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Hagel: Lapses stain 'force's honor'

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Friday urged the newest Navy and Marine Corps officers to consult their “compass” regularly as they enter a military embarrassed by cheating and ethics scandals, including a sexual assault case that played out during their own senior year.<p>“Some people regularly …

VA says more veterans may use private medical services

Under pressure to improve care, the Department of Veterans Affairs will allow more veterans to use private medical services to meet growing demands for healthcare, the department announced Saturday.<p>Veterans Affairs Secretary<p>Eric K. Shinsekisaid in a brief statement that as part of an expansion of …

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Obama Administration Will Let Veterans Seek Care At Private Hospitals

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s decision to allow more veterans to get care at private hospitals could take some pressure off backlogged …

Obama: 'Al Qaeda is on its heels' - CNN Video

Caught in 'The Hornet's Nest': Soldiers in Fierce Taliban Firefight Talk About Struggles of Life After War

The Kunar province was home to some of the most brutal fighting in the Afghanistan War, and for the soldiers of the US Army’s 101st Airborne …

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Florida Beaches Face Dangerous Rip Currents

Memorial Day Weekend was the unofficial start of summer. The beaches were jam-packed, as last winter’s polar vortex has become a distant memory. But Florida’s Volusia County has been hit with a wave of trouble.<p>Monday, there were more than 120 water rescues, mostly due to dangerous rip currents. On …

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