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Non-profit helps homeless veterans find homes

Non-profit helps homeless veterans find homesVanessa Griggs served in the U.S. Army from 1985 to 1987 and in December, she was evicted from her home of 17 years.
  • Local
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Military

Man embarks on epic motorcycle ride for veterans

Man embarks on epic motorcycle ride for veteransCharley Barnes has been riding motorcycles for more than 40 years. He's logged more than 100,000 miles on the back of his Harley. And this summer he's preparing for the ride of a lifetime.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 3 days ago
Military

Army eases policy on transgender soldiers

Army eases policy on transgender soldiersThe new directive expires after 12 months, or sooner, if a broader re-interpretation of the Army's rules about transgender soldiers is issued.
  • Military
  • 1 week, 6 days ago
Military

Giffords, husband return Navy vet's uniform to family

Giffords, husband return Navy vet's uniform to familyIllinois residents Penny and David Welch had scheduled a getaway to Arizona for February. It would be a regular trip to visit some of David's relatives in the Tucson area — and also a welcome escape from the winter chill of their Sugar Grove home, about an hour...
  • Military
  • 2 weeks ago
News

Fighter jets practice off coast of Georgia

Fighter jets practice off coast of GeorgiaFighter pilots from across the United States are training in a large exercise off the coast of Georgia.
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  • 2 weeks ago
Military

Loophole allows for military sex offenders not to register

Loophole allows for military sex offenders not to registerIt's a flawed system that could pose hidden dangers. There are sex offenders released from military prisons who can not be found on any sex offender registry. It's an issue that hits close to home in Jacksonville, and includes several servicemen convicted of...
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Military

Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea Manning

Military approves hormone therapy for Chelsea ManningChelsea Manning, the convicted national-security secrets leaker, has been approved for hormone therapy for transition to a woman as an inmate at the Army's Fort Leavenworth prison, according to a memo obtained Thursday by USA TODAY.
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
News

Bill aims to close sex offender loophole

Bill aims to close sex offender loopholeCongresswoman Jackie Speier introduced a bill, aimed at closing a loophole that allows sex offenders convicted in the military to go years without putting their name on a sex offender registry.
  • News
  • 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Military

Obama signs veteran suicide prevention bill

Obama signs veteran suicide prevention billPresident Obama signed a veteran suicide prevention bill into law Thursday, calling on all Americans to "reach out and do more with and for our veterans."
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Military

You can help put faces with names on Vietnam Memorial

You can help put faces with names on Vietnam MemorialFor almost 15 years, volunteers have been collecting photographs of the more than 58,000 names engraved on the polished black panels of the Vietnam Memorial in Washington.
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Military

This soldier reunion has everyone crying, even Navy dad

This soldier reunion has everyone crying, even Navy dadYellow ribbons are tied around several trees on the grounds of a Florida elementary school, each with a military member's name written on it.
  • Military
  • 2 weeks, 4 days ago
Local

48th Brigade welcomes first African-American Commander

48th Brigade welcomes first African-American CommanderColonel Reginald G. A. Neal transitioned into his new role as commander of the 48th Infantry Brigade Combat Team.
  • Local
  • 3 weeks ago
Warner Robins

Military contractor returns from Afghanistan

Military contractor returns from AfghanistanDon Hawkins, a military contractor who's spent the last 10 months in Afghanistan, surprised his son at lunch.
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  • 3 weeks ago
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Minn. man helps make new tools for WWII vet after burglary

Minn. man helps make new tools for WWII vet after burglaryA father, son and a Minnesota vet are being praised for their generosity after a Colorado man's favorite wood-carving tools were stolen right before Christmas.
  • Features
  • 3 weeks ago
News

Dying Minnesota veteran gives everything away

Dying Minnesota veteran gives everything awayAfter 38 years in his Maple Grove home the time has come for Bob Karlstrand. Everything he owns, from toys and books to home appliances and furniture has to go.
  • News
  • 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Warner Robins

Controlled burn today at Robins Air Force Base

Controlled burn today at Robins Air Force BaseThere will be a controlled burn of piles of logs at Robins Air Force Base on Wednesday.
  • Warner Robins
  • 3 weeks, 4 days ago
Macon

Macon Marine overcomes amputation, becomes state trooper

Macon Marine overcomes amputation, becomes state trooperMark Smith lost his leg in a battle in Iraq, but did not let the injury change his course in life.
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  • 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Robins Air Force Base

Robins Public Health first line of defense against disease

Robins Public Health first line of defense against diseaseThe Public Health division protects airmen and their families from disease at home and abroad.
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  • 1 month ago
Military

