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The 1st Security Forces Assistance Brigade, which will be closer to the front lines of the war than most U.S. troops have been in years, is a key component of the Trump administration’s strategy for ending a stalemate with the Taliban.



Hundreds mourn Navy veteran, athletic director who died trying to save students in Parkland shooting

Chris Hixon was remembered as a loving father and husband, a veteran who was twice deployed to the Persian Gulf, an athletic director and wrestling coach who worked tirelessly for his athletes and ultimately, as a hero.


Trump plans to nominate Army veteran Paul Lawrence as undersecretary for VA benefits

President Donald Trump announced plans Wednesday night to nominate a longtime management consultant to fill a top spot at the Department of Veterans Affairs that’s remained unfilled for nearly three years.


Tradition of touching Juliet statue's breast for luck now cause for rebuke

Colleagues complained after an American surgeon went to a medical conference and showed a slide of himself touching the statue, which is at a popular Verona tourist attraction near U.S. Army Garrison Italy.


SPECIAL REPORT | Vietnam at 50: 1968

Marine veteran Richard Prince, the subject of one of the most famous photographs taken during the battle of Hue, talks about returning to Vietnam, some 50 years after the war.

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‘PowerPoint karaoke' to celebrate the best and worst of a modern military requirement

“Death by PowerPoint” is what peeling potatoes was to military generations of the past — a shared experience of droning misery that servicemembers are often “voluntold” to attend. On March 6, participants will gather in San Francisco to have a little fun with all the tedium, poor formatting and unintentional humor.


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VA, Roe tie caregiver benefit expansion to tightened eligibility

In drafting legislation that would expand comprehensive caregiver benefits to severely injured veterans of all past wars, Rep. Phil Roe, R-Tenn., chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, directed staff this month to start with the proposal announced by Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin at a Feb. 6 committee hearing.


Lawmakers push for more answers on deadly Niger ambush

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, the ranking Democratic member of the House Oversight Committee, called upon Republicans to join an effort to seek documents from the Trump administration on what it knows about the Oct. 4 ambush that killed four soldiers.



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Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for certain weapons

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain firearms and tighter background checks, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.


Vonn scatters ashes of grandfather, a Korean War veteran, near downhill course

American ski great Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.


US, Israel gear up for missile defense exercises

More than 2,000 U.S. troops will take up positions in Israel next month for a missile defense exercise designed to test the ability of American and Israeli systems to operate together.


US, Israel gear up for missile defense exercises

More than 2,000 U.S. troops will take up positions in Israel next month for a missile defense exercise designed to test the ability of American and Israeli systems to operate together.


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Child falls from 3rd floor balcony; Egyptian officer makes heroic catch

Three Egyptian policemen were able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life.


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Trump endorses raising minimum age to 21 for certain weapons

President Donald Trump on Thursday endorsed a higher minimum age for buying certain firearms and tighter background checks, saying "there's nothing more important than protecting our children," amid a public outcry for action after the Florida school shooting.


Vonn scatters ashes of grandfather, a Korean War veteran, near downhill course

American ski great Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.


US, Israel gear up for missile defense exercises

More than 2,000 U.S. troops will take up positions in Israel next month for a missile defense exercise designed to test the ability of American and Israeli systems to operate together.


US, Israel gear up for missile defense exercises

More than 2,000 U.S. troops will take up positions in Israel next month for a missile defense exercise designed to test the ability of American and Israeli systems to operate together.


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Child falls from 3rd floor balcony; Egyptian officer makes heroic catch

Three Egyptian policemen were able to catch a 5-year-old child as he fell from a third-floor apartment balcony in the southern city of Assiut, saving the boy's life.



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Nursing home workers charged after a WWII vet was left alone to die

The World War II vet threw one of his legs over the edge of his hospital bed, gasped for air and called out desperately to an empty room: "Help me, help me, help me." Minutes later, 89-year-old James Dempsey, who had pressed a call button in his room, cried out again: "Help me. Help me. Help."



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Army's flood predictions for Hurricane Harvey not released to public, records show

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted ahead of Hurricane Harvey's arrival that reservoirs in Houston would fill to record levels, flooding adjacent neighborhoods, but never shared the concern with the public, government records reveal.


Marine veteran served 2 tours in Vietnam

The day Ronnie Westberry arrived in Vietnam, his unit had just been attacked, and he helped load wounded and dead Marines in helicopters. "We did that for hours, chopper after chopper after chopper, realizing that could be me," he said. "I knew what fear was. I was scared."


US will return to Vietnam, Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership mission

The Asia-Pacific’s biggest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission is part of an effort to develop closer ties in the region.


Get ready for the era of hypersonic flight – at 5 times the speed of sound

The sleek aircraft, really more rocket than plane, dropped from the wing of a B-52 before shooting through the sky. The unmanned X-51A hit Mach 4.8 with help from a solid rocket booster. The the aircraft jettisoned the booster and its scramjet engine took over, sucking in highly-compressed air to propel the vehicle to a hypersonic speed of about 3,400 mph, or Mach 5.1.


A man claimed his wife had been lost at sea, but now he is accused of killing her

Lewis Bennett is accused of killing his wife Isabella Hellman, of concocting a fake boating accident to make it all appear to be a tragic accident. The murder charges were filed the same day he was sentenced for stealing collectible coins, which the Coast Guard found on his life raft following his rescue.


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Army's flood predictions for Hurricane Harvey not released to public, records show

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers predicted ahead of Hurricane Harvey's arrival that reservoirs in Houston would fill to record levels, flooding adjacent neighborhoods, but never shared the concern with the public, government records reveal.


Marine veteran served 2 tours in Vietnam

The day Ronnie Westberry arrived in Vietnam, his unit had just been attacked, and he helped load wounded and dead Marines in helicopters. "We did that for hours, chopper after chopper after chopper, realizing that could be me," he said. "I knew what fear was. I was scared."


US will return to Vietnam, Sri Lanka during Pacific Partnership mission

The Asia-Pacific’s biggest humanitarian assistance and disaster-relief preparedness mission is part of an effort to develop closer ties in the region.


Get ready for the era of hypersonic flight – at 5 times the speed of sound

The sleek aircraft, really more rocket than plane, dropped from the wing of a B-52 before shooting through the sky. The unmanned X-51A hit Mach 4.8 with help from a solid rocket booster. The the aircraft jettisoned the booster and its scramjet engine took over, sucking in highly-compressed air to propel the vehicle to a hypersonic speed of about 3,400 mph, or Mach 5.1.


A man claimed his wife had been lost at sea, but now he is accused of killing her

Lewis Bennett is accused of killing his wife Isabella Hellman, of concocting a fake boating accident to make it all appear to be a tragic accident. The murder charges were filed the same day he was sentenced for stealing collectible coins, which the Coast Guard found on his life raft following his rescue.



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Vonn scatters ashes of grandfather, a Korean War veteran, near downhill course

American ski great Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.


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Vonn scatters ashes of grandfather, a Korean War veteran, near downhill course

American ski great Lindsey Vonn said Thursday she recently scattered some of the ashes of her grandfather, who served during the Korean War, on a rock near the mountain where the downhill races were run.