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Researchers divided over effectiveness of hyperbaric oxygen for traumatic brain injury treatment
Oklahoma lawmakers want to make a type of experimental therapy available for free to veterans with traumatic brain injury. But some researchers question the treatment, saying it’s ineffective at best and potentially dangerous at worst. Read More
Army: Chelsea Manning's 35-Year Sentence Will Stand
An Army general has upheld Private Chelsea Manning's conviction and 35-year prison sentence for giving reams of classified US government information to the anti-secrecy website WikiLeaks, the Army said Monday, according to Newser.com. The approval by Maj. Gen. Jeffery Buchanan, commander of the Military District of... Read More
Families want accountability for wrongful deaths at veterans centers
Twenty-nine Oklahoma families received compensation for a relative’s wrongful death since 2001. Read More
Lawyers sought for pro bono work to help Oklahoma veterans
The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program is seeking volunteers to handle Veteran’s Administration cases. Read More
Black lawmakers challenge new Army hair policy
The Army opened a can of worms 10 days ago when it published new rules on allowable hairstyles that, among other things, banned dreadlocks and restricted cornrows. Black female soldiers have objected, arguing that the rules are discriminatory, leaving black soldiers with natural, untreated hair few grooming options,... Read More
One of last Native American code talkers dies
Edmond Harjo, one of the last remaining Native American code talkers, has died. He was 96. The Swearingen Funeral Home says Harjo died March 31 at Mercy Hospital in Ada. Harjo’s nephew, Richard Harjo, says his uncle had a heart attack. Harjo, a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma, was one of the last... Read More
Oklahoma state Capitol event honors sacrifices of 45th Infantry Division, National Guard
Current members of the Oklahoma National Guard and former members of the 45th Infantry Division were honored Tuesday at the state Capitol in front of a joint session of the Legislature. Read More
Oklahoma Legislature honors 45th Infantry soldier
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A soldier with Oklahoma’s 45th Infantry Brigade who was seriously injured while trying to protect others when a massive tornado struck Moore in May was honored Tuesday with one of the state’s highest military decorations. Sgt. E.H. Pittman received the Oklahoma Star of Valor medal for... Read More
Confederate history group to hold reunion, convention in Shawnee
The Sons of Confederate Veterans will hold its annual convention April 12 in Shawnee. Read More
Oklahoma news briefs for April 5, 2014
Oklahoma news briefs for April 5, 2014 Read More
Oklahoma National Guard veteran faces murder complaint
Oklahoma National Guard veteran Maxx Robinson, 23, is accused of shooting and killing his uncle, Bill Cline, during an altercation Tuesday at Cline’s home in Porter. Robinson, who was hailed as a hero when his unit returned from Afghanistan, was awarded the Bronze Star in 2012. Read More
Edmond school foundation launches hall of fame
A benefit, awards ceremony and inaugural hall of fame induction are scheduled for Friday at Oak Tree Country Club by the Edmond Public Schools Foundation. Read More
Joint legislative session honors Oklahoma veterans
Dozens of veterans joined Senate and House members in the state House chamber Wednesday for a rare joint legislative session held to honor Oklahoma veterans. Read More
Officials: 4 dead, including gunman, at Fort Hood
FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — Two U.S. law enforcement officials tell The Associated Press that four people have been killed in a shooting at Fort Hood. Read More
Syrian terrorism victim receives treatment in Oklahoma
A 17-year-old Syrian who was shot by a sniper said she wants to go home after her medical care ends in Oklahoma, despite the risks in her home country. Read More
Manning lawyer wants leak conviction reversed
WASHINGTON — Convicted leaker Chelsea Manning is asking an Army general to reverse her conviction and 35-year prison sentence for sending reams of classified information to WikiLeaks. Defense attorney David Coombs says in a statement issued late Wednesday that he had taken the procedural step in the... Read More
Memorial unveiled in Norman for fallen Oklahoma National Guardsmen
A memorial honoring the 18 members of the Oklahoma National Guard who have died since U.S. troops began fighting in Afghanistan in 2001 was unveiled Wednesday in Norman at the Armed Forces Reserve Center. Read More
Widow of Fort Hood soldier hopes Oklahoma bill will cut tax debt
An Oklahoma state representative drafts legislation to give a tax break to the surviving spouse of a person killed during an act of violence occurring within a federal military installation that could be classified as “terrorism” or “combat related.” Read More
Fort Hood widow fears losing house due to taxes
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The widow of a soldier killed in the Fort Hood shooting could get relief from a $6,000 tax bill under a measure that would grant some families benefits similar to those given after acts of terrorism. Jennifer Hunt, 30, had been married just short of three months when her husband, Jason, was... Read More
American Legion votes to shut down Oklahoma headquarters
American Legion officials were told of financial irregularities at the Oklahoma headquarters. The more than 200 Legion posts in Oklahoma remain open. Read More

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Michael Behenna's parents talk about his parole

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