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Tom Hanks sits down with TODAY’s Savannah Guthrie just before the first annual Hidden Heroes Gala, an event by the Elizabeth Dole Foundation that honors the millions of Americans who’ve served our country. The actor talks about being a champion of the cause and why it means so much to him.
Despite a promise made to a House committee, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will not reimburse veterans whose GI Bill benefits were underpaid. The agency told congressional staffers Wednesday it could not make retroactive payments without auditing millions of previous claims.
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.
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.
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 […]
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: […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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.