The true story of '12 Strong:' Horse soldiers were first to enter Afghanistan

Drew Brooks The Fayetteville Observer, N.C. In the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, there were three key stories that described the resolve of the American people, according to retired Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland. The first had to do with the victims of the attack themselves. The men and women aboard hijacked airliners who fought to save others and the many people working in New York and Washington who, amid the devastation of the attacks, put their own lives at risk to save others. The seco ... More

Death benefits withheld from grieving families due to shutdown

By Military1 Staff The families of two soldiers killed during a helicopter training exercise will not receive $100,000 in death benefits they are entitled to due to the shutdown of the federal government over the spending bill. The payment is usually made within days of a service member's death, but the closing of the federal government  In a statement to CNN, Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White said the government cannot make those payments until it reopens. “Under a government shutdown, th ... More

Veterans' court case clears the road for higher ratings

By Douglas G. Jackson Military1 Columnist The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issued another major decision that is extremely helpful to veterans seeking higher disability ratings. The decision in the case King v. Shulkin is written by one of the newest judges, the Honorable Michael Allen. In this case, the Court specifically decided that a veteran may be entitled to what is called an “extraschedular” rating, even if the disability does not meet a higher rating ba ... More

Navy enacting changes in wake of deadly crashes

Claudia Grisales Stars and Stripes WASHINGTON — Two top Navy officials told lawmakers on Thursday that a plan is underway to ensure safer conditions for sailors, following a series of deadly accidents at sea last year. The comments, which were made before a joint hearing of two House Armed Services Committee subpanels, come in the wake of two extensive Navy reviews of deadly warship crashes and mishaps last summer. In all, the Navy lost 20 sailors in major incidents in the Pacific in 2017. Of those ... More

Marine stabbed to death by fellow Marine at Camp Pendleton

By Meg Jones Milwaukee Journal Sentinel A Marine from Wisconsin was stabbed to death Tuesday at the large Marine base in Camp Pendleton, Calif. Ethan Barclay-Weberpal, 18, was stabbed to death on the military base, his father told Madison television station WMTV (Channel 15). Scott Weberpal of Whitewater wrote on Facebook Wednesday that his son was killed by a fellow Marine. He included a photo of himself with his son next to the Marine Corps War Memorial. Scott Weberpal wrote: It's with e ... More