February 12, 2015 3:00 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is joining with lawmakers and top government leaders to cast a spotlight on the issue of suicide among veterans. Obama on Thursday will sign the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act into law. First lady Michelle Obama, Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald... more »
February 2, 2015 2:23 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A bill aimed at reducing a suicide epidemic among military veterans appears headed to the president's desk. The Senate is expected to take up a bill Monday named for Clay Hunt, a 26-year-old veteran who killed himself in 2011. The bill is aimed at reducing a wave... more »
December 28, 2014 6:24 PM
AMITE - About a dozen young men are going through some intense training to perhaps become Navy Seals one day.
It's happening at Camp Spehar and trained Navy and Marine veterans attempt to give the young hopefuls a glimpse of what they can expect in the Navy.
"Can't... more »
November 11, 2014 10:37 AM
BATON ROUGE - Several events scheduled for Tuesday allowed people in the Baton Rouge area to show respect and give thanks for the service of veterans in the state.
The USS Kidd and Secretary of State's Office are holding a ceremony at the Old State Capitol starting at 11... more »
November 11, 2014 6:27 AM
ST. FRANCISVILLE - Tuesday is Veterans Day, but the celebration continues this weekend at the Louisiana Vets Fest in St. Francisville. Johnny Palazzotto, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard, joined us on 2une In Tuesday with all the details.
The Louisiana Vets Fest is Saturday from 10:00 a.m.... more »
November 10, 2014 12:31 PM
WASHINGTON - On the eve of Veterans Day, the Veterans Affairs Department is announcing a reorganization designed to make it easier for veterans to gain access to the sprawling department and its many websites. VA Secretary Robert McDonald calls the reorganization the largest in the department's history and says it... more »
November 10, 2014 7:28 AM
NEW ORLEANS - On Tuesday, the nation will pause to remember and honor our military heroes. Their stories come alive at the National WWII Museum in New Orleans. The stories of a once-forgotten group of veterans is being preserved.
News Two's John Pastorek gave us an inside look Monday... more »
November 6, 2014 12:41 PM
WASHINGTON - Speaker John Boehner says the Republican-controlled Congress will act to approve the Keystone XL pipeline, make changes in the health care law and encourage businesses to hire more veterans. The Ohio Republican made his remarks at the opening of his first postelection news conference in the Capitol complex.... more »
November 3, 2014 8:58 AM
PORT ALLEN - They're saluting real Louisiana heroes this weekend in Port Allen. It's the 10th annual Veterans on Parade. Port Allen Mayor Richard Lee and Garry Hubble joined us on 2une In this morning with your invitation.
When the parade first started, Port Allen was one of the... more »
October 24, 2014 10:04 AM
BATON ROUGE - The bomber best known for dropping the atomic bombs on Japan also flew countless other missions, devastating dozens of cities and towns. Karnig Thomasian's final mission on a B-29 Superfortress ended in flames when bombs collided in the air and exploded over Burma in 1945. He parachuted... more »
October 23, 2014 5:17 PM
BATON ROUGE - Veterans from around the country arrived at the USS KIDD Thursday, ready to spend the entire weekend painting and fixing the World War II ship.
"Coming back brought back the good memories of serving in the navy," said Hank Taddeucci, who served on the KIDD in... more »
October 14, 2014 11:40 AM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal says federal budget cuts will nearly eliminate the free military funeral ceremonies provided to families of veterans. The Republican governor, considering a 2016 presidential campaign, sent a letter Tuesday to the White House, seeking a reversal of cuts to the military funeral program run... more »
September 21, 2014 3:17 PM
DENVER - Organizers say hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway this weekend. Members of Operation Grow4Vets says the Saturday event aimed to offer veterans an alternative to prescription drugs to help with anxiety, pain and other problems. The organization also says it gave out 400... more »
September 10, 2014 8:47 AM
BATON ROUGE - Thursday marks thirteen years since the tragic terrorist attacks on September 11th, 2001. That's why Capital Area United Way is hosting its 9/11 Day of Service and Remembrance.
