10,000 Earn GED from Army National Guard

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Army National Guard GED Plus program surpassed another milestone Friday as the 10,000th graduate walked across the stage with his GED diploma.

When his name was called, Army PVT Corey Blackwood smiled as he shook hands with the official party and received his diploma from GED Plus Commandant Army LTC Mary Maguire.

For Blackwood, it was one of the first milestones he had ever achieved: Little did he know that his accomplishment would represent all of those who came before him..

VA Open Toll-Free Caregiver Support Line

Caregivers are the family members and loved ones who provide care for veterans who are living with the effects of war, disability, chronic illness, or aging.

On Feb. 1, the Department of Veterans Affairs opened a toll-free National Caregiver Support Line housed at the Canandaigua VA Medical Center campus in Canandaigua, N.Y.

The support line will serve as a primary resource and referral center to assist caregivers, veterans and others seeking caregiver information to help in the care of our nation’s veterans..

Special Forces

The Green Berets, also known as “The Quiet Professionals,” have evolved into America’s principal experts in unconventional warfare, counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, special reconnaissance and direct action missions. They are always either conducting a mission or training for one. Throughout the world, Special Forces work in peacetime and wartime operations..

Dr. Biden Celebrates Holiday Season with Guard Children

WASHINGTON, (December 1, 2010) - To kick off the holiday season, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, welcomed children with parents serving in the National Guard as well as children from local schools to the official residence of the vice president to make holiday ornaments, decorate cookies and write letters to servicemembers overseas.

"One of the things I love about being the wife of the vice president is getting to welcome people to our home," said Biden, adding that schoolchildren also visited last year. "This year, I wanted to welcome schoolchildren to come back and be our very first holiday guests."

As Biden talked with the children present - many of whom had parents that have been deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan - she spoke of her own experiences as a mother of a deployed National Guard Soldier..