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Hagel loyalty to Obama unable to fend off resignation

Up until his resignation announcement Monday, Hagel was a loyal backer of the administration and its military foreign policy, even when it conflicted with the views of top brass. Still, toeing the line was not enough to overcome what some saw as a lackluster tenure at the Pentagon and growing post-election pressure on the White House.

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New bill would allow VA to recommend medical marijuana for patients

Arguing that medical marijuana may help wounded warriors with anxiety and stress disorders to "survive and thrive," Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., and Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, R-Calif., have introduced legislation that would allow Department of Veterans Affairs’ doctors to recommend the drug for some patients.

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Iraq to overhaul Baghdad security to stop bombings

Baghdad's neighborhood of Gorayaat, a small Shiite enclave on a bend in the Tigris River, exemplifies the failures of Iraq's security agencies trying to protect the capital from attacks by the Islamic State. The district has been a target for years, hit by so many bombings, suicide attacks, rockets and mortars that residents have lost count.

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A year in Vietnam, a lifetime of memories

Joe Scholle flew hundreds of sorties in Vietnam as a UH-34D helicopter pilot ferrying troops, logistics and medevac patients from base to base and in and out of “hot LZs” – landing zones under fire. While there, the Marine acquired the nickname “Crazy Joe” for the actions he took at his base at the start of the Tet Offensive. The nickname has stuck all these years, and so have the memories of many close encounters.

 

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