Recruit drops 150 pounds to join the Army

Recruit drops 150 pounds to join the ArmyWhat may be the Army's biggest loser started basic training this week at Fort Benning, Ga.
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  • 1 month ago
Military

Obama wants end of sequester, seeks $74B spending hike

Obama wants end of sequester, seeks $74B spending hikePresident Obama will call for an end to the automatic budget cuts known as sequestration and seek $74 billion in spending above those limits when he unveils his budget next week, the White House announced Thursday.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Health

Bet you can't run a mile faster than this 74-year-old

Bet you can't run a mile faster than this 74-year-oldEvery step, every stride, every mile spent on a treadmill, this veteran is changing lives.
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  • 1 month ago
Military

Panel will propose new military retirement system

Panel will propose new military retirement systemThe long-awaited report on military compensation set to drop Thursday will propose fundamental changes to military retirement and health care benefits, according to several people familiar with the report.
  • Military
  • 1 month ago
Military

Wounded vet gets all-terrain wheelchair for outdoors

Wounded vet gets all-terrain wheelchair for outdoorsAn improvised explosive device (IED) nearly killed U.S. Marine Michael Fox in 2011.
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  • 1 month ago
News

Air Force veteran gets rude note for parking spot

Air Force veteran gets rude note for parking spotA North Carolina veteran returned to her car after grocery shopping at an area store to find a nasty note on it about where she'd parked.
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  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Robins Air Force Base

Brig. Gen. Lindsley takes hands on approach to Robins leadership

Brig. Gen. Lindsley takes hands on approach to Robins leadershipLindsley leads by talking with managers and employees.
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Military

VA responsible for vet's suicide, mother says

VA responsible for vet's suicide, mother saysIn the weeks preceding his death, Janos Victor Lutz — "John," as his friends knew him — told VA doctors he was slightly depressed over a breakup with a girlfriend, his ailing service dog and his lack of focus after serving in the Marine Corps.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Military

Couple games recruiting program for $4 million, earns ire

Couple games recruiting program for $4 million, earns ireThe Army paid a Texas couple nearly $4 million for supplying it with names of recruits who may have enlisted without their help, part of a bonus program blasted by a leading senator as a "mind-blowing" waste of taxpayer money, according to interviews and...
  • Military
  • 1 month, 1 week ago
Robins Air Force Base

Robins Commander: 'We're seeing positive trends'

Robins Commander: 'We're seeing positive trends'Brig. Gen. Walter Lindsley says a new production system in the aircraft depots is working.
  • Robins Air Force Base
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Remains of soldier who died after Africa duty tested

Remains of soldier who died after Africa duty testedThe Army's Fort Hood is working with the Killeen, Texas, police department to determine the circumstances of the death of an unnamed soldier who was deployed to Liberia to help fight the outbreak of Ebola, a Pentagon spokesman said Tuesday.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Hill leaders: Obama to seek renewed war authority

Hill leaders: Obama to seek renewed war authorityTop congressional leaders said the White House is drafting new authorization language to redefine the U.S. mission in the war on terror that will address the rise of the Islamic State.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

2014 military suicides remain at high level for fifth year

2014 military suicides remain at high level for fifth yearThe total number of suicides among U.S. active-duty services members last year was virtually unchanged from 2013, remaining at historically high numbers for a fifth year in a row, according to Pentagon statistics provided to USA TODAY.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Soldier fights off intruder who comes back for more

Soldier fights off intruder who comes back for moreA National Guardsman woke up to find a man climbing through his bedroom window. He fought him off, but then found the intruder waiting at the front door.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

CENTCOM'S Twitter, YouTube accounts hacked

CENTCOM'S Twitter, YouTube accounts hackedThe Twitter and YouTube accounts of the Pentagon's command for its forces in the Middle East have been hacked, according to defense officials Monday.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Family gets WWII soldier's message, 70 years later

Family gets WWII soldier's message, 70 years laterA special kind of "family reunion" happened at Radio Shack in Windham Monday night -- made possible by the power of social media.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Vietnam veteran facing execution for death of deputy

Vietnam veteran facing execution for death of deputyA Vietnam veteran suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is seeking clemency from his scheduled execution on Tuesday. His lawyers argue that after convicting Andrew Brannan for murdering a Laurens County, GA deputy, the jury did not receive enough...
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
Military

Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbers

Marines jump in to help woman confronted by robbersThree U.S. Marine Corps recruiters said they heard repeated honking from inside their office on Tuesday around 5:00 p.m. -- when they ran out to see what was going on.
  • Military
  • 1 month, 2 weeks ago
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