Part of the event is a Veteran's Career Fair tomorrow on second floor of the Mall of Louisiana... more »
September 3, 2014 4:36 PM
JACKSON - A town in East Feliciana Parish is coming together to honor veterans of the armed forces with the construction of a new memorial.
The Jackson Tourism Enhancement Committee is heading up the project with plenty of support from local residents.
"A lot of people find this... more »
August 7, 2014 3:39 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is set to sign into law a bill aimed at helping veterans avoid long waits for health care. The legislation is a response to reports of veterans dying while awaiting appointments to see Veterans Affairs doctors and of a widespread practice of employees covering... more »
July 24, 2014 10:08 AM
WASHINGTON - With Congress scheduled to recess in a week, the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's chairman is offering to scale back a Senate-passed bill to improve health care services for veterans. Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont says his proposal would cost less than $25 billion over three years. That... more »
July 23, 2014 10:44 PM
BATON ROUGE- The situation at Wednesday evening's council meeting, where a debate over a proposed fairness ordinance took over just about the entire meeting time, quickly turned bizarre.
Testimony from people on both sides of the issue that would protect gay, transgender and veterans from discrimination on various fronts... more »
July 23, 2014 4:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - There was no vote Wednesday night dealing with a fairness ordinance that would protect gays from certain kinds of discrimination.
The council meeting reached it's required legal ending before a vote could happen.
Leading up to the end, City Hall was filled to capacity with... more »
June 27, 2014 12:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana's veterans affairs secretary says he's heard complaints for years about problems with veterans having trouble getting treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state. David LaCerte told a state House military committee the state veterans department reported the complaints to the federal VA... more »
June 27, 2014 3:19 AM
BATON ROUGE - State lawmakers are holding a special hearing to receive testimony about Louisiana veterans' treatment in the federal VA hospitals and clinics around the state. Friday's hearing of the Special Committee on Military and Veterans Affairs comes after allegations that veterans around the nation have faced long waits... more »
June 11, 2014 2:58 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Thousands of military veterans enduring long wait times for VA medical care could soon get help from Congress. The Senate is poised to vote by Thursday on a measure making it easier for veterans who've encountered delays getting initial visits to receive VA-paid treatment from local doctors... more »
June 3, 2014 6:19 PM
BATON ROUGE - Veterans in Louisiana told News 2 they are waiting for years in some cases for the VA to pay them back for denied health care claims.
Volunteer Veterans Service Officer Charles Battiste says he works with about 40 veterans a week to help them with denied... more »
May 29, 2014 1:23 PM
BATON ROUGE - Gov. Bobby Jindal has signed into law two bills aimed at supporting Louisiana's veterans. The measure (House Bill 654) by Rep. Nick Lorusso, R-New Orleans, will expand residential lease protections for members of the military, to make it easier for them and their spouses to terminate home... more »
May 28, 2014 8:48 AM
BATON ROUGE - One of President Obama's messages on Memorial Day: Hire veterans.
Many local businesses will do just that at the Spring Job Fair hosted by the Mayor of Baton Rouge's Office. Penny Leduff-Collins with the Baton Rouge Business and Career Solutions Center and Kenny Lynch with Disable... more »
May 22, 2014 2:16 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - President Barack Obama is showing a sudden urgency to resolve a growing crisis over veterans' health care. Obama called in Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki for a White House meeting Wednesday and repeatedly vowed to take action. Obama also dispatched Deputy Chief of Staff Rob Nabors to... more »
May 21, 2014 11:44 AM
BATON ROUGE - A spokesperson from the Mayor's office said the first two hours of the upcoming Spring Job Fair will be reserved for veterans only before being open to other job seekers.
The Spring Job Fair, hosted by the Mayor's Business and Career Solutions Center, will be on... more »
May 21, 2014 10:10 AM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama says Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has put his "heart and soul" into caring for America's veterans. But at the same time, Obama says there will be accountability for any problems. There have been mounting calls for Shinseki to step down amid troubling allegations of... more »
May 16, 2014 5:35 PM
BATON ROUGE - Veterans in Baton Rouge say wait times at the New Orleans VA are delaying treatments and they need help.
