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Expanded care in works for vets exposed to toxic substances

Jun. 26, 2022 09:32 AM EDT

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The U.S. Senate has passed a proposal backed by Maine's senators to provide more care for military veterans who were exposed to toxic substances. Republican Sen. Susan Collins and independent Sen. Angus King were among the supporters of the proposal, which is...

Rausch to continue leading Tennessee Bureau of Investigation

Jun. 24, 2022 04:06 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee Gov. Bill Lee says he will appoint David Rausch to serve a second term as director of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Rausch, a U.S. Army veteran, has been TBI director since 2018. Rausch has served in law enforcement for more than three...

Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board appoints new director

Jun. 23, 2022 14:08 PM EDT

JACKSON, Miss (AP) — The Mississippi Veterans Affairs Board announced Thursday that it has appointed Mark Smith as new executive director. Smith had served as the agency’s interim executive director since May, when he replaced Stacey Pickering. Pickering, a former...

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...

Biden praises Wounded Warriors as the 'spine of America'

Jun. 23, 2022 10:20 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden on Thursday welcomed members of Wounded Warriors Project to the White House for the annual solider ride, praising the current and former military service members as the “spine of America.” More than two dozen veteran and active duty troops...

School shooter's jury selection enters final stretch

Jun. 22, 2022 17:20 PM EDT

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) — The final phase of jury selection in the penalty trial of Florida school shooter Nikolas Cruz began Wednesday with prosecutors and defense attorneys asking candidates about their job histories, opinions on law enforcement and racial minorities, whether they own guns...

Vega, Kiggans win GOP nod to face Reps. Spanberger, Luria

Jun. 21, 2022 22:44 PM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia voters picked two women, a state senator and a Hispanic law enforcement official, on Tuesday as the Republican nominees for what could be two of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. Jen Kiggans defeated three challengers to win the...

Korean War vets enjoy reunion almost 70 years in the making

Jun. 19, 2022 14:05 PM EDT

SCOTTSBORO, Ala. (AP) — Finally, Thomas Fagan was in for a surprise visit from one of his best friends, Donald Goeppner. The two met while serving in the Marines during the Korean War, and their reunion was 69 years in the making. “It was like ‘finally,’ we’re seeing each...

GOP hopes to carry Virginia success into US House races

Jun. 19, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A GOP sweep of Virginia’s 2021 statewide elections — and particularly Gov. Glenn Youngkin’s win — appears to have energized the Republican field in two of the country’s most competitive U.S. House races. Tuesday’s crowded Republican congressional...

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...