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  • Chinese Fake Parts 'Flood' US Military: Report

    C-17 Globemaster

    More than a million Chinese counterfeit electronic parts are estimated to be in use in U.S. military aircraft, according to a U.S. Senate report released Monday saying the discovery jeopardizes safety and national security. The Senate Armed Services Committee said its year-long investigation launched by Democratic chairman Carl Levin and ranking Republican John McCain uncovered 1,800 cases of bogus parts, including on the U.S. Air Force's lar... more

  • Legion Challenges VA Claims Accuracy

    Zachary Hearn from American Legion

    The American Legion testified at a Dec. 4 hearing on Capitol Hill that examined VA's track record in processing complex disability claims that deal with conditions such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and military sexual trauma (MST). Zachary Hearn, deputy director of benefits for the Legion, appeared before the House Veterans' Affairs subcommittee on disability and memorial affairs; he also submitted wr... more

  • Decimated by Tornado, a Legion Post Rises

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    In Tupelo, Miss., tornadoes have twice decimated the building for American Legion Post 49. In 1936 it was rebuilt and lasted until April 2014, when an F4 tornado tore a path right through scores of oak trees and the building. No one was injured when the 2014 storm struck. But plenty of post members opposed the idea of rebuilding their home. Post Commander Mike Pettigrew not only wanted to rebuild, he envisioned a building that would serve as... more

  • Legion Blasts VA Philly Office Based on IG Report

    Stacks of VA claims.

    A report issued April 15 by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) has substantiated gross mismanagement, negligence and misconduct at the VA Regional Office (VARO) in Philadelphia. Violations included the entering of false dates on veterans' benefits claims, altering results on quality reviews, hiding unprocessed mail, delaying the scanning and uploading of documents, and failing to provide a safe work e... more

  • Report Sees Flaws in Case Against Vanishing Marine

    Marine Cpl. Wassef Ali Hassoun

    RALEIGH, North Carolina -- Prosecutors could have a difficult time proving the desertion case against a Lebanese-born U.S. Marine who vanished from his unit in Iraq a decade ago, according to a military report. The government has a circumstantial case and could have a hard time finding witnesses to testify against 34-year-old Cpl. Wassef Hassoun because the case is so old and many witnesses were Iraqis, the officer who presided over the milit... more

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