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Photo: I feel totally betrayed": Pentagon orders soldiers to repay bonuses a decade after going to war I feel totally betrayed": Pentagon orders soldiers to repay bonuses a decade after going to war
US Uncut - Sun Oct 23, 2016
The Pentagon is forcing veterans to repay thousands of dollars in enlistment bonuses ten years after their service, according to the Los Angeles Times. More»

House committee votes to require women to register for draft
PBS - Fri Apr 29, 2016
WASHINGTON - Women would be required to register for the military draft under a House committee's bill that comes just months after the Defense Department lifted all gender-based restrictions on front-line combat units. More»

Photo: John Kerry expresses 'deep reservations' about all-volunteer military at Vietnam forum John Kerry expresses 'deep reservations' about all-volunteer military at Vietnam forum
Raw Story - Thu Apr 28, 2016
Secretary of State John Kerry said on Wednesday he feels all Americans should find a way to serve their country, suggesting the need for a renewal in public service that could also affect the military. More»

Photo: Veteran Dies After Setting Himself On Fire Outside VA Health Clinic Veteran Dies After Setting Himself On Fire Outside VA Health Clinic
Think Progress - Sat Mar 26, 2016
A New Jersey veteran has died after setting himself on fire in front of a state Department of Veterans Affairs clinic. More»

Photo: VA to Iraq war vet: 'We're not accepting any new patients' VA to Iraq war vet: 'We're not accepting any new patients'
USA Today - Thu Jul 2, 2015
Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a US Department of Veteran's Affairs clinic when he sought an appointment for post-traumatic stress disorder. More»

Photo: Study: Agent Orange may have affected Air Force workers after Vietnam Study: Agent Orange may have affected Air Force workers after Vietnam
Los Angeles Times - Fri Jan 9, 2015
Two dozen US Air Force planes used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War remained contaminated with the herbicide at levels that likely posed a health risk to some personnel who flew on them in the decade after the conflict, according to a new report. More»

Photo: Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot Group says it gave hundreds of veterans free pot
AP - Mon Sep 22, 2014
DENVER - Hundreds of military veterans received free marijuana during a special giveaway in Denver designed to show that pot can help ease their pain. More»

Suicides Outpacing War Deaths for Troops
New York Times - Sat Jun 9, 2012
The suicide rate among the nation's active-duty military personnel has spiked this year, eclipsing the number of troops dying in battle and on pace to set a record annual high since the start of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan more than a decade ago, the Pentagon said Friday. More»

Photo: Feds say Vietnam vet not U.S. citizen Feds say Vietnam vet not U.S. citizen
KETV Omaha - Tue May 29, 2012
PLATTSMOUTH, Nebraska - For the last 41 years, a man has been without a country even though he served in the United States military in Vietnam. More»

End of Iraq War Bittersweet for Soldiers, Vets
ABC News - Wed Dec 14, 2011
After almost nine years, the Iraq War has come to an official end, ending a chapter in US history that claimed the lives of almost 4,500 Americans, and left more than 32,200 more wounded. More»

Photo: Marine Who Received Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable Marine Who Received Medal of Honor Fights Allegations He is Mentally Unstable
ABC News - Tue Nov 29, 2011
In September, President Obama awarded the Medal of Honor, the nation's most prestigious military award, to Sergeant Dakota Meyer, the marine who saved 36 of his comrades during an ambush in Afghanistan. More»

Photo: My father was an "atomic vet" My father was an "atomic vet"
Val Willingham - CNN Medical Producer - Fri Nov 18, 2011
Three weeks ago, my father, Alexander Wadas, died from stage 4 lung cancer. More»

Photo: Charges dropped against veteran Charges dropped against veteran
Atlanta Journal-Constitution - Fri Nov 11, 2011
All of David Sturdivant's possessions fit in a paper sack he held tightly as he waited Friday in a wheelchair, with a folded walker, outside the Fulton County Jail. More»

Photo: Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured by police Occupy Oakland: second Iraq war veteran injured by police
The Guardian, UK - Thu Nov 3, 2011
Kayvan Sabehgi in intensive care with a lacerated spleen after protests in Oakland, a week after Scott Olsen was hurt. More»

