Chuck Hagel is the first Secretary of Defense to have served in Vietnam and the only veteran to hold that job who was not an officer. Hagel was also awarded two purple hearts for war injuries. Last weekend he traveled to Afghanistan and pinned purple hearts on soldiers there and established his credibility with the troops as a secretary of defense who's been in their boots.
Tony Lithgow and Andrea Mayer live under a highway overpass in Baltimore. They're among a growing number of the nation's homeless who are reaching what's called "premature old age." They're in their late 40s and 50s, but suffer from ailments more common for those in their 70s.
Members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee are holding a hearing today on sexual assault in the military. Host Michel Martin discusses how the military handles sexual assault cases with Anu Bhagwati, the executive director of the Service Women's Action Network, and with Jennifer Hlad, a reporter for Stars and Stripes.
Katherine Paterson is the beloved author of many young adult novels, including "The Great Gilly Hopkins" and "Bridge to Terabithia." The American Library Association recently honored her with the Wilder Award for her body of work. Host Michel Martin talks to Paterson about how she's been able to tell so many authentic stories about young people.
Not everyone waits until they're 65 to retire. Carl Seidman isn't a millionaire, but he's retiring at the age of 32. He calls it his 'first retirement,' and says he'll have many more to come. Seidman talks with host Michel Martin about why some people don't believe in waiting until their sixties.
You can plan, save and make all the right choices, but still have trouble securing your dream retirement. Stan Hinden's plans for his twilight years were undone when his wife was diagnosed with Alzheimer's. He shares that experience, and other lessons, in the latest edition of his book, How to Retire Happy.
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