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Occupational Licensing and Military Spouses: States Consider New Solutions

Military spouses often struggle to find and maintain employment due to frequent moves, making them some of the most mobile workers in the labor market and leaving them particularly vulnerable to licensing requirements that often vary greatly from state to state.

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Election 2018: 6 States Said Yes to Housing Affordability

It’s not just you (or me): Housing affordability is on everyone’s mind these days. On Election Day, voters in six states approved ballot measures to help address housing affordability concerns—particularly for veterans.

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Remembering My Father's Korean War Service

“We lost both pilots of the aircraft that were downed yesterday. Our cruise has lost six pilots so far. Perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you these things, but it’s all part of the price we are paying for freedom.” That’s an excerpt of one of the 110 letters my father, Lt. Junior Grade James B. Reed, sent to his parents during his service in Korean War.

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The 'Forgotten War' Remembered

Since 2010, I have volunteered with the Rocky Mountain Honor Flight, an organization in Denver whose mission statement is to give "WWII, Korean War, and Vietnam War veterans in the Rocky Mountain Region the opportunity to visit the National WWII Memorial and other monuments and memorials dedicated to their service, located in Washington, D.C."

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Join an  Online Dialogue on Occupational Licensing for Veterans and Military Spouses

Occupational licensing requirements, while playing an important role in ensuring public health and safety, can hinder the ability of many veterans and military spouses to get good jobs.

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Memorial Day Honors Our Military Service Members Who Died While Serving

On Memorial Day, we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

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A Day to Thank and Honor Vietnam Veterans

Americans across the country are uniting today to thank and honor Vietnam veterans for their service.

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Veterans By the Numbers

Most Americans will never serve in the military or step foot on a battlefield, but many feel an obligation to support those who have. 

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Veterans Day Is a Date Close to Our Hearts

Veterans Day is a federal holiday originally called Armistice Day. The Nov. 11 date signifies the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, was declared between the Allied nations and Germany

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A Deserved Day of Remembrance and Recognition: Honoring Vietnam Veterans

I am privileged to have been raised in America’s heartland—just miles from Fort Riley, Kan.—and to have a Vietnam veteran as a father.

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