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Lawmakers Reach Deal on VA Reform

VA Healthcare

Military.com | Jul 28, 2014

The two sides have agreed to add $15 billion in emergency mandatory spending to the legislation, according to CQ Roll Call, which got hold of a summary of the agreement. The amount includes $10 billion to enable vets to get care from private providers and $5 billion to hire medical staff and upgrade facilities. On Friday, Miller propose... more

Study: Arms Embargo Wouldn't Hurt Russia

A pro-Russian fighters' APC stands abandoned near the city of Lisichansk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine on July 26, 2014. (AP Photo/Dmitry Lovetsky)

Associated Press | Jul 28, 2014

LONDON -- An arms embargo against Russia would be little more than symbolic because Russia is largely self-sufficient in supplying its armed forces, a report argued Sunday. European Union countries exported $583 million of military equipment to Russia last year, less than 1 percent of the nation's $68 billion defense budget, according to a stu... more

US, EU Seek Putin's Achilles Heel on Ukraine

Vladimir Putin

Associated Press | Jul 28, 2014

BRUSSELS -- Months after Russia annexed Crimea and stepped up support for separatists in eastern Ukraine, Europe and the United States are still searching for a way to persuade Russian President Vladimir Putin to change course. Targeted economic sanctions and threats of tougher ones have yet to alter what western officials say is Moscow's growi... more

173rd Sky Soldiers Stand Out With 3 Living MoHs

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts, left, became the third living "Sky Soldier" from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to receive the Medal of Honor in the past four years.

Military.com | Jul 28, 2014

Former Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts became the third living "Sky Soldier" from the 173rd Airborne Brigade Combat Team to receive the Medal of Honor in the past four years. Pitts joined Sgt. Kyle White and former Staff Sgt. Salvatore Giunta as the members of the 173rd who make up a group of just nine living recipients of the Medal of Honor from ... more

Dempsey Says Iraq Air Strikes Still a Possibility

Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin Dempsey addresses troops in Afghanistan.

Military.com | Jul 28, 2014

Gen. Martin Dempsey says U.S. military advisers could join Iraqi ground units on the front lines against Islamic extremists if the Baghdad government shows it can unite to hold the Iraqi state together. However, U.S. military support was conditional upon the Iraqis solving the sectarian disputes that threaten to splinter the nation, Dempsey... more

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