"You get so frustrated because there's no one to talk to, the patient advocates, not all if them, but the ones here, they're more like VA advocates,... more »
April 30, 2014 2:45 AM
WASHINGTON, D.C. - First lady Michelle Obama is announcing pledges in excess of $150 million from foundations and corporations to help veterans and their families get the services they need as the country adjusts to a postwar footing. The first lady and Jill Biden, the vice president's wife, were appearing... more »
April 3, 2014 2:52 PM
BATON ROUGE- Metro Councilman John Delgado apologized for comments he made connecting St. George supporters to terrorists.
"I regret that my choice of words has become an issue and distracted us from the real debate. It was not my intention to offend anyone," Delgado said.
The harsh words... more »
April 2, 2014 4:47 PM
BATON ROUGE - Veterans and leaders of the St. George effort to breakaway and create their own city are demanding an apology from Metro Councilman John Delgado, who posted a comment to Facebook Wednesday that compared people trying to pull away from the city of Baton Rouge to terrorists.
... more »
March 11, 2014 6:15 PM
BATON ROUGE - Veterans with disabilities went back to boot camp at LSU, this time to battle the business world.
LSU's Third Annual Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities brought in 19 veterans from across the country. EBV helps veterans build business plans, understand and reach their target markets... more »
November 11, 2013 5:54 PM
GONZALES- Hundreds showed up at Ascension's Veteran's Memorial Park today to honor the men and women who fight for America's freedom.
It was the largest annual gathering at the park, which featured more than 150 school choir members and service men and women from every branch.
"I appreciate... more »
November 11, 2013 5:36 PM
BATON ROUGE - People filled the Old State Capital Building to pay their respects to the men and women who served our country.
Veterans and their family members filled the Old House Chamber for a special ceremony sponsored by the USS Kidd Veterans Memorial. Vets from World War II... more »
October 9, 2013 7:26 AM
WASHINGTON - Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is spelling out some of the dire consequences for veterans of a long-term government shutdown, with about 3.8 million veterans not getting a disability check next month if the shutdown continues into late October.
Shinseki says some 315,000 veterans and 202,000 surviving... more »
October 2, 2013 2:10 PM
WASHINGTON- The National Park Service says veterans groups that planned trips to the World War II Memorial on the National Mall are being granted access, despite the government shutdown. The Honor Flight Network is being granted access to conduct First Amendment activities at the memorial. Memorials and monuments remain closed... more »
September 29, 2013 10:33 AM
BATON ROUGE - Dozens of volunteers renovated a transitional home Saturday as part of a service project for veterans.
Community members from Volunteers of America and The Home Depot volunteered their time to pressure wash, paint, and garden at the Garfield Transitional Home for Veterans.
The volunteers built... more »
May 27, 2013 8:41 AM
ATLANTA - Americans plan to gather at cemeteries, memorials and monuments nationwide to honor fallen military service members on Memorial Day. President Barack Obama is expected to lay a wreath Monday at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery across the Potomac River from Washington. Another wreath-laying... more »
May 21, 2013 5:01 PM
BATON ROUGE - Louisiana State Police say cannon fire will be heard in downtown Baton Rouge Thursday morning as the state House of Representatives remember the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. As part of the ceremony, a 21-gun salute will be conducted. Residents,... more »
May 19, 2013 4:08 PM
NEW ORLEANS - A government report says construction of a new Veterans Affairs hospital in New Orleans is $370 million over budget and 14 months behind schedule. The Advocate reports that the hospital was initially expected to cost $625 million and be completed by December 2014. But a new report... more »
November 16, 2012 9:23 AM
DALLAS - Federal officials are joining investigators in West Texas to look into why a freight train slammed into a parade float carrying wounded veterans, killing four people and injuring 17 others.
