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Over 450 Christmas 'Trees for Troops' donated from 2 states

Dec. 04, 2021 12:45 PM EST

BETHLEHEM, N.H. (AP) — Over 450 Christmas trees from 25 growers in New Hampshire and Vermont have been sent to U.S. military families as part of the national “Trees for Troops" effort. The trees were recently collected at the Society for the Protection of New...

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2021

Dec. 02, 2021 13:59 PM EST

They both carved out sterling reputations as military and political leaders over years of public service. But both also saw their legacies tarnished by their actions in the long, bloody war in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and former Defense Secretary...

Bidens open holidays with Christmas tree and 'friendsgiving'

Nov. 22, 2021 23:19 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jill Biden opened the holiday season at the White House on Monday by breaking off a sprig from the official Blue Room tree and giving it — and a big smooch — to her toddler grandson. “Look how beautiful this is,” the first lady said of the 18...

Thousands of military families struggle with food insecurity

Nov. 15, 2021 13:07 PM EST

SAN DIEGO (AP) — It’s a hidden crisis that has existed for years inside one of the most well-funded institutions on the planet and has only worsened during the coronavirus pandemic. As many as 160,000 active-duty military members are having trouble feeding their families. ...

UNC law students help Vietnam War veteran get Purple Heart

Nov. 14, 2021 00:16 AM EST

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — When Army veteran John Spencer Jr. returned home from the Vietnam War at 21 years old, he was immediately stripped of his dog tags, uniform and dignity. “It was almost like being a criminal,” Spencer said. Instead of being...

Navy launches ship named for gay rights leader Harvey Milk

Nov. 06, 2021 15:25 PM EDT

SAN DIEGO (AP) — A Navy ship named for slain gay rights leader Harvey Milk, who served four years in the Navy before being forced out, was christened and launched in San Diego Bay on Saturday. The replenishment oiler USNS Harvey Milk slid down the shipyard ways after a...

White House rolls out new plan to combat gun suicides in US

Nov. 02, 2021 13:13 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is rolling out a new initiative aimed at reducing suicides by gun and combating the significant increases in suicides by members of the military and veterans. The White House is announcing the new plan on Tuesday, which...

Bill would address higher military uniform prices for women

Oct. 24, 2021 17:16 PM EDT

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Maggie Hassan of New Hampshire said she has introduced a bill to address a so-called “pink tax” in the military, a reference to the higher prices women service members often pay for their uniforms. Hassan, a Democrat, and Republican...

Maine senators join push to prevent military suicide

Oct. 24, 2021 13:30 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Maine's U.S. senators have joined a push to try to prevent suicide among members of the military. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King said they're helping introduce the Save Our Servicemembers Act, which is also called the...

Ex-Vice President Pence joins Indiana horse ride for vets

Oct. 10, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (AP) — Former Vice President Mike Pence climbed on horseback during an Indiana ride by a veterans group trying to reduce suicides among military veterans. Pence joined members of the nonprofit organization BraveHearts during a Saturday ride in Fort...