Senators kill plan to shut down some New Jersey vets' hospitals and expand others.
A proposal that included building a new medical facility close to Camden, eliminating a clinic in Paterson, and requiring veterans with spinal cord injuries to travel to the Bronx rather than East Orange was killed on Monday by influential U.S. senators.
Veterans facilities to be demolished by the Commission on Veterans Facilities
Sen. Joe Manchin announced on Monday that a group of U.S. senators had decided to effectively dissolve a commission that the Department of Veterans Affairs had charged with implementing closures, downsizing, and other significant changes to medical facilities statewide.
Veterans' suicide cannot be prevented by legislation.
Early in the War on Terror, suicide among veterans and active-duty personnel killed more people than combat. Approximately 17 veterans commit suicide a day, according to Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) data. The figure is likely substantially higher since the data collection was unreliable and the analysis was biased. No matter what, one is too many.
Women's draft registration is back on the table in the defense bill.
In Congress, a debate about whether women should be obliged to register for a future draught has been rekindled.
As the national vaccine deadline draws near, National Guard members risk dismissal.
Up to 40,000 Army National Guard members nationwide, or roughly 13% of the force, have not yet received the required COVID-19 vaccination. As the vaccination deadline approaches, at least 14,000 have vehemently objected and may be discharged from the military.
US Forces in Europe Get a New Leader Amid Raging War in Ukraine
After receiving final permission from Congress, a new general is prepared to assume command of American and NATO forces in Europe as the US moves to support Ukraine in its fight against Russian invaders.
Marines Make Things Go Boom: A LGBTQ soldier speaks out.
Roe v. Wade, a significant legal decision that upheld the federal right to an abortion, was overturned by the Supreme Court last week. States that are home to numerous military bases have already passed "trigger laws" that forbid abortion immediately.
Abortion access at some military bases may be severely restricted or eliminated after Roe fall.
In certain states with significant military populations, including Texas, Oklahoma, and Louisiana, the surgery will be restricted or outlawed due to the Supreme Court's ruling on Friday, restricting access for U.S. service members and possibly putting them in danger of arrest and punishment.
Branches Will Take Fewer Transfers to Space Force This Year
The Space Force has begun accepting 2022 applications from soldiers, sailors, and Marines who wish to join the newest military branch. Still, there are only a limited number of openings this year.
Veterans may lose out on military mail service overseas.
According to a systematic study, some Military Postal Service Agency customers will no longer be able to send or receive mail internationally this year. However, the particular customers affected are still being determined, Defense Department officials announced this week.
The massive defense bill includes inflation bonuses for troops.
The House Armed Services Committee adopted the massive, essential military policy package, including the benefit, of bringing bonuses to assist low-paid service personnel deal with rising consumer prices one step closer to reality.
Suspended without pay after an employee is filmed beating a patient
According to a VA official, a Department of Veterans Affairs staffer who was seen on security footage abusing a veteran patient at Fort McPherson in Georgia has been fired without pay.
Japan wants to reduce its US base 77 years after the war's end.
Local fears grow as Okinawa marks the 77th anniversary of the battle that ended World War II, and the governor calls for further reduction of U.S. military presence.
The army now awards Purple Hearts for perforated eardrums.
A change to Army regulations now grants the Purple Heart to active-duty personnel and veterans who sustained a perforated eardrum while serving in combat. The military's oldest honor, given to people who sustain a combat-related injury while serving their country, previously did not recognize a perforated eardrum as a qualifying disability.
Congress is considering switching standards again for the Army's new fitness test.
After lawmakers endorsed a move to convert to job-specific requirements, the Army may be about to make yet another adjustment to its new fitness test.
Veteran patient beaten and kicked by VA employee on camera.
According to a security video released by the Department of Veterans Affairs on Tuesday, a person who was allegedly an employee of the agency assaulted a 73-year-old Vietnam War veteran at the Fort McPherson, Georgia, clinic by choking him, throwing him to the ground, stomping on him, and kicking him in the head.
Georgia's Combat Readiness Training Center to be closed according to House panel
After Georgia's congressional delegation made a significant lobbying effort, a U.S. House Appropriations subcommittee announced it would not proceed with eliminating a military facility in Savannah.
Prison Term for Army Safety Officer After Private Dies on a Firing Range
Due to an Army commander's disregard for safety protocols at a Fort Campbell, Kentucky, firing range that resulted in the death of a junior soldier, the officer was judged liable and given a four-month prison sentence.
Airmen attacked a U.S. base in Syria, injuring four U.S. troops.
The Air Force said Tuesday that a U.S. airman has been detained and could be charged concerning an attack on a base in Syria in April that resulted in the injuries of four American service personnel.
A House proposal would give an inflation bonus to troops earning less than $45,000
According to a House plan unveiled on Tuesday, service members and Defense Department employees earning under $45,000 yearly would receive a monthly "inflation bonus" in 2023.