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Veterans Day: How crosses and mementos help these Marines remember fallen comrades

On Veterans Day, people across America will thank veterans and active-duty military personnel for their service - but many members of the public don’t have a clear understanding of what service means to people in the military.... Read more»

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Arizona players reflect as Navy, Air Force meet on anniversary of 9/11

Saturday’s football game between Air Force and Navy will be the 54th between the two teams – and their first meeting on 9/11, leaving one Arizona-born Navy player with “goosebumps just thinking about it.” ... Read more»

Getting educated while on active duty is getting harder as military rolls back benefits

While much of the attention to education benefits for service members focuses on veterans, most of the military’s 1.3 million active-duty personnel are also eligible for tuition assistance, but restrictions mean many service members have to wait for college until they leave the military.... Read more»

Remediation work continues at Az's border wall construction sites

The Army Corps of Engineers has continued remediation work along two sections of the border wall near Yuma, cleaning up the remnants of construction left by contractors during the last days of the Trump administration's rush to complete the boundary barrier. ... Read more»

5 transgender Az veterans discuss abuses, how political changes can alter lives

Five transgender veterans in Arizona speak on what it meant to serve in the military and witness the shifts in how their identities are viewed by the commander in chief, with the effects ranging from loss of status and benefits to traumatic experiences while in service, including sexual assault.... Read more»

Supreme Court will hear challenges on Trump's border wall, 'Remain in Mexico' policy

The Supreme Court will hear two challenges to the Trump administration's immigration and border policies, including the siphoning of $2.5 billion from military funds for border wall construction, and a policy that requires thousands of asylum seekers to remain in Mexico while their claims for protection are processed.... Read more»

9th Circuit again slaps Trump admin for siphoning Defense funding for border wall

The Trump administration unlawfully siphoned $3.6 billion in construction funds from the Defense Department, the 9th Circuit Court ruled, forcing a halt to 11 border wall projects, including four in Arizona. ... Read more»

9th Circuit: Trump administration unlawfully siphoned Defense funds for border wall

The 9th Circuit Court ruled Friday that the Trump administration unlawfully used $2.5 billion in Defense Department funds to build the president's long-promised border wall without congressional approval. ... Read more»

2 Arizona bases may see cuts as Pentagon siphons $3.8B to border wall

The Pentagon will once again shift military funding to border wall projects along the U.S.-Mexico border, diverting $3.8 billion from defense programs, including two in Arizona worth nearly $1.4 billion. ... Read more»

Nearly $150M in Az military projects could be cut for Trump's border emergency

Despite "assurances" touted by Sen. McSally, a $30-million construction project at Ft. Huachuca and a $15-million facility at Davis-Monthan AFB are potentially on the chopping block in order to fund a border wall under President Trump's national emergency declaration.... Read more»

Marine surveillance leads BP to arrest 10 carrying pot near Yuma

Yuma-area border agents arrested 10 men carrying bundles of marijuana through the desert near Dateland, Ariz., after the men were spotted by U.S. Marines on Tuesday night. ... Read more»

Sentinel reporting wins Arizona Press Club awards

TucsonSentinel.com's coverage of border and immigration issues and watchdog reporting on local elections won several awards from the Arizona Press Club, with recognition for Paul Ingram, Joe Watson and Dylan Smith.... Read more»

The most important border stories of 2017

While much of our coverage was based on the raucous actions of the Trump administration, TucsonSentinel.com delved into some hidden corners of the borderlands, including a story about a decorated Marine who faces deportation despite being a U.S. citizen, a story that uses documents that describe how the ex-governor of Sonora may have been linked to a cocaine smuggler, and the trial of a Border Patrol agent accused of second-degree murder for the 2012 cross-border shooting of a Mexican teenager. ... Read more»

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Decorated Marine vet may be deported, despite likely U.S. citizenship

A Marine veteran who served in the Gulf War was transferred to an immigration facility in Eloy last week, where he faces deportation to Mexico despite a ruling that he is a U.S. citizen. George Ybarra has criminal convictions, but his family says he needs treatment, not banishment.... Read more»

Ducey: Flags at half-staff to honor Marine killed in Yuma crash

To honor a Marine killed Wednesday in a civilian aircraft crash in Yuma, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey has ordered flags at state offices to be flown at half-staff until sunset on Friday. "It's a sad day for our state and country as we mourn the loss of a brave Marine and a good man," he said in an afternoon statement.... Read more»

70 years ago, Ira Hayes helped raise flag over Iwo Jima

Generations have passed, but one of the most memorable moments of World War II happened 70 years ago Monday, as a Pima Indian from Arizona helped raise an American flag over the scarred island of Iwo Jima. Ira Hayes died in a ditch just a decade later, but he lives on in photographs and in song.... Read more»

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