Parents Dedicate Lives to Caring for a Wounded Warrior

On a cold March night in 2007, Jeff Brodeur got the phone call that changed his life. His son, Army Pvt. Vincent Mannion-Brodeur, 19, had been searching a structure near Tikrit, Iraq, when a mortar-shell booby trap exploded. His sergeant was killed instantly and Mannion-Brodeur suffered a devastating head injury as well as deep shrapnel wounds to his arm and torso. Jeff and his wife, Maura, sitting stunned in their Cape Cod, Mass., home, were told that their son might …

Vets With Benefits Claims: A Shutdown Casualty?

A government shutdown could take an especially painful toll on one group of Americans: veterans and their families who are waiting for benefits claims to be processed. More than 700,000 claims are pending with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. A shutdown could swell that number because the VA could have to furlough 20,000 workers who oversee claims, USA Today reports. True, that’s a fraction of the more than 300,000 employees who make the VA the second-largest federal office, after …