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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
  1. 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
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    Lance Cpl. Greg Buckley Jr. Marine Corps

    Marine Corps responds to Gold Star family's allegations of 'misleading, offensive' information

    The Marine Corps responded in part to a 10-page letter from a Gold Star family that accused the Corps of misleading the public about events in the aftermath of their son's death.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  2. 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
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    A female lieutenant in the Infantry Officer Course hangs from a rope at the obstacle course on Marine Corps Base Quantico July 2, 2013. The Corps plans to adopt gender-neutral fitness tests for combat arms MOSs. Thomas Brown/Staff

    Marines developing gender-neutral MOS tests as 11 new jobs open to women

    The Corps' top general said the service plans to adopt a gender-neutral screening test that would assess Marines' physical qualifications for various military specialties.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    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
  4. 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
  5. 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
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    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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
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    Case of missing Marine wife Erin Corwin on cover of People Magazine

    The story of missing Marine wife Erin Corwin made the cover of this week's People Magazine, set to hit newsstands Friday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    LCpl Gregory T. Buckley

    Gold Star family blasts Marines' communication on insider attack case

    An outraged Gold Star family has levied new accusations which contest information the Marine Corps released concerning events following a 2012 insider attack in Afghanistan.

    • 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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    The Taliban released a video June 4 showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan. AP

    General to question Bergdahl about his disappearance

    Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who was released in a prisoner swap with the Taliban two months ago, will meet next week with the senior Army officer investigating the circumstances of his capture in Afghanistan, his lawyer said Wednesday.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    Military Times honors 2014 Service Members of the Year

    They've done extraordinary things in service to their country. But on Wednesday, a soldier, sailor, airman, Marine and Coast Guardsman were recognized for more than their military exploits.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  11. More senators seek military aid to Ukraine

    Democratic senators joined their Republican colleagues Wednesday in calling for some U.S. military aid to Ukraine after receiving a closed-door briefing from senior Obama administration officials.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  12. Man in military uniform killed in Fayetteville

    Fayetteville police say a man dressed in a military uniform was shot and killed in the parking lot of a local apartment complex.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    In this July 22 file photo former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura, center, arrives at court with his wife, Terry, and others for his defamation lawsuit against 'American Sniper' author Chris Kyle in St. Paul, Minn. Jim Gehrz/AP

    Jesse Ventura's image and legal battles not over

    Former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura got the legal vindication he craved when a jury agreed he had been defamed in slain military sniper Chris Kyle's autobiography.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
  13. Groups sue VA over rules on PTSD claims for sexual trauma

    Two advocacy groups are suing the Veterans Affairs Department for what they say are the department's discriminatory practices regarding compensation claims related to service-connected sexual assault.

    • Jul. 30, 2014
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    World War II veteran Arthur Robinson of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., looks old photographs from his time in the service at the New York State Military Museum on May 8, 2014, in Saratoga Springs. The Army's 27th Infantry Division, which Robinson served in, bore the brunt of Japans largest mass suicide attack, launched before dawn on July 7, 1944, on the island of Saipan. Mike Groll/The Associated Press

    Japanese urgently search U.S. archives for WWII MIA info

    Racing against time, members of a Japanese organization are combing a New York military museum's World War II records for information they hope will lead to the graves of American servicemen still listed as missing in action on Saipan.

    • Jul. 30, 2014

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