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Biden reassures Iraqi prime minister of US support
WASHINGTON (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden reassured Iraq's government on Monday of U.S. support in the fight against the Islamic State group, telephoning Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi with thanks for "the enormous sacrifice and bravery of Iraqi forces" one day after Defense Secretary Ash Carter questioned the... Read More
Where You Live May Reveal How You're Spending Memorial Day
Memorial Day is the unofficial kick-off of summer for many Americans - marked with a backyard BBQs and/or trips to beach and to car dealerships. But in some places the holiday's meaning, a remembrance of those who died serving in the military, is likely to be a bigger part of the weekend. The spread of military... Read More
Memorial Day 2015: The Real Story Behind the Holiday
Memorial Day Weekend usually conjures up images of backyard parties, beaches and beer, says Good Morning America. But Memorial Day is more than just a three-day weekend marking the unofficial start of summer. It's actually been an official national holiday for over 40 years aimed at remembering those who served... Read More
21 New Hampshire museums free for military families
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — There are 21 museums in New Hampshire offering free admission to military families from Memorial Day through Labor Day under the Blue Star Museums program. The New Hampshire museums are among 2,000 nationwide taking part in the program. The museums range from the Moffett House Museum and... Read More
Georgia post to give Vietnam vets homecoming they never had
SAVANNAH, Ga. (AP) — When Adna Chaffee IV returned from his tours of duty in Vietnam, coming home was a low-key affair — and it was planned that way. Chaffee recalls landing at a U.S. military base with other soldiers and being quickly whisked to the post-exchange store to buy civilian clothes, then booking a... Read More
Turkey: Kurdish rebels attack military base; no casualties
ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — Turkey's military says suspected Kurdish militants have fired two mortar rounds at a military base in the country's southeast region, prompting the military to fire back in retaliation. A statement posted Monday on the military's website says no one was injured in Sunday's attack on the base... Read More
Journalism students aim to dispel myths about veterans
DETROIT (AP) — Wishing living U.S. military veterans a "Happy Memorial Day" might be well-intentioned but misses the mark on an occasion meant for remembering those who lost their lives. That and other timely reminders can be found in a new book researched and written by a Michigan State University journalism... Read More
Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured
TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — Tunisia defense minister says 7 soldiers killed in Tunis barracks shooting, 10 others injured. Read More
Defense chief's criticism of Iraqis raises policy questions
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the Iraqi provincial capital Ramadi has prompted criticism from Defense Secretary Ash Carter and raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the extremist group. The Islamic State group, which had already seized a strategically... Read More
Indonesian police kill 2 suspected terrorists in shootout
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — Indonesia's anti-terrorism squad killed two suspects and arrested seven others in raids on a jihadist organization with possible links to the Islamic State group, police said Monday. National Police spokesman Brig. Gen. Agus Rianto said the elite squad fatally shot two men late Sunday in... Read More
Aquino: Philippines to fly usual routes over disputed reefs
MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Philippine aircraft will continue to fly their usual routes over disputed reefs in the South China Sea, the country's president said Monday, defying China's challenges to its planes and those of the United States. President Benigno Aquino III told reporters there is no declared air... Read More
Army chiefs plan for proposed joint Arab force in Mideast
CAIRO (AP) — Army chiefs of staff of Arab countries have drafted a protocol for a new joint force to intervene in Middle East hotspots on missions ranging from fighting Islamic militants to Iran-backed groups — despite lingering disagreements on some details, including where to base the force's headquarters. The... Read More
Fort Jackson and VA pause to recall those who served
FORT JACKSON, S.C. (AP) — Officials from Fort Jackson and the Veterans Administration are holding a Memorial Day wreath laying ceremony at the Fort Jackson National Cemetery in Columbia. The public is also invited to attend Monday's service, which begins at 9 a.m., and honors those who have served and died in... Read More
A look at where Assembly speakers send money
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Speakers of the California Assembly have discretion over how to spend the legislative body's roughly $150 million annual operating budget, including on services that have nothing to do with lawmaking. The spending is not subject to public hearings or vote. Read More
Dedication planned for new Orlando VA hospital
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Department of Veteran Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald is among the dignitaries planning to be at the dedication of a new VA medical center in Orlando. The medical center is being dedicated Tuesday, years behind schedule. The center's groundbreaking was in 2008 and it had been expected to be... Read More
Events to mark Memorial Day at Pensacola Naval Air Station
PENSACOLA NAVAL AIR STATION, Fla. (AP) — The sailors at Pensacola Naval Air Station in the Florida Panhandle will mark Memorial Day with a special ceremony. The Pensacola base was the nation's first Naval Air Station, and it is home of the U.S. Navy's Blue Angels flight demonstration squadron. Events will begin... Read More
Australia appoints 2 new counterterrorism coordinators
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia on Monday moved to increase cooperation between its security agencies against the threat of Islamic State group militants by appointing two new counterterrorism coordinators. Greg Moriarty, a former ambassador to Indonesia and Iran, was named commonwealth counterterrorism... Read More
Defense chief: Iraqis showed no will to fight at Ramadi
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Islamic State group's takeover of the provincial capital Ramadi is stark evidence that Iraqi forces lack the "will to fight," Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a TV interview that aired Sunday. The harsh assessment raised new questions about the Obama administration's strategy to defeat the... Read More
Texas House opts not to cut veterans education benefits
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much. Fiscal conservatives have... Read More
Highlights from around the state Capitol
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas lawmakers on Sunday opted to water down a major attempt to reduce the rising costs of a program offering free college tuition to veterans' children, relenting amid criticism that cutting the benefits too deeply wouldn't be fair to those who sacrifice so much. Fiscal conservatives have... Read More

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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...

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Coburn says federal government shouldn’t arm local police

Sep 9At a Capitol Hill hearing, Sen. Coburn questions how the Defense...

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Michael Behenna: What his life is like now

Jul 24Former U.S. Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna talks about what his life...