February 13, 2012 |
GE, one of the country's largest conglomerates, launched a four-day conference about growing the American economy by promising to hire 5,000 veterans over the next five years. The vow is one of many that General Electric Co. made Monday as it began welcoming senators, mayors, governors and executives from companies such as Boeing, Dow Chemical and Google to its Washington, D.C., confab. By 2013, GE said it will open three new aviation factories in the U.S. -- in Mississippi, Alabama and Ohio.
March 21, 2013 |
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.
March 1, 2013 |
The Atlanta Falcons have made the biggest off-season splash to date by dumping three key veterans: defensive end John Abraham, cornerback Dunta Robinson and running back Michael Turner. The news is not stunning since many NFL teams at this time of year decide which high-salaried veterans to release in an effort to bring in younger, lower-priced talent. The club will save nearly $16 million with the moves Then again, it's not often you see a pro football team dump its sacks leader, a top-flight defensive back and one of the franchise's greatest running backs.
August 30, 2011 |
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.
October 19, 2011 |
Daring Republicans to cast a vote that could be seen as anti-military, President Obama called on Congress to approve a piece of his jobs package that would give employers a tax break for hiring veterans. Obama was joined by his wife on the third and final day of his bus tour through Virginia and North Carolina, stopping at an air base to make a case for hiring unemployed veterans. The first couple, after a couple of days apart, took turns addressing about 2,400 people, many wearing military camouflage.
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March 14, 2010 |
If Richard Sheffield's idea takes root, the trees will be planted everywhere: the parks of California, golf courses in Colorado, school lawns in New Jersey . . . He envisions an army of firs, maples, dogwoods and pines all across the United States -- one tree for every American veteran who ever served. How many are we talking? "I have no idea," said Sheffield, an Air Force veteran who works as a landscaper and nursery owner. "There must be millions, but we're ready." On Saturday morning, Sheffield's dream began to take shape as members of the nonprofit Veterans for Trees held their first tree-planting ceremony in the Kern County community of Frazier Park.
October 1, 2013 |
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.
April 12, 2012 |
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.