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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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LISTEN: The World in Two Minutes – August 22, 2014

The World in 2:00

The campaign for an independent Scotland enters the home stretch. The University of Aberdeen’s Michael Keating outlines the vote.

U.S. Pushes Back Against Entry Of Russian Convoy

The U.S. has called for Russia to remove the convoy from Ukraine immediately.

Reid Issues Apology Over “Wong” Joke

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) (Photo by James Cullum)

Reid said that he has trouble “keeping his Wongs straight,” a reference to some of the speakers present at the event.

America’s Murder Rate Is Lowest In 50 Years

America’s homicide rate is its lowest since 1963.

White House Defends Bergdahl Exchange

“We strongly disagree with GAO’s conclusion and reject the implication that the administration acted unlawfully.”

Russian Convoy Enters Ukraine; ‘We Waited Long Enough’

The flag of Ukraine at the United Nations. Photo: Luke Vargas/TRNS

Ukraine claims Russian soldiers prevented border guards from inspecting trucks before crossing border into the eastern Donbas region.