en-us Copyright 2014, SaxoTech Online Thu, 24 Jul 2014 00:00:00 -0400 Thu, 24 Jul 2014 06:59:40 -0400 15 Sen. Sanders seeks new VA funding compromise A push by Veterans Affairs Department officials for billions in new funding to hire more doctors may upend congressional efforts for a wide-reaching VA reform package that appeared all but finished just a few weeks ago. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:20:00 -0400 Truman sailor dies after fall from barracks balcony at Naval Station Norfolk A sailor died after falling six stories at Naval Station Norfolk. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 21:18:00 -0400 Senate panel backs McDonald for VA secretary The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on Wednesday endorsed former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to be the new secretary of Veterans Affairs. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 20:00:00 -0400 Iraq: al-Maliki rejects Iran's urging to step down Iraq's Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki rejected an attempt by Iran to persuade him to step down, senior Iraqi politicians said Wednesday, underlining his determination to defy even his top ally to push for a third term in office and further exacerbating th Wed, 23 Jul 2014 18:29:00 -0400 Study: Childhood traumas are more common in military members Childhood traumas are more common among military members and veterans than among civilians, according to a new study. Researchers say the results support the notion that for some, enlistment serves as an escape from troubled upbringings. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:27:00 -0400 Guardsmen will not patrol border to catch illegal immigrants The roughly 1,000 Texas Army and Air National Guard troops being dispatched to the U.S.-Mexico border will not be tasked with apprehending illegal immigrants, said the adjutant general of the Texas National Guard. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 17:05:00 -0400 Naval Academy welcomes new superintendent Back in 2010, the secretary of the Navy and the chief of naval operations made a $100 bet with then-Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Mike Miller that he wouldn't survive a second four-year stint back on the yard. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:46:00 -0400 Enlisted women to serve on attack submarines after 2020 With female officers having served in the boomer force for nearly three years, the Navy is aiming for women to make up a significant portion of the ballistic-missile submarine force by 2020, one of the new waypoints in the silent service's historic integr Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:19:00 -0400 College's recruiting practices draw congressional fire Senators and student veteran leaders are working to dissuade would-be college students from using GI Bill funds to enroll at WyoTech and Heald, criticizing the schools' recent recruiting actions as irresponsible and predatory. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:58:00 -0400 U.S. officials, lawmakers clash over Iraq policy Senior U.S. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:49:00 -0400 Sen. Harkin: Recruit the disabled for non-combat jobs While veterans' groups are pushing the Senate to expand protections for disabled troops when they travel abroad, lawmakers in the chamber are considering expanding military jobs to disabled individuals at home. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:00 -0400 Marine vet says he was forgotten in VA clinic A veteran of the U.S. Marines says he was locked inside a central Florida community clinic operated by the Veteran's Administration. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:43:00 -0400 Vet cited for therapy ducks will get day in court despite fine being paid An Army veteran who says his pet ducks help relieve his post-traumatic stress disorder is getting his day in court after being cited for violating an Ohio village ban, even though someone else already paid his fine. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:39:00 -0400 2 Ukrainian military fighter jets shot down Russian-backed separatists shot down two Ukrainian fighter jets Wednesday in the eastern regions of the country, according to the Ukrainian Defense Ministry. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:17:00 -0400 Memorial honoring injured veterans under way in D.C. Army Lt. Dawn Halfaker was on patrol 10 years ago in Baqubah, Iraq, when a rocket-propelled grenade tore through her military vehicle and exploded inside. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 08:51:00 -0400 Blue Angels add XO, screening after misconduct report In the wake of a high-profile misconduct investigation of the Blue Angels, the Navy's top aviator announced sweeping changes to the flight demonstration squadron's unique structure - changes officials hope will yield a better-run squadron. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 16:27:00 -0400 Fleet's oldest deployable warship nears retirement The fleet's oldest deployable warship is nearing its goodbye. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:19:00 -0400 Atheist group urges Congress to allow humanist military chaplains More than one in five service members do not identify with a particular religion, according to Defense Department statistics. To better serve them, an organization is working to expand the Chaplain Corps to include clergy who don't believe in a god. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:22:00 -0400 VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved' At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:20:00 -0400 U.S.: Russia 'created the conditions' for shoot-down of airliner Senior U.S. intelligence officials said Tuesday that Russia was responsible for 'creating the conditions' that led to the shooting down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, but they offered no evidence of direct Russian government involvement. