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    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Army veteran receives Medal of Honor for bloody Afghanistan battle

    Monday, July 21 2014 4:17 PM EDT2014-07-21 20:17:48 GMT
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    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor Monday on a former Army staff sergeant who fought off enemy fighters during one of the bloodiest battles of the Afghanistan war. Ryan M. Pitts is the ninth living recipient of the nation's highest decoration for battlefield valor for actions in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    Soldiers' use of mental health services up, stigma down

    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
    As war raged in Iraq and Afghanistan, U.S. soldiers almost doubled their use of mental health services -- and they felt more comfortable seeking such treatment, according to new research.
  • Former Coast Guard chief to be Arctic diplomat

    Former Coast Guard chief to be Arctic diplomat

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 6:31 PM EDT2014-07-16 22:31:32 GMT
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    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. inte...
    A retired Coast Guard admiral was named Wednesday as the first U.S. special representative for Arctic issues, overseeing American policy in the icy region that is becoming a global focus for economic opportunities and security concerns. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry said retired Adm. Robert J. Papp has broad foreign policy experience and a "passion" for the Arctic that makes him the ideal diplomat to advance U.S. inte...
  • Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    Many Iraq-Afghanistan war vets struggle to find enough food

    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
    One-quarter of U.S. veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have trouble getting enough access to enough food, according to new research.
  • Vets' brain damage from blasts not always apparent

    Vets' brain damage from blasts not always apparent

    Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.
    Even if they have no symptoms, military veterans exposed to blasts from bombs, grenades and other devices may still have brain damage, a new study finds.
  • Poor sleep in Gulf War vets may be tied to brain changes

    Poor sleep in Gulf War vets may be tied to brain changes

    There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests.
    There may be a link between poor sleep quality and reduced gray matter in the brains of Gulf War veterans, a new study suggests.
  • Military contractors suffer high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Military contractors suffer high rates of post-traumatic stress disorder

    Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
    Private contractors who worked in Afghanistan, Iraq and other conflict zones over the past two years have high rates of depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), a new study finds.
  • Vets with Gulf War Syndrome show brain changes

    Vets with Gulf War Syndrome show brain changes

    A new study shows changes in the brains of Gulf War soldiers who are believed to have been sickened by exposure to chemical weapons and may provide insight into why they often report memory problems.
    A new study shows changes in the brains of Gulf War soldiers who are believed to have been sickened by exposure to chemical weapons and may provide insight into why they often report memory problems.
  • Capt. William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor for Afghanistan battle

    Capt. William Swenson awarded Medal of Honor for Afghanistan battle

    Tuesday, October 15 2013 3:20 PM EDT2013-10-15 19:20:29 GMT
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    A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday. Obama placed the award around the neck of William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban.
    A former Army captain whose heroic actions in a deadly Afghan battle were captured on video received the nation's highest military award, the Medal of Honor, from President Barack Obama at the White House Tuesday. Obama placed the award around the neck of William D. Swenson for his actions in a lengthy battle against the Taliban.
  • Defense, Navy secretaries' statements on Navy Yard shooting

    Defense, Navy secretaries' statements on Navy Yard shooting

    Monday, September 16 2013 4:17 PM EDT2013-09-16 20:17:47 GMT
    The Pentagon issued a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
    The Pentagon issued a statement from Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel about the deadly shooting at the Washington Navy Yard on Monday.
  • Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Fort Drum soldier dies in Afghanistan

    Monday, June 3 2013 5:33 PM EDT2013-06-03 21:33:59 GMT
    A soldier stationed at Fort Drum, in northern New York, died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.
    A soldier stationed at Fort Drum, in northern New York, died in Afghanistan, the Department of Defense announced.
  • Navy SEAL from Long Island dies in training accident

    Navy SEAL from Long Island dies in training accident

    Friday, May 17 2013 4:17 PM EDT2013-05-17 20:17:46 GMT
    A Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others, military officials said Friday.
    A Humvee carrying six Navy SEALs and two other sailors overturned during a training exercise at Fort Knox in Kentucky, killing one of the SEALs and injuring the others, military officials said Friday.
  • Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    Yankees to play exhibition game at West Point

    Wednesday, January 16 2013 3:33 PM EST2013-01-16 20:33:01 GMT
    The New York Yankees will take on cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in an exhibition game this spring, MLB.com reported.
    The New York Yankees will take on cadets from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., in an exhibition game this spring, MLB.com reported.
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