Witnesses described a harrowing scene Thursday afternoon as the Union Pacific locomotive beard down on the decorated... more »
November 15, 2012 10:31 PM
MIDLAND, Texas (AP) - Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. Union Pacific spokesman Tom Lange says the eastbound train was sounding its horn before it hit the float... more »
November 15, 2012 6:28 PM
MIDLAND, Texas - Authorities say four people are dead and 17 others are injured after a train slammed into a parade float headed to a West Texas event honoring wounded veterans. City of Midland spokesman Ryan Stout says the crash happened at a Union Pacific railroad crossing around 4:30 p.m.... more »
November 9, 2012 5:46 PM
JACKSON - The Louisiana Veterans Home celebrated 30 years of service to American heroes with aservice to honor the security of the country, and recall the meaning of service for all Americans.
WWII veteran Ranger Daniel Farley fought at Normandy. He landed with 73 enlisted men and three officers.... more »
October 31, 2012 4:52 PM
ZACHARY - Louisiana National Cemetery is officially open. Today, the national site performed their third burial at the facility.
Louisiana National Cemetery is set on 104 acres of land. Construction includes gravesite development and a range of burial alternatives including cremation sites.
The completed phase holds 2,500 in-ground... more »
September 27, 2012 3:19 PM
VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - President Barack Obama has appealed to veterans and military families in defense-focused southeast Virginia, casting himself as a president who is ending foreign entanglements and aiding returning soldiers with educational opportunities. Obama chided rival Mitt Romney for saying, in secretly taped remarks months ago, that nearly... more »
September 25, 2012 5:39 PM
BATON ROUGE - Hundreds of veterans and active duty military attended a job fair at the Baton Rouge River Center today. Hiring Our Heroes is a national event aimed at helping veterans and active duty military transition into the workforce.
Over 55 employers attended the event, looking for vets... more »
September 19, 2012 5:59 PM
BATON ROUGE- This year your going to the ballot box can mean more than just a vote thanks to the new "Honor Vets" program instated by the Secretary of State.
The program aims to encourage voters to go to the polls in honor of the men and women who... more »
August 14, 2012 2:37 PM
BATON ROUGE - At the Old State Capitol, war veterans were honored for their service today.
Congressman Bill Cassidy and other elected officials were on hand for the annual Spirit of '45 event, honoring those who fought in World War II.
Although he's not a veteran himself, Cassidy... more »
June 28, 2012 6:10 PM
BATON ROUGE - "Shocked" and "disgusted" were two words on many veterans' minds after they learned the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the Stolen Valor Act was unconstitutional.
The Act would have made it illegal for anyone to display military metals as accomplishments that he or she did not earn.... more »
May 28, 2012 2:47 PM
WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama paid tribute Monday to the men and women who have died defending America, pointing to Vietnam veterans as an under-appreciated and sometimes maligned group of war heroes who remained true to their nation despite an unwelcome homecoming. "You were sometimes blamed for the misdeeds of... more »
May 28, 2012 12:58 PM
WASHINGTON - American veterans seem to be largely in Mitt Romney's camp. That's the indication from a new Gallup poll. Fifty-eight percent of the veterans who were surveyed say they are backing Romney, while 34 percent support President Barack Obama. Several of the closely-watched states in the November election have... more »
February 16, 2012 7:54 AM
LEESVILLE - A grassy plot on a piney stretch of La. Highway 467 near Fort Polk in Vernon Parish will be the final resting place for veterans of all branches of the U.S. military. State leaders, military officials, veterans and residents gathered Wednesday to mark the opening of Central Louisiana... more »
February 3, 2012 5:25 AM
WASHINGTON - Emulating the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the president Friday will unveil a new jobs program for the nation's veterans, designed to rebuild roads, levees and trails on public lands. To make the announcement, President Obama will travel across the Potomac to a fire station in Arlington,... more »
November 16, 2011 5:17 PM
WASHINGTON - Congress has overwhelmingly approved a bill helping government contractors and unemployed veterans, finally giving President Barack Obama the chance to sign the first, tiny shred of his $447 billion jobs bill into law.
