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The Mysterious Death Of Iraq Veteran And “Gray State” Film Director David Crowley

Gray State is a dystopian film project centered around current trends in American government<p>The director of a dystopian film five years in the making …

Fly Fishing

San Francisco Bans Packing Peanuts, Coffee Cups and Other Foam Products

<b>Correction appended, June 29</b><p>The San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Tuesday unanimously voted to outlaw a host of commonly used foam products, in a …

Sustainability

For dogs terrified of fireworks, new drug aims to take the edge off of the Fourth of July

The morning of July 5, neighborhoods across the United States will be littered with the remains of the previous night’s patriotic revelries — grass flattened by picnic blankets, crushed plastic cups, spent firework shells smelling of sulfur. Over the course of the next few days, another memento …

Pets

Group deploys military veterans to volunteer in Detroit

DETROIT (AP) — Dozens of military veterans have come to Detroit to rebuild neglected areas of the financially distressed city.<p>It marks the latest — and largest — effort undertaken by St. Louis, Missouri-based The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that encourages and aids volunteerism by veterans to …

Veterans

Obama Names LGBT Landmark As National Monument

President Obama is designating a new national monument around the Stonewall Inn, the birthplace of the modern gay rights movement.<p>The Stonewall National Monument in New York City will be the first addition to the National Park System specifically highlighting the history of the LGBT community.<p>The …

LGBTQI

Alabama's Cam Robinson, Hootie Jones will not be prosecuted

The district attorney's office has decided not to prosecute<p>Alabamaoffensive lineman Cam Robinson and reserve defensive back Laurence “Hootie” Jones on drug and weapons charges.<p>Prosecutor Neal Johnson cited insufficient evidence in court documents filed on Monday. Calls to the district attorney's …

Good guy with a gun: “Free State of Jones” trailers raise on-going questions about film violence

Amidst an urgent conversation about gun control and gun culture, this movie’s graphic promotion feels tone-deaf<p>Fans of history, the Civil War, and serious acting have a lot of reason to look forward to “Free State of Jones,” a film due this month that tells the story of a Mississippi farmer who …

Guns

Thanks for Your Service, but Don't Tell the Kids About It (We Need Them to Enlist)

Emily, Alex and Rishi, all post-9/11 veterans, prepare to talk to students about military recruitment and their experiences in the Army and Marine …

Military

Experts worry high military suicide rates are 'new normal'

<i>Corrections & Clarifications: A previous version of this story misidentified the university where Carl Castro is an assistant professor.</i><p>Seven years after the rate of suicides by soldiers more than doubled, the Army has failed to reduce the tragic pace of self-destruction, and experts worry the …

Mental Health

Cross memorial for fallen veterans back up after public outcry

A Memorial Day cross display honoring fallen soldiers is back up Wednesday along a state highway in Georgia, after it was taken down last week amid controversy.<p>The 79 white, handmade crosses posted on public property along state Highway 92 in Hiram, Ga., were meant to represent the 79 Paulding …

City Politics

A portrait of veterans healing from PTSD

Nearly one in three veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan face post-traumatic stress from their military service, according to the Department …

Three years ago, he lost his leg to war. Now he’s the first combat amputee to reach the top of Mt. Everest.

For years, the summit seemed out of reach, and not because Charlie Linville hadn’t trained hard enough.<p>A Marine Corps veteran at 30, Staff Sgt. Linville was no stranger to adversity. The Boise, Idaho, native was a high school freshman when his father was diagnosed with stage-four cancer. In 2007, …

Mountaineering

US Veterans Climb Mount Everest to Raise Awareness of Military Suicides

Climbing Mount Everest is one of the hardest feats in the world — even for someone in tip-top physical shape. But a group of U.S. veterans who served …

Mountaineering
Health Care
Veterans

You Can Now Send Military-Themed Emojis To Your Friends With New App

After hours of sending texts back and forth with your military and veteran buddies, it’s likely that your arsenal of sarcastic memes and inside jokes …

Veterans

Veterans, lawmakers decry proposed cuts to GI Bill

WASHINGTON — Veteran advocates and House lawmakers rallied Thursday on Capitol Hill to oppose cuts to the Post 9/11 GI Bill that they say would break …

Military

States Step Up To Help Traumatized Veterans

<i>This piece comes to us courtesy of Stateline. Stateline is a nonpartisan, nonprofit news service of the Pew Charitable Trusts that provides daily reporting and analysis on trends in state policy.</i><p>A staggering share of veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan have been returning home with mental …

Mental Health

Open Drum: Shining a light on veteran suicides

<b>After deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan I developed post traumatic stress disorder and considered suicide. With help I got through it and have</b> …

Mental Health