Latest Veterans News

Pritzker delays vaccine deadline for some state workers

Oct. 16, 2021 11:30 AM EDT

CHICAGO (AP) — Gov. J.B. Pritzker has pushed back a deadline for state employees of veterans' homes, prisons and other congregate facilities to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as his office negotiates with labor unions representing some workers. Pritzker, who in August...

Vendor sells Nazi gear at motorcycle rally

Oct. 16, 2021 10:39 AM EDT

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A vendor at a major motorcycle rally in Florida briefly sold hats emblazoned with Nazi symbols, saying she considered them a tribute to World War II veterans who helped defeat the Germans. The Daytona Beach News-Journal...

North Carolina nursing assistant sentenced for elder fraud

Oct. 16, 2021 10:22 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A certified nursing assistant in North Carolina has been sentenced to a year and a day in prison and ordered to pay $90,000 in restitution for defrauding a disabled military veteran, prosecutors said. Tracey McNeill, 51, of Raeford pleaded guilty in...

Book helps Elsmere’s Firmani, 100, share insights into WWII

Oct. 16, 2021 09:05 AM EDT

ELSMERE, De. (AP) — The life story of Elsmere resident Ray Firmani is one that can serve as an inspiration to anyone with its story of service above self, love and family. That’s because Mr. Firmani, who celebrated his 100th birthday at the Delaware Military Museum in...

WWII veterans, civilian home front workers to be honored

Oct. 16, 2021 09:00 AM EDT

WOONSOCKET, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island's World War II veterans and the civilian workers who supported them from the home front are being honored this weekend in Woonsocket with the dedication of a new memorial. The lighting of the Eternal Flame ceremony that starts at...

Wounded veterans ride motorcycles through Florida Keys

Oct. 15, 2021 13:27 PM EDT

MARATHON, Fla. (AP) — A motorcycle riding experience through the Florida Keys that ends Friday has provided camaraderie, emotional support and mental rejuvenation for a group of veterans as part of a Wounded Warrior Project program called Rolling Project Odyssey. ...

South Africa arrests 56 for taking Cabinet ministers hostage

Oct. 15, 2021 08:49 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police said Friday they have arrested 56 people who will likely face charges of kidnapping after two government Cabinet ministers and a deputy minister were held hostage for three hours when a meeting with military veterans of the fight against...

'Radicalized' veteran gets time served for anti-police bombs

Oct. 13, 2021 18:48 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — Bradley Bunn had a request after being arrested for building four pipe bombs he intended to use against any officers who tried to seize his guns: He wanted to meet with the federal prosecutor leading the case against him, a member of the Navy Reserve. The...

Sacramento pays $3M to man shot, wounded by police

Oct. 12, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Sacramento is paying $3.25 million to an Iraq veteran who was shot and seriously wounded by police during a 2017 standoff, it was reported Tuesday. Kristopher Velez was hit at least four times in the chest, shoulder, arm and leg. He suffered...

Ex-Vice President Pence joins Indiana horse ride for vets

Oct. 10, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence climbed on horseback during an Indiana ride by a veterans group trying to reduce suicides among military veterans. Pence joined members of the nonprofit organization BraveHearts during a Saturday ride in Fort...