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TRNS Interview: Veterans Wait-Listed For Physical And Mental Health Benefits

Ann Weeby, an event organizer for Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), said over half a million returning troops who file Veterans Affairs claims will have to wait over 125 days before they are considered by the Department of Veterans Affairs to receive physical and mental health benefits.

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Pentagon Delaying Furlough Notices For Two Weeks

In a statement, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little attributed the delay to the recently-passed continuing resolution.

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DoD Mulling Additional Funds For Gitmo Amid Prisoner Hunger Strikes

The discussion comes at a time when the Pentagon is already facing large budget cuts due to sequester and pressure from detainees who have begun a hunger strike.

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ISAF Officer Brushes Off Increased Afghan Death Toll

“I think obviously this is what is going to happen to happen to Afghan Security Forces as we step back and increase and shoulder much of the combat operation burden,” Carter told reporters in a remote appearance from Afghanistan.

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Hagel Marks 10 Year Anniversary Of Iraq War

“Every man and woman who served in Iraq carries with them the scars of war.”

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Poll: Majority Of Americans View Iraq War As A Mistake

In 2011, 55 percent said that the invasion was in error and in 2008, a record high of 63 percent said it was a mistake.

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U.S. Deploying Missile Interceptors In Wake Of NK Threats

Ft. Greely in Alaska will receive 14 interceptors in what Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Friday is a move that will double U.S.’ missile defense capability.

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Poll: Public Still In The Dark About Sequestration

The poll found that 55 percent replied that they did not know enough while 17 percent said the the cuts were a good thing and 27 percent said that the cuts would be bad.

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Military Cuts Tuition Assistance

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In 2012, 201,000 soldiers received Army tuition assistance.

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Difficult First Trip To Afghanistan For Hagel

Hagel disputed Karzai’s claim that the United States and Taliban are working together to destabilize the country.

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Dems Fear Nothing Will Get Done In Crunch Time

With the August recess looming, Congress continues to face a myriad of challenges.

Boehner: Impeachment Claims A “Scam”

“This whole talk about impeachment has been coming from the President’s own staff,” Boehner said.

Poll: Obama Overreached, But Shouldn’t Be Impeached

61 percent said they would oppose impeachment.

Obama May Help Unions Take Over Fast Food Industry

The cost of a hamburger might be doubled under a proposal being considered by federal bureaucrats.

TRNS News Notes- 7/29

VA deal: $17 billion – will it fly?
Israel slams Kerry: WH pushes back
Netanyahu: “Prolonged” Gaza campaign
Border deals: Will they fly?
Russia: More sanctions this week

Belle Boyd Is Arrested, NASA Is Formed And Elizabeth Dole Is 78

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Here’s what happened today in American political history.