The Tennessee Labor Department is hosting it’s 4th “Paychecks for Patriots” job fair Thursday. The statewide effort involves 70 plus employers across the state, offering full time opportunities for unemployed veterans. Melinda Kelsey is with the Department of Labor, she said close to 1,400 veterans attended last year.

NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base."

Walk through a town square this Memorial Day and you might just see a marker or monument commemorating sacrifice in war. On it: The name of an American who died in combat.

In some parts of the city of Boston, there are markers on nearly every corner.

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  With one of the highest rates of homeless veterans in Kentucky, Christian County is working to make it easier for those vets to find housing. 

Suicides among Kentucky veterans and active military service members have increased the past several years. In many cases, those who have died never sought help through the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

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Former Madisonville Messenger photographer Jim Pearson's 100 portraits of veterans who live in Hopkins County are on display through December 18 in the Madisonville Community College Glema Mahr Center for the Arts' Anne P. Baker Gallery. The exhibit opened on Veteran's Day. Kate Lochte  speaks with Pearson on Sounds Good about how the project turned into an exhibit and describes some of the subjects in the work.


Kentucky State Parks will provide lodging discounts to active-duty military personnel and veterans between November 1 and March 31.

Parks Commissioner Elaine Walker says all that's necessary to claim the discounts is to provide proof of military service at check-in.

The Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is partnering with more than 150 employers to help veterans get jobs.

The Paychecks for Patriots initiative will include hiring fairs to be held on Thursday in 13 sites throughout the state and will feature local employers interested in putting veterans to work.

Illinois military veterans are joining the effort to legalize gay marriage in the state. A group called "Veterans Unite for Marriage" is pressing the Illinois House to OK same-sex marriage during the legislative session that begins later this month.

Federal benefits are available to spouses of gay service members, but only if their marriages are recognized in their home states.

Informational Event for Veterans Enrolling at MSU

Aug 19, 2013

Kate Lochte speaks with Alison Marshall, Associate Director or Murray State’s Transfer Center for Veterans Affairs and Adult Student Liaison, on Sounds Good. She’s involved with next Monday’s informational event for veterans enrolling at MSU from 5 to 7:30 p.m. at the CFSB Center’s Murray Room. the Veterans Affairs Office at Mruray State is responsible for the administration of veteran's educational benefits programs, and Alison can be reached at

Gov. Pat Quinn has signed legislation to help veterans and service members get jobs as police officers, emergency medical technicians and commercial vehicle drivers.

Quinn signed the bills Thursday before marching in the Independence Day parade in the Chicago suburb of Arlington Heights.