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  1. Allison Hickey, VA's benefits chief, has questioned calls by health officials to use the phrase 'Gulf War illness' to describe the various health problems in veterans of the 1990-'91 conflict. Robert Turtil/Defense Department

    Top VA official questions use of term 'Gulf War illness'

    After the Institute of Medicine in March recommended using the term 'Gulf War illness' to describe symptoms affecting more than 200,000 Persian Gulf War veterans, a top Veterans Affairs Department official expressed concern that such a change would imply

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  2. Foreign troops now eligible for Defense Meritorious Service Medal

    President Obama has signed an executive order that allows foreign troops who work with the U.S. military to be eligible for the Defense Meritorious Service Medal.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    91-year-old World War II veteran gets honor

    A 91-year-old World War II veteran in suburban Detroit has received a long-overdue honor.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Vic Morris retired from the Air Force in 1961 as a lieutenant colonel. He was a flight engineer on the B-29 Superfortress 'Danny-Mite' that was shot down over Tokyo on May 24, 1945, during World War II. Derik Holtmann / Belleville News-Democrat via AP

    WWII vet overcomes survivor's guilt, tells story

    For nearly 69 years, Frances Corona has wondered how her brother met his fate in World War II.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  3. Airmen return from a six-month deployment to Afghanistan. The Air Force's revised figures show 2,132 enlisted airmen and 323 officers have been approved for early retirement. Airman 1st Class Betty Chevalier/Air Force

    Air Force corrects figures on early retirement approvals

    The Air Force has corrected an error in the number of enlisted airmen it said had been approved for early retirement.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  4. U.S. seeks to navigate military-civilian power blocs in Pakistan

    It has been six years since the Pakistani military gave up direct control of that nation's government. But U.S.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  5. Pakistan says it's test-fired short-range missile

    Pakistan's military says it has successfully test-fired a short-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  6. The warships of the standing NATO Mine Counter-Measures Group ONE with, from front to back, Estonian minehunter Admiral Cowen, Dutch minehunter Makkum, Norwegian minesweeper Otra and Belgian minehunter Belis set sail Tuesday from Kiel, Germany. Gero Breloer / AP

    NATO minesweepers set off on Baltic deployment

    Five NATO mine-hunting ships set off Tuesday on a deployment in the Baltic Sea, part of the alliance's efforts to strengthen its presence in Europe's ex-communist east as members there worry about Russia's intentions in Ukraine.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
  7. Election posters showing Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, right, and parliamentary candidate Faleh al-Khazali are seen Monday in the southern port city of Basra. Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday. AFP/Getty Images

    Militants attack balloting center in Iraq, kill 10

    Militants wearing military uniforms carried out an overnight attack against a balloting center in a remote area of the country's north and killed 10 guards, a senior police official said on Tuesday.

    • Apr. 22, 2014
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    Vice President Biden congratulates newly commissioned 2nd Lt. Kellen Curry during the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2009 graduation ceremony on May 27 at Falcon Stadium. Biden will be the guest speaker at the 2014 graduation ceremony in May. Mike Kaplan / Air Force

    Biden to speak at Air Force Academy graduation

    Vice President Biden will be the guest speaker at the Air Force Academy graduation in May.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove, who commanded a reconstruction team, sits with Abdul Ahad Fazli, the political aide to the governor of Nangarhar Province, and Mouhsen Habib, the State Department lead, during a meeting at the Provincial Governor's Palace. Courtesy photo

    4 standouts in Afghanistan honored with Sijan Award

    Lt. Col. Grant Hargrove helped Afghan leaders expand electric power and other essential services to 2.7 million citizens of Nangarhar Province, an area where Afghan forces and the Taliban often clash for control.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  8. Vice President Biden, left, is greeted upon arrival April 21 at Borispol airport outside Kiev, Ukraine. Sergei Chuzavkov / AP

    U.S.: Russia has 'days, not weeks' to follow accord

    Russia has 'days, not weeks' to abide by an international accord aimed at stemming the crisis in Ukraine, the top U.S.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    'When I can be in a tranquil situation ... I forget about all my problems,' said Max Sanchez, a Vietnam veteran who finds nudity an effective way to treat his post-traumatic stress. WTSP.com

