Arkansas Military

Local & Regional News
5:42 am
Fri July 12, 2013

VA Grants To Assist Arkansas Homeless Veterans

U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has announced $1.3 million in federal grants to help homeless military veterans at two organizations in Arkansas.

The St. Francis House in Little Rock will receive about $600,000 while Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is to receive the remainder of the grant as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.

The grants are among 319 awarded to agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

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Guardsmen Prepare For Major Quake
6:25 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Arkansas National Guard Takes Part In Regional Earthquake Training

Members of the Arkansas National Guard, along with guardsmen from Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region. 

The exercise called "Vigilant Guard" will be held Wednesday at the Camp Gruber Training Site near Braggs in northeastern Oklahoma. The guardsmen are to hold the training that simulates a 7.7-magnitude earthquake occurring along the New Madrid fault in Northeast Arkansas and northward into other states.

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Local & Regional News
5:04 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Department of Veterans Affairs Director Speaks on Women in the Military

Alicia (Cissy) Rucker

Only a few weeks ago, The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles, in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Issues regarding women in the military have been on the minds of Arkansans lately. At a recent town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one veteran confronted the Congressman on how he plans to address sexual assaults in the military.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman has this report on one Arkansas woman who has made an important contribution to improving the lives of women in the United States military.

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Fayetteville Veterans Home
11:42 am
Tue March 26, 2013

Advocates Say Elder Abuse Must End At Arkansas Veterans Home

Fayetteville Veterans Home

Reports of neglect and inadequate care have advocacy groups deeply concerned for the safety of residents at the Fayetteville Veterans Home. 

The state already considers ailing veterans at the facility to be in “immediate jeopardy” and has submitted findings to the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which could lead to fines and loss of funding. 

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military farmers
10:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Arkansas Soldiers Continue Their Work With Afghan Farmers

Lt. Col. Keith Moore waters a section of land the Ag Team has sewn with winter wheat. The team worked on a farm in Shahr-e-Safa, Afghanistan in conjunction with the Zabul Province Agriculture Department to teach new farming techniques and test crop products for resiliency to pests and weather conditions.

The killing of Osama bin Laden back in May and the continued dismantling of several jihadist networks are widely considered victories, but military officials warn that the road to rebuilding Afghan communities is rocky and the path to a peaceful exit is still uncertain.

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Women and War
6:56 pm
Sun February 27, 2011

Women In Combat

Servicewomen at the first Women Veterans Summit in Arkansas.
Credit Malcolm Glover

For many years, conventional wisdom and Pentagon policy barred female soldiers from direct ground combat, but the nature of modern warfare often puts them in the heat of battle.

At an event in North Little Rock, Sergeant First Class Jennifer Broach fixes her fatigues, clutches her rifle and helps her fellow soldiers prepare for the Presentation of Colors, displaying the flag for the Pledge of Allegiance. Broach completed two combat missions in Iraq with the Arkansas Army National Guard.

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Glover Wins Gracie
10:09 am
Tue February 22, 2011

KUAR's Malcolm Glover Wins Gracie Award

Malcolm Glover
Credit Kara Conlon

Malcolm Glover, a reporter and KUAR's local host during Morning Edition, has won a Gracie Award for his reporting on female veterans.

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Women in wartime
7:16 pm
Thu November 11, 2010

Female veterans seek support from VA

Retired Army Colonel, Diann Chatterton Terry
Credit Malcolm Glover

As the nation pauses today to honor veterans for their sacrifice, more women are speaking out about life in the military and getting help from the VA.

The VA reports that 1 in 5 women seen by the Veterans Health Administration say they've experienced military sexual trauma, or abuse. Diann Chatterton Terry is a 27-year Army veteran. She arrived at the VA women's health center in Little Rock using a cane to maneuver around the hallways. Terry says military women also have to fight deep-seated stereotypes.

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arkansas veterans
10:43 pm
Mon June 14, 2010

Arkansas vets rediscover the art of war

Dr. Reinaldo "Dito" Morales, Jr. teaches veterans through art from ancient warrior cultures.
Credit Malcolm Glover

Many Veterans wrestle with feelings of depression and loneliness when they return home from battle. The agony of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), amputations and Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) can at times be unbearable.

In order to help these servicemen and women overcome physical and mental injuries, a professor from the University of Central Arkansas started a lecture series that inspires vets by connecting them with art from ancient warrior cultures. FM 89's Malcolm Glover filed this report on an innovative program that's changing lives.

  

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arkansas vet claims
10:49 pm
Thu April 22, 2010

Arkansas VA speeds up vets' claims process

Iraq War vet Jacob Mitchum outside the VA regional office in North Little Rock, AR.
Credit Malcolm Glover

As a wave of veterans returns from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the backlog of disability claims continues to mount. The tangled process of ensuring veterans get financial compensation for their injuries leaves many vets feeling like their twisting in the wind. A program underway at the Veterans Administration in Little Rock aims to tackle that perception.

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