November 15, 2014 1:31 PM
LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff 's Office and a nonprofit organization plan to work together on repairs to a Disabled American Veterans facility in Lake Charles. DAV spokesman Dave Sensat tells The American Press the 60-year-old building on U.S. Highway 190 has a caved-in roof, slanted... more »
September 21, 2014 10:47 PM
DENVER (AP) - Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. Members of Operation Grow4Vets said the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other... more »
April 20, 2014 1:23 PM
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The office that helps military veterans in East Baton Rouge Parish has moved into a new home. The Advocate reports the city-parish had leased a building for the office for more than three decades, but there were complaints the building had become dilapidated. With windows... more »
December 17, 2013 7:18 AM
The UL Lafayette Veterans Upward Bound Program is recruiting veterans to participate in the program. They are actively seeking participants for the Spring 2014 semester.
For more info call: 337-482-5819
Or visit: http://gs.louisiana.edu/vub/actively
October 2, 2013 6:16 AM
The Patriot Guard Riders are sponsoring a Local Veterans Care Package Drive. The members are in need of donations to send to Veterans nursing homes from Acadiana to Lake Charles. The drive begins Saturday October, 26 and ends Saturday, November 23. Donations needed are soap, razors, tooth paste, tooth brush,... more »
October 10, 2012 9:44 AM
A town hall meeting is scheduled today for veterans looking to get answers as to when a VA Clinic could open in Lafayette.
"The VA has been very difficult to work with. It's one of the most bureaucratic and incompetent departments," said Congressman Doctor Charles Boustany.
Since 2008... more »
July 30, 2012 9:43 AM
Congressman Jeff Landry's Veterans Benefits Registration Event will be today starting at 10am. The registration will last until 6pm at the American Legion Hall, 300 Veterans Drive, in Breaux Bridge. This registration will provide a true count of the veterans in this area.
"As a veteran, I have personally... more »
May 1, 2012 12:19 AM
State Rep. Stephen Ortego, D-Carencro, is responding to criticism over comments he made during a debate earlier this month in the house chamber.
"Why do we want to attract veterans to Louisiana?" Ortego asked state Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans.
Lorusso was taking questions on a bill he... more »
April 24, 2012 9:58 AM
LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A Lafayette veterans group has resumed its efforts to push the former Our Lady of Lourdes hospital site to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs as a way to fill the need for expanded health services for area veterans. Tom Grote, co-chairman of the Veterans Action... more »
February 8, 2012 9:09 AM
UL Lafayette has a program for veterans called Upward Bound. It allows veterans to get secondary education if they qualify!!
For more info: 337-482-5819
For more info visit: gs.louisiana.edu/vub
December 30, 2011 10:09 PM
The new year will bring with it a new memorial in St. Landry Parish, honoring members of all branches of the military.
The site at Harry Guilbeau Road and LA-182 in Opelousas may loook like any other construction site ready for development, but this is a special one that... more »
October 13, 2011 8:14 PM
Friday, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall officially opens at the Louisiana Oil and Gas Park in Jennings.
Over the past several days, veterans and volunteers have been working non-stop constructing the 144 foot 310 feet wide wall. Bringing this memorial to Jennings though was no easy task.
"It... more »
August 25, 2011 11:55 PM
The VA Super Clinic is getting closer to becoming reality in Lafayette, partly because of the help of Acadiana's politicians.
Lafayette's Veterans Coalition had both good and bad news to share with its members at Thursday night's meeting at the Clifton Chenier Center. The good: Negotiations are underway on... more »
May 30, 2011 7:39 PM
Every year fewer and fewer World War Two veterans celebrate Memorial Day. For one Acadiana Marine, this was his last chance to pay his respects to a memorial in Washington D.C. that is very personal to him.
This Memorial Day weekend was bittersweet for World War Two veteran Earl... more »
May 30, 2011 7:15 PM
For this Memorial Day, 79 World War Two veterans got the chance of a lifetime to visit our nation's capitol and the memorials there as part of Louisiana Honor Air's final flight.
As they emerged from the plane in Washington D.C. it was a hero's welcome for some of... more »
May 30, 2011 7:59 AM
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will spend Memorial Day paying tribute to the military. The Obamas will visit Arlington National Cemetery where the president will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns. Following the ceremony, the president will participate in... more »
February 2, 2011 9:09 AM
Event Name: Veterans Upward Bound
Organization: UL Lafayette
Event Phone Number: 337-482-5818
Event Website: gs.louisiana.edu/vub
Event Information: The Veterans Upward Bound Program at UL Lafayette offers a wide variety of services and academic courses. We are currently recruiting veterans for the spring 2011 semester. Participants must... more »
November 10, 2010 7:48 AM
The Progressive Baptist Church in Lafayette is having a Veterans Day Program on to honor veterans on tonight, November 10th at 6:00 p.m. at the church. This program is open to the public.
