Report urges benefits to go to most deserving

By Tom Philpott Why do the departments of Defense and of Veterans Affairs conduct separate, duplicative physical exams of veterans, one before and one after discharge? Why do these government health programs have separate purchasing systems when medical supply needs are nearly identical? Why are their medical record systems incompatible when the populations served overlap? […]

Military Digest

Duran Marine Corps Pfc. Andrew J. Duran Jr. recently graduated from the Marine Corps Basic Combat Engineer Course at Marine Corps Engineer School in Camp Lejeune, N.C. He is the son of Rosemary and Andrew J. Duran of Clovis and a 2002 graduate of Clovis High School. Grosso Air Force Airman Michael A. Del Grosso […]

Gold Star Mothers to be honored

By Darrell Todd Maurina Memorial Day exists primarily to remember deceased veterans, but since the end of World War I, veterans organizations have also sought to provide recognition and support to a special category of people on the “home front.” That category, “gold star mothers,” consists of mothers whose children have died while serving in […]

Limbaugh trying to rationalize a war

By Tibor Machan Every time I drive to school, I listen to Rush Limbaugh for about five minutes. It is cultural anthropology for me more than an interest in his latest ridicule of Daschle & Co., although I sympathize with that. Last time I tuned in, Limbaugh was trying hard to explain away the fact […]

Military presence in Iraq shifts

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An unidentified U.S. Army soldier tells people to stay back as soldiers went looking for an individual who fired near a secure perimeter near the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on Tuesday. WASHINGTON — Combat in Iraq is all but over, yet US Army troops continue to stream into the country in an illustration of one […]