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11/12/18 | NBC News

Second act of service: Vets find work and purpose in the National Park Service

Veterans make up 5.9% of the American working age population. But in the National Park Service, veterans make up 26% of the workforce. Laws that give preference to veterans in the hiring process make it easier for them to land jobs in government agencies and historically the National Park Service has attracted and retained veterans.

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11/11/18 | NBC News

Inside the monumental program helping veterans readjust to civilian life

There are about 20 million veterans living in the United States, and many of them are not getting the assistance they need to heal the wounds of war as they transition back into civilian life. In this week’s Sunday Spotlight, NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez learns about a program that making a big difference in their lives.

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11/11/18 | NBC News

‘Life changing’: How one center is helping veterans, families readjust after combat

NBC’s Gabe Gutierrez interviews a group of combat veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam and the parents of Army Spc. Jarrod Lallier, who was killed in Afghanistan, about the help and support they’ve gotten from the VA’s Vet Center in Spokane, Washington. They describe how the VA Vet Center program’s readjustment counseling services […]

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11/11/18 | NBC News

Muddy Boots Vietnam veterans group offers hope to others

Members of the Muddy Boots Vietnam veterans group at the VA Vet Center in Spokane, Washington, discuss how the program has helped them finally readjust to civilian life years after returning home from Vietnam. They shared their deeply personal stories in the hope that they might help other vets, and help prevent veteran suicides. Warning: […]

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11/10/18 | NBC News

Watch a World War II veteran reunite with his pen pal from 70 years ago

Mel Downing, a 92-year-old World War II veteran, opened his mailbox in Florida one day to discover a letter from Shirley Burns, a now 90-year-old Massachusetts woman whom he corresponded with via letters more than 70 years ago. With the help of the internet, Shirley found Mel after rediscovering their letters in her attic. It […]

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11/8/18 | NBC News

Jenna Bush Hager lends helping hand to deserving veteran

Sgt. Tracy Hillman served a combined 16 years in the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army Reserve before coming back home to take care of two of her young cousins who needed a home. In the spirit of Veterans Day, TODAY’s Jenna Bush Hager wanted to thank Hillman for making a difference – by gifting […]

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10/3/18 | NBC News

Jason Kander exits Kansas City mayoral race, citing PTSD

Jason Kander, the rising Democratic political star and favorite to become Kansas City’s next mayor, has suddenly pulled out of the race. Kander, former U.S. Army captain who served in Afghanistan, cited post-traumatic stress disorder and depression. NBC’s Stephanie Gosk reports for TODAY.

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9/19/18 | NBC News

True patriots pushing for seat in Congress in record numbers

More than 200 military veterans are seeking new way to serve the country by running for Congress as midterm elections approach. NBC News’ Kasie Hunt reports.

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8/31/18 | NBC News

U.S. veterans turn to archaeology in Israel: ‘It’s almost like therapy’

A non-profit organization is helping U.S. veterans suffering from PTSD and physical disabilities by taking them out on archaeological digs.

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8/2/18 | NBC News

Returned remains of Korean War veterans honored in Hawaii

After nearly 70 years, 55 presumed American service members from the Korean War arrived back on U.S. soil Wednesday. A solemn and emotional ceremony took place with Vice President Mike Pence in Hawaii, each of the caskets accompanied by one Marine, one sailor, one soldier and one airman. NBC’s Keir Simmons reports for TODAY.

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