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March 21, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Leaving aside the rather unfortunate title that makes it sound like a far more ridiculous exploitation film, "The Kill Hole" is a promising debut for writer-director Mischa Webley, even as he often seems to get in his own way. Made up of four or five story ideas all crammed together, the film maintains a stop-start momentum at best that keeps it from ever hitting a solid stride. Chadwick Boseman, soon to be seen as Jackie Robinson in "42," here plays an Iraq war veteran named Drake trying to put his battle-scarred past behind him, but who is dragged into a mercenary mission to keep damaging information from his time over there from leaking out. Tory Kittles, also in the current "Olympus Has Fallen," plays Carter, something of Drake's spiritual double and a man who knows their shared dark truths.
August 30, 2011 | By Christi Parsons, Washington Bureau
President Obama equated partisan gridlock with a failure of patriotism on Tuesday as he thanked veterans for their service and alluded to the battle over the economy that lies ahead for Washington this fall. Offering the veterans' service as an example to the nation's elected leaders, Obama said Congress should greet his economic proposals with an open mind and work together for solutions. “We have to break the gridlock in Washington that's been preventing us from taking the action we need to get this economy moving,” Obama told the annual conference of the American Legion, meeting in Minneapolis.
September 4, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Spouses of veterans in same-sex marriages will be allowed to collect federal benefits, the Obama administration announced Wednesday in a move following the Supreme Court decision that struck down a key section of the Defense of Marriage Act in June. President Obama directed the executive branch to stop enforcing two provisions that restricted the U.S. from awarding spousal benefits to veterans in legal gay marriages. The provisions define "spouse" as a "person of the opposite sex," Atty.
April 12, 2012 | By Kim Geiger
WASHINGTON -- First Lady Michelle Obama sat down for an interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert to mark the one-year anniversary of her "Joining Forces" project to help veterans find employment after they return from war. In an appearance Wednesday on "The Colbert Report," Obama said the project began as a campaign promise to veterans, and that the work is not done. Unemployment among the armed forces has been decreasing, but is still a problem for many. "I said on the campaign trail that if I had the opportunity to serve in this role, that I would try to be their voice and tell their stories," Obama said of veterans and their families.
April 27, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey
President Obama has signed an executive order that the administration says will crack down on colleges that prey on military veterans with misleading information about financial aid, credits and programs. The move comes amid reports of for-profit schools aggressively targeting veterans and the tuition assistance money provided in the G.I. Bill. Administration officials said they've seen a pattern of some schools enrolling large numbers of military students. Some of the schools lure the students in with false promises of generous financial aid or take advantage of veterans suffering from brain injuries sustained at war. "That's appalling.
October 1, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON -- Lloyd Grace, an 89-year-old Navy veteran, called his visit to the National World War II Memorial "an extraordinary experience. " But it was an experience he and 90 other World War II veterans were almost denied. When his group arrived Tuesday at the National World War II Memorial after traveling more than 1,000 miles from southern Mississippi, they were greeted with barricades and signs alerting them that the site was closed. "We were very afraid we weren't going to be able to get onto the site," said Kimberly Foster-Moody, president of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Honor Flight, a nonprofit group that raised $90,000 to bring the veterans to the capital.
November 16, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
The National Transportation Safety Board has begun its investigation into the crash at a railroad crossing in Midland, Texas, where a freight train hit a parade float carrying veterans, killing four, officials said Friday. The crash turned what had been expected to be a celebration of veteran pride into a scene of destruction. Two flatbed tractor-trailers were carrying wounded veterans and their families to a banquet during a local veterans support group's parade on Thursday afternoon when a Union Pacific train hit one of the vehicles as the parade was crossing the tracks, according to officials.
March 7, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis
For years, they have cringed at Hollywood's portrayals of the Iraq and Afghan wars. And don't get them started on the inaccuracies in the Oscar-nominated film "The Hurt Locker." Now, five veterans have been offered a chance to make their own documentaries about the consequences of the wars for them and for those around them. Commissioned by Brave New Foundation, they will produce and direct short films on topics including the Muslim experience in the U.S. military and veterans making the transition from the battlefield to the college campus.
October 31, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
About 1 in 8 veterans under age 65 is uninsured, a finding that contradicts a common assumption that all vets qualify for free healthcare through the Veterans Affairs Department, researchers found. The researchers at Harvard Medical School projected that about 1.8 million veterans overall lack health coverage. That's an increase of 290,000 since 2000. The researchers said most uninsured veterans were in the middle class and were ineligible for VA care because of their incomes.
April 8, 2014 | By Abby Sewell
Los Angeles County officials are considering mandating that veterans make up a significant percentage of workers hired for most county construction projects. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas, who proposed the requirement, said it's a needed step to reduce unemployment and homelessness for veterans who live in the county. "The most potent antidote to homelessness, to mental illness, is a job and housing," he said. He said he had chosen veterans as the targeted group because the population includes people from across the spectrum in age, gender and ethnicity.
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