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:08:00 -0400 Donor gives Purple Heart to 12-year-old stabbing victim The Waukesha girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates who thought her death would please a fictional online character, has received a special gift. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 11:02:00 -0400 Stranger pays veteran's duck fine without his OK What appears to be a citizen trying to do a good deed might deny a disabled veteran the day in court he wants. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:37:00 -0400 Study uses EEGs to guide treatment for depression Electroencephalograms, or EEGs, which measure electrical activity in the brain, show promise in improving treatment for depression - and consequently lowering post-traumatic stress symptoms and suicidal tendencies, a new military medical study has found. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 09:36:00 -0400 Olympian credits surviving ATV accident to training with Marine vet Todd Honea discovered his calling, partly out of necessity, while in the Marines: to get fit and help others to do the same. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:28:00 -0400 Attorney: Ventura deserves millions from Kyle An attorney for former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura is asking a federal jury to award Ventura millions in damages for what he claims is a lie in a memoir by the late military sniper Chris Kyle. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:27:00 -0400 Olympia, Wash., group working to save USS Olympia The Washington State Friends of the USS Olympia want to assuage some guilt. They want to right a 120-year-old wrong. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:27:00 -0400 Military suicides declined slightly in 2013, Pentagon says Suicides in the military dropped by 6 percent last year, a decline that Pentagon officials hope signals a reversal in a tragic trend - but that some advocates say does not reflect the true scope of the issue in the military and veterans' community. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 18:09:00 -0400 Report: Open-air burn pits still in use in Afghanistan Two incinerators at a joint Afghan-U.S. airbase have been underused, needlessly exposing troops to toxic pollution generated from open-air burn pits still in operation, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction has found. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:24:00 -0400 California won't send troops to Mexican border California Gov. Jerry Brown won't be deploying National Guard troops to the Mexican border like Texas is doing in response to an influx of immigrants, a state military official said Monday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 08:07:00 -0400 Suicide bomber kills 4 foreign guards in Kabul A suicide bomber on a motorcycle targeted a police compound housing foreign advisers in Kabul on Tuesday, killing four foreign security guards and wounding six, Afghan officials said. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 07:13:00 -0400 Ryan Pitts receives Medal of Honor for Battle of Wanat Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday for his heroism during the Battle of Wanat in 2008, one of deadliest clashes of the Afghanistan War. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:19:00 -0400 White House to launch new high-tech job training initiative for veterans New high-tech job training efforts being launched by the White House this week will include veteran-specific programs and placement efforts, Vice President Joe Biden told the Veterans of Foreign Wars annual convention on Monday. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 14:30:00 -0400 Obama urges immediate access to Ukraine crash site President Barack Obama sternly called on Russian President Vladimir Putin to compel Kremlin-backed separatists to stop hampering the probe at the Ukraine site of a downed passenger jet and allow international investigators unfettered access. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:04:00 -0400 Obama voices concern about casualties in Mideast President Obama called Monday for the international community to focus on ending the fighting in the Gaza Strip, as Secretary of State John Kerry headed to the Middle East to make a renewed push for a cease-fire between Hamas and Israel. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 12:03:00 -0400 Report: Retaliation by supervisors common at VA A pharmacy supervisor at the VA was placed on leave after complaining about errors and delays in delivering medications to patients at a hospital in Palo Alto, California. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:16:00 -0400 Texas governor to send 1,000 National Guard troops to border Texas Gov. Rick Perry will announce today that he plans to activate up to 1,000 National Guard troops to help guard the U.S.-Mexico border, a source in the governor's office told Military Times. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 16:57:00 -0400 U.N. to vote on crash resolution; Russia reluctant The U.N. Security Council will vote Monday on an Australia-proposed resolution demanding international access to the Ukraine plane crash site and a cease-fire around the area, with diplomats pressuring a reluctant Russia to approve it. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 12:09:00 -0400 Study: Indirect link between combat and suicide risk One of the first comprehensive efforts to explain record suicides among soldiers during and after their deployments in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan finds an indirect link between deployment, combat and self-destructive urges, according to a paper publ Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:29:00 -0400 2 Americans killed in fighting in Gaza Strip Max Steinberg and Nissim Sean Carmeli grew up in America. But they both developed a passion for Israel. