On Thursday Feb. 18th, Connecticut Governer Dannel Malloy announced that it has become the second state to have officially ended veteran homelessness. This follows the lead of Virginia who became the first state to end homelessness for veterans in November. Gov. Malloy credited the success to a cooperative effort between state housing agencies, shelter workers, community groups, and a partnership with the department of veterans affairs. “The most important thing you can do for a family is to give it a safe home, give it a decent home, a home you can sustain yourself and your family in,” he said.

Over the past 12 months the state has found or built homes for over 280 veterans across the state. With all veterans in the state now housed the state has set goals for dealing with incoming veterans in the future. They have vowed that any veteran who is homeless will be placed in temporary housing within 30 days and have a permanent home within 60 days. This is largely due to the $1 billion the state has committed to housing construction. The 16,000 homes they have committed to build over include many affordable low-cost homes.

The state also plans to expand the fight against homelessness to youth and families. Using the housing first approach to eradicating homelessness among veterans, they hope to end homelessness for these groups by 2017.

This past weekend of college football brought with it one of the most deep-seated rivalries, the Army vs. Navy game. The game is one of the longest running rivalries in sports dating back to 1890. It all began when Cadet Dennis Mahan Michie, who was also the coach of the Army football team, accepted a challenge from the Naval Academy. The game has been played nearly every year since then with only a few years missed due to war or a dispute between the two academies.

This years 125th anniversary of the rivalry saw the continuation of the Navy’s win streak of 14 games against Army. The win streak is the longest in the history of a rivalry that has consistently gone back and forth between two great teams. Three games into their current winning streak Navy took over the series lead against Army. The Series record now stands at 60-49-7 with Navy winning 60 games, Army winning 49 games, and 7 ties.

The game holds a particularly important spot in college football marking the end of the regular season. It was originally played on the Saturday following Thanksgiving, which was the end of most college regular season games, but it has been moved to the weekend following the conference championship games. It marks the final game of the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy which is awarded to the winner of the triangular series between the Military Academy, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy. The winner of the Army v. Navy game also receives the Thompson Cup.

We’re excited to read Angela Rickett’s new memoir, No Man’s War, which casts an irreverent eye on the struggles of army wives.

In No Man’s War, writer and army wife Angela Ricketts writes about the responsibilities of being an officer’s wife and the difficulties she faced during her husband’s deployments.

Ricketts’ husband was deployed eight times — four of them to Iraq or Afghanistan. Today, he’s a colonel in homeland defense, and they live in Colorado Springs, Colo.

While army wives are typically portrayed as strong and stoic in the media, Ricketts writes candidly about the toll her husband’s deployments took on their marriage and the raising of their three children.

“After the first really wretched, wretched deployment, each one after that you become a little more removed — a little more numb to the feelings,” Ricketts said in an interview on NPR yesterday. “That kind of blackens your soul. We joke about that. Army wives say, ‘Channel the black soul, honey.’ “

You can read an excerpt from No Man’s War on NPR. You can buy a copy of the book on Amazon. To learn more about Angela Ricketts, visit her website.