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General correspondence

The penis mightier than the sword. If you'll pardon the pun.... Read more»

Major fight looms over defense spending

President Obama and Congress now have just over seven weeks to reach an agreement on the federal budget that would avert a round of automatic tax hikes and spending cuts in defense and social programs that members of both parties have depicted as draconian.... Read more»

Lost to history

Missing war records complicate vets' benefit claims

A failure to create and maintain the types of field records that have documented American conflicts since the Revolutionary War has complicated efforts by soldiers to claim benefits and makes it harder for military strategists to learn the lessons from Iraq and Afghanistan.... Read more»

A son lost in Iraq, but where Is the casualty report?

The day after Jim Butler learned his son had died in Iraq in 2003, a U.S. Army casualty officer showed up at the family's small ranch to explain what happened. Your son was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade in the city of As Samawah, the officer said. But he had no other details to offer. For the grieving father, it wasn't enough. ... Read more»

Buckmaster Show

Buckmaster: Wickham: VA chief wants to end claims backlog

The Monday Political Face-off with commentators John Munger and Paul Eckerstrom. Plus, a special Veterans Day conversation with General John A. Wickham, Jr., former U.S. Army chief of staff.... Read more»

Restored recordings share greetings from Arizonans serving in WWII

Recordings 34 Arizonans serving during World War II made by Howard Pyle, a war correspondent who later served as governor, echo across the decades after being made available online by ASU. (with video)... Read more»

A moment of silence on Veterans Day

TucsonSentinel.com will observe two minutes of silence at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 in recognition of the sacrifices of those who have served the United States and our allies, their families, and those who paid the ultimate price in war.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, updated

No single number, or collection of numbers, can tell the entire story of a president’s time in office. And, of course, opinions will differ as to how much blame or credit any president should get for things that happen on his watch. So take these figures for what they are worth: A statistical sketch of changes that occurred during Obama’s time in office, as accurate and timely as we can make it on the eve of election 2012.... Read more»

U.S. and Israel hold largest joint military exercise ever

If there was any doubt about the degree of cooperation between the top military brass of Israel and the United States, the coming month should put those doubts to rest.... Read more»

America’s solar soldiers

They're some of the country's most important environmental activists, poised to change the way we create, consume and conceive of energy. But you won't find this cadre of green preachers on a college campus, or emceeing the Sierra Club's annual meeting; they're behind the guarded walls of the Pentagon.... Read more»1

Thousands of Az veterans face backlog on VA disability claims

The Veterans Affairs' Phoenix Regional Office has a backlog of more than 17,000 disability compensation claims that have been pending for longer than 125 days. Claims have risen in the county by 50 percent since 2008, and many regional offices are having trouble keeping up with the volume of new cases.... Read more»

Factcheck: Libya

Benghazi timeline: Long road from protest to terrorist attack

The question won't go away: Did President Obama and administration officials mislead the public when they initially claimed that the deadly Sept. 11 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi began "spontaneously" in response to an anti-Muslim video?... Read more»

Romney all wet on ships

The Romney campaign is moving full steam ahead with a new radio ad that repeats a misleading debate claim by Romney that the size of the Navy’s fleet is the smallest it has been since 1917. The number of ships is actually up a bit since 2007 under President George W. Bush.... Read more»

Fighting unemployment among post-9/11 veterans

The unemployment rate for military veterans was 9.7 percent as of September, well above the overall unemployment rate of 7.8 percent. The Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) to Hire Heroes Act, enacted in 2011, offers various tax incentives to help veterans get back into the work force.... Read more»


Facts stretched in election homestretch

In the homestretch to Election Day, both sides stretch the facts in their TV spots. President Obama greatly exaggerates his differences with Mitt Romney over troop withdrawals from Iraq and Afghanistan, while Romney repeats a false claim that the president plans a $4,000 tax increase on “the middle class.” ... Read more»

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