Thousands of veterans’ vocational rehab payments delayed

We’ve been seeing some grumbling online about VA’s Vocational Rehabilitation payments being late and just found out that the VA has admitted there is a problem with this month’s subsistence payments. On Feb. 1, the GI Bill Facebook page posted this notice: “Due to a system issue on January 30, 2018, approximately 11,000, Chapter 31 (VR&E) payments were not […]

Walls raised for double amputee’s home in Vista

In a few weeks, the wooden stud and plank walls of Marine veteran Brandon Dodson’s house-in-progress in Vista, Calif., will be covered over with drywall and plaster. But on a recent Tuesday morning, his family, friends and a few dozen well-wishers decorated the unfinished walls with an undercoat of celebratory graffiti. The “Walls of Honor” […]

Veterans Day 2018 nationwide poster contest seeks talented artists

The Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for the perfect concept and artist to honor the centennial commemoration of the end of World War I. Since 1978, the VA’s Veterans Day National Committee has sponsored a contest to choose and publish a commemorative poster.  The artwork is distributed to military installations and VA facilities and […]

Injured Marine fulfills dream of learning to surf

Growing up in Gardena, California, now-Marine Corps Cpl. Leighton Anderson recalled that as a boy his Navy father would take him to military airshows. At that time, Anderson said he wanted to be a fighter pilot. “I [later] realized I can’t do that because of my eyesight. But my dad took me over to [Marine […]