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Following a yearlong investigation, the Government Accountability Office reported Monday that the VA has cut back since 2016 on suicide prevention outreach. Of the $6.2 million budget obligated for suicide prevention outreach in fiscal year 2018, the agency had spent only $57,000, or less than 1 percent.



GAO: Navy training, certification improved — but sailors still report 100-hour workweeks

The report, published last month, said the Navy in Japan had “improved markedly” the number of surface ship crews with lapsed training certifications over the past year.


Landstuhl hospital employee investigated over suspected threat to blood supply

The medical center is the European home to the Armed Services Blood Program, which collects blood and other blood products at donation centers at up to three mobile drives throughout Europe each week.


Group urges White House, VA to reject resurfaced proposal cutting disabled, unemployed veterans' benefits

AMVETS is urging the White House and the VA to publicly disavow the proposal in a new Congressional Budget Office report before it creates a groundswell of anger within the veteran community.


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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.


Okinawa-based Marine sentenced to six years for sexual assault, harassment

Cpl. Jose Araujo Jr. was found guilty at a general court-martial of sexually assaulting a female Marine and sexually harassing seven other Marines, according to a spokeswoman for the 3rd Marine Logistics Group.


US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ says Tokyo’s revised defense strategy

Strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance is more important than ever for Japan’s national security as challenges with China, cybersecurity and elsewhere continue to evolve, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday by the Cabinet.



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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.


US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ says Tokyo’s revised defense strategy

Strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance is more important than ever for Japan’s national security as challenges with China, cybersecurity and elsewhere continue to evolve, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday by the Cabinet.


Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.


An austere base in Afghanistan rapidly expands for more US troops

At the entrance of the base cafeteria at rapidly-expanding Camp Dahlke West, 60 miles south of Kabul, is a sign stating a simple rule: if you want to eat, you’ll have to fill two sandbags.


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Little if any progress as partial government shutdown looms

The fight over President Donald Trump's $5 billion wall funds has deepened, threatening a partial government shutdown in a standoff that has become increasingly common in Washington.


US-Japan alliance ‘more important than ever,’ says Tokyo’s revised defense strategy

Strengthening the U.S.-Japan alliance is more important than ever for Japan’s national security as challenges with China, cybersecurity and elsewhere continue to evolve, according to new defense guidelines approved Tuesday by the Cabinet.


Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.


An austere base in Afghanistan rapidly expands for more US troops

At the entrance of the base cafeteria at rapidly-expanding Camp Dahlke West, 60 miles south of Kabul, is a sign stating a simple rule: if you want to eat, you’ll have to fill two sandbags.



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Retired Marine colonel who took his life at the Bay Pines VA campus was the fifth veteran to do so since 2013

On Dec. 10, retired Marine Col. Jim Turner put on his dress uniform and medals and drove to the Bay Pines Department of Veterans Affairs complex. He got out of his truck, sat down on top of his military records and took his own life with a rifle.



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A story of two Marines in Vietnam, and one's ultimate sacrifice

For 52 years, Paul Schultz never revealed details about his Vietnam War service. The closest he got was telling his sons that they owed their lives to his best friend in Vietnam.


Navy wants two more Littoral Combat Ships from Austal

Austal USA apparently will continue its hot streak: The Department of Defense has indicated that in its fiscal 2019 budget cycle, two of three contracts for Littoral Combat Ships once again will go to the Mobile-based shipbuilder.


Coast Guardsman kills wife, son, self at Florida home

Miami-Dade police and Coast Guard officials said Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, fatally shot his wife, Gretchen, 39, and shot their children early Sunday at their home south of Miami. He then shot himself.


Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.


The great 'Eggnog Riot' of 1826 changed West Point's culture

The event would lead to the largest ever mass expulsion in West Point history and change forever the Academy's culture and even its architecture. And it very nearly changed forever the fortunes of one of America's most important 19th century figures.


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A story of two Marines in Vietnam, and one's ultimate sacrifice

For 52 years, Paul Schultz never revealed details about his Vietnam War service. The closest he got was telling his sons that they owed their lives to his best friend in Vietnam.


Navy wants two more Littoral Combat Ships from Austal

Austal USA apparently will continue its hot streak: The Department of Defense has indicated that in its fiscal 2019 budget cycle, two of three contracts for Littoral Combat Ships once again will go to the Mobile-based shipbuilder.


Coast Guardsman kills wife, son, self at Florida home

Miami-Dade police and Coast Guard officials said Petty Officer First Class John Presnar, 44, fatally shot his wife, Gretchen, 39, and shot their children early Sunday at their home south of Miami. He then shot himself.


Spangdahlem airman’s son, 8, dies in autobahn car crash

The eight-year-old son of an airman from Spangdahlem Air Base was killed Saturday night in a single-car crash on autobahn A60 near the base, German police and base officials said.


The great 'Eggnog Riot' of 1826 changed West Point's culture

The event would lead to the largest ever mass expulsion in West Point history and change forever the Academy's culture and even its architecture. And it very nearly changed forever the fortunes of one of America's most important 19th century figures.