Veterans Day Fast Facts, Parents have been asking for a generation or more if their tykeâ€™s woes are nature or nurture. America should be asking the same question about its military veterans.
On Veteransâ€™ Day – which is today, Monday, Nov. 11, for all of those of you who have forgotten to put out your flags – itâ€™s only natural to ponder how well the latest vet crop, those who have served since 9/11, is faring.
To be sure, the nation can always do better by its veterans, old and young. But here are some facts about post-9/11 vets worth noting:
1. A lower percentage of veterans, as a whole, is unemployed (6.3%) compared with their never served counterparts (7.3%). But thatâ€™s not true of those who have worn the uniform post-9/11, who had a 10% jobless rate last month.
Yet younger vets have help prior generations never did, according to a recent study:
For Iraq/Afghanistan-era veterans, there are many resources available to assist with transition to civilian life that were not available for veterans returning from World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Changes in the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense policies have led to universal eligibility for VA healthcare, comprehensive Veteran Resource Centers and initiatives like the Yellow Ribbon Program to assist veterans with educational and vocational goals. The results of this study indicate that veterans from the Iraq and Afghanistan conflicts are faring well in the current labor market, largely because of the support that these programs provide for reintegration.
New York Saint Peters Painting, A religious mural depicting two military servicemen will be unveiled Sunday, nearly 60 years after it was deemed too militaristic by the historic St. Peter’s Chelsea church in Manhattan, according to a statement from the parish.
St. Peter’s installed a painting in 1946 by Ted Witonski titled “Our Lord Blessing a Soldier and a Sailor.” It features two men in uniform kneeling before Jesus Christ, according to a press release by St. Peter’s church.
The congregation decided in 1954 to cover the painting because of its militaristic themes, according to the press release.
Witonski enlisted the day after the attack on Pearl Harbor and quickly rose to the rank of colonel during World War II, his son, Peter Witonski, told CNN. Back from the war, Witonski found a home at St. Peter’s, his son said.
“He simply wanted to show that Americans won the war. And here they are, having won the war not going out and getting drunk but kneeling down and praying,” Peter Witonski said.
The decision to cover the painting came sometime after Witonski moved away, his son told CNN. Witonski had no idea that the painting was hidden under a curtain, his son added.
“I think he would have been hurt,” Peter Witonski said. “It was a labor of love. He did not charge money for it,”
Ted Witonski died in the 1970s at the age of 65, according to his son.
Witonski produced a large body of art, and his work is exhibited by a number of prestigious institutions, according to his son.
Witonski is not the only one that did not know about his mural being hidden; most of the current congregation was surprised by the announcement of the unveiling, said parishioner Jennifer Maguire.
Once the congregation found out the painting exists, people started peaking under the curtain to glimpse it, said Maguire.
Maguire, who has been attending St. Peter’s for 16 years, only learned about the painting when she volunteered to help take a survey of the church’s artwork. After some research, Maguire learned the painter was a respected artist.
Philippines Tacloban, Massive relief efforts are underway in the Philippines days after one of the worst storms ever recorded unleashed ferocious winds and giant waves in parts of the country, killing as many as 10,000 people in one city alone.
The island of Cebu, located near the hardest-hit Leyte province, is being used as a logistics hub as government officials and aid organizations devise ways to deliver food, water and other supplies to hard-to-reach areas, freelance reporter Dean Bernardo told CBC News on Sunday.
The Philippine government is also working on an arrangement with the U.S. for helicopters to fly in supplies, Bernardo said.
“They’re finding ways and sending in generators and sending in purifiers,” he said. “And all government and private groups have been assisting in trying to send all of the goods.”
Typhoon Haiyan hit the eastern seaboard of the Philippine archipelago on Friday and quickly barreled across its central islands before exiting into the South China Sea, packing winds of 235 km/h that gusted to 275 km/h, and a storm surge that caused sea waters to rise six metres.
It wasn’t until Sunday that the scale of the devastation became clear, with local officials on Leyte Island saying that there may be 10,000 dead – primarily from drowning and collapsed buildings – in the provincial capital of Tacloban alone, a city of about 200,000. A mass burial was planned for Sunday in a nearby town.
Reports also trickled in from elsewhere on the island, and from neighbouring islands, indicating hundreds, if not thousands more deaths. There were reports of mass graves and burials in nearby Samar province, where 300 people are believed to be dead and another 2,000 are missing.
Officials projected the death toll could climb even higher when emergency crews reach areas cut off by flooding and landslides. Even in the disaster-prone Philippines, which regularly contends with earthquakes, volcanoes and tropical cyclones, Haiyan appears to be the deadliest natural disaster on record.
