Rep. Peter King says the FBI should have gone immediately to President Obama when it began investigating CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus.
Retired U.S. Army Colonel Harold Van Heuvelen wrote a symphony at the end of World War II. It was performed for the first time 67 years after he composed it, at the U.S. Army Orchestra’s Veterans Day concert.
New York residents blame the Long Island Power Authority for failing to restore power two weeks after Superstorm Sandy. About 60,000 LIPA customers are still without electricity. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
CNN's Deb Feyerick visited St. Johns Episcopal Hospital in Queens, New York, which took in displaced Sandy victims but is unable to recoup the costs - nearly $3 million.
"EMS was lined up with stretchers out the ambulance door. They couldn't even get into the Emergency Room. It was horrible," says Sharon Behar, the vice president of the hospital.
At 14 feet above sea level, elderly and disabled residents in the Rockaways knew they would be safe in the hospital after they were forced to evacuate. The needs varied with some patients requiring electricity for their medical devices, a stable location, or prescription refills.
CNN's Martin Savidge looks back at notable affairs that have brought down men in high political positions.
CNN's Suzanne Kelly outlines the incidents and players involved in the investigation and affair that resulted in Gen. David Patraeus leaving the CIA.
Retired Col. Steve Boylan spoke with Gen. David Patraeus after he resigned as CIA director. Boylan tells Anderson Cooper about that conversation.
Two weeks ago tonight Superstorm Sandy slammed New York. Two weeks later, tens of thousands of New Yorkers are still waiting for the power to be returned in their neighborhoods and as you can imagine, there’s massive outrage at the situation.
Most of the anger is directed at Long Island Power Authority, which has nearly 60,000 customers still in the dark.
About 29,000 of those customers live in the hard hit Rockaways section of Queens, New York.
A LIPA executive met with hundreds of Rockaway customers over the weekend and came under fire when he told them they would need to hire a licensed electrician to inspect their homes before the power could be restored, and to just go online and print the necessary forms.
Go online and print the forms? That’s impossible when you have no power for your computer or printer.
Reporter's Note: President Obama and Mitt Romney shared the rare distinction of competing in the first presidential campaign in which neither candidate was a veteran. Neither am I. And yet I am sure the respect for veterans is something a great many Americans share, no matter their personal experience.
Dear Mr. President,
Veterans Day always sneaks up on me. I can’t entirely say why, since I am invariably involved in some sort of project about the holiday. You would think that would be reminder enough, and yet that is not the case. The occasion usually slips my mind until I find myself scanning TV schedules and noticing that a lot of war movies are coming up, and then it hits me.
That, of course, does not change the day’s impact on me. Truth be told, I find it one of the most meaningful holidays in the whole course of the year.
I’m pretty sure I’ve told you before that I grew up in a military family. My father was in the Air Force for many years and served in Korea. My father-in-law was a Navy pilot. My brother did a stint with the Air Force. I had a beloved uncle on my mother’s side who was wounded in World War II, and another on my father’s side who served in Vietnam, and there are plenty of others. I recently learned that one very old uncle whom I knew when I was a child (he has passed away since) was a World War I veteran. Imagine.
Although there are more than 22-million veterans living among us today, the percentage of Americans who can claim that honor is considerably smaller than it once was. And yet the respect we owe to their service remains unchanged.
This past week, I was at Arlington National Cemetery to tape some material for a Veterans Day special that aired over the weekend. I was in the area in which many of our troops are buried who was lost in Iraq and Afghanistan. It was a sobering experience. The tidy rows of stones, some with small tokens left by families and friends were at once heartbreaking and inspiring. Heartbreaking because, of course, it is always sad to see young lives lost; inspiring, because they did it for us.
And I suppose that is how it always is with our veterans, both those who made it home safe and sound, and those who did not. Whether we agree with the wars our government chooses or not, these fellow citizens of ours did their duty for us. They stood guard. They engaged our enemies. They carried our flag.
Every year my wife makes a point to reach out to some veteran she knows to say, “Thanks for your service.” It is a simple and yet wonderful gesture. And in my experience, it is one that veterans appreciate as much as the medals and parades.
Anyway, I did not want the day to get away without wishing them and their families our best. They deserve our perpetual thanks, and so much more.
More than 2 million U.S. troops have been deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan since October 2001, and it has been estimated that one in five of those veterans are likely to be afflictedby post-traumatic stress disorder or major depression.
Mary Cortani is working to help some of them enjoy life again.
Through her nonprofit, Operation Freedom Paws, Cortani helps veterans train their own service dogs in northern California. She often helps match veterans with dogs from shelters or rescue groups.
CNN asked Cortani for her thoughts on being chosen as one of the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2012.
CNN: What do you hope this recognition will mean to Operation Freedom Paws?
Mary Cortani: Since June, I have received emails and phone calls from all over the country asking for information on how to get service dogs for veterans. Some requests are coming from the veterans themselves, but most are coming from family members watching their loved ones struggle with PTSD, traumatic brain injuries and mobility issues.
It's heartbreaking to learn about what these veterans and their families are going through, and even harder to hear their stories and know Operation Freedom Paws could help more of them if we had additional resources.
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