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  1. More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    The Department of Veterans Affairs in Phoenix on May 17. Matt York/The Associated Press

    House approves VA health care overhaul

    The House overwhelmingly approved a landmark bill Wednesday to help veterans avoid long waits for health care that have plagued the Veterans Affairs Department for years.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  2. Groups sue VA over rules on PTSD claims for sexual trauma

    Two advocacy groups are suing the Veterans Affairs Department for what they say are the department's discriminatory practices regarding compensation claims related to service-connected sexual assault.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., looks old photographs from his time in the service at the New York State Military Museum on May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army's 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japans largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. Mike Groll/The Associated Press

    Japanese urgently search U.S. archives for WWII MIA info

    Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  3. Bill calls for Tricare to eliminate birth control co-pays

    Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., introduced legislation on Wednesday that would require Tricare to provide birth control free-of-charge to beneficiaries at retail pharmacies and by mail.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  4. Report: Female troops struggle to get reproductive health care

    Active-duty women face immense obstacles in accessing sufficient reproductive and sexual health care in the military health system, according to a new report by a Washington, D.C., think tank.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  5. Colo. VA employees face discipline for manipulating data

    The Department of Veterans Affairs says six employees at a clinic in Fort Collins and the VA Medical Center in Cheyenne, Wyoming, should be disciplined for manipulating data about veteran care.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  6. The Veterans Affairs building in Washington, D.C. Karen Bleier/Getty Images

    House set to take up $17B VA overhaul bill

    With a new Veterans Affairs secretary in place and an August recess looming, Congress is likely to move quickly to approve a compromise bill to refurbish the VA and improve veterans' health care.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Japanese soldiers on a reconnaissance team come ashore at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii, Tuesday during amphibious landing practice. Audrey McAvoy / AP

    Japanese practice amphibious landing in Hawaii

    Japan has been practicing storming beaches with the U.S. and other countries in Hawaii this month.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  7. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, will introduce legislation Wednesday designed to strengthen the Pentagon's sex assault forensic examiner cadre by improving training and certification, and requiring more personnel be trained in taking DNA samples and other physical evidence following an attack. Karen Bleier / AFP

    Bill aims to strengthen forensic training in sexual assault cases

    The Defense Department must improve its procedures for investigating sexual assaults by standardizing training requirements for medical experts who examine victims and analyze rape kits, a bipartisan group of lawmakers say.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  8. South Korea says North Korea fires 4 projectiles

    North Korea fired four short-range projectiles toward the ocean off its east coast on Wednesday in its latest in a series of missile and artillery tests, officials said.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  9. House and Senate negotiators have approved a compromise bill to spend about $17 billion to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs. Agreement by the 28-member conference committee was needed to move the bill to the full House and Senate. AFP

    Conference committee OKs $17B VA health care bill

    House and Senate negotiators have approved a $17 billion compromise bill to overhaul the Department of Veterans Affairs and reform a program scandalized by veterans' long waits for health care and VA workers falsifying records to cover up delays.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  10. Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases, intimidation of staff, to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA Today. Ross D. Franklin / AP

    VA manipulated vets' appointment data, audit finds

    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  11. The Taliban released a video June 4 showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. AP

    House committee rebukes Obama over Bergdahl deal

    House Armed Services Committee members voted Tuesday to condemn President Obama for failing to consult with congressional leaders before swapping five Taliban prisoners for prisoner of war Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  12. The Pentagon has relaxed flight restrictions on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet. Tom Reynolds / Lockheed Martin

    Some F-35 flight restrictions lifted

    The Pentagon has lifted some flight restrictions on F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, while inspections will continue for the foreseeable future, according to a Defense Department official.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    Adm. William H. McRaven is seen delivering the commencement address in May at The University of Texas at Austin. The Associated Press

    SOCOM chief McRaven set to become next chancellor for University of Texas System

    University of Texas System regents on Tuesday selected one of the top U.S. military special operations leaders as the lone finalist for the job of chancellor, overseeing the system's 15 campuses and $14 billion budget.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  13. The littoral combat ship USS Independence is underway in a formation of 42 ships and submarines from 15 international partner nations during Rim of the Pacific 2014. Ensign Joseph Pfaff / US Navy

    PACOM chief: U.S. not worried about Chinese intel ship at RIMPAC

    The head of the Pentagon's Pacific Command said Tuesday that it's 'a little odd' the Chinese government has sent a spy ship to trail the Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) exercise currently taking place off the coast of Hawaii — an exercise in which China has f

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    Paul Lewis

    Former Iran hostage demands compensation from Iranians

    Paul Lewis arrived as a Marine Corps security guard at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran on Nov. 3, 1979.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    An Air Force C-130J Super Hercules sits on the flight line at Ramstein Air Base, Germany. The body of an unidentified boy was discovered July 27 in the wheel well of C-130 assigend to the 86th Airlift Wing. Airman Kendra Alba / Air Force

    Body of young 'stowaway' found in wheel well of C-130 after Africa missions

    The body of an unidentified male between 15 and 20 years old was found in the wheel well of an 86th Airlift Wing C-130 on Sunday after the plane returned to Ramstein Air Base, Germany, from missions in Africa, officials said.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  14. Robert McDonald holds up a copy of the Veterans Affairs Strategic Plan Framework while testifying before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on July 22. Win McNamee/Getty Images

    McDonald confirmed as new VA secretary

    It's been a quick courtship for Bob McDonald — and there will be no honeymoon.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  15. President Obama speaks July 29 on the South Lawn of the White House as he announces new economic sanctions against key sectors of the Russian economy in the latest move to force Russian President Vladimir Putin to end his support for Ukrainian rebels. Manuel Balce Ceneta / AP

    U.S. and EU pledge new sanctions against Russia

    The U.S. message has been clear that if Russia would not deescalate its movements and hostility in Ukraine, more sanctions would be imposed.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
  16. Medical marijuana is placed on a scale. The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June. Frederic J. Brown / Getty Images

    Pot-for-PTSD researcher denied reinstatement

    The University of Arizona has rejected a marijuana researcher's plea to keep her job after her contract was terminated in June.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    In this July 22 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Jim Gehrz/The Associated Press

    Jury awards Jesse Ventura $1.8M in defamation case against estate of 'American Sniper' author

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura won $1.8 million Tuesday in his two-year fight to prove he was defamed by a military sniper and best-selling author who claimed to have punched out Ventura at a bar for bad-mouthing the Navy SEALs.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    Theodore 'Dutch' VanKirk visits a veteran's group in 2009 in Macon, Ga. Tom VanKirk says his 93-year-old father died July 28 at the retirement home where he lived in Georgia. The elder VanKirk was the last surviving member of the Enola Gay crew. Beau Cabell / AP

    Last crew member of Enola Gay dies

    The last surviving member of the crew that dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, hastening the end of World War II and forcing the world into the atomic age, has died in Georgia.

    • Jul. 29, 2014
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    17,000 troops' debt relieved in settlement with loan company

    About 17,000 service members tricked into predatory loans could see their debts erased under a settlement announced by federal and state regulators Tuesday.

    • Jul. 29, 2014

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