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Comment period on VA hospital study extended through Feb. 5
HOT SPRINGS, S.D. (AP) — The Department of Veterans Affairs has extended the public comment period on a study that looks at the impact that closing a Hot Springs hospital would have on veterans. The public will now have until Feb. 5 to comment on the study. The extension comes after South Dakota's congressional... Read More
Pentagon's chief investigator resigning in January
WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Pentagon's investigative office, Jon T. Rymer, said Monday he is resigning, effective in January. Rymer, who was confirmed by the Senate two years ago as the Pentagon's inspector general, said in a written statement that he plans to volunteer with a veterans' service organization... Read More
Report: Clashes between govt., rebels kill 30 in Congo
KINSHASA, Congo (AP) — Clashes between rebels and soldiers in eastern Congo killed at least 30 people, including civilians and a United Nations peacekeeper, the director of an activist group said Monday. Rebels from the Allied Defense Forces attacked government forces Sunday in Eringeti in North Kivu province,... Read More
Boko Haram destroys Nigerian military base; 107 troops MIA
YOLA, Nigeria (AP) — Boko Haram destroyed a Nigerian military base as soldiers fled and only self-defense fighters prevented the insurgents from retaking a northeastern town, residents said Monday. The civilian fighters held Gulak town after soldiers ran away Sunday night until the military sent reinforcements who... Read More
Thai opposition leaders detained ahead of scandal park visit
BANGKOK (AP) — Soldiers and police in military-run Thailand detained two top leaders of the anti-government Red Shirt movement Monday as they prepared to visit a park celebrating past Thai kings that is at the center of a corruption scandal linked to the army. Thai television channels showed Nattawut Saikua and... Read More
Germany mulls sending up to 1,200 troops on Syria mission
BERLIN (AP) — Germany is planning to send up to 1,200 troops to support the international coalition fighting against the Islamic State group in Syria, officials said Monday. The figure would be an "upper limit" for the number of troops needed to operate the reconnaissance aircraft, tanker planes and a warship that... Read More
Philippine court to issue verdict in US Marine's murder case
OLONGAPO, Philippines (AP) — A Philippine court is expected to deliver its verdict Tuesday in the emotion-charged case of a U.S. Marine accused of murdering a transgender Filipino after discovering her gender when they checked into a hotel, officials said. Philippine police were readying heavy security for the... Read More
With peace near, debate grows over Colombia's draft
SACHICA, Colombia (AP) — The army truck pulled up at 4 p.m. on a Sunday as Omar Rodriguez, in a baseball cap and torn jeans, walked to a bus stop in his rural village of tile-roofed white homes. Soldiers demanded Rodriguez show his government military ID card. Because he never finished the military inscription... Read More
EU slams Syria for gaps in chemical weapons declaration
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A European Union envoy criticized Syria on Monday for "gaps and contradictions" in its declarations about its chemical weapons arsenal to the global watchdog overseeing the destruction of the toxic armaments. Jacek Bylica of Luxembourg said that the lack of clarity from Damascus,... Read More
The Latest: Victim of Colorado clinic shooting was Iraq vet
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) — The latest on the shooting at a Planned Parenthood clinic in Colorado (all times local): 4:00 p.m. A friend says of one of the three people who died in a shooting at a Colorado Planned Parenthood clinic was an Iraq War veteran who had recently left the military. Amburh Butler, who... Read More
EU, Turkey seek better relations at emergency refugee summit
BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders and the Turkish prime minister sealed a joint summit with a commitment to re-energize Turkey's long-stalled membership talks and bolster their common resolve to deal with the Syrian refugee crisis. The 28 EU leaders were leaning hard on Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu to stem... Read More
Maine marine engineer cousins crafting custom snow skis
BETHEL, Maine (AP) — Two cousins in Maine — both marine engineers — have teamed up to design and manufacture recreational skis. The Lewiston Sun Journal reports ( ) that 30-year-old Toby Winkler and 24-year-old Jake Bracy started by running their own skis through a table saw to see how they... Read More
Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaking at Harvard University
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) — U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter is speaking at Harvard. The former Harvard University professor will take part in a conversation with Graham Allison, director of the university's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, and Douglas Dillon, a professor of government, on... Read More
Israel defense minister says Russian plane breached airspace
JERUSALEM (AP) — A Russian jet recently penetrated Israeli airspace but was not shot down thanks to an open communication system between the two countries, Israel's defense minister said Sunday as tensions continued to flare between Ankara and Moscow after Turkish troops downed a Russian warplane. Defense Minister... Read More
NY National Guard helps send Christmas trees to bases
BALLSTON SPA, N.Y. (AP) — Soldiers and airmen from the New York National Guard are helping in the annual effort to send Christmas trees to military bases around the country and overseas. Monday morning, National Guard soldiers from Latham's 42nd Infantry Division Headquarters will join members of the 109th Airlift... Read More
Isis mocked with rubber ducks as internet fights terror with humour
If it looks like a duck, swims like a duck and quacks like a duck, could it in fact be an Islamic State militant? As world leaders scratch their heads about the best method to defeat the terror of Isis, internet users have come up with their own way to take the sting out of the group’s feathery tail. Members of... Read More
Cheyenne VA interim director aims for trust after scandal
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — The new interim director of the Cheyenne Veterans Affairs Medical Center is looking to rebuild trust after the facility became part of a patient scheduling scandal. Paul Roberts says new and better trained staff has resulted in the facility making great strides in solving its problems.... Read More
Tomah VA Medical Center launches 100-day improvement plan
TOMAH, Wis. (AP) — The Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center says it has adopted another plan to improve patient care. The La Crosse Tribune reports ( that Friday's release of the "100-day plan" comes almost 11 months after media reports that veterans at the center were prescribed excessive... Read More
After Paris, US political shift on privacy vs. security
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Paris attacks have renewed debate on the U.S. government's post-Sept. 11 domestic surveillance laws, leading to efforts to revive the issue on Capitol Hill and handing Marco Rubio an opening against Ted Cruz in the Republican presidential race. The two senators were on opposite sides earlier... Read More
Philippines gets 1st fighter jets in a decade amid sea feud
CLARK AIR BASE, Philippines (AP) — The Philippines on Saturday received the delivery of two Korean-made fighter jets — the country's first supersonic combat aircraft in a decade — as it strengthens its underfunded military amid an escalating territorial feud with China. Amid applause from Philippine defense... Read More

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World War II veteran recalls mustard gas experiments

Nov 13During the 1940s, thousands of military personnel were involved in...

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Fort Sill gains jobs amid deep Army personnel cuts

Jul 9Army artillery post in southwestern Oklahoma gains jobs while other...

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Fort Sill soldiers who can't go home for the holidays enjoy day out in Oklahoma City metro area

Dec 24The annual event was organized by members of a local chapter of the...

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Oklahoma City Honors Veterans

Nov 11A number of ceremonies, parades and dedications were held across...

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Veterans officials address concerns at OKC town hall

Sep 24Officials at the Oklahoma City VA Medical Center addressed concerns...