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National Vietnam Veterans Day

March 29 commemorates the sacrifices of Vietnam Veterans and their families. It is a day set aside to recognize the men and women who were denied a proper welcome upon returning home and is designated as National Vietnam Veterans Day.

On January 12, 1962, United States Army pilots lifted more than 1,000 South Vietnamese service members over jungle and underbrush to capture a National Liberation Front stronghold near Saigon. Operation Chopper marked America’s first combat mission against the Viet Cong, and the beginning of a long and challenging war. Through more than a decade of conflict that tested the fabric of our Nation, the service of our men and women in uniform stood true. Read more

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Veterans give tours on USS Iowa

The USS Iowa, America’s first ship of its kind, commissioned in 1943, and the last American battleship to see warfare. She carried FDR across the Atlantic Ocean during WWII, and nearly 60 years later she is docked in San Pedro as a museum. On regular days, history buffs can embark on a self-guided tour of the battleship. But special events include access to some areas typically not open to tour groups, as well as Q&A sessions with Navy veterans.

The next event takes place on April 1. Atlas Obscura are hosting A Night on the Battleship, an evening tour and sleepover on the USS Iowa. The overnight excursion, the first of its kind for civilians. A limited number of tickets are on sale now for $125. Read more

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Veterans may qualify for additional Social Security benefits

Many of our Vietnam era veterans are now nearing retirement age, or are already there. It is important that they — and other American service personnel — know just what retirement benefits they can count on from Social Security as they make their future financial plans.

Like most of the civilian workforce, all current military personnel pay Social Security taxes and earn Social Security coverage. Earnings for active duty military service or active duty training have been covered under Social Security since 1957. Also, earnings for inactive duty service in the reserves (such as weekend drills) have had Social Security coverage since 1988. Read more

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WWII Veteran tells story of buried diamonds

An Israeli born veteran, Yaron Svoray, was on a lecture tour in the United States and met Sam Neyr, a WWII veteran, who told him about a foxhole on the border between France and Germany where he had buried 40 uncut diamonds.

The story was so incredible that Yaron actually believed him. Yaron thought initially that the search would be simple. Sam Nyer’s descriptions were full of amazing detail. However, even with Nyer’s recollections, the search area covered a thousand square miles of forest and several hills scattered with innumerable foxholes. Finding Nyer’s precise foxhole was virtually impossible. Read more

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Veteran homeless rate declined by 47% in the last 7 years

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH), there was a nearly 50% decline in veteran homelessness since 2010.

The homelessness rate dropped by 16% alone from the previous January under a strategic partnership between various government agencies. The results were astounding, and we can expect to see more programs like this in the future. Read more

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