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Veterans at the U.S. Senate advocating for passage of the PACT Act on August 1, 2022.

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is processing claims at the fastest rate in its history, hoping to avoid a significant backlog as hundreds of thousands of veterans apply for health care and benefits under the landmark toxic exposure law Congress passed earlier this year. Read more»

Jack Posobiec, a conservative activist, confronts veterans advocate and comedian Jon Stewart outside the U.S. Capitol, where veterans have been camped out all weekend protesting in support of a bill that extends health care and benefits to veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas.

The U.S. Senate could be on track to advance a bill as soon as Tuesday that would provide veterans exposed to toxic substances overseas with health care and benefits, after a weekend in which outraged veterans camped out on the steps of the Capitol. Read more»

A U.S. Marine mourns at a memorial service in September for the 13 service members who were killed in action in Kabul, Afghanistan, at Camp Foster, Okinawa, Japan.

The veterans will tell their stories: the individual, poignant bits that help people to understand and to care. They already tell the tales, stories with beginnings, middles, and endings, stories that will need to be sorted into something we can bear, that will help us heal. Stories told to friends’ parents, and to their own. To lovers, bosses, and acquaintances. Read more»

Members from the 15th Medical Group host an open house for Breast Cancer Awareness Month, at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, in 2018.

Numbers for breast cancer in military women have been high for years, but as veterans returned from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, rumors began to swirl: The cancers are hitting young—and they’re extraordinarily aggressive. Read more»

Memorial Day traditions, like 'flag-in' ceremonies in this 2015 file photo from Arlington National Cemetery, were still observed at veterans’ cemeteries this year, but with socially distanced gravesite visits and, in Arizona, with online observances.

In a bow to COVID-19 health concerns, the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services will be going online with the annual Memorial Day ceremony and related events at the state’s three military cemeteries. Read more»

A 2019 photo of a packed gym at Mountain View High School.

As we get older, Memorial Day becomes a kids’ holiday and that’s when we realize the true cost of war. It's a price Mountain View High School knows too well. Read more»

Dustin Harrison, via Facebook.

A "precision airstrike" this week killed the Al-Shabaab leader who planned an a January attack on a U.S. training base in which three Americans died, including Dustin Harrison of Tucson, officials said. Read more»

The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyers USS Russell (DDG 59), left, and USS Rafael Peralta (DDG 115) sail on the Pacific Ocean, Jan. 25, 2020. Russell and Rafael Peralta, part of the Theodore Roosevelt Carrier Strike Group, are on a scheduled deployment to the Indo-Pacific region.

The U.S. House voted Thursday to repeal the 2002 authorization for the use of military force that allowed the George W. Bush administration to wage war against Saddam Hussein’s government in Iraq. Read more»

Trump awaits the judgment of Sens. Martha McSally and Kyrsten Sinema.

Ignoring the facts of Donald Trump's impeachment case would be a case of the U.S. Senate giving up on fight against corruption. In that case, they're all open to baseless allegations. Let me show them how. Read more»

A Marine with the Special Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force-Crisis Response-Central Command stands post during the reinforcement of the Baghdad Embassy Compound in Iraq on Jan. 4.

Arizona lawmakers split along party lines Thursday as the House passed a nonbinding resolution calling on the president to end the use of U.S. military “to engage in hostilities in or against Iran or any part of its government or military.” Read more»

Dustin Harrison, via Facebook.

A Tucson man was among those killed in a weekend assault on a base in Africa — reportedly part of a terrorist response to the U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Friday. Read more»

McCain at a 2013 town hall in Tucson.

John McCain ends his career honorably and bravely, but with hostility from the White House, marginal influence in the Republican-controlled Senate, and a public less receptive to the positions he has long embodied. Read more»

A U.S. Army Special Operations helicopter pilot who was born in Phoenix died Monday after a crash in Iraqi Kurdistan. Flags across Arizona will fly at half-staff on Wednesday in honor of CWO 3 Taylor J. Galvin, Gov. Doug Ducey ordered. Read more»

'Washington Crossing the Delaware,' Emanuel Gottlieb Leutze (1851)

We've made it through the first year of the presidency of Donald Trump (let that name attached to that title sink in) without a nuclear war with North Korea. But there's next year. Read more»

The Stars and Stripes flying over the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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»

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