Storm Chaser Tacloba Super Typhoon Haiyan, Meteorologists in the United States like Jim Cantore and Reed Timmer often go into the heart of destructive storms, but on Nov. 8, Jim Edds from ExtremeStorms.com actually rode out Typhoon Haiyan in Tacloban, one of the hardest hit areas in the Philippines. Super Typhoon Haiyan, which hit on Friday, was one of the most powerful storms in recorded history. “The New York Times” posted on Saturday
The powerful typhoon that swept across the Philippines on Friday, one of the strongest storms ever to make landfall, cut a path of destruction through several central islands, leaving the seaside city of Tacloban in ruins and leading to early estimates of at least 1,200 dead.
CNN also reported on Typhoon Haiyan and posted on Nov. 9
No building in this coastal city of 200,000 residents appears to have escaped damage from Super Typhoon Haiyan. Roads were impassable Saturday; all communications except for satellite phones were down; medical supplies, food and water were scarce; and there were reports of looting. And that was far from the worst of it.
Renowned storm chaser Jim Edds was positioned in Tacloban when Typhoon Haiyan unleashed its fury with wind gusts in excess of 175 mph and massive storm surges that peaked at 40′ in areas. Jim Cantore from The Weather Channel was worried about Edds’ safety and sent out several tweets on Saturday including, “Waiting to hear from Jim Edds.” Later he simply tweeted, “We heard from Jim Edds.”
Edds last tweeted on Nov. 7 that he was heading out to shoot some video in and around the area. That same day, he tweeted a photo of the satellite projection of Haiyan and posted, “This is going to be awfully close.” According to an “NBC Nightly News” report that aired on Saturday night, Edds posted the following comment on Facebook on Nov. 9
Amount of casualties significant. So many bodies left behind from the surge. Security becoming a concern with looting. Water supply getting low.
Louisiana Cousin Kills Kidnapper, A man looking for his abducted cousin kicked in the back door of an abandoned house and shot and killed her kidnapper, authorities in Louisiana said.
The shooting Friday has been ruled justified by the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Department.
The cousin, whose name was withheld by the sheriff’s department, said he heard screams from the house, said Sheriff’s Capt. Kip Judice.
The cousin said he saw a man start stabbing 29-year-old Bethany Arceneaux when he broke through the door. The cousin fired several shots with a handgun, but he told police he wasn’t sure if he hit the kidnapper in the dark house, Judice said.
Inside, officers found the body of Scott Thomas, who had a child with Arceneaux and had previously violated a restraining order protecting her, Judice said.
Arceneaux was hospitalized with wounds but is expected to recover, the sheriff’s captain said.
Arceneaux disappeared Wednesday night. Thomas’ car was found that night abandoned behind a cane field about a mile from a road.
Police and bloodhounds had searched the area without success on Thursday. On Friday morning, police were met by about 20 relatives who had organized their own search party, Judice said.
Officers and relatives searched until about noon, when the cousin found the house.
“The cousin was at the right spot when he heard the screams,” Judice said.
Texas Shooting, Two people have been killed and at least 22 others injured when gunfire rang out at a large house party in a Houston suburb, sending partygoers fleeing in panic, authorities said.
The shots erupted late Saturday night at the party where more than 100 mostly young adults had gathered at a home in the Cypress area of Houston’s suburbs, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said. A statement from that office said two suspects were being sought early Sunday, but it did not elaborate.
The office said a man and woman were dead and those hurt had injuries ranging from minor to critical.
Alan Bernstein, director of public affairs for the sheriff’s office, emailed a copy of the statement to The Associated Press but didn’t give further details in response to questions emailed to him.
None of the victims were identified by name and the extent of their injuries were not immediately apparent.
Earlier, Thomas Gilliland, a spokesman with the sheriff’s office, told the Houston Chronicle in its online edition Sunday that some of the wounded suffered shots to the foot, ankle and hip. He also told the paper that others fleeing the home had injuries such as twisted ankles.
â€śIt was a pretty chaotic scene,â€ť Gilliland told the Houston Chronicle, adding that deputies arriving at the scene saw some people lying on the ground and others running.
The newspaper quoted witnesses as saying some people banged on doors for help afterward urging neighbors to call 911 amid scenes of crying and screaming.
There was no immediate word on how many shots were fired or a possible motive.
The sheriff’s statement said those hurt were taken to at least five area medical centers or hospitals, some by paramedics and some in private vehicles.