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  1. Two Russian-built Sukhoi-25 jet fighters, like this one that belongs to the Iraq defense forces, were reportedly shot down Wednesday over eastern Ukraine. AFP via Getty Images

    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.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    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.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Man gets probation for crash that killed Warren airman

    A 23-year-old man who was involved in a crash in northern Colorado that killed two siblings and an Air Force senior airman has been sentenced to two years of supervised probation.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    Happy Human symbol Wikimedia Commons

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  2. If confirmed by the Senate to be the next secretary of veterans affairs, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald promised dramatic moves within his first 90 days on the job. Getty Images

    VA nominee: 'Change can be achieved'

    At Bob McDonald's confirmation hearing Tuesday on his nomination to become the next Veterans Affairs Secretary, Sen.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  3. Gen. William Shelton, commander of the US Air Force Space Command in 2013. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP via Getty Images

    Shelton: Russia's doubt over U.S. satellite capabilities shows 'desperation'

    Russian statements expressing skepticism that the U.S. can produce satellite images showing a surface-to-air missile shooting down the Malaysia Airlines jet on July 17 shows 'desperation' on Russia's part, the top Air Force space official said today.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  4. A Malaysian air crash investigator on July 22 takes pictures of wreckage at the crash site of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 near the village of Hrabove, Ukraine. Vadim Ghirda / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    The 12-year-old girl who was stabbed 19 times, allegedly by two classmates, anonymously received a Purple Heart. Marine Corps

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Iraq War veteran Darin Welker, 36, holds one of his ducks at his home in West Lafayette, Ohio. Trevor Jones/Coshocton Tribune

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  5. Six-time Olympic gold medal swimmer Amy Van Dyken-Rouen smiles and gestures June 18 as she is transferred to her room after arriving at Craig Hospital, in Englewood, Colo. Brennan Linsley / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  6. 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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  7. 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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    A brown bear attacked a National Guard soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The guardsman was reported to be in stable condition. Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

    Update: Sgt. mauled by bear in Alaska in stable condition

    A safety briefing that included what to do during a brown bear encounter likely saved a guardsman's life Sunday in Alaska.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  8. 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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
  9. A non-Afghan soldier watches the site of a suicide attack on Tuesday on the deputy counter narcotic compound in Kabul. An Afghan official said that four security guards were killed and six others were wounded after a suicide bomber on a motorbike carried out the attack. Rahmat Gul / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    President Obama presents the Medal of Honor to former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan Pitts during a July 21 ceremony at the White House. Alex Wong / Getty Images

    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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Vice President Biden greets members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars on July 21 at the VFW National Convention in St. Louis. Robert Cohen / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  10. President Obama speaks to the press on Ukraine Monday outside the Oval Office at the White House in Washington. Jewel Samad / AFP via Getty Images

    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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  11. President Obama makes a statement July 21 on the situation in Ukraine and Gaza. J. Scott Applewhite / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    A brown bear attacked a National Guard soldier at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. The guardsman was reported to be in stable condition. Don Emmert / AFP via Getty Images

    Alaska guardsman mauled by bear while training at JBER

    A soldier with the Alaska Army National Guard was in stable condition Sunday after 'an encounter with a brown bear sow defending her nearby cubs' that took place during training at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, the base announced in a news release.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  12. The Washington National Guard continues to provide support July 21 to the people of north central Washington who have been affected by the Carlton Complex Fire. Sgt. 1st Class Jason Kriess / National Guard

    100 guardsmen on standby to fight fires in Washington

    Calmer winds and cooler temperatures were allowing firefighters to go on the offensive Monday against a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles of terrain in Washington state and is the largest in state history.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    President Obama shakes hands with former Procter & Gamble executive Robert McDonald, his nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, at the Department of Veterans Affairs in Washington. Charles Dharapak / AP

    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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  13. 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.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
  14. Corruption investigated in Kansas National Guard

    Federal authorities are investigating possible corruption involving outside medical companies' contracts with the Kansas Army National Guard, according to the state's adjutant general's office.

    • Jul. 21, 2014

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