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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin said it was an "extremely rare event" that happens in the U.S. about 1,500 times a year and in the VA 12 times. “That’s a rate in the VA much less than what happens outside, but that’s no excuse.”



Lawmakers battle in the final hours to avert government shutdown

Funding is slated to run out by late Friday evening, and without a temporary budget deal, the government will shut down, triggering a disruption to many federal operations and services, including military pay and programs.


Advocates concerned veteran homelessness isn’t a VA priority

An attempt by the Department of Veterans Affairs late last year to reduce funding to a veterans housing program has created a lingering rift between the agency and veterans advocates.


Pentagon: Military-civilian disconnect could endanger all-volunteer force

Americans are less connected to the military than ever before and Defense Department leaders — facing what could amount to a recruitment crisis in coming years — has started to take note.



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Paratroopers drop howitzers, live-fire during Germany exercise

Thirty-seven paratroopers with the Army’s 173rd Brigade Combat Team (Airborne) jumped onto a snowy field here during a heavy drop exercise Wednesday.


UN chief: Threat from nukes, other weapons, gathers force

Secretary-General Antonio Guterres opened Thursday's meeting warning that the threat from weapons of mass destruction "seems to be gathering force" and urged expanded diplomatic efforts to tackle what he called the greatest security challenge in the world today — North Korea.


Warrior-scholar Cavoli takes reins at USAREUR

The new commander of U.S. Army Europe is eyeing readiness and interoperability with allied forces as his major priorities as he settles back in Germany, where he was born to a U.S. Army family decades ago.



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Lawmakers battle in the final hours to avert government shutdown

Funding is slated to run out by late Friday evening, and without a temporary budget deal, the government will shut down, triggering a disruption to many federal operations and services, including military pay and programs.


Australia PM says Olympic unity won't denuclearize North Korea

"History tells us a very bitter lesson about North Korea," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "They have a long habit of ratcheting up their militarization and then, you know, going into a lull for a while trying to persuade people that they're changing their ways, changing nothing and then ratcheting up again."


Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.


Watchdog: Civilian deaths tripled in US-led campaign against ISIS in 2017

Airwars, which investigates civilian casualty allegations using social media and other information, said that between 3,923 and 6,102 noncombatants were "likely killed" in air and artillery strikes by the U.S. and its partners in 2017. The estimate for Iraq and Syria was more than triple that of the year before, Airwars said.


UN to investigate attacks on Congo peacekeepers

The U.N. is launching an investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in a part of Congo where the deadliest single assault on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in almost 25 years unfolded last month.


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Lawmakers battle in the final hours to avert government shutdown

Funding is slated to run out by late Friday evening, and without a temporary budget deal, the government will shut down, triggering a disruption to many federal operations and services, including military pay and programs.


Australia PM says Olympic unity won't denuclearize North Korea

"History tells us a very bitter lesson about North Korea," Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said. "They have a long habit of ratcheting up their militarization and then, you know, going into a lull for a while trying to persuade people that they're changing their ways, changing nothing and then ratcheting up again."


Powerful gale lashes Europe, 6 dead amid traffic chaos

A powerful storm pummeled Europe with high winds and snow Thursday, killing at least six people in three countries, grounding flights, halting trains, ripping roofs off buildings and flipping over trucks.


Watchdog: Civilian deaths tripled in US-led campaign against ISIS in 2017

Airwars, which investigates civilian casualty allegations using social media and other information, said that between 3,923 and 6,102 noncombatants were "likely killed" in air and artillery strikes by the U.S. and its partners in 2017. The estimate for Iraq and Syria was more than triple that of the year before, Airwars said.


UN to investigate attacks on Congo peacekeepers

The U.N. is launching an investigation into attacks on peacekeepers in a part of Congo where the deadliest single assault on a U.N. peacekeeping mission in almost 25 years unfolded last month.



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Advocates concerned veteran homelessness isn’t a VA priority

An attempt by the Department of Veterans Affairs late last year to reduce funding to a veterans housing program has created a lingering rift between the agency and veterans advocates.



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Veteran discusses mission to take down the Taliban, movie hitting theaters Friday

Steve Kofron said when he and his 11 comrades in the Army’s 5th Special Forces group heard about the post-9/11 mission to bring down the Taliban, they did not just volunteer for it — they fought to be able to go.


Victim identified in Camp Pendleton Marine-on-Marine stabbing

First responders were called to Area 52, the sprawling section of Camp Pendleton where the School of Infantry is housed on Tuesday morning, following reports of an injured person. The Marine in confinement is also assigned to the same unit.


Damaged USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula on Friday

The USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi Friday morning, and the public is invited to welcome the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding employees will be handing out flags for people to wave as the destroyer passes Point Park on the west tip of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.


A 66-year-old is about to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

After starting in Antarctica, participants will sleep on a chartered plane and wake up each day to run another 26.2 miles - in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai; Lisbon; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami - 168 hours of nonstop running and flying.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.


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Veteran discusses mission to take down the Taliban, movie hitting theaters Friday

Steve Kofron said when he and his 11 comrades in the Army’s 5th Special Forces group heard about the post-9/11 mission to bring down the Taliban, they did not just volunteer for it — they fought to be able to go.


Victim identified in Camp Pendleton Marine-on-Marine stabbing

First responders were called to Area 52, the sprawling section of Camp Pendleton where the School of Infantry is housed on Tuesday morning, following reports of an injured person. The Marine in confinement is also assigned to the same unit.


Damaged USS Fitzgerald arrives in Pascagoula on Friday

The USS Fitzgerald arrives in South Mississippi Friday morning, and the public is invited to welcome the ship. Ingalls Shipbuilding employees will be handing out flags for people to wave as the destroyer passes Point Park on the west tip of Beach Boulevard in Pascagoula.


A 66-year-old is about to run seven marathons in seven days on seven continents

After starting in Antarctica, participants will sleep on a chartered plane and wake up each day to run another 26.2 miles - in Cape Town, South Africa; Perth, Australia; Dubai; Lisbon; Cartagena, Colombia; and Miami - 168 hours of nonstop running and flying.


Bahamas military recovers body from small plane crash at sea

A body has been recovered from the waters off Andros Island where a small plane with six people on board is believed to have crashed. A debris field and a body were spotted in rough seas by a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew the night before.