Military

2:26pm

Wed May 7, 2014
National

Shinseki: Swift Action If Problems At VA Hospital Are True

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 6:54 pm

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, flanked by President Obama and Vice President Biden, at the White House last month.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki tells NPR that he's determined to get to the bottom of allegations that veterans may have died at a Phoenix VA hospital while waiting for care.

The accusations of extended delays in providing health care at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system surfaced last month. The facility reportedly kept two lists of veterans waiting for care, one it shared with Washington and another, secret list of wait times that sometimes lasted more than a year.

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2:16pm

Tue April 22, 2014
National Security

Army Vs. National Guard: Who Gets Those Apache Helicopters?

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:38 pm

An airborne Apache attack helicopter takes off above a Black Hawk helicopter from the South Carolina Army National Guard base in Eastover, S.C., in 2007. The Army is planning to move all the National Guard's Apache helicopters to the regular Army, a move opposed by many in the Guard.
Mary Ann Chastain AP

For decades the National Guard has fought hard against the stereotype that it was the place to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, or that it's a place to get college money rather than combat duty.

Guard leaders thought that after more than a decade of war in Afghanistan and Iraq they had finally earned some respect. So it was a body blow when the Army's top officer, Gen. Ray Odierno, unveiled his plan on Capitol Hill to take all of the National Guard's Apache helicopters and move them to the regular Army.

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9:29am

Sun April 13, 2014
The Sunday Conversation

Caring For Wounded Vet A Burden Family Gladly Shares

Originally published on Sun April 13, 2014 4:54 pm

Craig Remsburg (left) remembers fondly the day his son, Army Ranger Sgt. 1st Class Cory Remsburg (center) received a standing ovation at the State of the Union speech in January. Cory was injured while serving in Afghanistan.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Each week, Weekend Edition Sunday brings listeners an unexpected side of the news by talking with someone personally affected by the stories making headlines.

Craig Remsburg's son, Army Ranger Cory Remsburg, was serving in Afghanistan when he was wounded by a roadside bomb in 2009. Earlier this year, the father and son attended the State of the Union address as guests of President Obama and the first lady.

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5:14pm

Thu April 3, 2014
Shots - Health News

Shooting Unfairly Links Violence With Mental Illness — Again

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 7:05 am

Lt. Gen. Mark Milley speaks to reporters April 2 regarding the second shooting in five years on the Fort Hood Army post in Texas.
Drew Anthony Smith Getty Images

With the Army's disclosure that Army Spc. Ivan Lopez was being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder before he went on a shooting rampage Wednesday, there were once again questions about whether the Army could have prevented the violence at Fort Hood.

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4:27pm

Thu April 3, 2014
National

Another Tragedy For A City All Too Familiar With Extreme Gun Violence

Originally published on Thu April 3, 2014 6:15 pm

Bob Butler (left) and Bob Gordon work on a memorial Thursday at Central Christian Church in Killeen, Texas, for the victims of the Fort Hood shooting.
Eric Gay AP

Flags are fluttering at half-staff across Killeen, Texas, after yesterday's shooting at Fort Hood. This is a city that's all too familiar with spasms of extreme gun violence: a shooting rampage at Luby's Cafeteria in 1991 that left 23 dead.

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