Military http://www.kunc.org en The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women http://www.kunc.org/post/marines-are-looking-few-good-combat-ready-women The challenge for the Marines, and for the Army, is how to open up ground combat jobs to women in January 2016, without lowering standards.<p>And here's where things stand in the Marines.<p>Eighty-five female Marines already made it through an <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=239534349" target="_blank">infantry training course</a> last fall at Camp Lejeune, N.C., which included drills such as attacking a mock enemy force, hidden in a pine forest. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 09:01:00 +0000 Tom Bowman 58692 at http://www.kunc.org The Marines Are Looking For A Few Good (Combat-Ready) Women VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces http://www.kunc.org/post/va-chief-eric-shinseki-resigns-post-obama-announces Embattled Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki has resigned his position, hours after saying he would work to fix "systemic" problems in the VA's health care system.<p>President Obama said Friday that the decision was made so Shinseki wouldn't be a "distraction" from efforts to address the agency's <a href="http://www.npr.org/2014/05/16/312978077/shinseki-pressed-by-senate-panel-on-va-hospital-delays">wide-ranging problems</a>.<p>The agency will be led on an interim basis by Sloan Gibson, its deputy secretary who was confirmed by the Senate in February. Fri, 30 May 2014 17:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 57181 at http://www.kunc.org VA Chief Eric Shinseki Resigns Post, Obama Announces VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan http://www.kunc.org/post/video-transcript-president-obamas-statement-afghanistan <p>Following a trip to Afghanistan over Memorial Day weekend to visit troops, the President spoke from the Rose Garden at the White House Tuesday. Obama announced the timeline to bring the longest-running war in the United States' history to an end as well as the expected residual troop levels beyond the end of the conflict.</p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 18:15:00 +0000 KUNC Staff 57038 at http://www.kunc.org VIDEO & TRANSCRIPT: President Obama's Statement On Afghanistan Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders http://www.kunc.org/post/military-plans-test-brain-implants-fight-mental-disorders The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is launching a $70 million program to help military personnel with psychiatric disorders using electronic devices implanted in the brain.<p>The goal of the five-year program is to develop new ways of treating problems including depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder, all of which are common among service members who fought in Iraq or Afghanistan.<p>"We've seen far too many times where military personnel have neuropsychiatric disorders and there's very few options," says <a href="http://www.darpa.mil/Our_Work/BTO/Personnel Tue, 27 May 2014 06:08:00 +0000 Jon Hamilton 57018 at http://www.kunc.org Military Plans To Test Brain Implants To Fight Mental Disorders After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing http://www.kunc.org/post/after-serving-iraq-and-afghanistan-new-mission-healing <em>StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative records stories from members of the U.S. military who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.</em><p>On Staff Sgt. Jon Meadows' first deployment to Iraq, one of his friends, Staff Sgt. William Beardsley, said he wanted to go on a mission in Jon's place.<p>Jon agreed — and Beardsley died on that mission.<p>"That was the hardest moment of my life," Jon tells his wife, Melissa, on a visit to StoryCorps in Washington, D.C. "I was ashamed, because I was glad it wasn't me. Then I had the guilt ... If I went on the mission, it wouldn't have been him. Sat, 24 May 2014 11:49:00 +0000 NPR Staff 56938 at http://www.kunc.org After Serving In Iraq And Afghanistan, A New Mission: Healing