When Michael Newcombe became an active duty combat engineer for the Army, he had the world on a string, but an injury received in Afghanistan changed all that. Plagued by homelessness, unemployment and addiction, this young veteran refused to give up. This is his story.
Elite Navy SEAL sniper Howard Wasdin survived the infamous battle made famous in the hit movie “Black Hawk Down,” but medical retirement and coming home, presented him with challenges he never expected.
How to navigate the web of financial services for veterans.
From coast to coast, find out how cities across the U.S. honor and celebrate veterans and active military personnel beyond Veterans Day.
Twenty-eight-year-old Derek Weida lost his right leg after being shot while on patrol in Iraq. Now he’s opening a gym run solely by combat veterans
They played a key role in storming the beaches at Normandy, but they don’t always get the recognition in the history books. On Saturday, dozens of World War II glider pilots from around the country met to share their stories at the Anoka County airport.
Veterans working to transition back into civilian life served a different kind of cause Saturday.
Minnesota veterans are learning about owning and running their own businesses. The Association of the United States Army and U.S. Bank got together Wednesday to present a free symposium for veterans.
The Town Hall meeting is in response to a federal investigation into allegations of misconduct within the Minneapolis VA.
Top VA leaders say there is a federal investigation looking into allegations of misconduct within the Minneapolis VA Medical Center. The director of the Minneapolis VA health care system said the Office of Inspector General is interviewing whistleblowers who say they were pressured into falsifying patient records at the hospital.
As part of the All-Star Game legacy project, the Minnesota Twins and Major League Baseball are helping local veterans. On Tuesday morning, Twins and MBL officials were at the Advantage Services Center in St. Paul to dedicate a new housing complex for homeless veterans.
The mayor of Ellendale is accused of stealing hundreds of dollars from a veterans memorial fund. Roger Swearingen, 66, was charged with one count of gross misdemeanor theft and two counts of misdemeanor theft.
The veterans career fair has become a regular event in Minnesota on the first Wednesday after the Fourth of July. And on this Wednesday, it featured 160 employers.
Minnesota is joining a pilot program that provides free hotel stays to veterans who are searching for a job or new housing. The program lets veterans stay up to three nights free at Hilton hotels in the state.
The Fourth of July is a time to celebrate the birth of our nation, but for many veterans the sounds of the celebration can bring back painful memories. For combat veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), fireworks can take them back to what they experienced during war.
The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board had a special celebration at Sheridan Memorial Park Saturday morning for a new veteran’s memorial art installation. People have been working to make the memorial along the Mississippi River a reality for nearly 10 years.
In Iraq, Sunni militants continue pushing towards Baghdad. The militants have released video reportedly showing the moments before fighters executed Shiites serving in the Iraqi Army. President Obama is sending 275 troops to Iraq to protect U.S. personnel and the American Embassy, but some lawmakers want the president to quickly provide a plan to address the threat.
Waiting times at the two Veterans Affairs medical centers in Minnesota are considerably lower than the worst trouble spots in the VA system, new audit data released Monday show. The average wait time for a patient seeking primary care for the first time is 28 days at the Minneapolis VA Medical Center and 25 days at the St. Cloud center, the data show. But the waits are much shorter for established patients who are already in the VA system — three days at Minneapolis and two days at St. Cloud.
Police in southeastern Minnesota are looking into a rash of robberies in which thieves target cemeteries, taking brass markers that show a deceased veteran’s military service.
The Minneapolis Police Department is looking for returning military veterans to fill the gaps in its ranks. The department took a big hit after changes in the state’s pension plan. It saw many MPD officers take early retirement.
There is increasing pressure on Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign. A new report from the VA’s inspector general says hundreds of veterans are awaiting care at a VA hospital in Phoenix. The average wait time is almost four months for a first appointment.
A day after we honored the memory of our fallen veterans, students are honoring the veterans in their lives. Sen. Al Franken announced the winners of his third Annual Poetry Contest for Minnesota Students — with winners in elementary, middle school and high school age groups.
For many who have served, Memorial Day has a very special meaning. For some it’s a day of pain, remembering the lives lost during combat. For others it’s a time to honor the fallen and let others know why it’s important to do so. But for most all who served, it is more than just a day off from work, barbecues and family gatherings.
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Military service members and spouses trained as teachers, police officers, hair stylists and other professions requiring state certification could begin working immediately if they relocate to Minnesota through a new law that grants them temporary licenses.