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  1. Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary

    The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 25. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs

    While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Marine vet says he was forgotten in VA clinic

    A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones/AP

    Vet cited for therapy ducks will get day in court despite fine being paid

    An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  2. Two Russian-built Sukhoi-25 jet fighters, like this one that belongs to the Iraq defense forces, were reportedly shot down Wednesday over eastern Ukraine. AFP via Getty Images

    2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down

    Russian-backed separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in D.C.

    Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  3. Change of command set for Army Parachute Team

    The U.S. Army Parachute Team is getting a new leader in a change of command ceremony.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Tyler Perry arrives at the world premiere of 'The Single Moms Club' on March 10 in Los Angeles. Chris Pizzello / AP

    Lawsuit: Tyler Perry interfered with studio plan at former Ga. Army base

    A Georgia entertainment company is suing Tyler Perry, accusing the filmmaker of unfairly working with government officials to transform a former military base into a studio for Perry's company.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Happy Human symbol Wikimedia Commons

    Atheist group urges Congress to allow humanist military chaplains

    More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don't believe in a god.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Medal of Honor Recipient former Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts makes his remarks during the Hall of Heroes Induction Ceremony on Tuesday at the Pentagon. Sgt. Mikki Sprenkle/Army

    Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts inducted into 'Hall of Heroes'

    Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts, amid one of the bloodiest battles of the war in Afghanistan, was badly injured and fighting for his life, when he paused to comfort his comrade as he lay dying, Sgt. Israel Garcia.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. If confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald promised dramatic moves within his first 90 days on the job. Getty Images

    VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved'

    At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. A Malaysian air crash investigator on July 22 takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down of airliner

    Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    The 12-year-old girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates, anonymously received a Purple Heart. Marine Corps

    Donor gives Purple Heart to 12-year-old stabbing victim

    The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones/Coshocton Tribune

    Stranger pays veteran's duck fine without his OK

    What appears to be a citizen trying to do a good deed might deny a disabled veteran the day in court he wants.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Study uses EEGs to guide treatment for depression

    Electroencephalograms, or EEGs, which measure electrical activity in the brain, show promise in improving treatment for depression — and consequently lowering post-traumatic stress symptoms and suicidal tendencies, a new military medical study has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  6. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet

    Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. Capt. David J. Lenzi II Courtesy Capt. David J. Lenzi II

    Opinion: No need to go back to Iraq — the job may be done for us

    There seems to be an awful lot of people who think any excuse to travel to a foreign country and kill people is a good one.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  8.  Staff

    August 1st lt. promotions are out

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to first lieutenant in August, the Army announced:

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  9. Military suicides declined slightly in 2013, Pentagon says

    Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend — but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans' community.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  10. Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan

    Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    A brown bear attacked a National Guard soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The guardsman was reported to be in stable condition. Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

    Update: Sgt. mauled by bear in Alaska in stable condition

    A safety briefing that included what to do during a brown bear encounter likely saved a guardsman's life Sunday in Alaska.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Ground broken for Fort Hood shootings memorial

    Ground was broken Tuesday in Central Texas for a memorial to victims of the 2009 Fort Hood shooting rampage that left 13 people dead and more than 30 wounded.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  11. Promotions to CW2 for August are out

    These soldiers have been selected for promotion to chief warrant officer 2 in August, the Army announced:

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  12. California won't send troops to Mexican border

    California Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday.

    • Jul. 22, 2014

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