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  • Obama: 'We don't have a strategy'

    Obama: 'We don't have a strategy'

    Friday, August 29 2014 7:57 AM EDT2014-08-29 11:57:22 GMT
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening a meeting of his national security advisers to discuss a range of Pentagon options for confronting the Islamic State group.
    President Barack Obama tamped down the prospect of imminent U.S. military action in Syria on Thursday, saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for degrading the violent militant group seeking to establish a caliphate in the Middle East. The president spoke shortly before convening a meeting of his national security advisers to discuss a range of Pentagon options for confronting the Islamic State group.
  • 69 years later, World War II vet gets his medals

    69 years later, World War II vet gets his medals

    Saturday, August 23 2014 12:23 PM EDT2014-08-23 16:23:01 GMT
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    A 97-year-old World War II veteran has finally received his service medals earned from his time in the Army.
    A 97-year-old World War II veteran has finally received his service medals earned from his time in the Army.
  • USS Saratoga heads to be scrapped

    USS Saratoga heads to be scrapped

    Thursday, August 21 2014 3:47 PM EDT2014-08-21 19:47:03 GMT
    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship departed Naval Station Newport and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is heading to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas.
    The decommissioned aircraft carrier USS Saratoga left its port in Rhode Island on Thursday for its final journey to Texas, where it will be scrapped. The ship departed Naval Station Newport and made its way down Narragansett Bay to the Atlantic Ocean. It is heading to the Esco Marine ship recycling plant in Brownsville, Texas.
  • Mission to save Foley, other hostages in Syria failed

    Mission to save Foley, other hostages in Syria failed

    Wednesday, August 20 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-08-21 02:09:36 GMT
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held.
    President Barack Obama sent special operations troops to Syria this summer on a secret mission to rescue American hostages, including journalist James Foley, held by Islamic State extremists, but they did not find them, the administration disclosed Wednesday. Officials said the rescue mission was authorized after intelligence agencies believed they had identified the location inside Syria where the hostages were being held.
  • The militarization of America's police

    The militarization of America's police

    Monday, August 18 2014 9:41 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:41:52 GMT
    Images of heavily militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri, make the small Midwestern town look more like a war zone than a suburb. Now some are asking if this type of protection is making the problem worse. Military-style vehicles, and police who are equipped like soldiers in a war are now familiar sights as the disturbances in Ferguson continue and the divide between a mostly white police department and a predominantly African-African community widens.
    Images of heavily militarized police in Ferguson, Missouri, make the small Midwestern town look more like a war zone than a suburb. Now some are asking if this type of protection is making the problem worse. Military-style vehicles, and police who are equipped like soldiers in a war are now familiar sights as the disturbances in Ferguson continue and the divide between a mostly white police department and a predominantly African-African community widens.
  • Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

    Ex-Army psychiatrist to be NYC's veterans head

    Monday, August 18 2014 3:29 PM EDT2014-08-18 19:29:48 GMT

    A retired brigadier general who was the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist has been named New York City's veterans affairs' commissioner. She said she'll use her expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder to serve the city's 200,000 veterans.


    A retired brigadier general who was the Army's highest-ranking psychiatrist has been named New York City's veterans affairs' commissioner. She said she'll use her expertise on post-traumatic stress disorder to serve the city's 200,000 veterans.


  • Female veterans face growing challenges at home

    Female veterans face growing challenges at home

    Sunday, August 17 2014 11:59 PM EDT2014-08-18 03:59:01 GMT
    As more female veterans return from serving our country, the Department of Veteran's Affairs is making some new accommodations to insure they receive adequate healthcare. Former Marine Lucy Turek knows the challenges of being a woman serving her country. “It's hard enough having been in the military service and oftentimes being pushed aside or not treated equally” Turek said. She didn't realize she would also face challenges receiving healthcare.
    As more female veterans return from serving our country, the Department of Veteran's Affairs is making some new accommodations to insure they receive adequate healthcare. Former Marine Lucy Turek knows the challenges of being a woman serving her country. “It's hard enough having been in the military service and oftentimes being pushed aside or not treated equally” Turek said. She didn't realize she would also face challenges receiving healthcare.
  • Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
  • Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
  • Vets' brain damage from blasts not always apparent

    Vets' brain damage from blasts not always apparent

    Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.
    Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.
  • Poor sleep in Gulf War vets may be tied to brain changes

    Poor sleep in Gulf War vets may be tied to brain changes

    There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests.
    There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests.
  • Military contractors suffer high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Military contractors suffer high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
    Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
  • Vets with Gulf War Syndrome show brain changes

    Vets with Gulf War Syndrome show brain changes

    A new study shows changes in the brains of Gulf War soldiers who are believed to have been sickened by exposure to chemical weapons and may provide insight into why they often report memory problems.
    A new study shows changes in the brains of Gulf War soldiers who are believed to have been sickened by exposure to chemical weapons and may provide insight into why they often report memory problems.
  • Capt. William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor for Afghanistan battle

    Capt. William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor for Afghanistan battle

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-10-15 19:20:29 GMT
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    A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday. Obama placed the award around the neck of William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban.
    A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday. Obama placed the award around the neck of William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban.
  • Defense, Navy secretaries' statements on Navy Yard shooting

    Defense, Navy secretaries' statements on Navy Yard shooting

    Monday, September 16 2013 4:17 PM EDT2013-09-16 20:17:47 GMT
    The Pentagon issued a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
    The Pentagon issued a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
  • Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Monday, June 3 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-06-03 21:33:59 GMT
    A soldier stationed at Fort Drum, in northern New York, died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.
    A soldier stationed at Fort Drum, in northern New York, died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.
  • Navy SEAL from Long Island dies in training accident

    Navy SEAL from Long Island dies in training accident

    Friday, May 17 2013 4:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:17:46 GMT
    A Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others, military officials said Friday.
    A Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others, military officials said Friday.
  • Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 3:33 PM EST2013-01-16 20:33:01 GMT
    The New York Yankees will take on cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in an exhibition game this spring, MLB.com reported.
    The New York Yankees will take on cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in an exhibition game this spring, MLB.com reported.
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