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Filipino vets to get medal 71 years after benefits stripped

Celestino Almeda recives medal 71 years after being stripped of gold star Members of Congress on Wednesday are scheduled to present the Congressional Gold Medal to Filipino veterans of World War II, honoring thousands of men who have long fought for recognition of their service.

Some died for the U.S. cause during the second World War, but promises of U.S. citizenship and veterans benefits would go unfulfilled for many of those who survived.

In July 1941, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed an executive order calling on all Philippine military forces to join the U.S. armed forces to fight Axis powers in World War II. At the time, the Philippines was under U.S. rule.

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Vietnam vet gets Medal of Honor decades after Laos heroism

Vietnam vet gets Medal of HonorIn a White House ceremony Monday, President Donald Trump will award the Medal of Honor to a Vietnam veteran who helped more than 60 wounded soldiers -- recognition delayed decades by the classified nature of his mission in Laos.

Retired U.S. Army Capt. Gary M. Rose was a medic assigned to the 5th Special Forces Group Airborne, one of the most decorated Army Special Forces groups in history. He risked his life, while wounded himself, to deliver medical care to injured soldiers Sept. 11-14, 1970.

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Trump promised $25K to father of fallen soldier but didn't follow through

Chris Bainbridge fater promised $25,000President Trump promised to personally donate $25,000 to the father of a fallen soldier and create an online fundraiser for the soldier’s family but didn't follow through, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Trump told Chris Baldridge, whose son was killed in Afghanistan in June, that he would “write you a check out of my personal account for $25,000,” Baldridge told the Post.

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Making a military widow cry: that is a classic Trump move

Making war widow cry: classic TrumpJust when you thought there was nothing left to destroy – no more rules or taboos to break – Donald Trump proved you wrong. After nine long months of bumping along the bottom, our preening president has taken the presidency to a new all-time low.

This week the commander-in-chief has somehow contrived to drive to tears the grieving mother of one of his own special forces. Along the way, he boasted about his own outreach to gold star families, and defamed his predecessors’ record on the same.

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Iraq war victims allege pharmaceutical companies' bribery led to U.S. troop deaths

Big Pharma helped death of US troops in IraqThe families of dozens of U.S. troops killed or injured during the war in Iraq filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday against several U.S. and European pharmaceutical and medical supply companies, alleging that the corporations knowingly financed the anti-American militia Mahdi Army through bribes and kickbacks to officials at a government ministry controlled by the group.

The lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., against some of the biggest names in the industry — including GE Healthcare, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, AstraZeneca and Roche — claims that the companies regularly paid kickbacks to officials in Iraq’s Ministry of Health through their local agents.

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Trump's lie about predecessors, fallen troops disputed

Trump lie about former presidents calling fallen solders' familiesFor U.S. presidents, meeting the families of military personnel killed in war is about as wrenching as the presidency gets. President Donald Trump's suggestion Monday that his predecessors fell short in that duty brought a visceral reaction from those who witnessed those grieving encounters.

"He's a deranged animal," Alyssa Mastromonaco, a former deputy chief of staff to President Barack Obama, tweeted about Trump. With an expletive, she called Trump's statement in the Rose Garden a lie.

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Army Sgt. Bergdahl pleads guilty to desertion, misbehavior

Bergdahl pleads guilty

Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, five years a Taliban captive after abandoning his post in Afghanistan, pleaded guilty Monday to desertion and misbehavior-before-the-enemy charges that could put him in prison for life.

"I understand that leaving was against the law," said Bergdahl, who admitted guilt without striking a deal with prosecutors, leaving his punishment up to a military judge.

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