Once a Soldier, Always a soldier

The Army is the strength of the nation and Soldiers are the strength of our Army. Veterans provide that strength to the local communities when they transition back to civilian life. Supporting our Soldiers and Army veterans requires a team approach by the Army, other government agencies, and the local community. The Army is committed to lifelong success for our Soldiers, veterans, and their Families by connecting them with opportunities for employment, education and healthcare after military service. The Army is working with the Departments of Defense, Labor, Veterans Affairs and local communities to transition and reintegrate Soldiers and Army veterans into civilian life. While the nation calls you veterans, the Army knows - once a Soldier, a Soldier for life.

Army Veteran Stories

Ground-breaking Soldiers, vets attend State of Union

Ground-breaking Soldiers, vets attend State of...

Maj. Lisa Jaster, an Army Reserve officer and the third woman to graduate the Army's elite Ranger School, was among 23 guests invited to sit with Michelle Obama during the State of the Union... MORE about Ground-breaking Soldiers, vets attend State of Union

U.S. Army vet, recruiter reunite at Defense Finance, Accounting Service

U.S. Army vet, recruiter reunite at Defense...

A career of "service to country" entails a lot of different experiences, assignments and people. For two retired Soldiers, who continue to serve through federal service, that point was... MORE about U.S. Army vet, recruiter reunite at Defense Finance, Accounting Service

Blackhorse Troopers march 38 miles to honor Barstow veterans

Blackhorse Troopers march 38 miles to honor...

The 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment on Fort Irwin, California, hosted its 19th Annual Regimental Long Walk, Dec. 14 - 15. MORE about Blackhorse Troopers march 38 miles to honor Barstow veterans

Veterans Court pilot program to start on Fort Hood

Veterans Court pilot program to start on Fort...

A Veterans Treatment Court, the first of its kind located on a major military installation, was established here by Judge Jeffrey Manske under an agreement between the U.S. Attorney and Chief of... MORE about Veterans Court pilot program to start on Fort Hood

Fort Hood bikers bring vets holiday cheer

Fort Hood bikers bring vets holiday cheer

More than 60 Soldiers, with the 3rd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, rode their motorcycles to the William R. Courtney Texas State Veterans Home, in Temple, Texas, Dec. 18, to... MORE about Fort Hood bikers bring vets holiday cheer

Jennings Randolph Lake hosts 10th annual Bill...

Jennings Randolph Lake hosted the 10th annual Bill Nesbit Memorial Physically Challenged Hunt in Elk Garden, West Virginia, November 16-17, 2015. MORE about Jennings Randolph Lake hosts 10th annual Bill Nesbit Memorial Hunt

Wreaths honor those who gave all

Wreaths honor those who gave all

Wreaths Across America Day drew about 50,000 family members of fallen troops and volunteers who placed more than 240,000 wreaths on the white marble headstones at Arlington National Cemetery in... MORE about Wreaths honor those who gave all

Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

Naval Postgraduate School student Army Maj. Dennis "DJ" Skelton, of Elk Point, South Dakota, has been given a rather unfortunate moniker - one he likely would prefer not to have. MORE about Wounded warrior triumphs over tragedy

Vets remember Pearl Harbor on anniversary

Vets remember Pearl Harbor on anniversary

When the first bombs exploded on a nearby airfield, marking the start of the Japanese sneak attack on the morning of Dec. 7, 1941, Edward Davis and others scrambled from a chow hall. MORE about Vets remember Pearl Harbor on anniversary

Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal after 47 years

Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal...

The Army provided a long-awaited presentation, Dec. 3, when a Southeast Arizona veteran received the Purple Heart Medal for a head wound sustained 47 years earlier when the former Soldier, then a... MORE about Vietnam veteran receives Purple Heart Medal after 47 years

Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8 years

Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8...

A concerted national effort to hire veterans, coupled with their sought-after essential skills training, likely had an effect on making October's veteran unemployment rate the lowest since April... MORE about Veteran unemployment rate lowest in nearly 8 years

Program helps Soldiers, veterans get commercial drivers license

Program helps Soldiers, veterans get commercial...

