In Crisis

Some police officers across Minnesota are going through training on how to identify veterans in crisis.

08/07/2015

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Found In A Dump, Lost Purple Heart Medal Heading To Family

The family of Wiljo Matalamaki clung to his Purple Heart, a tribute to a young man sent to World War II who never returned, whose body was never found. Then the medal, too, was lost.

08/07/2015

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After 71 Years, World War II Vet Receives H.S. Diploma

He left high school 71 years ago, but a World War II Veteran finally received his diploma on Monday. Russell Whittaker was 17 years old when he left Mound High School in 1944 to enlist in the U.S. Navy.

07/13/2015

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Graduates Of Veterans Treatment Court Get Clean Start

Four local veterans are being honored Thursday for turning their lives around by overcoming drug, alcohol or mental health issues.

07/09/2015

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Wounded Vet Gifted Tank-Like All-Terrain Power Chair

A wounded veteran got a special gift this morning in Minneapolis — a customized, all-terrain power chair. Kevin Hanrahan lost his left leg in Afghanistan, and sustained other injuries as well. The power chair will allow him to enjoy hunting, fishing and other outdoor activities.

07/08/2015

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4 Things To Know: Parts Of Patriot Act Expire, Facebook Protest & More

These are the four stories you need to know about for Monday, June 1. They include a protest planned against Facebook as well as a disturbing study on the state of veterans’ brains.

06/01/2015

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A Day To Remember Fallen Heroes, Vets Hurting At Home

On Memorial Day, Minnesotans stopped to remember their relatives, friends and neighbors who died risking everything for our freedom.

05/25/2015

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Shelter For Homeless Veterans Finds Itself Without A Home

Michael Shaw came to Williston in 2012 to operate a homeless veterans shelter in an environment where unemployment was virtually unheard of.

05/25/2015

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Crews Ready Fort Snelling For Major Memorial Day Event

Minnesota’s largest Memorial Day observance is at Fort Snelling on Monday. The national cemetery draws thousands for its yearly service, and a lot of work goes into getting Fort Snelling ready.

05/22/2015

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Minnesota VA Boasts Slimmer Wait Times Than National Average

Minnesota’s Veterans Affairs clinics and hospitals fare slightly better in delivering timely care to veterans than the national average. The Associated Press analyzed six months of VA data and found that 1.9 percent of medical appointments completed at its clinics and hospitals in Minnesota failed to meet the VA’s timeliness goal, which calls for patients to be seen within 30 days.

04/09/2015

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Minnesota Veterans Take Part In Holes For Heroes

Some local veterans got to take part in some friendly competition out on the ice Saturday. The Holes for Heroes fishing tournament was held on Medicine Lake Saturday afternoon. It’s a free fishing event for Minnesota Military Veterans and their families.

01/31/2015

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Mpls. VA Hospital Developes New Standing Wheelchair

The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital has come up with a prototype of a standing wheelchair. They hope it will help paralyzed veterans live more productive lives. It’s not the first standing wheelchair, but this one has significant advances over previous designs.

01/16/2015

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VA Inspector General Investigating Hibbing Clinic

The Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General is investigating allegations of misconduct at a VA clinic in Hibbing. Last month, Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken and Reps. Tim Walz and Rick Nolan asked the VA’s inspector general to look into claims by some ex-employees that they were ordered to backdate appointment records to make waits appear shorter. The practice is known as schedule “scrubbing.”

12/03/2014

Spc. Javier Mendoza works under the hood of a 2014 GM vehicle at the Raytheon and GM training center at Fort Hood, Texas. Mendoza, a newly GM-certified automotive technician, hopes to find work at a GM dealership in his hometown, Houston, Texas. Photo by Pat McKenna/Raytheon

From Trenches To Wrenches: Training Soldiers For Civilian Success

Raytheon Professional Services provided this first-of-its-kind training at Fort Hood, teaching the same curriculum that every dealership’s GM-certified automotive technician receives.

11/24/2014

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Conversations With Veterans: The Struggle Post Military Life

Female vets, who currently number close to two million, may have it even tougher than their male counterparts. One such veteran is Donna, a Denver-based, single mom, whose struggles lasted far longer than her deployment.

11/24/2014

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Disabled American Veterans Organization Giving Back To Those Who Serve Our Country

Through the Disabled American Veterans organization, veterans can find programs for financial, physical and emotional needs.

11/24/2014

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Conversations With Veterans: Nick Lopez’ Success Post Military Life

Technically savvy and patriotic, Nick Lopez always knew he wanted to use his talent to serve his country.

11/17/2014

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Supporting Our Military On Campus

Under the GI Bill, veterans are provided with financial support for education, making college a viable dream.

11/17/2014

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For Vets, An Alternative To Nursing Homes

When living at home becomes too difficult for veterans, many end up getting the care they need in nursing homes and other institutions.

11/11/2014

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Events, Businesses Pay Tribute On Veterans Day

Tuesday marks Veterans Day, during which we take time to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on this day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress amended the holiday to include veterans of all U.S. wars in 1954.

11/11/2014

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Freeze, Burn, Shake: Extreme Testing Ensures Satellite Equipment Will Withstand Space

Protecting the military’s most sensitive information begins in the most unusual of places.

11/10/2014

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Old World Craft, New Tech Marvels: How a Glassblower Helps Create Chips That See in the Dark

Suited up in his white shop apron, tinted goggles, heat resistant gloves and earplugs, Konrad Gleissner switches on an industrial lathe and fires up his blow torch, producing a loud “pop!”

11/10/2014

Brian Aft poses for a photo with fellow wounded warrior and home recipient, Brandon Byers (left) and Raytheon Missile Systems employee and North Texas RAYVETS president James Bishop (middle). Photo Credit: Conner Howell

Coming Home: A Community Gives A Wounded Warrior A New Start

Corporal Brian Aft and Buckshot, his bomb-sniffing dog, were in line to jump an irrigation ditch near Kajaki, Afghanistan, an area known for being littered with roadside bombs. The explosion lifted Aft and Buckshot into the air. Both survived, but Aft’s legs would have to be amputated almost to the hip.

11/10/2014

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