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Paula Walker ID'ed As Soldier Who Committed Suicide At Fort Lee (Video)

The Army has identified the woman who committed suicide at Fort Lee Army base on Monday as Sgt. 1st Class Paula M. Walker, 33, of Yonkers, N.Y.

As Home Post reported previously, Walker entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters on base at about 9 a.m. EDT. She barricaded herself inside the building with a handgun, and then turned the gun on herself.

Walker was ...

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Recalled Peanut And Almond Butters Sold At Military Commissaries

Brands of almond and peanut butters recalled from store shelves because of possible Salmonella contamination were sold by military commissaries, according to an announcement the Defense Commissary Agency.

The company nSpired Natural Foods, Inc. voluntarily recalled Arrowhead Mills® Peanut Butters, MaraNatha® Almond Butters and Peanut Butters, and private label nut butters (click here for a complete list).

The Defense Commissary Agency's lead consumer safety officer, Richard Stith, said although ...

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Armed Female Soldier Prompts Lockdown At Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia

A female soldier who shot herself with a gun prompted a lockdown this morning at Fort Lee Army Base in Virginia.

According to Fort Lee's official Facebook page, the woman entered Building 5020 of the Combined Arms Support Command Headquarters at about 9 a.m. EDT:

Early reports indicate the Soldier turned the weapon on herself and fired one shot, injuring herself.

The Soldier was transported Virginia Commonwealth University ...

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Nearly $100K Raised For Marine From Ramona Who Lost His Legs In IED Blast

Ramona native Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Brandon Dodson suffered devastating injuries in an IED blast on Aug. 9 in Afghanistan. A webpage created to help ease financial stress on Dodson's wife and toddler son has raised nearly $100,000 as of early Wednesday morning.

Dodson's Marine Corps buddy Dave Smith set up the webpage at GoFundMe.com soon after Dodson was wounded. In ten days, about 1,000 ...

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Marine Videotaped Urinating On Taliban Found Dead (Video)

Marine veteran Cpl. Robert Richards, one of four Marines videotaped in 2011 urinating on the corpses of Taliban, was found dead at his home Wednesday night.

Richards' attorney told the Marine Corps Times his death does not appear to be self-inflicted:

A medical examiner will look at the mix of medication Richards was taking.

The former Marine sniper was still plagued by the wounds he suffered during his second deployment ...

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ACLU To Military: Provide Gender Treatment To Chelsea Manning Or Get Sued

Military officials have until Sept. 4 to provide gender identity disorder treatment to Chelsea Manning (formerly known as Army Pvt. Bradley Manning), or face a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, according to The Associated Press.

In July, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel approved the early stages of treatment for Manning, whom the Army diagnosed with gender identity disorder.

But Manning's attorney, David E. Coombs, and the ACLU say ...

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Lawyer For US Marine Andrew Tahmooressi Says Mexican Police Acted Improperly

The lawyer for the U.S. Marine veteran accused of crossing into Mexico with illegal guns and ammunition says customs officials who searched the Marine’s car acted improperly.

Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi’s latest lawyer said on Tuesday his client’s human rights were violated when Mexican customs officials held him for eight hours at the border, failed to provide him with a translator and didn’t immediately inform ...

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Death Of Special Forces Soldier in Afghanistan Under Investigation

A member of the U.S. Army's Special Forces died at Jalalabad Air Field Hospital, Afghanistan on August 3. The Department of Defense reports Staff Sgt. Girard "Jerry" Gass Jr., 33, suffered fatal injuries in a "non-combat related incident" while on patrol in Nangarhar Province.

The cause of Gass's death, which has not been released, is under investigation.

Gass was originally from Lumber Bridge, North Carolina. He was ...

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US Military In Africa To Help Battle Ebola Outbreak

U.S. military health workers are on the ground in West Africa, helping that part of the world deal with one of the most catastrophic outbreaks of Ebola in the continent's history.

And now Pentagon officials are considering sending additional Defense Department personnel to help fight the Ebola outbreak, as the Military Times reports:

Filoviruses like Ebola have been of interest to the Pentagon since the late 1970s, mainly ...

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Did Mexican Officials Violate Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's Rights?

Did Mexican officials at the border violate Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's rights? That's the question before a federal judge in Tijuana Monday morning at Tahmooressi's second court hearing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tahmooressi's defense attorney, Fernando Benitez, asserts Mexican police did not follow proper procedure when they arrested his client, and thus his legal rights were infringed upon:

The hearing will allow the ...

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US Soldier Dies Of Illness Developed In Afghanistan

Army Pfc. Donnell A. Hamilton, Jr., 20, died July 24, at Brooke Army Medical Center in Texas from an illness he contracted while serving in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan.

In announcing Hamilton's death, the Department of Defense did not give any information as to the nature of his illness.

The Killeen Daily Herald reports Hamilton's deployment to Afghanistan lasted from July 2013 to March 2014.

Hamilton was from Kenosha ...

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Lawsuit Over Fallen Marine's Missing Heart Gets Tossed

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the parents of fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup against the Greek government and a hospital in Athens for misplacing their son's heart after autopsying his body, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece.

As Home Post reported in late 2013, LaLoup shot ...

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Gary Sinise Hosts Coronado Screening Of 'Travis: A Soldier's Story' (Video)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

6:30-9:30 p.m.

Village Theater, Coronado

SOLD OUT

Actor, musician and humanitarian Gary Sinise will host a special screening Tuesday evening of the documentary "Travis: A Soldier's Story" at the Village Theater in Coronado.

The film follows the journey of quadruple amputee Travis Mills as he recovers from devastating injuries he suffered in Afghanistan.

After the screening, audience members can participate in a ...

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San Diego VA Says It's Taking Steps To Reduce New Patient Wait Times

Nationwide, tens of thousands of veterans have been waiting three months or more to get their first VA medical appointment.

The long delays have prompted widespread outrage, triggering audits of dozens of VA medical centers and leading Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki to resign on May 30.

The uproar began earlier this year amid news reports of veterans dying while they waited to get medical appointments and of possible cover-ups ...

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Combat Veteran's Fourth Of July Request For Fireworks Courtesy Goes Viral

Iraq War veteran Jon Dykes suffers from PTSD and found the firecrackers and other pyrotechnics used by his neighbors last year on the Fourth of July left him feeling like he was back in combat.

Earlier this week, Dykes posted a request on Facebook for "fireworks courtesy" from his neighbors. His Facebook post has since gone viral, being shared more than 280,000 times.

Dykes told MilitaryWithPTSD.com why he ...

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