Native Americans vets are not receiving their full VA benefits due to archaic regulations
Nikki Wentling Stars and Stripes Inside a small conference room in a hotel-casino on the Ohkay Owingeh reservation, attorney Carol Wild Scott sat across the table from veterans and their families, one group after another, who were there to find answers they couldn’t get anywhere else. There was a... Read more
Japan says President Trump never talked about ending defense pact
Hana Kusumoto Stars and Stripes The Japanese government has dismissed a U.S. media report saying that President Donald Trump spoke of ending the two nations’ longstanding postwar defense pact. Bloomberg News, citing anonymous sources, reported Monday that Trump had privately mused about withdrawing from the “one-sided” security treaty with... Read more
NATO tells Russia to stop new missile system or it will increase counter forces
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes The U.S.-led NATO alliance will consider bolstering its air and missile defense systems in Europe as well as enhancing its conventional forces if Russia doesn’t abolish a new missile system that poses a threat to the Continent, the alliance’s top official said Wednesday. “An... Read more
U.S. allies upping their NATO spending for fifth consecutive year
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Allies in Europe and Canada boosted defense spending by a combined 3.9% this year, marking the fifth consecutive year defense budgets have increased among non-U.S. NATO allies, Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday. “This is a good trend and we expect this to continue,” Stoltenberg... Read more
President Trump says he will ‘obliterate’ Iran if the country attacks anything American
By Joshua Gallu and Ladane Nasseri Bloomberg News President Donald Trump threatened Iran with forceful retaliation for any attack on the U.S. after the Islamic Republic ruled out talks to resolve escalating tensions between the two nations. “Any attack by Iran on anything American will be met with great... Read more
President Trump changing up D.C. 4th of July celebration, adding military parade & flyover
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes President Donald Trump will get the military parade that he has long sought as part of a shakeup of Washington D.C.’s longstanding Independence Day celebrations in two weeks. The parade of military units, musicians and drill teams — as well as floats, horses and... Read more
New acting Defense Sec. first days will be spent talking with NATO leaders
John Vandiver Stars and Stripes Incoming Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper will head to Europe next week, where he is expected to press allies to increase spending while meeting with NATO defense ministers. On Tuesday, Pat Shanahan resigned as acting defense chief amid reports that disclosed episodes of domestic... Read more
President cancels missile strike against Iran 10 minutes before launch
Noah Bierman Los Angeles Times President Trump said Friday he abruptly canceled a planned U.S. missile strike against three Iranian targets “10 minutes before” it was set to launch because he was told the raid would likely kill 150 Iranians. “We were cocked & loaded to retaliate last night... Read more
Military has apprehended 100,000 immigrants crossing the border
Corey Dickstein Stars and Stripes The U.S. Border Patrol chief told lawmakers Thursday that support from National Guard and active-duty troops has been invaluable for her short-handed organization, crediting servicemembers for contributing to the apprehension of more than 100,000 migrants since October. Chief Carla Provost, who has led the... Read more
Permeant citizenship for military service, proposed California law would let “Dreamers” enlist
By Kate Irby McClatchy Washington Bureau U.S. Rep. Josh Harder knows there’s little chance that a big immigration bill will pass in Congress this year. But so-called Dreamers — people who came to the country illegally as children — in his district want any path to citizenship they can... Read more
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