For Military Families, V.A. Loans Are a Lifeline, but With a Catch

The mortgages have helped millions of soldiers buy homes, but they carry a mostly unfair stigma that has kept many families out of today’s competitive market.

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I Don’t Regret Serving in the Afghanistan War

It’s not a surprise that many American veterans are highly cynical about these wars. We are also conflicted about our own service.

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Agencies That Issued Mandates Before Biden’s Push Show Some Early Success

The military and Department of Veterans Affairs see vaccination rates increase, as do some companies and states, but they have a long way to go.

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After Afghanistan: Veterans Reflect on Sept. 11

Two veterans of Operation Enduring Freedom reflect on where events from the fateful day led the nation.

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Veterans Struggle With Issues That Are Often Invisible to Others

Those who served in the wars that began after Sept. 11, 2001, are struggling with health problems, trauma and feelings of displacement and alienation.

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Americans Stretch Across Political Divides to Welcome Afghan Refugees

“Even the most right-leaning isolationists” are coming forward to help those fleeing Afghanistan, a pastor said. A mass mobilization is underway.

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Covid Survivors More Likely to Have Kidney Problems, Study Finds

In a study of veterans, Covid survivors were 35 percent more likely than other patients to have long-term kidney damage or declines in kidney function.

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‘A Sadness I Can’t Carry’: The Story Of The Drum

For Ojibwe, the Big Drum is a gathering to mourn, to process grief, to understand loss. Could it heal my pain from the past year?

#grief-emotion, #native-americans, #religion-and-belief, #veterans

How Veterans Online Are Scrambling to Get People Out of Afghanistan

Using office software, satellite maps and messaging apps, volunteers are acting like digital guide services to helping American citizens and Afghan allies flee the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

It Shouldn’t Fall to Veterans to Clean Up Biden’s Mess

Never have I witnessed a swifter collapse of competence than what I have seen with the U.S. evacuation of Afghanistan.

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A Digital Dunkirk: Veterans Online Scramble to Get People Out of Afghanistan

Using office software, satellite maps and messaging apps, volunteers are acting like digital guide services to helping American citizens and Afghan allies flee the country.

#afghanistan-war-2001, #airlifts, #kabul-afghanistan, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #translation-and-interpreters, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #veterans

A Black Veteran’s Wife Feared for His Safety. Officers Fatally Shot Him.

Gulia Dale’s wife was concerned for his safety when she called 911, in part because he had a gun. Minutes later, he was dead.

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2 U.S. Representatives Try to Explain Unauthorized Visit to Kabul

Representatives Seth Moulton and Peter Meijer said they could not get answers on the evacuation from the Biden administration, so they went to Afghanistan to see for themselves.

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The Harlem Hellfighters Were War Heroes. Then They Came Home to Racism.

An exceptional unit of Black soldiers who fought in World War I will receive the Congressional Gold Medal.

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Online Appeal Quickly Raises Millions for Afghan Rescue Flights

Some refugee experts were skeptical about a GoFundMe campaign by an Instagram personality working with veterans and other groups. The U.S. State Department had no comment.

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Afghanistan’s Fall, Seen By a Veteran Who Fought There

Those of us who fought this war must now wonder: How could we have given the best parts of our lives to such a lie?

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As Virus Cases Rise, Another Contagion Spreads Among the Vaccinated: Anger

Frustrated by the prospect of a new surge, many Americans are blaming the unvaccinated. A tougher stance may backfire, some experts warn.

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Murder Mystery: What Were Colombian Military Vets Doing in Haiti?

At least 20 Colombians have been implicated by Haitian officials in the plot to assassinate the president. But their role in the killing, if any, is murky.

#assassinations-and-attempted-assassinations, #bogota-colombia, #haiti, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #moise-jovenel-1968, #veterans

Helping Runners With Long Covid Get Back on Their Feet

At many of the Covid-19 recovery clinics that have sprung up around the country, patients’ goals include their athletic ambitions.

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Unlikely Coalition of Veterans Backs Biden on Ending Afghan War

A politically diverse set of veterans’ groups critical of the conflicts abroad have found ways to gain access to the White House to lobby for withdrawals.

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Military and V.A. Struggle With Vaccination Rates in Their Ranks

President Biden could legally require members of the military to get vaccinated, but so far he has declined to do so.

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V.A. Plans to Offer Gender-Affirming Surgeries for Transgender Veterans

The secretary of veterans affairs announced the shift in care at a Pride event over the weekend, but the process for changing benefits could take years.

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British veterans set a new hypermiling record of 9.14 miles per kWh

I’m a little out of step with the mainstream when it comes to electric vehicle efficiency. I believe that as long as your electricity is clean and your battery has enough range to get you where you’re going (with the occasional DC fast-charge for a longer trip), even the least efficient EV will beat anything with an internal combustion engine—particularly if that EV replaces something inefficient like a sports car or a big SUV. Most people think this idea isn’t enough, though, and whoever can go the farthest on the fewest kWh wins.

As of Thursday, there’s a new winner. A British veterans nonprofit called Mission Motorsport spent 24 hours driving a pair of Renault Zoes (with 52 kWh battery packs) around the Thruxton racetrack in England. The 2.4-mile (3.8-km) circuit is one of the UK’s fastest, but the record-setting Zoe averaged around 19 mph (30.5 km/h). That was good for 475.4 miles (765 km) on a single charge, which works out to be 9.14 miles/kWh (14.71 km/kWh).

