Meg Martin is PublicInsightNetwork.org's associate editor. She joined the PIN crew in St. Paul, Minn., after five years in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Roanoke, Va., where she led the online/multimedia team at the Roanoke Times newspaper. She spent two years before that in St. Petersburg, Fla., at The Poynter Institute - first as a summer writing fellow and later as a fellow and editor at Poynter Online - but she'll always be a Pittsburgher at heart.
Giselle Sterling and her father, Nelson, both served in the Marines -- she in Afghanistan, he in Vietnam. They're only now beginning to talk to each other about the experience of war, and what it's done to their long-term pictures of themselves.
Space geeks: Unite! You might not be able to make it to Mars -- or even to Minnesota, for that matter -- but you can get an evening's worth of the red planet right here. While you're at it, we've been asking: Would you go?
We've heard from student veterans over and over again that having a physical space on campus is invaluable to navigating life back on campus. But not every school, no matter how veteran-friendly, has a dedicated student veteran center. Does yours?
The committee focused primarily on benefits claims -- and the time it takes for the VA to process them (see our ongoing coverage) -- as the department navigates what Gen. Allison Hickey, undersecretary for benefits, calls its "year of transformation and change."
American troops are returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan only to wait in line, joining a growing queue of veterans seeking compensation -- payments and other support -- from the Department of Veterans Affairs for service-related disabilities.
Across the country, local VA offices are struggling to process the backlog of more than 800,000 disability benefits claims. It can take months -- sometimes more than a year -- for veterans to find out how much, if at all, they'll be compensated for health issues related to their service.
What if, instead of shaking your fist at the policy-makers yammering on TV, you could bring your own best ideas for solving America's problems to the table? WAMU radio is offering that chance with their new Big Fix project.
Kyle Dubay came home from three tours in Iraq frustrated, angry and isolated. He found his release, in part, at a mixed martial arts gym in Tempe, Ariz. That's where he also found Amanda. Theirs is a story of love, distance and dedication.
Muslim parents have to get creative during Ramadan to nourish their kids for a long summer day of fasting. This year, Amy Hossain combined cultural and culinary traditions to create a calorie-rich dish that's a hit with her young daughters.