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Last year, the VA said it would hire 200 temporary workers and shell out $70 million to implement the “Forever” GI bill, which contains 34 changes to veterans’ education benefits and boosts spending by $3 billion for 10 years.



Military veterans divided over Trump's Russia comments

U.S. military veterans have had mixed reactions to President Donald Trump's statements during a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin. Some say they are a betrayal, others say Trump's relationship with Putin is positive for the U.S.


Trump: Supporting tiny NATO ally Montenegro could start WWIII

Last week, President Donald Trump gave his backing to NATO after a contentious meeting of heads of state in Brussels, where Trump reportedly threatened to go it alone if members didn’t spend 2 percent of their respective gross domestic products on defense.


Fitness app Polar revealed not only where US military personnel worked, but where they lived

Reporters in the Netherlands discovered that a fitness app called Polar allowed virtually anyone to easily procure the personal information of more than 6,460 U.S. military and security personnel, including people working at the National Security Agency and the U.S. Secret Service.


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Alabama man walked almost 20 miles to his new job. When his boss found out, he gave him a car.

Walter Carr sent his friends a flurry of increasingly pleading text messages. The college student's car had broken down, and he was supposed to begin his new job as a mover the next morning — at a home 20 miles from his apartment near Birmingham, Ala.


This Air Force veteran was paid just $20 for a life-saving idea that's still used today

While a "two striper" in the Air Force 60 years ago, Robert Carpenter invented a color-coded system for attaching tractor trailer air-brake connections that's now mandatory equipment for every truck on every American road.


Lawmakers: Presidents who bypass Congress on war powers should face impeachment

A president who sends the U.S. military to war without congressional approval, which has become commonplace in recent decades, should face impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors, two House lawmakers said Wednesday.



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Lawmakers: Presidents who bypass Congress on war powers should face impeachment

A president who sends the U.S. military to war without congressional approval, which has become commonplace in recent decades, should face impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors, two House lawmakers said Wednesday.


Vicenza relay race takes grueling turn in nod to brigade’s changing mission

The 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 24-hour relay race, the Running of the Herd, changed from its laid-back Vicenza inception in November 2013, complete with costumes and adult beverages, to this year’s grueling competition on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in rebel's southern holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday.


Nigeria arrests Boko Haram members linked to Chibok attack

A Nigerian police official says authorities have arrested 22 Boko Haram extremist leaders and fighters responsible for the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok and more than 50 suicide bombings.


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Lawmakers: Presidents who bypass Congress on war powers should face impeachment

A president who sends the U.S. military to war without congressional approval, which has become commonplace in recent decades, should face impeachment for high crimes and misdemeanors, two House lawmakers said Wednesday.


Vicenza relay race takes grueling turn in nod to brigade’s changing mission

The 173rd Airborne Brigade’s 24-hour relay race, the Running of the Herd, changed from its laid-back Vicenza inception in November 2013, complete with costumes and adult beverages, to this year’s grueling competition on Tuesday and Wednesday.


Syrian forces' bombing intensifies in rebel's southern holdout

Syrian government forces determined to retake the largest opposition holdout in the country's southwest unleashed an intense bombing campaign, killing at least a dozen people and wounding over 100 in a densely populated town, activists and rescuers said Wednesday.


Nigeria arrests Boko Haram members linked to Chibok attack

A Nigerian police official says authorities have arrested 22 Boko Haram extremist leaders and fighters responsible for the mass kidnapping of schoolgirls in Chibok and more than 50 suicide bombings.



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Trump loyalists at VA shuffling, purging employees ahead of new secretary

Ahead of Robert Wilkie's likely confirmation to lead the Department of Veterans Affairs, Trump loyalists at the agency are taking aggressive steps to purge or reassign staff perceived to be disloyal to President DonaldTrump and his agenda for veterans, according to multiple people familiar with the moves.



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BAE's $1.3 billion contract for howitzers delayed by US Army

The U.S. Army is delaying approval of full-scale production of BAE Systems's new self-propelled howitzer, citing the need to improve quality before proceeding with additional contracts options valued at about $1.3 billion.


Coast Guard, others investigating tour boat operator involved in a lava bomb incident

Lava Ocean Tours, the lava boat operator whose 23 passengers were injured Monday morning by lava bombs, had a prior history of passenger lawsuits and had been previously fined by the state for lava tour boat violations.


USS Laboon to return to Norfolk months after firing missiles into Syria

The USS Laboon is returning to Naval Station Norfolk a few months after firing missiles into Syria that were intended to stop President Bashir Assad from using chemical weapons against his own people.


US House agrees to name Washington post office for Marine killed in cargo plane crash

Marine Sgt. Dietrich Schmieman of Richland, Washington was one of 16 service members killed July 10, 2017, when their KC-130 cargo plane crashed in Mississippi. The bill to rename the post office in his honor now goes to the U.S. Senate.


5-year-old girl was sexually molested at Travis Air Force Base facility, family says

A prominent Bay Area civil rights attorney is alleging that a 5-year-old child was sexually molested by other minors multiple times at a Travis Air Force Base child care center.


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BAE's $1.3 billion contract for howitzers delayed by US Army

The U.S. Army is delaying approval of full-scale production of BAE Systems's new self-propelled howitzer, citing the need to improve quality before proceeding with additional contracts options valued at about $1.3 billion.


Coast Guard, others investigating tour boat operator involved in a lava bomb incident

Lava Ocean Tours, the lava boat operator whose 23 passengers were injured Monday morning by lava bombs, had a prior history of passenger lawsuits and had been previously fined by the state for lava tour boat violations.


USS Laboon to return to Norfolk months after firing missiles into Syria

The USS Laboon is returning to Naval Station Norfolk a few months after firing missiles into Syria that were intended to stop President Bashir Assad from using chemical weapons against his own people.


US House agrees to name Washington post office for Marine killed in cargo plane crash

Marine Sgt. Dietrich Schmieman of Richland, Washington was one of 16 service members killed July 10, 2017, when their KC-130 cargo plane crashed in Mississippi. The bill to rename the post office in his honor now goes to the U.S. Senate.


5-year-old girl was sexually molested at Travis Air Force Base facility, family says

A prominent Bay Area civil rights attorney is alleging that a 5-year-old child was sexually molested by other minors multiple times at a Travis Air Force Base child care center.



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Sky asserts dominance with Thomas and Froome 1-2 in Tour

British rider Geraint Thomas won the first summit finish of the Tour de France and claimed the yellow jersey on Wednesday with Team Sky asserting its dominance. Four-time champion Chris Froome moved up to second overall, 1 minute, 25 seconds behind Thomas, his teammate.


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Sky asserts dominance with Thomas and Froome 1-2 in Tour

British rider Geraint Thomas won the first summit finish of the Tour de France and claimed the yellow jersey on Wednesday with Team Sky asserting its dominance. Four-time champion Chris Froome moved up to second overall, 1 minute, 25 seconds behind Thomas, his teammate.