VETERANS

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg made a public address at the Florence Memorial Day Parade.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

Former Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg was among the dignitaries who spoke at the Florence parade Monday, on the 150th anniversary of the oldest continuously run Memorial Day parade in the United States. 

Blessed Sacrament students Dara Cassidy, Siobhan Armstrong, Molly Smith and Gracie Chesmore place flags on graves belonging to veterans at Cavalry Cemetery in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
Sean Teehan / NEPR

If you drive past a cemetery on Memorial Day, you might notice small American flags planted next to certain cemetery plots. That's because in recent weeks, volunteers have placed flags next to the headstones of military veterans.

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Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson, President Trump's embattled nominee to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, has withdrawn from consideration for the post amid allegations he had fostered a hostile work environment and behaved improperly while serving as the top doctor leading the White House medical unit.

New Vermont Distillery Run By Veterans For Veterans

Apr 13, 2018

It’s getting easier and easier to find top-notch, handcrafted whiskey, bourbon, vodka, and other spirits made right here in the United States. With more than 1,500 craft distillers across the country, the American spirits movement is on the rise, and in Vermont the industry is booming.

Fired Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin tells NPR's Morning Edition that political forces in the Trump administration want to privatize the VA — and that he was standing in the way.

"There are many political appointees in the VA that believe that we are moving in the wrong direction or weren't moving fast enough toward privatizing the VA," he said. "I think that it's essential for national security and for the country that we honor our commitment by having a strong VA. I was not against reforming VA, but I was against privatization."

A U.S. Marine in Afganistan.
Sgt. Mark Fayloga / Creative Commons / flickr.com/photos/dvids

A new study led by a UMass Amherst researcher suggests that childhood trauma leads to higher rates of alcohol and drug use in military veterans.

Homelessness in the United States went up slightly this year for the first time since 2010. During a one-night count in January, 553,742 people were found living outside or in shelters across the country, a 0.7 percent increase from the year before, according to new data released by the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Wednesday.

Main lobby at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home in a file photo.
Mike Plaisance / The Republican

The Massachusetts Senate wants the state to examine what renovations may be needed at the Holyoke Soldiers' Home. The facility provides state-funded medical care to veterans. It was established in 1952.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Mass., as of Oct. 2016.
Don Treeger / The Republican

A recent Government Accountability Office report recommends the military begin screening for potential gambling issues. This is all the more important in Massachusetts, which opened its first slots parlor in 2015 and has two resort casinos under construction.

Sean Murphy has covered this story for the Boston Globe. He said military officials don’t think gambling’s a problem among service members.

Construction of the MGM casino in Springfield, Mass., as of Oct. 2016.
Don Treeger / The Republican

A recent Government Accountability Office report recommends the military begin screening for potential gambling issues. This is all the more important in Massachusetts, which opened its first slots parlor in 2015 and has two resort casinos under construction.

Sean Murphy has covered this story for the Boston Globe. He said military officials don’t think gambling’s a problem among service members.