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14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1890s

14,000 draft notices sent to men born in 1890s

No, the United States military isn’t trying to build a force of centenarians.
Published: 07/10/14

Watchdog: Retaliation complaints jump at VA

WASHINGTON — A federal investigative agency is examining 67 claims of retaliation by supervisors at the Department of Veterans Affairs against employees who filed whistleblower complaints — including 25 complaints filed since June 1,...
Published: 07/08/14
Tampa area mourns death of popular wounded soldier

Tampa area mourns death of popular wounded soldier

Ever since returning from Afghanistan, where he was severely injured when his vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in 2010, Army Sgt. Thongpane Thongdeng touched a lot of lives in the area’s military community.
Published: 07/03/14

Veteran meets with VA official he was accused of threatening

Five days after armed agents showed up at his house investigating whether he made a threat against a top local Veterans Administration official, St. Petersburg veteran Michael Henry met with that official Wednesday morning to discuss his care.
Published: 07/02/14
Updated: 07/03/14
Haley VA hospital opens new day room

Haley VA hospital opens new day room

Army Spc. Jeffery Scott Jr., his wheelchair tucked under the new air hockey table, smiles as the little green plastic disk comes whizzing toward him, fired, no less, by a member of Congress.
Published: 07/01/14
Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

Obama lauds former CEO as right choice to fix VA

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sought to turn the page Monday on a humiliating chapter in the history of the Veterans Affairs Department, tapping former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald to take over the sprawling agency.
Published: 06/30/14
Vet’s call for medical appointment prompts visit by armed agents

Vet’s call for medical appointment prompts visit by armed agents

Like a lot of veterans, Michael Henry says he has been waiting a long time for help from the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center in Pinellas County.
Published: 06/30/14
Socom commander McRaven to retire

Socom commander McRaven to retire

The man with the plan to kill Osama bin Laden is hanging up his trident.
Published: 06/30/14
New Tampa group advocates for special operations

New Tampa group advocates for special operations

TAMPA — The images showing on CNN at the Tampa Club feature two very different developments: President Barack Obama explaining why he is sending commandos into Iraq while the text crawl underneath reports NATO concerns about Russian tanks mass...
Published: 06/30/14
Pre-construction demolition begins on old armory

Pre-construction demolition begins on old armory

Fort Homer Hesterly Armory, an iconic West Tampa structure that has sat dormant for years, is expected to come alive next year.
Published: 06/28/14