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:22:00 -0400 WWII vet gets surprise $1K check after robbery A 101-year-old veteran in Carson City who was the victim of a home invasion robbery over the Memorial Day weekend has received a $1,000 check during a surprise visit from supporters. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:01:00 -0400 Aircraft with U.S. personnel lands in Ugandan road A small aircraft carrying U.S. military personnel made an emergency landing in the middle of a highway after running out of fuel, Ugandan police said Friday. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:55:00 -0400 Overnight attacks in Iraq kill at least 16 people Attacks overnight in two Iraqi cities killed at least 16 people, officials said Monday as authorities struggle to stop the Sunni militants' offensive that has left huge areas in northern and western Iraq outside of government control. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 07:46:00 -0400 New special pay levels set A handful of helicopter rescue swimmers and air traffic controllers are getting a big - and unexpected - payout. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 10:19:00 -0400 Use your VA loan benefit After a tornado ripped through Air Force Tech. Sgt. Rhonda Stockstill's house in Moore, Oklahoma, in May 2013, she and her husband began the hunt for a new home, thinking they would go through their previous lender to get another VA home loan. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 11:34:00 -0400 Kerry: Mounting evidence of Russian involvement in crash Secretary of State John Kerry said Sunday there was mounting evidence Russia assisted separatists in Ukraine in shooting down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 08:56:00 -0400 Iraq War vet cited for owning 14 therapeutic pet ducks Darin Welker is facing a citation and a hearing in Coshocton Municipal Court for owning 14 ducks, as they are in violation of a village ordinance. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:44:00 -0400 Bodies of MH17 victims on train bound for rebel-held city All 196 bodies recovered from Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 have been loaded onto refrigerated trains headed for a rebel-held city, according to reports Sunday. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:43:00 -0400 Russia bans congressman, 12 other Americans Russia has placed a U.S. lawmaker and 12 other people connected with the Guantanamo Bay detention camp and the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq on its list of those banned from entering the country. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 12:19:00 -0400 Germany honors officers who tried to kill Hitler Germany on Sunday honored a group of Nazi-era officers who tried to kill Adolf Hitler 70 years ago. The plot - portrayed in films such as the 2008 Hollywood movie ' Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:25:00 -0400 Training boss talks classroom changes Whether training recruits, operating schoolhouses or overseeing the force's general military training, Naval Education and Training Command runs sailor education and development from cradle to grave. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 13:49:00 -0400 Without radar, missile may not have identified Malaysian jet If Ukrainian rebels shot down the Malaysian jetliner, killing 298 people, it may have been because they didn't have the right systems in place to distinguish between military and civilian aircraft, experts said Saturday. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:05:00 -0400 Analysts: Airliner Shootdown Points to Russian-Made System U.S. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:05:00 -0400 USS Elrod back in Norfolk having completed its final deployment The frigate Elrod made her last homecoming Saturday morning having completed a final six-month deployment to 6th Fleet. The 29-year-old ship is to be decommissioned Jan. 30 and sold to a foreign military. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:04:00 -0400 Under threat, Iraq's Christians flee city of Mosul BAGHDAD The message played over loudspeakers gave the Christians of Iraq's second-largest city until midday Saturday to make a choice: convert to Islam, pay a tax or face death. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:19:00 -0400 Family of slain Ohio WWII Navy vet renews reward The family of a World War II veteran and great-great grandfather killed in his Ohio home nearly three years ago is renewing a $5,000 reward for information that helps solve the cold case, saying that justice is long overdue. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 16:10:00 -0400 Bombings in Iraq's capital kill at least 27 people A series of bombings, including three over a span of less than 10 minutes, killed at least 27 people across Baghdad on Saturday, shaking the fragile sense of security the capital has maintained despite the Sunni militant offensive raging across northern a Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:23:00 -0400 Officials: U.S. drone strike kills 11 in N.W. Pakistan A U.S. drone fired several missiles at a sprawling compound in Pakistan's northwestern tribal region bordering Afghanistan on Saturday, killing eleven militants, two Pakistani intelligence officials said. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:00:00 -0400 Peregrine falcons delay USS Saratoga departure The Navy is ready to say goodbye to the USS Saratoga, but a family of peregrine falcons is not. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:21:00 -0400 620,000 trees to honor fallen Civil War soldiers Visitors along the scenic byway between Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and Charlottesville, Virginia, will begin to notice clusters of trees lining the route. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:20:00 -0400 Testimony ends in Jesse Ventura defamation trial Testimony has ended in former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura's defamation lawsuit against the estate of 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 09:18:00 -0400