    Interview: 5 questions for the naked veteran

    Vietnam War veteran Max Sanchez struggles with controlling issues stemming from post-traumatic stress.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  9. Russians inspect Montana nuclear launch facilities

    Russian nuclear inspectors visited the U.S. amid heightened tensions between the two nations to verify that 18 nuclear missile launch facilities had been demolished as part of a 2011 arms control treaty, Air Force officials said Monday.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  10. Soldiers pause for a moment of prayer during the National Day of Prayer breakfast at Torii Station, Japan, in 2013. Sgt. 1st Class Howard Reed/Army

    Army personnel to take part in prayer event

    Army officials say they will not back away from participating in a Capitol Hill prayer event next month despite complaints that the event amounts to an endorsement of evangelical Christians.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    North Dakota to begin drone tests for ag research

    North Dakota could begin flying a drone next month to test how the unmanned aircraft can check soil quality and the status of crops to help farmers improve agricultural management.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  11. Andrews NCO pleads guilty to child porn

    An Air Force officer has pleaded guilty to child pornography charges.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  12. Yemeni soldiers check passing vehicles Sunday in the capital Sanaa, as authorities tightened security measures a day after a U.S. drone killed 15 al-Qaeda suspects. Mohammed Huwais / AFP via Getty Images

    Yemen says strikes on al-Qaida base kill 55

    Yemeni forces, reportedly backed by U.S. drone strikes, hit al-Qaida militants for a second straight day Monday in what Yemen officials said was an assault on a major base of the terror group hidden in the remote southern mountains.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  13. Hagel vows to keep fighting sexual assault

    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said his visit Monday to the military's sexual assault hotline sends this message: No single issue has a higher priority at the Pentagon.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
  14. Express Scripts to continue as Tricare prescription provider

    Express Scripts, the Pentagon's pharmacy benefit management company, has been awarded a contract worth up to $5.4 billion over eight years to continue providing pharmacy services for Tricare beneficiaries.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Lt. Col. (Dr.) David King runs in the 2013 Boston Marathon.

    Army doc is back to run in Boston

    A year ago, Army Reserve Lt. Col. (Dr.) David King crossed the finish line of the Boston Marathon with a time of 3 hours, 12 minutes — a slow pace for the experienced runner but a thrill nonetheless for the Cambridge, Mass., resident.

    • Apr. 21, 2014
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    Retired Maj. Mick O'Donnell and his wife, Karin, seated, created Retirees on Call at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, N.C., after a conversation with base chaplain Lt. Col. Dwayne Keener, standing right. Other retirees quickly joined the effort, including retired Master Sgt. Larry Hoch and his wife, Thetis. Ross Tweten / Air Force

    Retirees create network to help active-duty families

    One airman couldn't fit an oil change into his busy schedule.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  15. Soldiers from Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, the U.K. and the U.S. conduct a convoy June 10 into the field-training portion of Exercise Saber Strike in Latvia. The U.S. is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday. U.S. Army

    U.S. weighing military exercises in Eastern Europe

    The United States is considering deploying about 150 soldiers for military exercises to begin in Poland and Estonia in the next few weeks, a Western official said Saturday.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  16. Abdullah's lead grows in new Afghan vote results

    Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah's lead slightly increased in partial results for Afghanistan's presidential election released Sunday, but he and rival Ashraf Ghani Ahmadzai still seem to be heading for a runoff next month.

    • Apr. 20, 2014
  17. Santa Rosa County Veterans Memorial manager Ralph Nesenson looks over one the park's recently vandalized memorials. The 'Wall of Tears' monument was vandalized to the point where it will no longer weep, said Nesenson. Tony Giberson / Pensacola News Journal

    Fla. vets say vandalism of military memorials should stir revulsion

    The vandalizing of military veterans' memorials in Milton and Pensacola during the past year or so is prompting the stewards of those monuments to plan security measures, but they're saddened at the need to do so.

    • Apr. 20, 2014

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