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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»

Consumers are still finding bare store shelves.

Shortages of virtually every type of product – from toilet paper and sneakers to pickup trucks and chicken – are still showing up across the country - and unfortunately for many, they won’t be resolved by the holidays. Read more»

Gadsden flags fly at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

The groups involved in the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol carried a variety of political and ideological flags and signs, and as many of the same groups who participated are expected to return to the nation’s capital, scholars explain what those symbols mean. Read more»

A group of members with the Arizona Dream Act Coalition holds a banner that says, 'Stop Deportations. Immigration Reform Now' in Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, 2021.

Arizona's undocumented population has declined by 14% in the last decade, according to new data released by the Center for Migration Studies. Read more»

Former Sen. John McCain’s grave at the U.S. Naval Academy is next to friend and former classmate, Adm. Chuck Larson. Since his death a year ago, McCain’s grave has become a stop for visitors who leave mementos.

While former colleagues have added John McCain’s name to legislation and one Arizona district plans to name an elementary school for him, other tributes have stalled. Among those are a measure to name a human rights commission for the late senator. Read more»

The 1967 fire on the USS Forrestal.

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»

Flowers, personal mementos and more are placed at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.

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»

Faced with a 'hard decision' on the budget, the Department of Veterans Affairs is again eyeing limits on Individual Unemployability, a benefit for over 200,000 disabled vets. It’s faces stiff opposition from vets, with one asking, “You’ve seen the suicide rate high now? Wait until this happens.”

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»

Retired Air Force Col. John Fer, who was shot down over Vietnam and held captive, thumbs through a scrapbook of the time when he was a fellow POW with Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona.

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»

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, walks past reporters in the hallway outside his Washington office Friday, just hours after his early-morning vote helped kill the latest attempt by Republicans to repeal and replace Obamacare.

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»

Trump in February 2011.

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»

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

McCain speaks at a ground-breaking ceremony in Tucson in March.

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»

Shanna Peeples is the 2015 National Teacher of the Year, beating out more than 3 million others in classrooms across the country. She is an English teacher at Palo Duro High School in Amarillo, Texas.

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»

The State Department's Simon Henshaw, right, told a Senate committee that the family reunification plan aims to keep unaccompanied Central American youth from making dangerous treks to the U.S. border.

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»

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