The winning Zoe was entirely standard, except for a set of tires developed by a company called Enso. The second Zoe ran on its factory-fitted rubber and still managed 424.7 miles. That’s a lot better than the car’s WLTP range of 245 miles (394 km) and works out to an efficiency of 8.16 miles/kWh (13.13 km/kWh).

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#battery-electric-vehicle, #cars, #electric-car, #electric-vehicle-range, #energy-efficiency, #ev-range, #hypermiling, #mission-motorsport, #renault-zoe, #veterans

A Rogue Climber Running From the Law Was Fleeing His Own Trauma

A former paratrooper became an “urban explorer,” scaling the tops of bridges and buildings to help ease his PTSD. He now faces criminal charges in several states.

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Virtual Reality Therapy Plunges Patients Back Into Trauma. Here Is Why Some Swear by It.

An experimental treatment seems poised to address a dire mental health crisis.

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‘We’re Free Because They Were Brave’

Memorial Day had a special significance a year after many ceremonies honoring the nation’s fallen were canceled because of the pandemic.

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On Memorial Day, the Veterans Who Bury Their Own

The veterans who work at Calverton National Cemetery view their job as a sacred duty and final act of fellowship.

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MDMA Reaches Next Step Toward Approval for Treatment

A new study shows that MDMA, known as Ecstasy or Molly, can bring relief when paired with talk therapy to those with severe post-traumatic stress disorder.

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Long Covid Patients Face Lingering, Worrisome Risks, Study Finds

Patients who were not sick enough to be hospitalized still had a significantly greater risk of dying within six months than people who were not infected.

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The Afghanistan War Is Ending. A Pennsylvania Town Exhales.

In Canonsburg, known for its big Fourth of July parade, many people say they are proud of America and its military but weary of the two-decade war in Afghanistan.

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Veterans React to Biden’s Afghanistan Troop Pullout Announcement

President Biden’s decision to withdraw American troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11 is met with relief and anguish, frustration and regret among those who served there.

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How to Stop Schools That Prey on Veterans

Under Betsy DeVos, the Education Department sold out to predatory for-profit colleges. It’s welcome news that Washington is taking steps to protect students.

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An Online Museum Shows Life During Wartime

The new Museum of American War Letters is making a range of communications from battle zones available.

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‘Dear G.I.’: An Unlikely Friendship Built on Letters From a Foxhole

In 1966, a Massachusetts mother of three began writing to young men serving in Vietnam. One became her most steadfast pen pal, writing her 77 letters over seven years.

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Congress Closes Loophole That Made Veterans a Target of For-Profit Schools

The new economic stimulus package makes a tiny change that military veterans pushed for in hopes of stemming aggressive recruiting tactics.

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The Military’s Extremism Problem Is Our Problem

Yes, veterans were involved in the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. But this isn’t just the military’s problem to solve.

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A Black Soldier’s Heroism, Overlooked in 1965, May Finally Be Lauded in 2021

Comrades repeatedly told the Army that Capt. Paris Davis, one of the first Black officers in the Special Forces, deserved the Medal of Honor. The Army kept losing the paperwork.

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My Veteran Problem

I have an instinct to protect the image of American service members. But veterans alone should not control the conversation.

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At the Capitol on Jan. 6, Veterans Fought on Both Sides of an American Battle

Military veterans trying to defend the Capitol were taunted by veterans in the pro-Trump mob who were storming it. Both felt they were doing their patriotic duty in a fractured country.

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Family of Man Attacked by Fire Ants at V.A. Facility Before His Death Sues U.S.

Joel Marrable, an Air Force veteran, was largely bedridden by cancer and “incapable” of defending himself when ants attacked him at a Veterans Affairs facility, his family said.

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The Trump V.A.’s Racist Legacy

“It needs to be cleaned up right away,” one employee said. Will Denis McDonough, Biden’s pick for V.A. secretary, help repair what’s broken?

#discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #united-states-politics-and-government, #veterans

From Navy SEAL to Part of the Angry Mob Outside the Capitol

The presence in Washington of a longtime member of the Navy SEALs who was trained to identify misinformation reflects the partisan politics that helped lead to the assault.

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Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks

The nation’s military has a history of downplaying white nationalism and right-wing activism, but the siege of the Capitol has created a new urgency for dealing with them.

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Who Was Ashli Babbitt? Woman Killed in Capitol Embraced Trump, QAnon

After 14 years in the military, Ashli Babbitt bought a pool supply company and delved into far-right politics.

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Fire Robert Wilkie

The Department of Veterans Affairs secretary no longer has the trust of those who served.

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Pandemic Leaves More Military Families Seeking Food Assistance

Veterans are in a similar situation, hunger advocates and service organizations have found.

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An Epic Israeli TV Drama Exposes War Wounds Old and New

Grappling with the traumatic opening of the 1973 war, when Israel feared destruction, the series “Valley of Tears” has prompted a national outpouring of emotion.

#defense-and-military-forces, #post-traumatic-stress-disorder, #veterans

Biden Names Susan Rice, Denis McDonough to Key Jobs

Susan Rice, who was President Barack Obama’s national security adviser, will lead the Domestic Policy Council. Denis McDonough, Mr. Obama’s chief of staff, was nominated secretary of veterans affairs.

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Inspector General Criticizes V.A.’s Handling of Sexual Assault Complaint

The inspector general’s report also expressed disappointment that the V.A. did not determine whether to take action “to provide a safer and more welcoming environment” for women at its facilities.

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Can an Algorithm Prevent Suicide?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has turned to machine-learning to help identify vets at risk of taking their own lives.

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