The House consented to the popular legislation Wednesday 422-0 as Democrats and Republicans rallied... more »
June 29, 2011 6:08 PM
BATON ROUGE- Sgt. Mike McNaughton is just one of more than 120 wounded warriors taking part in Ride 2 Recovery's mission to France. The group will spend time touring historic sites from World War II.
"It's one thing to read a book and watch a movie, but to have... more »
May 30, 2011 5:14 PM
ZACHARY, La.- Hundreds of families gathered at the Port Hudson National Cemetery in Zachary, La., to honor soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice.
After the annual Memorial Day service, many families visited the graves of their loved ones.
Emmalean Jenkins joined her family to visit her brother's grave.... more »
February 9, 2011 9:59 AM
Louisiana Honor Air is an organization that hosts World War II veterans on a trip to Washington, D.C. to visit the World War II Memorial.
The World War II Memorial was dedicated in 2004 for a generation who's youngest member is in their late seventies. Many of the men... more »
December 12, 2010 11:56 AM
METAIRIE, La.- After 28 years, the south Louisiana chapter of the American Ex-Prisoners of Wars has disbanded because of dwindling numbers, a fate faced by several other military fraternities in recent years.
Eight men bound by the experience of wartime detention exchanged hugs and handshakes last week in Metairie... more »
November 29, 2010 5:46 PM
BATON ROUGE - A grand jury has indicted a New Orleans man accused of fraudulently claiming to be in charge of a nonprofit organization to solicit donations for what he said would be a war veterans home. Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announced Monday that the Baton Rouge grand jury charged... more »
July 5, 2010 1:22 PM
Central Louisiana finally will get its long-awaited Veterans Cemetery sometime this fall, but a Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs spokeswoman says it could be years before northeastern Louisiana veterans and their families have their own burial ground.
The News Star reported on Monday that a bid will be awarded... more »
May 5, 2010 8:49 PM
President Obama signed a new law that keeps severely wounded veterans in their homes by providing billions in support to family members who act as caregivers. The law directs the Veterans Affairs Department to offer post-delivery care to female veterans' newborns and creates a childcare pilot program. It also expands... more »
April 13, 2010 5:20 AM
The National World War II museum in New Orleans reporting record-breaking attendance. More than 100,000 visitors have visited the museum since the start of the year. March saw the best one-month attendance since the museum opened with 43,301 visitors. The previous record of 41,000 was set in 2001. more »
March 26, 2010 4:32 PM
The Louisiana Workforce Commission will hold a job fair for veterans and the general public on Thursday, April 1, in Baton Rouge.
The fair will be at the Baton Rouge Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave. The first two hours of the fair are reserved for veterans only.... more »
March 3, 2010 8:40 PM
Oscar-winning director James Cameron is under fire by a World War II veteran's group for backing a book they say includes discredited information about the atomic bombing of Japan. Cameron optioned the book for a possible film. Members of the 509th Composite Group that includes veterans who carried out the... more »
November 11, 2009 5:15 PM
The Old State Capitol was the site of a Veterans Day ceremony today. Dozens of veterans were at the event, alongside people who wanted to pay tribute to their service. more »
October 30, 2009 11:02 AM
West Baton Rouge Parish officials announced plans to honor veterans with "Veterans on Parade," at 1 p.m., Nov. 8 in Port Allen.
Officials and organizers talked about the parade Friday on WBRZ's 2une In program broadcasting live from the Court Street Cafe in Port Allen.
"It's a great... more »
October 21, 2009 5:34 PM
New technology in the fight against prostate cancer, post-traumatic stress disorder and school lunches are discussed in this 2 Your Health report. more »
September 3, 2009 9:52 AM
A special job fair is being held in Baton Rouge for U.S. veterans around the metro area. Hundreds are expected to attend.
The fair is from 9:00am - 1:00pm at Crowne Plaza Hotel at 4728 Constitution Ave.