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Afghan

DOD looking to house 2,500 Afghan citizens at Fort Lee

Afghan citizens who worked with allied forces may be able to get visas thanks to “Operation Allies Refuge.” This comes as the US withdrawals from the 20 year long conflict. Many locals who worked with American forces have stated fear of reprisal from the Taliban. Consequently, eligible Afghans, and their families, can apply for the Special …

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iraqi

Iraqi militia officials claim US drone blew up militia truck

In a story first reported by the Associated Press, two Iraqi militia officials made an interesting claim. The pair, who wanted to remain anonymous, stated an American drone blew up a truck used by an Iran-backed militia. Furthermore, they state the strike occurred in Eastern Syria on Sunday. The drone allegedly fired a warning shot …

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Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity receives $300k donation from Ft Hood

For the third consecutive year, Habitat for Humanity has received a sizable donation from Fort Hood. The base gave the non-profit over 400 wooden beds and wall lockers. Additionally, they also received “medical grade mattress” that qualify for their cleanliness policy. The base is replacing the furniture with items made from metal. However, the donatables …

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Chaplain

Chaplain retired from Army, then served 30 years in American Legion

Monday, Larry L. Vollink made an important announcement on Facebook. He stated, “After 30 years as Michigan American Legion Chaplain, I am officially retiring as of today, July 11, 2021.” Vollink has spent a lifetime serving others. Among his many accomplishments, he was the Michigan Wing Chaplain at Civil Air Patrol. Furthermore, Vollink retired as a …

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cuba

Cuba shuts down internet as riots continue

Tensions in Havana have reached a boiling point this week. Consequently, President Joe Biden made the following statement regarding the protests in Cuba: “We stand with the Cuban people and their clarion call for freedom and relief from the tragic grip of the pandemic and from the decades of repression and economic suffering to which …

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg Riots: 10 killed, 500 arrested

Johannesburg has recently been in turmoil over political unrest. Last week, former South African President Jacob Zuma surrendering to authorities. This caused mass riots that saw over 500 people arrested, and 10 killed. Current President, Cyril Ramaphosa, vowed to restore order to the country. Rioters looted, and shut parts of the highway down. Stick wielding …

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Paralympics

Soldier breaks 2 records qualifying for Paralympics

Sgt. 1st Class Elizabeth Marks broke two American records at Swimming Trials for the Paralympics Summer Games. Marks is a long time Solider-athlete in the U.S. Army World Class Athlete Program. The Iraq Veteran is also a four-time gold medalist at the Invictus Games. It may surprise you to know she has only been swimming since 2012. …

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medic

US Medic leaps to treat crash injuries on Italian highway

Sgt. 1st Class Chantley Kiser is a noncommissioned officer at the US Army Health Center in Vicenza, Italy. He was passing the time on a lengthy bus ride when an accident left several people badly injured. Kiser is a medic with 20 years of trauma experience, and leapt into action. The Army states, “Three people were inside …

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4th of July

Emergency Rooms Brace for 4th of July Injuries

Every year, drunk Americans blow themselves up with fireworks on the 4th of July. I’m sure some of them are sober, but that doesn’t make it any better. The Pew Research Center stated, “On average, more than 45,000 people visit U.S. hospital emergency rooms for treatment of injuries on July 4 and 5.” Furthermore, on …

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