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  • Meyer deserved Medal of Honor, his comrades say

    Dakota Meyer’s commander had good reason to nominate the former Marine Corps corporal for the Medal of Honor, the U.S. military’s highest decoration for valor.


  • Marines promoted inflated story for Medal of Honor winner

    With Dakota Meyer standing at attention in his dress uniform, sweat glistening on his forehead under the television lights, President Barack Obama extolled the former Marine corporal for the “extraordinary …


  • Base names 4 soldiers killed in helicopter crash

    were identified Wednesday as investigators look into the cause of the collision,


  • Troops’ amputations up sharply in Afghan war

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The counterinsurgency tactic that is sending U.S. soldiers out on foot patrols among the Afghan people, rather than riding in armored vehicles, has contributed to a dramatic …


  • Shawn Vestal: Daughter brings father’s war diaries alive

    Duane “Swede” Nelson’s diary entry for April 1, 1945, was unusually long and detailed. You can understand why. He writes about the invasion of Okinawa and his surprise at the …


  • Obama wants military, not courts, to lift ban

    A move by the Obama administration to temporarily reinstate the military’s “don’t ask, don’t tell” stance on gays is prolonging efforts to eliminate the policy that all sides have agreed …


  • CdA, Spokane processions to escort soldiers’ remains

    Law enforcement representatives in Spokane and North Idaho will join members of the U.S. military in processionals today to deliver to funeral homes the remains of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers …


  • Funeral processions planned for two soldiers

    Law enforcement in Spokane and North Idaho will join the U.S. military in processions today to deliver to funeral homes the remains of two Coeur d’Alene soldiers killed in Iraq


  • Two Idaho soldiers killed in Iraq

    On July 5, Spc. Nathan R. Beyers wrote on Facebook that a soldier has only one wish: “To come home safe.” Two days later, Beyers and Spc. Nicholas W. Newby …


  • Military jet fighter crashes in Nevada

    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A spokesman for Nellis Air Force Base says a military jet fighter has crashed during training near Caliente, Nev.


  • More soldiers seek mental health treatment

    JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. – Officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord believe they’re making progress against the stigma that keeps some soldiers from getting help for mental health issues. More soldiers …


  • Fallen soldier remembered as dedicated to family

    A Medical Lake soldier was killed Sunday in Baghdad, Iraq. Sgt. 1st Class Clifford E. Beattie, 37, died of wounds sustained when enemy forces attacked his unit with an improvised …


  • Valley church building memorial to veterans

    The congregation of Valley Fourth Memorial Church has been a supporter of U.S. military members for the last several years. Volunteers send care packages, cards and letters to troops stationed …


  • Editorial: Witt’s fight a service to all members of military

    When the U.S. military’s estimated 65,000 gay and lesbian members are finally freed from the fear of being discharged because of their sexual orientation, we hope they appreciate the tenacity …


  • Air Force to award $35 billion tanker contract

    After a decade of delays and embarrassing missteps, the Air Force is poised to award one of the biggest contracts in military history — a $35 billion deal to build …


  • Open house to focus on military service

    High school students interested in military academy following graduation are invited to attend an open house on Saturday hosted by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The open house will feature U.S …


  • Fairchild airman awarded Bronze Star

    Technical Sergeant James Lorenzo led more than 16 military convoy missions over about 472,000 miles delivering people and supplies from Kuwait to Iraq during his last deployment in the U.S. …


  • House approves ‘don’t ask’ repeal

    WASHINGTON – The House on Thursday delivered a victory to President Barack Obama and gay rights groups by approving a proposal to repeal the law that allows gays to serve …


  • Congressman accuses VA of ‘noncompliance’

    A key House member asked Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to explain an apparent “emerging pattern” of agency noncompliance” with congressional requests for information about veteran suicide and other issues.


  • House expands benefits for veterans’ caregivers

    Family members of severely wounded Iraq and Afghanistan veterans who forgo jobs and health insurance to provide care for an injured loved one would get relief under a bill unanimously …


  • Four service members named persons of year

    Four military service members were honored Tuesday by Greater Spokane Inc. and U.S. Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers. The regional business organization named Senior Airman Joseph Sparks, Marine Staff Sgt. Daniel …


  • Gays should serve openly, admiral says

    WASHINGTON – The nation’s top military officer told Congress on Tuesday that gay men and lesbians should be allowed to serve openly in the military, the strongest endorsement ever by …


  • Study will scrutinize ‘don’t ask’

    WASHINGTON – Defense Secretary Robert Gates today will take the first real steps toward lifting the ban on gays serving openly in the military, announcing a yearlong review aimed at …


  • Fairchild airman awarded bronze star

    A Fairchild Air Force base airman was awarded the bronze star on Friday for his command of dangerous convoy missions in Iraq last year, base officials said.


  • War recalls past conflict

    An editorial cartoon in the early 1980s, as the Soviet Union army struggled against the mujahedeen in Afghanistan, featured two shivering soldiers in furry hats in front of a Soviet …


  • Club prepares boxes for troops

    The Rathdrum Lions Club is asking for donations to fill 50 boxes, which they will pack and mail to military men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Just imagine …


  • Spokane native, a Rogers grad, among dead at Fort Hood

    Family members of Michael Grant Cahill, a Spokane native killed at Fort Hood, Texas, on Thursday waited for hours after the rampage with no word of his whereabouts. They called …


  • Military families gain advocate

    WASHINGTON – Members of Congress launched a bipartisan caucus Wednesday to advocate for families of service members. Led by U.S. Reps. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., and Sanford Bishop, D-Ga., the …


  • Congress extends benefits to military spouses

    Congress on Monday sent President Barack Obama a bill that allows military spouses to claim residency in the same state as their wives or husbands.


  • Troops’ letters reveal gratitude and commitment

    About a year ago there was an article in The Spokesman-Review by a mother in Spokane who had two sons serving in Iraq. They had written asking her to urge …


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