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While you're firing up the grill and reaching for a cold one on Monday afternoon. take a moment or two to remember why so many people are able to take a long weekend. Memorial Day is more than a fun day off — it's a time to remember the lives lost by those in service to the United States, in the Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marines. Read more»

In nearly two decades of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them. Read more»

More than 1,000 service members from different branches of the military turn out to place over 250,000 flags for the annual Memorial Day flags-in event at Arlington National Cemetery.

More than 1,000 service members came out to Arlington National Cemetery in the predawn chill, hoisted backpacks overflowing with red, white and blue, and headed off through the endless rows of headstones to place over 250,000 flags for the annual Memorial Day flags-in event. Read more»

The long Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Here are some ideas on how to spend it around Tucson Read more»

Most city, county, state, and federal governmental offices will be closed Monday, including post offices and courts. Most banks and credit unions will be closed. Read more»

Fort Huachuca draws more groundwater from the San Pedro river watershed than anything else.

The Center for Biological Diversity told a Ninth Circuit panel Tuesday that Fort Huachuca’s groundwater pumping is adversely affecting the San Pedro river and four endangered species that call it home. Read more»

In the absence of a more permanent solution, food assistance helps these service members feed their families, but SNAP eligibility varies by state, so a family that qualifies in one state might lose those benefits after a duty station transfer. The same goes for various state aid programs.

Like families across the country, military families are struggling with inflation, but the military community can face disproportionate challenges when the cost of living is high - a situation dating back over 25 years and made worse by federal guidelines. Read more»

It’s not clear when administrative separations in lieu of court-martial began, but experts and records show that at least since the 1950s their primary purpose was to remove service members from the military who commanders believed were not fit to serve.

A long-standing but little-known practice that permits service members facing criminal charges to circumvent trial by being discharged from the military - and though a federal watchdog agency in 1978 called for abolishing the practice, it remains in place nearly 50 years later. Read more»

A rally for peace in Ukraine, outside the White House on February 27, 2022. Three days earlier, Russia began a large-scale attack on Ukraine, with explosions reported in multiple cities and far outside the restive eastern regions held by Russian-backed rebels.

As some in the Republican Party call for halting aid to Ukraine, other GOP members of Congress are doubling down on supporting the war-torn nation and even criticizing the Biden administration for not doing enough. Read more»

Tucson resident and Holocaust survivor Andrew Schot, right, speaks at the Arizona Jewish Historical Society on Feb. 24, 2023, with Anthony Fusco Jr., who is the society’s education coordinator.

The Arizona Jewish Historical Society is opening a new interactive activity as part of its exhibit “Stories of Survival: An Immersive Journey Through the Holocaust,” utilizing virtual reality to guide visitors through the Netherlands home of Anne Frank. Read more»

In a split vote Tuesday, the Pima County Board of Supervisors approved the Libertarian Party's request to appoint a perennial fringe political candidate and outspoken Holocaust denier as a precinct committeeman. Read more»

TMX Finance and its biggest brand, TitleMax, operate in 16 states, including Arizona. TMX Finance reported revenue topping $712 million in 2021.

A federal consumer watchdog group has fined TitleMax $15 million for predatory lending practices and intentionally evading laws meant to protect military families from predatory lenders and, separately, charged illegal insurance fees to more than 17,000 customers. Read more»

The USS Freedom, a littoral combat ship like the USS Gabrielle Giffords, conducting sea trials off the coast of Southern California.

Navy Week, the flagship recruitment program for the U.S. maritime military branch, will be hosted in Tucson alongside the rodeo and parade this week. Sailors will also volunteer for local groups and visit high schools. Read more»

The deaths of several soldiers at Fort Hood, including Army Spc. Vanessa Guillén, who was sexually harassed by a supervisor before being killed by another soldier in 2020, spurred calls to reform the military justice system.

More than a year has passed since Congress adopted reforms that promised to overhaul the U.S. military justice system - however, the reforms, which will not go into effect until the end of this year, may have created additional challenges. Read more»

Marcelino Ramos, 54, stands before a banner showing all the deported veterans that have died in exile during a 2022 protest in Cd. Juárez, Chihuahua, México.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of foreign-born U.S. military veterans convicted of crimes have been deported - but despite President Joe Biden’s promise to bring them back, only about 50 veterans have returned under a 2021 executive order. Read more»

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