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Bergdahl recounts 'horrible mistake,' apologizes at sentencing

Bowe Bergdahl recounts "horrible mistake" and apologizes at sentencingArmy Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl took the stand at his sentencing hearing, becoming emotional while recalling his 5 years as a prisoner of the Taliban.

Bergdahl gave sworn testimony for 2 hours at his hearing Monday in Fort. Bragg, N.C. -- testimony that can only be offered by the accused or victims in the military justice system.

Bergdahl walked away from his post in Afghanistan in 2009, prompting many service members to become wounded to search for him. The sergeant was caught and held captive by the Taliban for nearly 5 years. Later, the former captive pleaded guilty to desertion and misbehavior before the enemy, possibly facing a lifetime in prison.

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Court blocks Trump's ban on transgender troops

Judge blocks Trump order on transgender troopsA federal court on Monday blocked parts of President Trump’s ban on transgender service members, preventing the Pentagon from overturning policies initiated by the Obama administration to allow transgender troops from serving openly.

The order in Washington by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly temporarily prevents to the Pentagon from enacting the ban that Trump announced by tweet in July.

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Judge in Bowe Bergdahl's sentencing says Trump's comments don't affect court

Bergdahl: Trump comments do not affect sentencing

A military judge has rejected arguments by attorneys for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl that criticism by President Donald Trump is preventing him from having a fair sentencing hearing.

The judge, Army Col. Jeffery Nance, said Monday the court has not been directly affected by Trump's criticism of Bergdahl. He also ruled that a reasonable member of the public would not have doubts about the fairness of military justice because of Trump's comments. He rejected a defense request to rule that it would be unfair to give Bergdahl any prison time.

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Military Investigating Whether Navy SEALs Strangled Green Beret in Mali

Navy Seal Team 6 members under investigation for murder of teammateNavy criminal authorities are investigating whether two members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6 strangled to death an Army Green Beret on assignment in Mali in June, military officials say.

Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar, a 34-year-old veteran of two deployments to Afghanistan, was found dead on June 4 in the embassy housing he shared in the Malian capital, Bamako, with several other Special Operations forces assigned to the West African nation to help with training and counterterrorism missions.

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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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