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November 11th, 2011
10:29 AM ET

Cuba Gooding Jr honors Tuskegee Airmen in upcoming George Lucas film

This Veterans Day, we take a moment to honor the men and women who have served our country proudly. And an upcoming George Lucas film will pay tribute to some special servicemen. 

The film, Red Tails, tells the story of the Tuskegee Airman – America's first black fighter pilots who fought the Nazi's oversees in World War II, while still fighting Jim Crow at home.

Ali Velshi and Alina Cho sit down with Cuba Gooding Jr., one of the stars of the film, to talk about what drew him to this remarkable story.

Filed under: Veterans
November 11th, 2011
09:53 AM ET

McCains on a mission to help military veterans with a concert Friday in Westbury, NY

This Veterans Day, rock star performer and "Celebrity Apprentice" winner Bret Michaels will join an all-star line-up plus special celebrity guests for the "Unity for Vets" concert in New York. The show will raise money for, a non-profit that helps military veterans suffering from PTSD. was co-founded by James McCain, son of Senator John McCain; his mother, Cindy McCain, also serves on the organization's advisory board.

Alina Cho talks with James and Cindy McCain about the origins of and the essential services it provides to our nation's heroes.

To buy tickets for the event, visit

Filed under: Military • Veterans
August 18th, 2011
09:44 AM ET

The new 'greatest generation': How new veterans are bringing their leadership lessons home

More often than not, we hear the dark side of life after war: The high unemployment rate and high suicide rates.

There never seems to be enough good news about the men and women who serve this country.

But Joe Klein writes in this week's TIME magazine that this new generation of veterans is fast becoming a force to be reckoned with. They're infiltrating companies, politics and non-profits, bringing a sharper skillset than veterans of past wars.

This morning on American Morning, CNN's Christine Romans talks with Klein and Paul Rieckhoff, executive director and founder of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), a non-partisan, non-profit organization supporting war veterans. We asked them what makes this generation's veterans different from the past generations.

Click here to read TIME's cover story on "The New Greatest Generation."

Filed under: Afghanistan • Iraq • Veterans
March 3rd, 2011
08:37 AM ET

Supreme Court rules 8-1 in favor of Westboro Baptist Church

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in favor of the Westboro Baptist Church Wednesday, in a free speech case that challenged the fundamentalist church's right to protest at military funerals.

The father of Marine Lance Cpl. Matthew Snyder, a 20 year-old killed in Iraq in 2006, filed a lawsuit against the Westboro Baptist Church after members picketed his son's funeral. Westboro Baptist Church members protested at the funeral, and have done so at many others, to share their belief that American deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan were God's punishment for America's tolerance of homosexuality and abortion. Albert Snyder said the protests at his son's funeral caused emotional distress.

CNN Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin talks about the ruling with Kiran Chetry and Ali Velshi.

Filed under: Law • U.S. • U.S. Troops • Veterans
February 23rd, 2011
10:46 AM ET

Tim McGraw teams up with Outback Steakhouse to support troops

Country star and actor Tim McGraw is teaming up with Outback Steakhouse to support American men and women in uniform.

McGraw is helping kick-off Outback Steakhouse's annual "Thanks for Giving" campaign by visiting the Texas National Guard Armory in San Antonio. When patrons of Outback Steakhouse order from its special Red, White and Bloomin' menu, $1 million of proceeds will go towards Operation Homefront, a non-profit organization that provides financial and other emergency assistance to families of troops and wounded warriors. McGraw and Jeff Smith, the President of Outback Steakhouse, talk to American Morning's Kiran Chetry about the campaign.

Filed under: U.S. • U.S. Troops • Veterans
August 26th, 2010
01:33 PM ET
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