Judge Royal Hansen congratulates graduate Eli Alverez at the Salt Lake County Third District Veterans Court graduation ceremony in Salt Lake City, Utah, on Thursday, March 16, 2017.<br>Tom Smart/The Deseret News via AP

Utah court offers second chance to troubled veterans

It's been two years now since Utah Judge Royal Hansen launched a specialty court open exclusively to military veterans who find themselves on the wrong side of the law.

Court gives Vietnam veteran another shot at benefits claim

Sixteen months in Vietnam as an infantryman and helicopter door gunner with the 101st Airborne Division left Roger L. Perale with problems hearing, PTSD, diabetes and hypertension. Now a favorable new ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims offers him a fresh shot at boosting his benefits.

Retired AF pilot's rocket-shooting skills celebrated in surprise event

Even though he was the winner of an inaugural Air Force competition, Vietnam veteran Clarence Lewis never personally got a trophy. The retired military colonel beat out 15 other pilots in 1954 to snag bragging rights in the first-ever William Tell competition, which tested pilots on how accurately they could shoot rockets at a towed target.

Animal rights group calls for investigation of VA research facility

An animal rights group is using new reports of animal welfare violations at a Department of Veterans Affairs research facility to strengthen its case against animal testing in government research.

Double-amputee Marine vet joins New York police department

The wounded warrior is now a cop — and he'll be walking the beat on titanium legs. Matias Ferreira, a former U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who lost his legs below the knee when he stepped on a hidden explosive in Afghanistan in 2011, is joining a suburban New York police department.

Wounded veteran conquers Mount Kilimanjaro for a cause

Wounded veteran Kirstie Ennis recently hiked to the summit of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro to raise awareness for East Africa rural communities' need for clean drinking water.

Army vet awarded Bronze Star for bravery in Vietnam battle

Retired Sgt. Joseph Engles was presented with the military distinction on Monday during a ceremony in his hometown of Murrieta, in Southern California, for gallantry in the face of the enemy during the Battle of Suoi Tre in March 1967.

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