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Biden to focus on vets, cancer patients, others in speech

Feb. 07, 2023 10:55 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden will outline some new steps Tuesday to go after illegal drugs, help veterans and cancer patients, and provide more access to mental health care. It will be a somewhat new version of steps Biden outlined in these four areas during last year's...

Biden makes progress on 'unity agenda' outlined in 2022

Feb. 04, 2023 00:25 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A year ago, President Joe Biden used his first State of the Union address to push top Democratic priorities that were sure to face a battle in the narrowly divided Congress but he also laid out a four-pronged “unity agenda” that would be an easier sell. ...

Judge hikes bail for Army vet accused of threat to synagogue

Feb. 01, 2023 16:35 PM EST

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A courtroom outburst by a man accused of telephoning threats to “shoot up” a Southern Nevada synagogue prompted a judge to increase his bail on Wednesday, despite the man’s father’s account that his son is a military veteran with “a mental issue” resulting from head...

Civil War soldier's Michigan grave finally gets headstone

Jan. 29, 2023 14:36 PM EST

EMPIRE, Mich. (AP) — The grave of a man who served in the U.S. Civil War has been formally marked at a northern Michigan cemetery. Claude Fields ensured that Ruel Boynton's service wouldn't be forgotten. Fields, manager of the Maple Grove cemetery in Empire Township,...

Guilty verdict in 2013 killing of Vietnam vet out for a run

Jan. 27, 2023 16:22 PM EST

WARWICK, R.I. (AP) — The man charged with killing a 66-year-old Vietnam veteran and retired postal worker who was out for his morning run in a Rhode Island park nearly a decade ago was found guilty on Friday by a judge who rejected the suspect's mental illness defense. Michael...

Moore highlights tax break proposal for military retirees

Jan. 26, 2023 17:53 PM EST

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland Gov. Wes Moore wants to expand state tax relief for military retirees. The governor highlighted the “Keep Our Heroes Home Act” in his legislative agenda during a roundtable with veterans on Thursday. It calls for expanding the military tax...

Oldest living Pearl Harbor survivor marks 105th birthday

Jan. 11, 2023 16:48 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Flag-waving admirers lined the sidewalk outside the National World War II Museum in New Orleans on Wednesday to greet the oldest living survivor of the Japanese Attack on Pearl Harbor as he marked his upcoming 105th birthday. “It feels great,” Joseph Eskenazi...

Q&A: FedEx founder, veteran Fred Smith offers unusual gift

Jan. 11, 2023 11:47 AM EST

Fred Smith, the founder of FedEx, believes that if you've done well, you should give back to the public interest. The 78-year-old Marine Corps veteran stepped down as FedEx's CEO last year, but remains its executive chairman. The billionaire rarely publicizes his and his family's...

Gov. Evers appoints gay Marine vet to lead veterans agency

Jan. 09, 2023 16:53 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday he promoted the deputy secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs to lead the agency, which has been troubled by frequent allegations of abuse and poor care. James Bond, a disabled U.S. Marine Corps veteran who...

France's African ex-soldiers win last battle - over pensions

Jan. 04, 2023 13:04 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — Some of the last survivors in France from a colonial-era infantry corps that recruited tens of thousands of African soldiers to fight in French wars around the world will be able to live out their final days with family members back in Africa after a French government U-turn on their...