The January 22th edition of Warrior Connection was a interesting discussion with journalist and historian Paul Woods of the Champaign (Illinois) News Gazette about his series of interviews featuring veterans from WW2 to the present for his weekly column “THOSE WHO SERVED” published every Monday. Video and written versions of his interviews are at www.news-gazette.com. We hope that Paul can turn this informative series into a book on military veterans history.
The November 1 Warrior Connection was a very valuable discussion led by Denise Nichols, RN, (BS/ MS) and Doug Rokke with Dr Nick Osborne, Ph.D.- interim director of the Center for Wounded Veterans in Higher Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, We discussed benefits, expectations, and support for veterans once they enroll in college and specifically under the auspices of this new UIUC program. We also expanded our discussion as applicable to other colleges and universities. Clearly the UIUC has a unique program. Doug a UIUC alumni (MS 1986, Ph,D, 1992) and retiree along with Denise who both have extensive college and military education/ training experience offered many valuable suggestions. Nick is in a unique position with tremendous maybe unsurpassed abilities to help student veterans succeed given he served as an enlisted sailor and then as a commissioned officer in the Coast Guard then rose through the ranks in academia. Nick has gathered a very capable staff too.
The Columbus Dispatch reported: Many retirees are unaware “of the risk to their pension as a result of the legislation passed in December as part of a spending bill meant to run the federal government through the rest of its fiscal year. The legislation affecting the retirees was added at the last minute. It is targeted at companies that enter into pension plans with other companies. There are …