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FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, supporters of the family of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen march to the White House along the National Mall as Capitol Hill is seen in the distance after a news conference in Washington. The death of Guillen, who was slain by a fellow soldier at the Texas Army base where they both worked, has been classified as

Army: Slain Texas soldier's family entitled to compensation

Oct. 21, 2020 4:21 PM EDT

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — The family of a Texas soldier whose on-base killing sparked calls in Congress for changes in the way the military handles sexual abuse and harassment is entitled to benefits, including compensation, because her death happened “in the line of duty,” U.S. Army officials...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020 file photo, supporters of the family of slain Army Spc. Vanessa Guillen march to the White House along the National Mall as Capitol Hill is seen in the distance after a news conference, in Washington. Current and former soldiers at Fort Hood,  have taken to social media to report accounts of sexual assault and harassment following the disappearance and slaying this year of Guillen, whose family members say was harassed by the officer who eventually killed her. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

'The military's #MeToo moment:' Fort Hood victims speak out

Oct. 7, 2020 9:11 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Maria Valentine says she was just months into her training at Fort Hood, a U.S. Army base in Texas, in 2006 when a sergeant with a history of alleged harassment toward other soldiers wrote her up after she complained that she didn't want him touching her during body mass measurements....

An ultralight aircraft sits mangled along Interstate 14 and the East Central Texas Expressway in front of Seton Medical Center in Harker Heights, Texas, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2020. Two people were killed in the accident, authorities said. (Thaddeus Imerman/The Killeen Daily Herald via AP)

2 dead after ultralight aircraft crashes on Texas interstate

Sep. 24, 2020 6:14 PM EDT

HARKER HEIGHTS, Texas (AP) — Two men died after their ultralight aircraft crashed on an interstate in front of a hospital in Central Texas on Thursday, authorities said. Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. Bryan Washko said a 911 call came in about 11 a.m. that a plane had gone down on Interstate 14...

Lupe Guillén, left, and Gloria Guillén, Vanessa Guillén's sister and mother, speak during a news conference about the

Texas soldier's slaying inspires bid to expand military code

Sep. 16, 2020 7:32 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Decisions on whether to prosecute members of the U.S. military for sexual assault or sexual harassment would be handled outside the chain of command under a measure members of Congress proposed Wednesday that is named for a Texas soldier who was slain by a fellow soldier. Reps. Jackie...

Man booked in slaying of 3, including Fort Hood soldier

Aug. 28, 2020 10:18 PM EDT

NEWTON, Miss. (AP) — A suspect in the March shooting deaths of three people, including a Fort Hood soldier, was arrested Friday in Mississippi, according to police in Central Texas. Officers with the U.S .Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force arrested the suspected man, identified as Barnard...

FILE - In this file photo provided by the U.S. Army is Sgt. Elder Fernandes. Police say a body found near Fort Hood, Texas, is likely that of Fernandes. Temple police said late Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, that identification found with the body indicates the man may be Fernandes. Fernandes is the third soldier from Fort Hood to go missing in the past year. (U.S. Army via AP, File)

Family: Soldier believed dead was happy until recently

Aug. 26, 2020 7:22 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An aunt of a soldier whose body is believed to have been found about 30 miles (48.28 kilometers) from the Texas base where he was stationed says her nephew had been happy in the Army up until a few months ago, when he reported being sexually assaulted by a superior. A body that...

This photo provided by the U.S. Army shows Sgt. Elder Fernandes. Fort Hood officials have issued a missing soldier alert for Fernandes. In the alert issued Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020, officials said the 23-year-old soldier with the 1st Cavalry Division is the subject of an active search and that their “primary concern is to ensure his safety and well-being.

Army: Soldier missing from Fort Hood reported sexual abuse

Aug. 23, 2020 4:58 PM EDT

KILLEEN, Texas (AP) — A soldier who is missing from Fort Hood in Texas had transferred units after reporting sexual abuse, an Army official said in a statement. Sgt. Elder Fernandes, 23, was reported missing on Wednesday. Killeen police said he hasn't been seen since Monday when his staff sergeant dropped...