Iraq War

In this photo taken on Thursday, June 12, 2014, former Marine Sgt. Ben Colin, left, taks with a reporter at the Sheehy-Palmer VFW Post 6776 in Albany, N.Y., about his experiences while serving in Iraq  This week’s stunning advance left many U.S. veterans reflecting, with bitterness, frustration and sadness, on the sacrifices of a war that lasted for more than eight years and killed nearly 4,500 Americans and tens of thousands of Iraqis. “Losing Fallujah ... I really just honestly wanted to throw chairs across the room because what I've done there has basically just been undone,” said Colin. (AP Photo/Hans Pennink)

Vets watch as insurgents undo sacrifices in Iraq

For an entire night, Marine Sgt. Colin Archipley crouched low atop a roof as U.S. artillery slammed insurgent hideouts in the Iraqi city of Fallujah. At dawn, when orders came to destroy a suspected enemy […]

06/13/2014

In this Nov. 14, 2013 file photo, President Barack Obama pauses while speaking about his signature health care law. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

Obama health care woes become credibility fight

WASHINGTON (AP) – Throughout President Barack Obama’s first four years in office, he prided himself on his ability to bounce back when much of Washington thought his presidency was in peril. But the political challenge […]

11/17/2013

A U.S. soldier walks atop his armored vehicle at sunset as he prepares for a nighttime military exercise in the Kuwaiti desert south of the Iraqi border on Sunday, Dec. 22, 2002. (AP Photo/Anja Niedringhaus)

Military suicides drop; unclear why

WASHINGTON (AP) — Suicides across the military have dropped by more than 22 percent this year, defense officials said, amid an array of new programs targeting what the Defense Department calls an epidemic that took […]

11/11/2013

Jerral Hancock, a 27-year-old Iraq war veteran who lost his left arm and was paralyzed from the waist down in a bomb explosion in Iraq, and his daughter Anastasia arrive at Lancaster High School for a meeting with members of Operation All The Way Home(OATH) in Lancaster, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Lancaster residents putting roof over wounded GI’s head

LANCASTER, Calif. (AP) — When Jerral Hancock came home from the Iraq war missing one arm, with another that barely worked and a paralyzed body that was burned all over, he was a hero to […]

11/11/2013

In this Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013, photo provided by the family of Kimberly Walker,  shows Walker's gravestone in the likeness of popular cartoon character SpongeBob SquarePants. (AP Photo/Kara Walker)

Iraq vet’s family considering gravestone options

CINCINNATI (AP) — The family of a slain Iraqi war veteran wants her towering SpongeBob SquarePants headstone returned to her final resting place while the cemetery officials that removed it say that’s the only thing […]

10/22/2013

U.S. President Barack Obama (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Obama signs bill easing airport screening for vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has signed into law a bill making it easier for wounded or disabled members of the military and veterans to get through airport security screening. […]

08/10/2013

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Costs of US wars linger for over 100 years

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.

03/19/2013

Chris Kyle (Video still ABC News via YouTube)

1,000s expected to attend ex-sniper’s memorial

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Thousands of people are expected to attend a public memorial service for former Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle, who was shot to death at a Texas shooting range.

02/11/2013

Eddie Ray Routh charged with killing former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle at a shooting range, Erath County Sheriff Office booking photo. (AP Photo)

Records: Iraq War vet had been in mental hospital

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The Iraq War veteran charged with killing a former Navy SEAL sniper and his friend on a Texas shooting range had been taken to a mental hospital twice in the past four months.

02/04/2013

Johns Hopkins Hospital main building, Baltimore, Maryland (AP Photo)

Soldier who lost 4 limbs has double-arm transplant

(AP) – The first soldier to survive after losing all four limbs in the Iraq war has received a double-arm transplant in Baltimore. His father says Brendan Marrocco had the operation on Dec. 18 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

01/28/2013

Many Iraq, Afghan vets choosing 'second service'

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The link between U.S. military service and running for office is as old as the republic itself. It started with George Washington, who famously wrote that, “When we assumed the Soldier, […]

09/30/2012