Tuesday is Veterans Day — a day to honor those who have served. But since the draft ended in 1973, the number of Americans who serve in the armed forces has decreased dramatically, leading to what some fear is a lack of understanding between our military and civilian populations. Now, a group of young veterans in Brooklyn have devised a program to try to bridge the divide. NewsHour’s Elisabeth Ponsot reports. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, the Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald will announce a major department overhaul, including dismissal or demotion of up to 1,000 staff members, in response to the scandal over long response times. Also, President Obama authorized 1,500 more non-combat troops to go to Iraq to advise and train forces who are fighting the Islamic State. Continue reading
Combat medics have one mission: keep the wounded alive until they can be safely treated elsewhere. But while survival rates have improved dramatically in the last few decades, one of the biggest challenges that medics still face is uncontrolled bleeding. The NewsHour’s Cat Wise reports on a new invention that stops bleeding much faster than traditional gauze. Continue reading
The Washington Post reported today that Robert O’Neill, a 38-year-old Montana native and ex-SEAL, confirmed his involvement in SEAL Team Six’s May 2, 2011 raid on bin Laden in Pakistan. O’Neill, a 15-year SEAL veteran at the time of the operation, says he fired the shot that took down the al-Qaida founder.
WASHINGTON — Adding to signs of distress in the nuclear force, the Air Force fired two commanders and disciplined a third in response to internal investigations of leadership lapses and misbehavior at two of its three intercontinental ballistic missile bases. Continue reading
Two brothers from a military family were lost in separate tragedies just months apart. Jeff Graham was killed while on duty in Iraq; his younger brother Kevin, a ROTC cadet, took his own life during a bout of depression. Yochi Dreazen, author of “The Invisible Front: Love and Loss in an Era of Endless War,” talks to Jeffrey Brown about the Graham family’s story and the stigma of suicide. Continue reading
AREQUIPA, Peru — Defense officials say a report slated for release Monday will lay out plans for the Pentagon to get a better handle on how climate change will affect the military, and determine how best to deal with the challenges.
WASHINGTON — A powerful GOP senator lifted his objections Friday to a $750 million Pentagon request to fight Ebola in Africa, freeing up the money immediately. Continue reading
While Islamic State forces seem poised to take the border town of Kobani, President Obama and military leaders are weighing what more can be done to combat the militants marching toward Turkey. Judy Woodruff gets analysis from Michèle Flournoy, a former Defense Department official, and retired Col. Derek Harvey, a former Army Intelligence officer, on the effectiveness of the U.S.-led fight. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama announced in May 2013 that no lethal strike against a terrorist would be authorized without “near-certainty that no civilians will be killed or injured.”
But amid unconfirmed reports of civilian casualties, the White House said this week that U.S. bombing in Iraq and Syria is not being held to the near-certainty standard. And the Pentagon, hamstrung by limitations in intelligence gathering, has been unable to determine in many cases whether the casualty reports are true. Continue reading