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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
  2. Master Sgt. Benjamin Owens models the Army Combat Uniform using the new Operational Camouflage Pattern. Army

    UPDATE: New images show details of new Army camo

    Combat uniforms featuring the service's newest camo pattern will be available for sale starting in the summer of 2015, the Army announced Thursday.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  3. 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
  4. Laubenthal

    German officer to serve as U.S. Army Europe's chief of staff

    A German Army brigadier general who recently served with NATO forces in Afghanistan is assuming duties as the chief of staff of U. S. Army Europe, the first time a non-American officer has held that position.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  5.  File photo

    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
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    Army Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani, right, and retired Army Sgt. 1st Class James Shorten at the Special Operations Association Reunion in October 2012. Photo courtesy of James Shorten

    Medal of Honor recipient, POW Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani dies

    Medal of Honor recipient and prisoner-of-war Army Sgt. Maj. Jon Robert Cavaiani has died at age 70 after a battle with cancer, according to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  6. 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
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    Gen. Lloyd Austin

    CENTCOM: No base planned for Uzbekistan

    U.S. Central Command is disputing reports in Russian and Uzbek media that the U.S. government is negotiating to open a military base in Uzbekistan.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
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    Self portrait of then Pfc. Justin Watt in Iraq in 2005. Watt notified authorities when he belived members of his platoon had participated in the 2006 rape and murder of a teenage Iraqi girl and the killing of her family. Today his story is used as a teaching tool for NCOs. Courtesy of Justin Watt

    Soldiers recall Iraq murders, aftermath at Army ethics conference

    More than eight years ago, then-Pfc. Justin Watt reported members of his platoon who he believed had participated in the 2006 rape and murder of a teenage Iraqi girl in Yusufiyah and the killing of her family.

    • Jul. 31, 2014
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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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    Kabul International Airport. Wikimedia Commons

    Report: Gunman in 2011'green-on-blue' attack did not commit suicide

    Eight of the nine Americans who were murdered by an Afghan colonel in 2011 never had a chance to fire back at their attacker, the final investigation into the incident concluded.

    • 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
  13. Emergency calls made to an internal Navy security system during last year's Washington Navy Yard shooting never reached the Washington, D.C., police department  one of several issues that weakened law enforcement's ability to respond to the incident, according to a new report. Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

    Report: Navy Yard response slowed by closed systems

    Investigation reveals new details of a frantic manhunt.

    • 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
  14. An F-35A from Edwards AFB, California, flies on Feb. 7. Lockheed Martin

    Welsh defends F-35, calls it 'the answer, the only answer, to ensure' air superiority

    Despite ongoing restrictions on the fleet of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, the Air Force's top general warned against being 'alarmist' when discussing the fifth-generation jet's engine.

    • 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
  15. 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
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