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    Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., left, and Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, at the Capitol in Washington, on Feb. 25. J. Scott Applewhite/The Associated Press

    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.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
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    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.

    • Jul. 23, 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/AP

    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.

    • Jul. 23, 2014
  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
  10. Editorial: Surprises in base rankings

    Eight months ago, Air Force Times embarked on an ambitious project to rank Air Force bases across the U.S., measuring cost of living, housing, schools, traffic and amenities for each area.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Average commute in the Washington area is roughly half an hour. Carolyn Kaster / The Associated Press

    Bringing up the rear: The 5 worst bases in the Air Force

    Based on Air Force Times research, these are the five least-popular bases — from fifth worst to worst — to be stationed in the Air Force:

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Readers' picks: From paradises to morale killers

    Air Force Times opened the floor to its readers to get their thoughts on the best and worst bases in the Air Force. More than 100 readers sent us their thoughts on our Flightlines blog, Facebook page, and via email.

    • Jul. 21, 2014
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    Base Operations at Scott Air Force Base. The area has low housing prices, a low crime rate and top on-base services. Karen Petitt / Air Force

    Special Report: The top 5 best bases for airmen

    No matter the service, no matter the era, one of the favorite pastimes of troops has always been comparing duty stations — griping about the lousy ones and singing the praises of the good ones.

    • Jul. 21, 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

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