Veterans: Honoring Our Heroes
A look at the men and women who have served America in the military
Have conditions improved at the Phoenix VA?
President Obama on Friday made his first visit to the Phoenix VA hospital where veterans died before receiving treatment. The mismanagement at the hospital led to a broader scandal in 2014. Now, a year later, Wyatt Andrews reports on the progress that has been made, and what else still needs to be done.
Shot down over Vietnam: POWs share memories 50 years later
"I tried to commit suicide to prevent giving more (information) by banging my head against a wall, but they pulled me away," a captured pilot remembers
Vietnam: 50 years later, pilots remember being shot down
U.S. military pilots recently gathered at a 50-year anniversary event to honor Hayden Lockhart, the first Air Force pilot to be shot down over North Vietnam. David Martin spoke to pilots who shared Lockhart's hellish experience as POWs during the war.
Indianapolis VA hospital apologizes for email mocking suicides
Veterans group calls manager's email a "slap in the face" to veterans suffering from mental health issues
Scott Pelley revisits men who served in a Marine company that took especially high casualties in Afghanistan; a group he first met five years ago.
Adopting a dog helped Marine battle PTSD
Golf Company's Devin Jones was isolated by his PTSD and says adopting his dog Audi helped him through the worst times after coming home.
Scott Pelley shows his album of personal photos, taken on assignment in Afghanistan in 2009 while reporting on Golf Company, 2nd Battalion of the 8th Marines.
Staying in touch helps Golf Company Marines
Since coming home, the Marines of Golf Company have tried to remain battle buddies and help each other through rough times, says Rory Hamill.
After Afghanistan, the risk of suicide
Former Golf Company (2/8) commander Col. Christian Cabaniss says every suicide after coming home is a failure for the Marines and reaching veterans in need is a priority.
Investigation: Veterans' claims were ignored
A CBS News investigation has uncovered more problems within the Department of Veteran Affairs. Insiders tell CBS News the department has mismanaged claims for thousands of veterans who were due benefits, pensions, and funeral assistance. Wyatt Andrews reports.
New VA scandal: CBS News finds thousands of vets' benefit claims discarded
Last summer's scandal at a Phoenix VA hospital rocked the Department of Veterans Affairs. CBS News investigations revealed widespread manipulation of appointment wait times. Now, CBS News has uncovered similar mismanagement within the Veterans Benefits Administration. Wyatt Andrews reports.
Photographer captures veterans' inner selves
Using a mirror and his camera, Devin Mitchell has managed to get revealing images of America's vets; the result is a fascinating look inside the psyche of the men and women who served their country; Wyatt Andrews reports
Navy veteran Jennifer Hope: “This is my chance to show who I am when I’m not in uniform”
U.S. Navy veteran Jennifer Hope, who was photographed for the Veteran Vision Project, says many civilians see service members “as a cookie cutter shape,” but the military is comprised of a diverse group including, actors, single mothers and fitness junkies. See the story behind her photo.
Army veteran Craig Millward: “I’m the one that went over seas, but she lost as much”
U.S. Army veteran Craig Millward, who participated in the Veteran Vision Project, said he came back from overseas and had his family walking “on eggshells.” It was difficult to reintegrate back to civilian life, but he was able to with the help of his wife, Deva. See the story behind his photo.
Reflections of valor: Photos show dichotomy in veterans' lives
For anyone curious about the lives of veterans once they return home, the Veteran Vision Project photo collection is a revelation. No one is speaking in a still photo, but they're still sending signals -- and in this collection, photographer Devin Mitchell has asked dozens of veterans to send messages or tell stories about themselves while posing in front of a mirror. Wyatt Andrews reports.
Battle of Iwo Jima recalled by veterans 70 years later
"None of us doing the fighting thought that was the end by a long shot," said a veteran of the raising of the American flag.
A warrior’s canine love tail
An unlikely match-maker uses dogs to help heal veterans.
Veterans' therapy goes to the dogs
A canine approach to healing that helps both veterans and dogs
U.S. Marine reunites with combat dog
Mom of veteran struggling with PTSD tracks down the dog who was constant companion in Afghanistan
Dog and U.S. Marine bond during war
U.S. Marine Jared Heine and a black lab named Spike were inseparable during their time in Afghanistan
U.S. Army sergeant reunites with long lost family in Sudan
After a civil war tore him away from his family, Peter Kuch was reunited with them
Counting the homeless to change their fortunes
CBS News tagged along with volunteers who walked the streets of Los Angeles to count the homeless - especially veterans - in an effort to eventually find them homes
Government working to end homelessness among veterans
The numbers of homeless vets have dropped over the years; but now the Obama administration wants to bring it to zero. Veterans Administration Secretary Robert McDonald joined volunteers who went out counting the numbers of homeless veterans in Los Angeles. McDonald, a veteran himself, told CBS News' John Blackstone what his biggest fear was during the count.
Wounded warrior's "miracle" survival story
Jason Gibson lost both of his legs to a roadside bomb while on patrol in Afghanistan. Now Gibson will be a guest at the State of the Union. David Martin reports on Gibson's miraculous story of survival and perseverance.
The most impressive State of the Union guest
Army veteran Jason Gibson lost both of his legs in Afghanistan -- but still lives an inspiring life full of adventure
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