Business isn’t what it used to be for Afghanistan’s only female warlord. Disarmament, death threats and dwindling foreign contracts have led to this: Commander Kaftar, the once-swaggering, gunslinging militia leader, visiting Kabul to scratch for government contracts and imploring a reporter to help her and her sons get visas to the United States.
Employees of the beleaguered Phoenix VA health care system say many of the problems that led to a nationwide scandal still plague the system five months after revelations of patients dying on secret wait lists, falsified data and a toxic culture.
Although it seems certain that VA hospitals offered substandard care to veterans, some of whom died while waiting months for treatment, getting compensation in court is likely to prove a tough fight for veterans and survivors.
At a heated Congressional hearing Wednesday, two doctors said patient deaths can be linked to delays in care at VA medical centers, a starkly different view than the one painted by an increasingly controversial inspector general’s report.
Running through sniper and mortar fire to retrieve wounded comrades and ammunition, fighting off Vietnamese soldiers, digging an escape tunnel to help his fellow soldiers survive a brutal assault, all while bleeding from multiple wounds — the full story of Bennie Adkins’ heroism during a deadly 38-hour battle could not fit in a 20-minute ceremony.
An eight-year, $25 billion effort to reorganize, train and equip Iraq's military was seemingly all for naught — undermined by corruption and sectarian divisions. Now, the U.S. is starting from scratch to revamp the Iraqi military.
It’s not every day that a Cabinet secretary gives out his cell phone number to a room full of reporters. But that’s what Veterans Affairs chief Bob McDonald did Monday as part of a bid to show the VA is changing its culture.
With the veterans’ health care system embroiled in scandal and a new generation coming home from war, President Barack Obama sought Tuesday to reassure American veterans that the government is committed to taking care of them.
Heath Druzin has been a reporter for nearly nine years, covering crime,
politics, and the military at newspapers in California, Louisiana, and Idaho
before working for more than two years in Iraq and Afghanistan for Stars and
Stripes. He recently returned to Stripes as a downrange reporter.
By trodding fantastic paths that wind through pastures and forests dotted with surreal rock formations, one can see why the Mullerthal Trail in Luxembourg’s Mullerthal region was recently recognized as one of the best trails in Europe.
Ghost towns dot the landscape all across the southwestern United States, once-thriving cultural hubs abandoned and left in shambles. Many are still fairly well-preserved, though, and offer visitors a chance to see a piece of history even if it is in pieces.
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