Navy soliciting 5-year prosthetic service contract for Guantanamo prisoners

By Carol Rosenberg Miami Herald MIAMI — Leaving no doubt that the Department of Defense intends to be in the Guantanamo detention business long after President Barack Obama leaves office, the Navy is seeking prosthetic services for at least five years for five detainees with lost limbs. “Due to the unique patient population and detention environment, it is critical that the prosthetic devices manufactured have the least chance of being weaponized,” said the Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surg ... More

Suicide prevention remains priority for Md. base

By Lisa R. Rhodes Soundoff! FORT MEADE, Md. — Torrie Osterholm has been Fort Meade's new Suicide Prevention Program manager for only two months, but she has already hit the ground running. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and Osterholm is coordinating several key events. On Sept. 11, the Army Substance Abuse Program staff, along with Fort Meade trainers from the Army's Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training course, will support the garrison's annual 9/11 Remembr ... More

Veterans Affairs secretary seeks support of American Legion in budget battle

By Ian Duncan The Baltimore Sun BALTIMORE — Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert A. McDonald asked American Legion members in Baltimore on Tuesday to help him push Congress for more money and greater flexibility in how he runs his sprawling and troubled federal agency. Addressing the national convention of the American Legion, McDonald said the cuts that lawmakers have proposed to President Barack Obama's spending request would undo the progress he said he has made since taking on the job last y ... More

Marine women look back on historic combat experiment

By Gretel C. Kovach The San Diego Union-Tribune WASHINGTON — Will the Marine Corps fight to keep women out of the infantry? Female Marines who volunteered for research to help the commandant decide that question are eager to find out, along with many others tracking the contentious debate over women in combat. A landmark policy shift on the horizon could eliminate the last gender restrictions on military employment by the end of this year, opening many front-line ground combat jobs to women ... More

WWII veteran remembers Japanese surrender 70 years later

By Ali Rockett Daily Press NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — Few remember that World War II didn't end until Sept. 2, 1945. Over the past 70 years, the date has been overshadowed by May 8, known as Victory in Europe, or V-E Day, commemorating the day Nazi Germany surrendered, and Aug. 15, which marked the end of fighting in the Pacific theater, called V-J Day, for Victory over Japan. But a formal surrender wasn't signed by Japanese officials until Sept. 2, according to the National Archives. That wa ... More

89-year-old Fla. veteran finally receives WWII medals

By Alexandra Seltzer The Palm Beach Post PALM BEACH, Fla. — For 20 years, Nicole Siragusa fought to get her father eight war medals he never received for service in World War II. On Tuesday, she succeeded when U.S. Rep. Lois Frankel presented the medals to Vincent Miro, now 89. Miro seemed speechless as he sat at a table next to his wife of 65 years and his children. At the head of the table stood Frankel and about a dozen veterans, and a group of reporters crowded around. Miro lightly drummed ... More