October 25, 2010 6:59 PM
Today, Governor Bobby Jindal awarded 324 veterans from St. Mary Parish with the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal at the PattersonCivicCenter in Morgan City. Governor Jindal was joined by Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) Secretary LaneCarson and Major General Bennett C. Landreneau, Adjutant General of the Louisiana National Guard, to... more »
October 22, 2010 1:22 AM
Among the 10 constitutional amendments up for a vote November 2nd is one proposal being closely watched by local veterans. Amendment 3 would double Homestead Exemption for some disabled veterans and their spouses. It would make the first $150,000 in a home's value exempt from property taxes for veterans with... more »
September 23, 2010 12:57 AM
The push for both a VA super clinic and a hospital continued in Lafayette Wednesday. The Veterans Action Coalition of Acadiana met with representatives with the Alexandria VA Medical Center to discuss their needs. "We need better healthcare and we're asking for it and we feel confident that Gracie Specks,... more »
September 22, 2010 12:10 PM
KEITHVILLE, La. (AP) - Louisiana Veterans Affairs Secretary Lane Carson and AmVets officials will dedicate a new bell tower at the Northwest Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Keithville in southern Caddo Parish. The dedication ceremony is scheduled for noon Thursday. The electronically controlled carillon (KEHR-uh-lahn) can play a number of tunes.... more »
August 25, 2010 11:27 AM
There will be a public meeting for Veterans Action Coalition of Acadiana will be held Wednesday, August 25, 2010 at the Clifton Chenier Center at 3:00 PM.
We will announce a new and special letter that will confirm our recommendation to relocate the existing VA Clinic to Southpark Hospital.... more »
June 22, 2010 6:55 PM
Acadiana veterans are making plans for a temporary hospital in Lafayette, but they'll need the okay from the Veteran's Administration before they can make it happen. For more than a year, Southpark Hospital on the Youngsville Highway has sat unoccupied. "This hospital is 53,000 square feet which is just about... more »
May 31, 2010 6:13 PM
Two Lafayette soldiers-- Eddie Gautreau and Willie Celestine Jr.-- were honored and remembered this Memorial day at a service at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens in Lafayette.
Eddie Gautreau was a private in the U.S. Army who fought in the Korean War. He passed away last year, but without a proper... more »
May 6, 2010 3:23 PM
WASHINGTON (AP) - The Veterans Affairs Department is limiting the types of surgeries performed at some of its hospitals following a review of surgical deaths at its hospital in southern Illinois. Under a new system, the VA has given each hospital a "surgical complexity" level. Because of that, hospitals in... more »
December 7, 2009 2:29 PM
Pearl Harbor was attacked 68 years ago years ago, beginning the U.S. engagement in World War II.
Although the Japanese bombers are long gone, the memories remain for the handful of survivors that are still with us today.
Four surviving veterans are here in Acadiana: Douglas Harper, Joe... more »
November 23, 2009 9:17 AM
Renovations are underway on a 90-year-old building in Lafayette north. An old façade is getting a face-lift. The old Boustany department store will soon be the new home of the Saint Joseph's Diner--a pantry serving up meals for Lafayette's homeless, getting an upgrade from their current facility just up the... more »
November 11, 2009 1:57 PM
LAFAYETTE - In celebration of the Second Annual Military Appreciation Day, both bands from UL Lafayette and UL Monroe will perform together during the halftime entertainment on November 21st when Financial Concepts presents the Ragin' Cajuns and the Warhawks at Cajun Field. "The ULM band will perform with the Pride... more »
November 11, 2009 1:52 PM
WASHINGTON - On Veterans Day, United States Senator Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., commemorated the brave men and women who served their country in the U.S. Armed Forces.
Sen. Landrieu said: "Throughout our nation's history, our soldiers, sailors and airmen have stood up and beaten back the advances of tyranny... more »
November 9, 2009 4:01 PM
Veterans Day Cut-a-Thon:
Sport Clips Haircuts will host a Cut-a-Thon Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11, during which $1 per haircut service, as well as collected donations, will be made to the Veterans of Foreign Wars' Operation Uplink program for soldiers to call home this holiday season. We have w... more »
November 9, 2009 2:30 PM
A First Name Basis Home Care, founded in Lafayette with offices in New Orleans, Mandeville and Baton Rouge, provides non-medical home care to its clients. The company assists seniors with their daily needs in their homes, often avoiding placement in assisted livings or nursing homes.
A company sponsored program... more »
November 5, 2009 2:54 PM
Jeff Davis Bank & Trust Co. has joined with the American Bankers Association (ABA), the Independent Community Bankers Association (ICBA), the Senior Housing Crime Prevention Foundation (SHCPF), the Armed Forces Veterans Homes Foundation (AFVHF) and the National Association of State Veterans Homes (NASVH) to ensure that 40,000 Veterans living in... more »
October 28, 2009 11:38 AM
Streamlining Means Changes in Delivery of Services in Veterans' Homes, Quality Care Still #1 Priority
As part of its commitment to streamlining government, the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs (LDVA) has made changes in staffing and in delivery of services to veterans residing in the state run homes. The... more »
October 23, 2009 9:28 AM
On October 23, 2009, at approximately 7:40am, officers with the Carencro Police Department responded to the 300 block of Veterans Drive in reference to a vehicle crash involving a school bus.
Upon arriving on scene, officers discovered that a Lafayette Parish School bus, which was traveling east on Veterans... more »