More than 10,000 Soldiers and veterans have been issued commercial driver's licenses since a Department of Transportation program recognizing the driving experience the Soldiers received while in... MORE about Program helps Soldiers, veterans get commercial driver's license

Veterans recall Battle of Ia Drang at 50th anniversary

Veterans recall Battle of Ia Drang at 50th...

The Ia Drang Valley. It is among the most famous battles in the storied history of the 1st Cavalry Division and the first major battle of the Vietnam War. Veterans from the division gathered in... MORE about Veterans recall Battle of Ia Drang at 50th anniversary

Natick veterans recall Vietnam War

Natick veterans recall Vietnam War

Fifty years after the United States entered the Vietnam War, five veterans from that era of conflict visited the Natick Soldier Systems Center to relate their experiences, Nov. 10. MORE about Natick veterans recall Vietnam War

Army Retirement Services celebrates 60 years of helping vets

Army Retirement Services celebrates 60 years of...

Today's veterans who've served throughout the last 14 years of continuous war, "are the finest team of Soldiers yet assembled on the face of this planet," Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen... MORE about Army Retirement Services celebrates 60 years of helping vets

Army Medal of Honor recipient inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Army Medal of Honor recipient inducted into...

The Army captain, who earned the Medal of Honor for tackling a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2012, was inducted into the Hall of Heroes during a ceremony at the Pentagon, Nov. 13. MORE about Army Medal of Honor recipient inducted into Pentagon Hall of Heroes

Army medic works through PTSD with help from Vietnam vet

Army medic works through PTSD with help from...

Al Alcantara, a retired Army staff sergeant who served 21 years as a combat medic, recently graduated from an inpatient treatment program for post-traumatic stress disorder at Bay Pines Veterans... MORE about Army medic works through PTSD with help from Vietnam vet

Groberg receives Medal of Honor at White House

Groberg receives Medal of Honor at White House

Medically-retired Capt. Florent A. Groberg became the 10th living service member to receive the Medal of Honor, Nov. 12, for selfless actions on the battlefield in Iraq or Afghanistan. MORE about Groberg receives Medal of Honor at White House

Disabled veterans use baking to work through PTSD symptoms

Disabled veterans use baking to work through...

Smiles and the smells of freshly baked bread, cakes and cookies greet visitors of Dog Tag Bakery in Washington, D.C., a place where disabled veterans can learn more than just baking. MORE about Disabled veterans use baking to work through PTSD symptoms

Obama stresses countrys debt to veterans

Obama stresses country's debt to veterans

Americans must do more than simply recognize what veterans mean to the country one day a year, President Barack Obama said here today. MORE about Obama stresses country's debt to veterans

Veterans spin war stories at Double Nickels Speakeasy

Veterans spin war stories at Double Nickels...

They were Soldiers once, Soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines. They stood straight and strong and proud. They were brave, heroes even. Some volunteered. Some were drafted. They fought in World War... MORE about Veterans spin war stories at Double Nickels Speakeasy

Restaurants offer troops free meals for Veterans Day

Restaurants offer troops free meals for...

In appreciation for military service, many restaurants across the nation are offering free meals to veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day. MORE about Restaurants offer troops free meals for Veterans Day

1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley honors Vietnam veterans

1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley honors...

To show Vietnam-era veterans the gratitude and honor many didn't receive while on active duty, the 1st Infantry Division and Fort Riley hosted the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony on the... MORE about 1st Infantry Division, Fort Riley honors Vietnam veterans

Veterans Day: Service members discuss values, service, sacrifice

Veterans Day: Service members discuss values...

Many of our nation's veterans have become seasoned warriors over time, some with multiple deployments under their belts; many who have made the military their way of life. America's military is a... MORE about Veterans Day: Service members discuss values, service, sacrifice

Wounded warriors, Prince Harry inspire each other

Wounded warriors, Prince Harry inspire each...

It's not every day you get to meet a prince, but several of America's injured service members were given that chance yesterday, showing off their adaptive sports skills to Britain's Prince Harry... MORE about Wounded warriors, Prince Harry inspire each other

Logistics officer to appear with first lady in TV special

Logistics officer to appear with first lady in...

