No U.S. Military Combat Deaths In March, A First Since 2003

The Department of Defense's casualty report for March shows no member of the United States military died in combat.

Time magazine reports it's the first time an entire month has passed since February 2003 without a U.S. military fatality in either Iraq or Afghanistan.

CNN Librarian Lindsey Knight calculated there have been just two months besides March 2014 that no American troops died in combat in Afghanistan ...

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Fallen Marine's Dad Wants Peace At Fred Phelps' Funeral (Video)

Fred Phelps, the controversial leader of the Westboro Baptist Church, has died at the age of 84, according to The Associated Press.

Phelps and his church made headlines for picketing the funerals of fallen military service members, believing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were God's punishment for America's acceptance of gays and lesbians.

Al Snyder, father of a fallen Twentynine Palms Marine whose lawsuit against Westboro Baptist ...

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Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Stratford told CNN she was making a cross-country trip from her home in Massachusetts to visit friends in Houston when everything went awry. A split-second decision to leave Spencer in ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine To Be Retried For Iraq War Civilian Death

Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III will face another trial for the 2006 death of an unarmed civilian in Hamdania, Iraq.

The Los Angeles Times reported Monday that the commanding general of Marine Corps Forces Central Command, Lt. Gen. Robert Neiler, determined Hutchins should be tried for the same crime once again.

Some background: Hutchins led an eight-man squad that kidnapped and killed unarmed Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad ...

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Pentagon Announces Recertification Of Imminent Danger Areas

From U.S. Department of Defense:

Today, the Defense Department announced the recertification of some locations as imminent danger pay areas while discontinuing that designation for others.

A periodic review and recertification was conducted for Imminent Danger Pay (IDP) purposes and was made in coordination with the joint staff, combatant commands and military services. The combatant commands conducted in-depth threat assessments for countries within their areas of responsibility.

Following the ...

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Video - First Person To Buy Legal Pot In Colorado? Iraq War Veteran

The very first person to ever buy legal marijuana in Colorado is Sean Azzariti, a Marine veteran who served two combat deployments in Iraq.

Azzariti told reporters covering his groundbreaking purchase on New Year's Day that marijuana helps alleviate his post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms:

"I'd rather use cannabis than benzos [benzodiazepines] like Klonopin or Xanax. It's a lot more safe in my opinion. It helps me a ...

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Medal Of Honor Still A Possibility For Rafael Peralta, Says Rep. Hunter

Chuck Hagel is now the third Secretary of Defense to consider whether fallen San Diego Marine Sgt. Rafael Peralta deserves the Medal of Honor.

Rep. Duncan Hunter sent Hagel a letter in October asking him to reconsider the evidence of Peralta's bravery, and a Hunter spokesman told U-T San Diego that the secretary is "looking at it seriously."

As Home Post previously reported, at issue is whether Peralta was ...

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Best Of Home Post: Family Reunion With A Christmas Twist (Video)

Originally posted December 27, 2011:

I love videos of surprise military family reunions - and the more creative, the better. My previous favorite was the Army dad who wrapped himself in a giant box, hiding until his children discovered him by unwrapping the giant present left for them.

But there's a new video making the rounds, put together by CBS News. And even though Christmas is over, I think you ...

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Best Of Home Post: Quadruple Amputee With Double Arm Transplant Speaks Out

Originally posted January 29, 2013:

Retired Army Sgt. Brendan Marrocco, a quadruple amputee who recently underwent a double arm transplant, talked about his hopes for the future at a news conference Tuesday.

Marrocco lost all four limbs in a 2009 roadside bomb attack in Iraq. He received his arms for the transplant from a deceased donor. According to the Department of Defense, he is one of seven patients in the ...

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Marine Veteran Indicted For Killing Former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle (Video)

A Texas grand jury indicted Marine veteran Eddie Ray Routh Wednesday on two counts of capital murder in the deaths of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield, according to the Associated Press.

Kyle, a former Navy SEAL and author of the bestselling memoir American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History, was killed alongside Littlefield at a Texas shooting range ...

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Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins Of Hamdania Infamy To Go Free Today

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces will not take up a request by prosecutors to reconsider its ruling to throw out the conviction of Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III, which allows him to be released from the MCAS Miramar brig as early as today, according to the Associated Press.

In June, the court agreed with Hutchins' assertion that his constitutional rights were violated when ...

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Court May Reinstate Camp Pendleton Marine's Murder Conviction In Hamdania Case

Prosecutors have asked the military court that threw out the murder conviction of Camp Pendleton Marine Lawrence Hutchins III to reconsider reinstating it, according to the Associated Press.

A military court in 2007 convicted Hutchins of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, making a false official statement, and larceny. Hutchins led an eight-man squad that kidnapped and killed unarmed Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdania in 2006.

But last month ...

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Family Of Fallen Firefighter Raising Money For His Pregnant Widow (Video)

Marine Corps veteran Billy Warneke was one of 19 firefighters who lost his life on June 30 while battling the Yarnell Hill fire. Warneke's aunt and uncle have started a fundraising campaign to help his widow, Roxanne, who is due to give birth to the couple's first child in December.

The Associated Press reports Marcia and Bill Phillips of Gillette, Wyoming established a fund for Roxanne and her ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine's Murder Conviction In Hamdaniya Case Overturned

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has overturned the murder conviction of ex-Camp Pendleton Marine Sgt. Lawrence Hutchins III.

Hutchins led an eight-man squad that kidnapped and killed unarmed Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad in Hamdaniya in 2006.

The Associated Press reports:

The judges agreed with Hutchins, who claimed his constitutional rights were violated when he was held in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer ...

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Wounded Warriors Pay Tribute To James Gandolfini (Video)

The tributes are pouring in for actor James Gandolfini, who died Wednesday at age 51. Many of them are from wounded veterans and service members, with whom Gandolfini worked closely.

Upon learning of Gandolfini's death, quadruple amputee Staff Sgt. Travis Mills and his wife posted on Facebook:

"We are so saddened to hear of the passing of James Gandolfini! He was a great man and huge supporter of our ...

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