Saturday, November 17, 2018


Howard Altman, Times staff writer

Howard Altman, Times staff writer

Howard Altman covers the military, national security and veterans issues for the Tampa Bay Times. Prior to coming to Tampa, where he covered the same beat for the Tampa Tribune, Altman was an editor and columnist at the Philadelphia City Paper. He has won more than 50 journalism awards and when he's not working, he likes to fly in old airplanes, fish and snorkel.

KC-135 Stratotanker aerial refueling jets await their next flights at Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. [HOWARD ALTMAN  |  Times]

MacDill crews, like others from U.S., stop refueling Saudi-led bombing in Yemen

After growing pressure to reduce or end U.S. efforts to help the controversial Saudi-led campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen, Defense Secretary James Mattis said ending refueling missions.
Published: 11/15/18
A view of a graveyard and Douaumont Ossuary, in the background, a memorial built to contain the skeletal remains of soldiers who died on the battlefield, during a reconstruction of the WWI battle of Verdun, Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, in Verdun, eastern France.  Hundreds of volunteers from 18 countries gathered in the French town Verdun as part of a string of events to mark the centenary of the end of World War One, with re-enactors dressed in period soldiers’ uniforms bringing to life a big military encampment in the town. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

Altman: ‘I could not look away from the bones of Verdun’

A family trip to Douaumont Ossuary in France provided a vivid reminder of the true cost of war.
Published: 11/12/18
Ame Livingston and Scott Mann run through a scene during rehearsal for Mann's play, Last Out, about the transition from military to civilian life. [TAILYR IRVINE   |   Times]

New play ‘Last Out’ encourages veterans to ease the pain of war by telling their stories

The Green Beret instructor moved up close to Danny Patton."Out of 600 candidates, only a handful you will make the cut," he yelled in Patton’s ear. "This class represents an all-time low of the America gene pool!"
Published: 11/09/18
Hillsborough County's canvassing board. [Twitter]

Recount totals from Hillsborough Canvassing Board: 369 ballots accepted, 284 rejected

The board accepted 369 ballots and rejected 284
Published: 11/08/18

U.S. House Florida District 16 results: Vern Buchanan defeats David Shapiro

Buchanan easily defeats Democratic challenger in House 16
Published: 11/06/18
Updated: 11/07/18
Democrat Adam Hattersley (l) takes on Republican Joe Wicker for the Florida House District 59 seat

Florida House District 59 results: Joe Wicker loses to Adam Hattersley

Democrat Adam Hattersley wins state House 59 race
Published: 11/06/18
SYDNEY - Master Sgt. George Vera, center, of Land ‘O Lakes, shakes hands with an athlete from the Netherlands after team U.S. won the Gold medal game 29-17, Oct. 27. Defense Department photo by Senior Airman Jose Gonzalez.

Land O’ Lakes veteran finds new purpose in adaptive sports

Green Beret George Vera credits Warrior Games, Invictus Games for helping him get back to ‘normality.’
Published: 11/06/18
The candidates for Florida House District 59: Navy veteran and Democrat Adam Hattersley (left) faces Army veteran and Republican Joseph Wicker (right.) [Times files]

Joe Wicker, Adam Hattersley face off for Florida House District 59: What you need to know

The eastern Hillsborough Florida House seat is open because Ross Spano is running for Congress.
Published: 11/04/18
Updated: 11/05/18
U.S. House Florida District 16 seat between Vern Buchanan, David Shapiro: What you need to know

U.S. House Florida District 16 seat between Vern Buchanan, David Shapiro: What you need to know

Buchanan, a Republican six-term incumbent, is facing a challenge from a Democratic lawyer in a district that has been redrawn.
Published: 11/03/18
OCTAVIO JONES   |   Times (2016)
Thomas \u201CT-Man\u201D Brown, left, works with Tampa Crossroads, which assists homeless veterans in Hillsborough County.

Number of homeless veterans in Tampa Bay dropping faster than nationwide

The number of homeless veterans in the Tampa Bay area is dropping, and at a faster rate than the national average, according to statistics released Thursday.Nationwide, the number of homeless veterans has dropped by 5.4 percent compared to last...
Updated one month ago