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Black veteran groups seek policy agenda on racial inequities

Jun. 23, 2022 12:50 PM EDT

As a young man in Memphis, Tennessee, Robert Dabney Jr. wanted to blaze a path that could set his family up for a better life. So two weeks after high school graduation in 1998, at age 18, he joined the U.S. Army. During nine years of service that included two tours in Iraq, Dabney...

Miss Georgia pageant has first special-needs contestant

Jun. 18, 2022 00:16 AM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — Kelsey Norris needs only one word to summarize her reaction to learning that she is the first candidate with an intellectual disability to qualify for the Miss Georgia Scholarship Competition in its 77-year history. “Happiness,” she told the...

Senate OKs enhanced benefits for vets exposed to burn pits

Jun. 16, 2022 17:50 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate on Thursday approved a sweeping expansion of health care and disability benefits for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans in response to concerns about their exposure to toxic burn pits. Passage of the bill by a vote of 84-14 sets a course that could help...

House committee approves $13.6B state budget proposal

Jun. 10, 2022 12:11 PM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A $13.6 billion state budget passed the finance committee in the Rhode Island House late Thursday, sending it to the chamber floor for a vote next week. The budget proposal is higher than the governor's recommendation. Democratic Gov. Dan McKee proposed...

Florida's DeSantis signs bills to help veterans get jobs

Jun. 09, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Republican Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed several bills Thursday in an effort to help people who serve in the military get jobs or advance their education once they leave their service. Included among them are new laws that will supplement federal...

Kosovo war veterans clash with police, want higher pensions

Jun. 06, 2022 08:27 AM EDT

PRISTINA, Kosovo (AP) — Hundreds of Kosovo war veterans clashed with police Monday at a protest to demand higher pensions, leaving at least three people injured, police said. Police kept members of the War Veterans' Organization of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) away from the...

Lawmakers reach deal to help veterans exposed to burn pits

May. 18, 2022 16:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Congressional bargainers announced Wednesday that they have reached a deal on legislation to boost health care services and disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan. The agreement paves the way for passage of a bill that...

Editorial Roundup: Ohio

May. 09, 2022 12:28 PM EDT

Akron Beacon Journal. May 8, 2022. Editorial: Ohio primary winners, redistricting vote and leaked opinion on abortion leave many on edge Donald J. Trump served one term before losing in 2020, but the effects of his reign and his win-at-any-cost attitude continue. ...

Man gets 2 years for using twin's ID for veterans benefits

Apr. 26, 2022 14:36 PM EDT

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida man was sentenced Tuesday to two years in federal prison for using his twin brother's stolen identity to obtain tens of thousands of dollars in military veterans benefits. Wayne Bowen, 64, was sentenced in Jacksonville federal court, according to...