Direct Mail Companies To Pay $25 Million For Misleading Donors About Veterans’ Charity Fundraiser

Direct Mail Companies To Pay $25 Million For Misleading Donors About Veterans’ Charity Fundraiser

Donating to a worthy cause can provide a sense of doing something good for others, but as we’ve warned before, there’s a chance the money you’re donating isn’t making it to the actual charity. And, unfortunately, that shady tactic appears to be the case for two companies that sent solicitations on behalf of a veterans’ charity. [More]

New Website Seeks To Put Job-Seeking Veterans And Employers Together

New Website Seeks To Put Job-Seeking Veterans And Employers Together

In an effort to ease the transition from military service to the private sector — and help former servicemembers find jobs that match their skills — the Dept. of Veterans Affairs has launched a new service on its website that it hopes will allow employers to connect directly with veterans looking for work. [More]

Starbucks Employees: Don’t Say “You’re Not Blind!” To A Disabled Veteran With A Service Dog

Starbucks Employees: Don’t Say “You’re Not Blind!” To A Disabled Veteran With A Service Dog

People and dogs have been cooperating for thousands of years now. It’s our thing. In the modern world, it’s generally not okay to take your dog shopping, on a plane, or to Starbucks unless it’s a service dog trained to perform some kind of function other than being a fun pet. Not everyone knows this, which leads to some unfortunate situations…like the experience that a man had at a Houston Starbucks when he and his service dog were questioned at the door. [More]

New System Addresses Military Members’ Complaints Of Higher Education Abuse

New System Addresses Military Members’ Complaints Of Higher Education Abuse

It’s hard to believe some higher education institutions deceptively target veterans and servicemembers, but it does happen. To better ensure veterans’ and servicemembers’ input is being heard the federal government has launched a new reporting system to streamline consumer complaint investigations. [More]

Starbucks To Hire 10,000 Vets, Military Spouses In Coming Years

Starbucks To Hire 10,000 Vets, Military Spouses In Coming Years

As part of its plan to increase its workforce while helping military personnel transition to civilian work, Starbucks is announcing today that, over the next five years, it intends to hire at least 10,000 armed forces veterans and spouses of active-duty servicemembers. [More]

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Walmart Pledges To Spend $50 Billion More On U.S.-Made Goods Over Next Decade

Responding to critics who say it sells too many cheap products made by overseas manufacturers, Walmart announced today that, over the course of the next decade, it promises to spend an additional $50 billion on goods made in the U.S. [More]

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Restaurant Says ‘No Pets,’ Tries To Make Iraq Vet And Her Service Dog Leave

Melissa is a war veteran who has post-traumatic stress disorder and is able to function with the help of a service dog trained to help vets like her. She and her husband were recently strongly encouraged to leave a restaurant where they had dined with the dog before. No matter what kinds of documents or federal government websites she showed, the waitress, manager, and owner all insisted that the dog needed to leave…without actually telling the couple to get out of the establishment. [More]

Disabled War Veteran's House Not Good Enough For This Homeowners Association

Disabled War Veteran's House Not Good Enough For This Homeowners Association

Would you want a severely disabled war veteran for a neighbor? It’s hard to say “no” to that. Homes For Our Troops The group builds mortgage-free, accessible homes to severely disabled war veterans. The group was supposed to begin construction today on a specially designed house in Georgia for an Army veteran who suffered severe brain damage in Afghanistan. After months of planning, earlier this week the homeowners’ association reversed its approval, saying that the house must be multiple stories and 700 square feet larger to be part of the neighborhood, or it will affect property values. [More]

Microsoft Donates $8 Million In Pocket Change To Help
Veterans Find Jobs

Microsoft Donates $8 Million In Pocket Change To Help Veterans Find Jobs

For U.S. troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, they’re coming home to a depressed job market and double-digit unemployment. That’s why a little Washington-based software company called Microsoft is ponying up $2 million in cash and $6 million in software to help these new civilians find jobs. [More]

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A cancer unit at the V.A Medical Center in Philadelphia “operated with virtually no outside scrutiny and botched 92 of 116 cancer treatments over a span of more than six years.” The team even continued to perform surgeries for a year after a key piece of equipment broke. [New York Times] (Photo: OakleyOriginals)

DC Area Mall Pulls Ads That Turn Vietnam Memorial Into Store Directory

DC Area Mall Pulls Ads That Turn Vietnam Memorial Into Store Directory

Tysons Corner, an upscale mall in the Washington, D.C. area, just pulled down over 400 ads that were recently posted in the city’s metro system because they looked an awful lot like the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, except instead of names of soldiers they had names of famous retail stores. We’re sure they would have gone with soldier names if any of the soldiers offered great deals on today’s hottest fashions. This is really on you, America’s Finest.

Sea World Honors Military By Not Seating Them

Sea World Honors Military By Not Seating Them

Reader Lynn and her family visited Sea World, which trumpets its support and free admission for military visitors, but discovered that support meant “not letting your active duty son sit with his family.”

Dillard's Boots Disabled Iraq War Vet And His Service Dog, Too

Dillard's Boots Disabled Iraq War Vet And His Service Dog, Too

Dillard’s ejected disabled Army Staff Sergeant J. Alex Gozalez and his service dog Mason for violating the store’s no animals policy. The store manager did not believe that Gonzalez is disabled because he is neither blind nor deaf. Gonzalez uses Mason—who wore a vest reading: “SERVICE DOG – DO NOT PET”—to help keep his balance.

VA Loses Another 38,000 Records

VA Loses Another 38,000 Records

A drop in the bucket compared to the 26.5 million veteran’s records they lost before, but the VA has lost another 38,000 veterans records.

2 Young Scalawags Charged in Veteran Data Theft

2 Young Scalawags Charged in Veteran Data Theft

Nineteen-year-old Jesus Alex Pineda 19, and Christian Brian Montano were charged Saturday in the left of a laptop containing 26.5 million veteran’s records.

Stolen VA Laptop Bought By ‘Some Guy’ From Back of Van

Stolen VA Laptop Bought By ‘Some Guy’ From Back of Van

Millions of beleaguered Vets can breathe a wheezy sigh of relief that the stolen laptop that housed their social security numbers has been recovered. But hey, exactly how was it recovered? And how come everyone’s just so gosh darn confident that the data wasn’t accessed?

Stolen Veteran Affairs Laptop Recovered

Stolen Veteran Affairs Laptop Recovered

After much hand and flag-wringing, a laptop containing millions of veteran’s personal data has been recovered. A preliminary analysis by police reveals that the sensitive information was not accessed during the theft.

Army Knowledge Online Addresses Veteran ID Theft

Army Knowledge Online Addresses Veteran ID Theft

In addition to mass mailing a percentile point of rain forest to every veteran in America, the US Military’s intranet site Army Knowledge Online posted a letter today warning all active soldiers that their identities were already threading through the Internet like tapeworms, just looking for a Russian hacker to attach themselves parasitically to. Or maybe it’s vice versa.