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Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks at a conference held on Nov. 6, 2017 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. <br>Michael S. Darnell/Stars and Stripes

VA urges Congress to approve funding by end of year or see ‘dramatic impact’ on vets care

The Veterans Choice program will be depleted of funds within three to five weeks, Shulkin wrote in a notice to Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee. Without more money, the VA will soon stop referring patients to their private-sector doctors, he said.


Army identifies soldier killed in eastern Afghanistan on Monday

Staff Sgt. David Thomas Brabander, 24, of Anchorage, Alaska, died Monday from injuries sustained in a non-combat vehicle accident in Nangarhar province, the Pentagon said in a statement.


Mistrial in ex-Navy commander's attempted rape trial

A judge declared the mistrial Tuesday after a lone holdout kept jurors from convicting John M. Neuhart with the attempted rape of a junior officer in San Diego.

Trio saves life of fellow Marine injured helping Okinawa crash victims

Three Marines have been credited with saving the life of Marine Master Sgt. Hector Trujillo, who was s truck by a vehicle after pulling over to help injured Japanese motorists during an accident on the Okinawa Expressway.


US soldier killed in S. Korea traffic accident was NCO with 2 sons

Sgt. Eric Schenck, 33, of Placerville, Calif., died Friday of injuries suffered in the accident as his convoy was returning to Suwon Air Base from a field training exercise.


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As Mueller closed in, pressure mounted on Flynn and family

Michael Flynn made clear "he was tired of the constant barrage of either people trying to contact him and his family, or the press and the coverage they were getting. He was ready for that to be over," said Thomas A. Heaney Jr., a retired Army colonel who has known Flynn since childhood and spoke to him two days before the guilty plea last month.




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Tillerson softens US stance on possible talks with NKorea

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on Tuesday softened America's stance on possible talks with North Korea, calling it "unrealistic" to expect the nuclear-armed country to come to the table ready to give up a weapons of mass destruction program that it invested so much in developing.