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'Only the beginning': Brandon Act meant to reduce barriers, stigma for military members seeking mental health help

The Brandon Act - now part of the new National Defense Authorization Act - expands mental health services to members of the military as suicide rates have been increasing among members of the military and veterans alike.... Read more»

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'Unwavering, staggering' military spouse unemployment could change after pandemic

For military spouses, employers’ acknowledgment that workers can be just as productive, if not more so, from home could put an end to giving up one’s career for a husband or wife’s military service as military spouses emerged as the premier remote workforce during the pandemic.... Read more»

Our Fallen: Tucsonans killed in Iraq and Afghanistan wars

In nearly two decades of war, dozens from Tucson and Southern Arizona have died in the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan, and elsewhere. Here is our brief tribute to them.... Read more»3

What the U.S. didn’t learn in Afghanistan, according to the government’s own Inspector General

A lacerating report this week was the 11th in a clear-eyed series that revealed the US failure to reconstruct Afghanistan over two decades - so why didn’t anyone heed the inspector general’s warnings? ... Read more»

Biden announces vaccine mandate for federal employees

With the Delta variant of COVID-19 driving a new surge in infections in the United States, President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a new rule for federal employees: Get vaccinated or face regular testing and other restrictions. ... Read more»

Analysis

As the Taliban surges across Afghanistan, al-Qaeda is poised for a swift return

Even before the US military completes the final steps of its troop withdrawal, the Taliban is surging, threatening not only the gains made in the past two decades, at the cost of tens of thousands of lives and trillions of dollars, but also global stability.... Read more»

Peoria parents hope military mental health act spares others their pain

The Brandon Act, named in memory of Brandon Caserta, a Navy veteran who died by suicide, would provide service members confidential access to mental health care without fear of rebuke or retaliation.... Read more»

Guest Opinion

Paid leave is a sure fire way to honor our military’s sacrifice

The Biden administration has called on Congress to pass a national, inclusive paid leave as part of the American Families Plan, a policy that would support service members, their families and the roughly 500,000 veterans living in Arizona.... Read more»

Vet touts Arizona efforts to help veterans get jobs, despite COVID-19

An employment program for veterans that began in the days after 9/11 paid off last year when the COVID-19 pandemic rattled employment for vets in the state and across the country, but witnesses said there is still room for improvement in government programs that are supposed to help soldiers transition from military to civilian life.... Read more»

Deported U.S. veterans in Tijuana find aid, comfort in the Bunker

In a neighborhood just south of San Diego stands a narrow, two-story home connected to a tire shop. It’s where U.S. military veterans go after the country they served deports them and there’s nowhere else to turn. ... Read more»

Judge blocks plan to use $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall

A federal judge on Tuesday issued a nationwide injunction blocking the Trump administration’s plan to use $3.6 billion in military construction money to build the president’s long-promised border wall.... Read more»

Grijalva, House Dems demand probe of troops deployed to border

Dozens of House Democrats renewed calls Friday for the Defense Department to investigate the legality of President Donald Trump’s decision to deploy thousands of active-duty and National Guard troops to the U.S-Mexico border.... Read more»

Rocks vs. rifles: Trump backs off suggestion that soldiers fire on migrants

Trump on Friday backed off his statement that active-duty soldiers on the border should respond to rock-throwing migrants as if the soldiers had been attacked with a firearm.... Read more»

Nogales awaits U.S. troops as migrant caravan plods north

The border that divides the U.S. and Mexico also symbolizes divided opinions in this border city about the deployment of hundreds of U.S. troops to handle a caravan of Central American migrants.... Read more»

Voting wars

Why overseas military personnel ballots may not be counted

When Americans vote for president in November, many of the 1.4 million active-duty U.S. military personnel stationed or deployed overseas will not know whether their absentee ballots have reached their home states to be counted. And the federal Election Assistance Commission, charged with monitoring their votes, may not know either.... Read more»

Ted Cruz: Drafting women into military combat is 'nuts'

Unprompted and in the final days of his New Hampshire primary campaign, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz unleashed ire at the notion of drafting women into military combat.... Read more»1

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