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  1. Little Rock AFB welcomes new commander

    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The Little Rock Air Force Base has welcomed a new commander to its 314th Airlift Wing.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  2. Post-9/11 vet unemployment rate jumps again in July

    The volatile unemployment rate for the youngest generation of veterans jumped again in July, reaching 9.2 percent, matching the highest monthly rate recorded so far this year, government data show.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  3. Death of N.Y. airman could bring higher charge

    A bar manager could face more serious charges following the death this week of a patron he is accused of pushing down a flight of stairs more than two months ago, a prosecutor said Friday.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  4. A protester holds a picture of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during a July 14 demonstration against the Japanese government's decision to change the nation's war-renouncing constitution to allow for a greater military role military. Koji Sasahara / AP

    Biden praises Japan's new military policy

    Vice President Joe Biden is welcoming Japan's decision to loosen restrictions on its military to allow greater use of force to defend other countries.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  5. CIA Director John O. Brennan Carolyn Kaster / AP

    CIA director reverses himself on Senate spying

    For months, CIA Director John Brennan stood firm in his insistence that the CIA had little to be ashamed of after searching the computers of the Senate Intelligence Committee.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
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    The back exterior of Blum's Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich, is visible. Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans. Mike Householder / AP

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and 'take care of my guys.'

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  6. Iraqi men clear the debris at the scene of a car bomb in the northern Shiite neighbourhood of Sadr City on August Friday. At least 10 people were killed and 29 wounded in bomb blasts that struck two districts of Baghdad, police and hospital sources said. Ali al-Saadi / AFP via Getty Images

    U.N.: More than 1,700 killed in Iraq in July

    More than 1,700 people were killed in Iraq in July, the United Nations said Friday, making it one of the deadliest months of the year but marking a decline from the previous month, when Sunni militants swept across much of the country.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
  7. 'Now, more than ever, we need to make sure that we have a system that is able to document performance, first and foremost,' Chief Master Sgt. of the Air Force James Cody said in describing plans to overhaul the enlisted promotion and evaluation system. Scott Ash / Air Force

    Numerical EPR scores gone; time-in-grade, service on way out

    Beginning next year, you won't get numerical ratings on your enlisted performance report.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  8. House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller, R-Fla., right, and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., hold a news conference July 28 to announce that the two committees have struck a deal to reform the Veterans Affairs Department. The measure passed Wednesday 420-5 in the House and 91-3 in the Senate on Thursday. Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images

    $16.3B VA reform bill passes Senate 91-3; Obama expected to sign

    The Senate overwhelmingly gave final approval to a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs reform bill on Thursday night, sending the measure to the White House and giving Congress a legislative victory before the start of its summer break.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  9. Senior Airman Joseph Tharp of Beale Air Force Base, California, hugs his wife, Sarah, in November after returning home from Afghanistan. The Air Force plans to offer up to three years off to airmen who want to start a family or pursue other interests. Airman 1st Class Bobby Cummings/Air Force

    Up to 40 to be selected for personal, professional sabbaticals

    The Air Force will select up to 20 enlisted airmen and 20 officers to take one- to three-year sabbaticals to start families or pursue other personal or professional ambitions, the service announced Wednesday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  10.  File photo

    Congress presses DoD for allotment system reform

    Lawmakers are stepping up pressure on the Pentagon to improve the paycheck allotment system that allows service members to direct portions of their biweekly pay to certain people or institutions.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  11. N.Y. Air Guard member dies after being pushed down stairs in May

    An Air National Guard member has died more than two months after authorities say he was pushed down a flight of stairs at a bar.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  12. Smoke rises July 31 after an Israeli strike in Gaza City. Majed Hamdan / AP

    U.S., U.N. announce deal on 72-hour Gaza cease-fire

    Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    Gen. Lloyd Austin

    CENTCOM: No base planned for Uzbekistan

    U.S. Central Command is disputing reports in Russian and Uzbek media that the U.S. government is negotiating to open a military base in Uzbekistan.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  13. U.S. Family Health Plan too costly, watchdog report says

    A popular health care program that serves more than 130,000 military family members and retirees is redundant and should be eliminated, the Government Accountability Office says.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
    • NEWS /
    First lady Michelle Obama speaks at the 2014 National Conference on Ending Homelessness, part of the Joining Forces initiative, on Thursday in Washington. Cliff Owen/The Associated Press

    First lady expands effort to end vet homelessness

    Michelle Obama said the statistic that the U.S. has more than 58,000 homeless veterans is 'a stain on the soul of this nation,' as the federal government expands its initiative to provide stable and affordable housing for service members.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  14. A workman quickly slides a dustmop over the floor at the Central Intelligence Agency headquarters in Langley, Va. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    State Dept.: 'No American is proud' of CIA tactics

    The State Department has endorsed the broad conclusions of a harshly critical Senate report on the CIA's interrogation and detention practices after the 9/11 attacks, a report that accuses the agency of brutally treating terror suspects and misleading Con

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  15. Photograph of the gas mask, storage can, and collection tag from our eBay listing where the item was rediscovered. Photo courtesy Presidential Pawn Shop

    Stolen WWI gas mask found in pawn shop

    A World War I gas mask stolen from the Wyoming Capitol and missing for almost a century is on display in Cheyenne again after a South Dakota pawn shop donated it back to the state.

    • Jul. 31, 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

    Boy found dead in C-130 may have been seen near other planes

    Investigators are looking into whether the boy found dead Sunday in a C-130J wheel well was seen earlier trying to reach aircraft at an airfield in Bamako, Mali, said Eberhard Bayer, a spokesman for the German prosecutor's office.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  16. IG: Services contribute to delays in processing VA claims

    Veterans wait months longer than necessary to have their veterans disability benefits processed because of delays in how military officials handle service medical records, according to an audit released Thursday by the Defense Department Inspector General

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  17. Where would new VA medical facilities be located?

    Several new Veterans Affairs medical facilities would be opened if a House-Senate compromise bill designed to shorten delays in treating veterans becomes law.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  18. CIA director apologizes to Senate leaders

    CIA Director John Brennan apologized to Senate intelligence committee leaders after his inspector general found that CIA employees acted improperly when the CIA searched Senate computers earlier this year.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  19. Change-of-command planned at Little Rock AFB

    A change-of-command ceremony is planned at the Little Rock Air Force Base for a new leader of the 314th Airlift Wing.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    Kabul International Airport. Wikimedia Commons

    Report: Gunman in 2011'green-on-blue' attack did not commit suicide

    Eight of the nine Americans who were murdered by an Afghan colonel in 2011 never had a chance to fire back at their attacker, the final investigation into the incident concluded.

    • 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

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