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After McCain’s death, false Forrestal claim resurfaces

Q: Did John McCain “hide the fact that he ‘accidentally’ killed 134 American sailors”? A: No. He wasn’t responsible for the fatal 1967 accident aboard the USS Forrestal.... Read more»

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Left behind: Vietnam Wall collects almost 250,000 mementos to fallen

Visitors leave items at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial every day to honor a loved one whose name is etched here among the fallen from that war. And every day, the National Park Service picks up those mementos and ships them to a nondescript warehouse, where they will be cataloged and stored for historical purposes.... Read more»

‘Hard choices’ at VA could include cut to unemployability benefit

Faced with a “hard decision” on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again considering new limits on the Individual Unemployability benefit that currently helps more than 200,000 disabled veterans.... Read more»

As McCain begins treatment, fellow POW reminisces, expresses hope

When Sen. John McCain took to the Senate floor recently to lecture his colleagues about governing, it reminded John Fer of similar conversations he’d had with McCain – in a North Vietnamese prison.... Read more»

McCain’s brain cancer renews attention to possible Agent Orange connection

For years, Vietnam vets and their widows have been pushing the VA to extend benefits to those exposed to the toxic herbicide and later stricken with glioblastoma. The VA has said no, but advocates hope the agency will now revisit the issue. ... Read more»

'It's made in Vietnam!' At inauguration, origin of red Trump hats shocks many

One of the biggest cheers President Trump received from supporters Friday was for his call to "buy American and hire American." In a moment rich in irony, many of those supporters were sporting Trump's trademark red "Make America Great Again" caps that were made in China, Vietnam and Bangladesh.... Read more»

Factchecking Trump’s attack on McCain

Donald Trump distorts the facts in a recent op-ed in which he says Sen. John McCain has “abandoned our veterans” and “failed the state of Arizona and the country.” ... Read more»

Trans-Pacific Partnership

Pacific trade deal has lots of protections for businesses — but not for workers

The secretive, humongous treaty won’t stop labor abuses in poor countries, critics warn.... Read more»

McCain to discuss security, economic issues on Vietnam trip

U.S. Sen. John McCain will meet with officials in Vietnam to discuss "a range of vital security and economic issues" this week. McCain and three other senators will travel to Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City as the U.S. and it former war foe mark the 20th anniversary of the normalization of diplomatic relations.... Read more»

U.S. Teacher of the Year got 'master class in culture' from refugees

Texan Shanna Peeples, the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, is an English teacher in Amarillo,Texas — which has seen an influx of refugees from countries like Myanmar in recent years. ... Read more»

Lawmakers balk at Obama program reuniting Central American families

The program aims to stop a repeat of last summer, when unaccompanied minors showed up at the Southwest border after dangerous treks from Central American homes to rejoin parents in the U.S. But senators worried it could further weaken immigration standards. ... Read more»

Analysis

U.S. now involved in 134 wars, or none, depending on your definition

The White House spent much of last week trying to figure out if the word "war" was the right one to describe its military actions against the Islamic State. So how many wars is the U.S. fighting right now? Somewhere between zero and 134.... Read more»

Pentagon finds litany of problems with efforts to recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job – and when to end it. ... Read more»

For Vietnam, leftover U.S. bombs mean the war has never ended

Bombs have killed at least 42,000 Vietnamese since the U.S. pulled out — more than the number of Americans killed in action. ... Read more»1

Big revamp of Pentagon’s troubled mission to find missing soldiers looks a lot like old revamp

Without change of leadership throughout, meaningful change could be elusive, critics say. ... Read more»

Pentagon overhauls effort to identify its missing

The restructuring promises to address many of the problems laid out in a recent ProPublica and NPR investigation. ... Read more»

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