Photo: Obama Announces Complete Drawdown of U.S. Troops From Iraq by Year's End Obama Announces Complete Drawdown of U.S. Troops From Iraq by Year's End
ABC News - Thu Oct 20, 2011
President Obama will announce today that the United States is pulling all its troop from Iraq by the end of the year. More»

Suicide casts long shadow after decade of war
AFP - Wed Aug 24, 2011
A soldier kills himself and his wife. More»

Vets with PTSD get benefits under settlement
CNN - Sat Jul 30, 2011
Washington - Anthony Koller's squad was ambushed in Iraq. More»

Military blocks access to popular video websites
Associated Press - Sun Mar 13, 2011
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon's Cyber Command has shut down Defense Department workers' access to popular streaming video websites including YouTube, Amazon, and Googlevideo. More»

Photo: Gates tells troops 'don't ask, don't tell' is still in effect Gates tells troops 'don't ask, don't tell' is still in effect
CNN - Wed Dec 22, 2010
Despite President Barack Obama's signing of a law repealing the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy, Defense Secretary Robert Gates sent a memo to troops warning them that it remains in effect until 60 days after the government certifies that the military is ready for implementation. More»

Veterans Affairs faces daunting job of reducing medical claims backlog
CNN - Sat Dec 18, 2010
Washington - Veteran claims for medical benefits are still piled high at the Veterans Affairs Department, despite a major push from the secretary of the department for quicker claims processing. More»

Hundreds of soldiers misdiagnosed & wrongly discharged
Associated Press - Sat Aug 14, 2010
WASHINGTON - At the height of the Iraq war, the Army routinely fired hundreds of soldiers for having a personality disorder when they were more likely suffering from the traumatic stresses of war, discharge data suggests. More»

Military services caution personnel against accessing WikiLeaks site
CNN - Fri Aug 6, 2010
Washington - US military personnel are being warned not to log onto the WikiLeaks website to view the tens of thousands of leaked military documents there, saying it could be considered a security violation. More»

Witness: 'Cabal' at VA Is Killing Veterans
AlterNet - Sun Aug 1, 2010
Despite the recently announced intention by Secretary Eric Shinseki and his Chief of Staff, John Gingrich, to change the "culture" of VA, the agency is in the grips of a rogue bureaucracy that bypasses congressional oversight and sabotages veterans interests and health. More»

VA hospital may have infected 1,800 veterans with HIV
CNN - Sat Jul 3, 2010
A Missouri VA hospital is under fire because it may have exposed more than 1,800 veterans to life-threatening diseases such as hepatitis and HIV. More»

Photo: Soldier arrested in connection to WikiLeaks video Soldier arrested in connection to WikiLeaks video
Associated Press - Sun Jun 6, 2010
A soldier has been arrested in connection with the release of a classified video of a 2007 helicopter attack that killed a dozen people in Baghdad, including two Reuters news staff, the military said. More»

Photo: When the Army Uses "Enhanced Interrogation" on an American Soldier When the Army Uses "Enhanced Interrogation" on an American Soldier
Huffington Post - Wed Apr 14, 2010
I had been covering veterans' issues for several years and thought I'd developed a thick skin. More»

Photo: Thousands of vets could get benefits upgrade Thousands of vets could get benefits upgrade
Associated Press - Sun Jan 24, 2010
WASHINGTON - The military has agreed to expedite a review the records of thousands of Iraq and Afghanistan veterans discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder to determine whether they were improperly denied benefits. More»

Photo: Homeless veteran who saved 5 in fire laid to rest Homeless veteran who saved 5 in fire laid to rest
Associated Press - Sat Jan 23, 2010
ARLINGTON, Virginia - Ray Vivier had been an adventurer, a Marine veteran who explored the country from South Carolina to Alaska, the father of five children. More»

Photo: Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance Back from combat, women struggle for acceptance
Associated Press - Sun Dec 13, 2009
WASHINGTON - Nobody wants to buy them a beer: Even near military bases, female veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan aren't often offered a drink on the house as a welcome home. More»

Photo: As vets await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses As vets await checks, VA workers get $24M bonuses
Associated Press - Thu Aug 20, 2009
WASHINGTON - Outside the Veterans Affairs Department, severely wounded veterans have faced financial hardship waiting for their first disability payment; inside, money has been flowing in the form of $24 million in bonuses. More»