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Free meals and more offered to veterans on the holiday

Veterans can indulge in a variety of deals Nov. 11. Remember to bring military ID or proof of service. Also, beverages aren't always included with the free meal. Here's a sampling: MEALS Applebee's: Free meal, all day, from a special menu for vets and active-duty service members. Drink not included.

Veterans Day closings in Hampton Roads

Cities, courts Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach: City offices and courts are closed Wednesday. Financial Many banks and credit unions are closed Wednesday. Contact specific institutions for details. Schools Chesapeake, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Virginia Beach: Schools are closed Wednesday. Garbage

New law gives federal workers who are veterans medical leave

BOSTON President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Stephen Lynch aimed at giving federal workers who are also veterans extra time off to seek medical care.

After veteran felled by PTSD, service dog aids his family

CLYDE, N.C. Part of the Labrador retriever's training was to sense when the demons of war had invaded Wade Baker's dreams. "I was having a nightmare, a flashback," Baker, a Gulf War veteran, once told an interviewer. "And I woke up with Honor standing on my chest, licking my face." He tried to push his service dog away, but Honor persisted.

103-year-old veteran honored with flag in Portsmouth

PORTSMOUTH
As Veterans Day approaches, hundreds of ceremonies will unfold at monuments in public memorials.
Few, though, will feature a 103-year-old World War II veteran hoisting an American flag at an assisted living center.

VA wrongly tells veterans they're dead, cuts off benefits

DUNEDIN, Fla. Mike Rieker, a 69-year-old Vietnam Navy veteran, relies on his Veterans Affairs benefits to get him through the month.

Walgreens: Too soon to say if Rite Aid will continue to accept Tricare

Jim Pendergast switched to Rite Aid in 2012 when Walgreens stopped accepting Tricare, the health insurance program used by 9.5 million active-duty and retired members of the military and their families across the country.
Now Pendergast, a retired Marine who lives in Virginia Beach, wonders whether he's going to have to switch again when Walgreens acquires Rite Aid next year.

Debt-ceiling delay could mean workers miss November paychecks

WASHINGTON Retirees, military officers and federal workers who don't like to get caught up in politics might suddenly have a reason to care. Congress has until early November to compromise on raising the debt ceiling, or they might not get paid.

Government incentives make farming a viable option for veterans

BROADWAY Bet you didn't know that during a rainstorm, cows will walk directly into the rain as far as their fences will allow and stand in a row facing into it? Or that cattle are family-oriented and will gather in clan clusters every evening? They even have something akin to a nanny system, with baby calves gathering at night around a single female relative, farmer Buck Holsinger says.

Women vets have high success rate in committing suicide - because they use guns

WASHINGTON Women veterans who try to take their own lives are often successful at a far higher rate than their female non-veteran counterparts because of one reason: They use guns.

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