A former enlisted Soldier and dependent spouse, mother of a teenage son and current company commander is one of three women who are the subjects of a Lifetime channel documentary featuring... MORE about Logistics officer to appear with first lady in TV special

Football legends Bleier, Staubach discuss Vietnam War experiences

Football legends Bleier, Staubach discuss...

Army combat veteran and four-time Super Bowl champion Rocky Bleier of the Pittsburgh Steelers said he's often asked what it's like to be in combat. MORE about Football legends Bleier, Staubach discuss Vietnam War experiences

Groberg to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan

Groberg to receive Medal of Honor for actions...

An American Soldier who was born in France, lived in Spain, and later moved to the United States with his family where he became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 2001, will receive the nation's... MORE about Groberg to receive Medal of Honor for actions in Afghanistan

VAs online self-help resources give users the tools they need to overcome

VA's online self-help resources give users the...

The Department of Veterans Affairs recently developed a series of free, confidential online tools designed to help service members, veterans and family members deal with the stresses that can come... MORE about VA's online self-help resources give users the tools they need to overcome

WWII Army cooks artistic acumen captures everyday life of Soldiers at war

WWII Army cook's artistic acumen captures...

War is a miserable business; when a Soldier isn't engaged in active combat, he's often bored. During World War II, Soldiers endured harsh weather, uncomfortable quarters and unsatisfying combat... MORE about WWII Army cook's artistic acumen captures everyday life of Soldiers at war

Vietnam vets commemorate 50th anniversary of helicopter war

Vietnam vets commemorate 50th anniversary of...

Hundreds of Vietnam combat helicopter pilots, their guests and Gold Star families planted a tree in Arlington National Cemetery, Aug. 28, to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first U.S... MORE about Vietnam vets commemorate 50th anniversary of 'helicopter war'

Veterans transition while helping curate nations archaeological artifacts

Veterans transition while helping curate...

Wherever the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has started an excavation project such as the construction of reservoirs and associated water control programs, archaeologists have been on hand to... MORE about Veterans transition while helping curate nation's archaeological artifacts

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WWII veteran receives recognition from nation...

Members of the U.S. Army Garrison Ansbach command team visited Bamberg July 17 to award a World War II veteran a certificate of appreciation signed by the U.S. president. MORE about WWII veteran receives recognition from nation, USAG Ansbach

Veteran looks back on life of military, civilian service as 80 nears

Veteran looks back on life of military...

Dr. Robert Schloesser, U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden's former director of Family, Morale, Welfare and Recreation, who will celebrate his 80th birthday in August, wrapped up a highly-lauded career in... MORE about Veteran looks back on life of military, civilian service as 80 nears

WWII vets talk tenacity, even in the darkest times

WWII vets talk tenacity, even in the darkest...

U.S. Army Air Corps veterans talk about their World War II experiences, good and bad, and how staying positive helped keep them alive. MORE about WWII vets talk tenacity, even in the darkest times

Fort Jackson to honor Vietnam vets

Fort Jackson to honor Vietnam vets

On the 50th anniversary of the start of the Vietnam War, Fort Jackson will open its gates to acknowledge Vietnam veterans for their service. In addition to the planned Victory Week events held May... MORE about Fort Jackson to honor Vietnam vets

Soldiers give back to veterans, retirees

Thousands of retirees and veterans choose to call the Fort Jackson area home. From on-post services to off-post community outreach efforts, veterans are receiving assistance and recognition from... MORE about Soldiers give back to veterans, retirees

Veterans Curation Program celebrates five years

Veterans Curation Program celebrates five years

Service members transitioning from military to civilian life face many challenges; especially service members returning from Iraq or Afghanistan. The nation has come a long way in addressing... MORE about Veterans Curation Program celebrates five years

World War IIs 1st Special Service Force honored with Congressional Gold Medal

World War II's 1st Special Service Force...

Forty-two veterans of the original 1,800 commandos that made up the World War II U.S.-Canadian 1st Special Service Force were honored in the Capitol, Feb. 3, as recipients of the Congressional Gold... MORE about World War II's 1st Special Service Force honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Initiative helps veterans in job search

Initiative helps veterans in job search

In anticipation of cutbacks scheduled to take place later this year, employees with the U.S. Army Training Center gathered at the Education Center last week to take advantage of a statewide... MORE about Initiative helps veterans in job search