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An Army review concludes that commanders did nothing wrong when they kicked out more than 22,000 soldiers for misconduct after they came back from Iraq or Afghanistan – even though all of those troops had been diagnosed with mental health problems or brain injuries.

The Army's report, ordered by Secretary Eric Fanning, seeks to reassure members of Congress that it's treating wounded soldiers fairly. But senators and military specialists say the report troubles them.

Looking for a diversion from divisive political conversation this Thanksgiving? StoryCorps suggests using its smartphone app as part of its Great Thanksgiving Listen project.

This month on Unleashed, we honor Veterans Day by telling the story of a rescue dog named Hans who is providing emotional support to local veterans.

Plus, when patients go into hospice care, their beloved pets are often left behind and families may be unable to care for them. A national organization is working to reunite patients with their pets, when the unconditional love of a dog or cat matters most. We talk to the founder of Pet Peace of Mind.

And Dr. Stephanie Ravin from Stone Ridge Veterinary Hospital is in studio to answer your questions about pet health and behavior. Our guests:

The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but it continues to claim military lives. Nearly every spring new names are etched into the black granite walls of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., which pays tribute to the more than 58,000 service members who lost their lives.

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Veterans Day was celebrated in a special way at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo on Friday.

Members of a distinguished group of aviators from World War II were honored, the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviators in the U.S. Armed Forces. The pilots and their support crews were segregated into a separate unit in the Army Air Corps.

Two living Tuskegee Airmen received Congressional Gold Medals in Geneseo, three others were honored posthumously. Congressman Chris Collins was there to help award the medals.

This Veterans Day, we're discussing a new drama written by a man who has spent years helping veterans readjust to post-war life in America.

Tom Bird is the playwright of Bearing Witness, which opened Thursday at the Downstairs Cabaret Theatre. The show includes reference to Tom's father, a doctor who helped liberate the Mauthausen Concentration Camp near the end of WWII.

Bird is a Vietnam veteran who recalls his own wartime experience. We sit down with him for this timely discussion.

Annual Veterans Day Breakfast at RIT

Nov 11, 2016
Alex Crichton

Rochester Institute of Technology hosted its sixth annual Veterans Day Breakfast at the Gordon Field House on Friday.

It brought veterans and civilians together in a show of support for those who have served, or are serving their country.

Major Kai Chitaphong is the national director of the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership Initiative, or VITAL, in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

He spoke on the "8 Keys to Veterans Success," outlining what universities can do to help veterans transition back to civilian life.

The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo is celebrating Veterans Day on Friday with an historic event.

It will host the presentation of the Congressional Gold Medal, which is the highest civilian award, to two World War II Tuskegee Airmen as well as the families of three additional recipients.

The two living recipients are Wallace Higgins and Herbert Thorpe. They will be at the presentation along with family members of Richard Thorpe, (Herbert's brother),  Leland Pennington and Robert Johnson.

The Pentagon is suspending its debt collection program to claw back bonuses paid to thousands of California National Guard soldiers who re-enlisted to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan, with Defense Secretary Ash Carter calling the current situation "unacceptable."

Citing a duty to keep promises to service members, Carter said he's ordering the Pentagon's Defense Finance and Accounting Service to "suspend all efforts to collect reimbursement from affected California National Guard members" until he's satisfied that the process has become more efficient and fair.

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A new program called NYServes Upstate promises veterans they'll have an easier time with access to resources. The initiative will be housed at the Veterans Outreach Center in Rochester but will focus on 14 counties in upstate NY. 

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