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VA watchdog's investigation contradicted

VA investigation challengedThe Department of Veterans Affairs' inspector general may have wrongly claimed in a report last year that one of the top procurement officials at the VA steered contracts worth millions of dollars to friends, according to the inspector general at the Treasury Department.

Eric Thorson, the Treasury inspector general, also implied in a letter Thursday to Rep. Jeff Miller, a Florida Republican who chairs the House Veterans' Affairs Committee, that the claims in the report issued by the office of acting VA Inspector General Richard Griffin were influenced by a dispute between a VA employee and the procurement executive, who now works at Treasury.


Inside Fort Hood’s Prostitution Ring

Fort Hood's prostuion ringAn Army sergeant pimped cash-strapped female soldiers under his command to higher-ups. How did this happen?  It was supposed to be the Army private’s first—and only—time.

The cash-strapped, divorced mother—who The Daily Beast will call Jane—wore the uniform, claimed she needed groceries, and soon met sugar-daddy Sergeant 1st Class Gregory McQueen.


Investigation: Army substance-abuse program in disarray

substance abuse program in millitaryTwenty thousand soldiers who seek help each year at Army substance-abuse clinics encounter a program in such disarray that thousands who need treatment are turned away and more than two dozen others linked to poor care have spiraled into suicide, a USA TODAY investigation has found.

The Army's transfer of substance-abuse outpatient treatment from medical to non-medical leadership in 2010 has led to substandard care, the mass exodus of veteran personnel and the hiring of unqualified clinic directors and counselors, according to senior Army clinical staff members and records obtained by USA TODAY.


'Dirty Brigades': US-Trained Iraqi Forces Investigated for War Crimes

Dirty BrigadesU.S.-trained and armed Iraqi military units, the key to the American strategy against ISIS, are under investigation for committing some of the same atrocities as the terror group, American and Iraqi officials told ABC News. Some Iraqi units have already been cut off from U.S. assistance over "credible" human rights violations, according to a senior military official on the Pentagon's Joint Staff.

The investigation, being conducted by the Iraqi government, was launched after officials were confronted with numerous allegations of “war crimes,” based in part on dozens of ghastly videos and still photos that appear to show uniformed soldiers from some of Iraq's most elite units and militia members massacring civilians, torturing and executing prisoners, and displaying severed heads.


11 service members missing in crash presumed dead

UH60 BlackhawkSeven Marines and four soldiers aboard an Army helicopter that crashed over waters off Florida during a routine night training mission were presumed dead Wednesday, and crews found human remains despite heavy fog hampering search efforts, military officials said.

A Pentagon official said all 11 service members were presumed dead and that the Coast Guard found debris in the water. The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the official wasn't authorized to speak on the record.


Domestic Military Expansion Spreads Through the US, Ignites Dissent

Military expansion in NYWhat if you lived in a country that allowed its Navy to fly the loudest aircraft in the world over your home day and night, generating sonic booms that rattled the windows of people living in a neighboring country, and test new weapons in areas that would knowingly harm, or possibly kill, humans and wildlife?

Welcome to the United States, which has a military with an increasing domestic expansion that may soon be coming to your town, city or national forest.


U.S. military ordered to refer to Chelsea Manning as female

Chelsea ManningThe U.S. military has been ordered to use female pronouns when referring to Chelsea Manning, the transgender soldier who is serving 35 years in prison for giving classified military documents to Wikileaks.

The U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals ruled Thursday that the military must use either female or gender-neutral pronouns when referencing Manning in the future. The military may no longer refer to Manning as a man.


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