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Oldest Military Survivor of Pearl Harbor Dies at 106

Ray Chavez died in his sleep Wednesday

(Newser) - Ray Chavez, the oldest US military survivor of the Dec. 7, 1941, attack on Pearl Harbor, died Wednesday. He was 106. Chavez, who'd been battling pneumonia, died in his sleep in the San Diego suburb of Poway, his daughter tells the AP . The chief historian for the National Park... More »

Actor Who Posed as War Vet: I Cut Off My Own Arm

Todd LaTourrette, who's appeared on 'Better Call Saul,' admits 17-year ruse in interview

(Newser) - Actor Todd LaTourrette has long claimed to have lost his right arm as a soldier serving overseas. In what seemed a change of luck, the narrative ushered him into roles alongside Ewan McGregor (in 2009's The Men Who Stare at Goats) and, more recently, Bob Odenkirk of Better Call ... More »

He Usually Delivers Food. This Time, It Was a Man

After Fla. woman places call to wrong number, Jimmy John's staff helps her ailing brother

(Newser) - Lisa Nagengast has just gotten off her plane Saturday evening at the Tampa airport, fresh off a visit to Nebraska to help her ailing brother, when she received a distressing phone call: It was Greg Holeman, the brother she'd just left after his spinal fusion surgery, and he was... More »

Gun Collector Gets 7 Years for His 'Piece de Resistance'

Vietnam vet Alfred Pick had illegal M14

(Newser) - The fully automatic M14, spotted at a Texas gun show in the early 1980s, reminded Alfred Pick of the weapon he'd carried as an Army lieutenant in Vietnam. So he bought it, even though the gun was illegal to own and its serial number had been scratched out. Decades... More »

US City That Just Canceled Columbus Day Is a Surprising One

Columbus, Ohio, will be celebrating veterans instead

(Newser) - The largest city named for Christopher Columbus has called off its observance of the divisive holiday honoring the explorer, making a savvy move to tie the switch to a politically safe demographic: veterans. Per the AP , Ohio's capital city will be open for business Monday, after observing Columbus Day... More »

'Rising Democratic Star' Drops Out of Race, Cites PTSD

Democrat Jason Kander says he's 'done hiding' his post-traumatic stress disorder, depression

(Newser) - "I suffer from depression and have PTSD symptoms. After 11 years, I'm finally ready to do something about it." That was the surprise tweet Tuesday from Jason Kander, an Afghanistan war veteran and "rising Democratic star" who'd hoped to become the next mayor of Kansas... More »

High School Shop Class Gives Veterans a 'Dignified' End

Gino Perez's shop class has crafted 18 urns

(Newser) - More than 40,000 veterans spend their nights homeless, per Department of Housing and Urban Development numbers. A high school shop class in New Mexico is making sure 18 such veterans' eternal rest is a dignified one. CNN profiles the wood and metal shop class led by Gino Perez at... More »

Double-Amputee Army Vet Dies in Paddleboard Accident

(Newser) - A double-amputee Army veteran who was called an "adventure seeker" and "strong-willed man" by friends died Wednesday in the Chesapeake Bay while paddleboarding, NPR and the Washington Post report. Cody Iorns, 25, pushed off land near Annapolis, Md., around 6pm Wednesday with three other paddlers, but rough conditions—... More »

Veteran Sets Self on Fire Outside Georgia Capitol

He suffered burns to at least 85% of his body

(Newser) - A man claiming to be an Air Force veteran upset with the Department of Veterans Affairs set himself on fire in front of the Georgia Capitol on Tuesday, suffering burns to at least 85% of his body. Authorities say 58-year-old John Michael Watts parked a vehicle and started walking toward... More »

Search for Vietnam War Buddy Goes Viral

His platoon called him 'Louisiana,' and hope social media outreach can track him down

(Newser) - All they have is a photo from the 1970s, a nickname, and social media—but the veterans from one Vietnam War platoon are hoping that will be enough to track down the buddy they called "Louisiana." Posting from her husband's Vietnam reunion earlier this month, Susan Waldrop... More »

Man Gets Penis and Scrotum Transplant in World First

Amazingly, doctors believe he'll regain both urinary and sexual function

(Newser) - A US serviceman has become the world's first man to ever receive a full penis and scrotum transplant. Per USA Today , the veteran was injured by an IED years ago while on combat tour in Afghanistan. Surgeons from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine announced the historic news... More »

Army Vets Allegedly Became 'Ninja' Killers

Murder trial for 3 men begins in NY

(Newser) - Upon leaving the US Army, some seek a quiet life. That wasn't the case for Joseph Hunter, or two veterans he recruited for "ninja work," including hit jobs earning them $35,000 each, Assistant US Attorney Patrick Egan said Tuesday in opening statements at the men's... More »

Outgoing VA Chief Takes Parting Shot at White House

David Shulkin says he was forced out over privatization; new pick is 'Doc' Ronny Jackson

(Newser) - That President Trump fired his embattled Veterans Affairs secretary on Wednesday is no big surprise. After all, David Shulkin had been on the outs with the White House over reports of improper spending and policy differences . Far more surprising is Trump's pick to replace him: White House physician Ronny... More »

US Army Veteran Deported to 'Dangerous Area' of Border

Miguel Perez Jr. served 2 tours in Afghanistan before a drug-charge conviction

(Newser) - "This is a deplorable way to treat a veteran who risked his life in combat for our nation," is Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth's characterization of what has happened to Miguel Perez Jr . The Mexico-born 39-year-old spent roughly three decades as a legal permanent resident here, she says.... More »

Gunman, 3 Hostages Dead at Calif. Veterans Home

Albert Wong, 36, had been expelled from the facility

(Newser) - A hostage standoff at a California veterans home ended Friday with a grim discovery: four dead bodies, including the gunman's. Authorities say Albert Wong, 36, a decorated Army rifleman, crept into the Veterans Home of California-Yountville with a high-powered rifle and held three mental health workers hostage for hours... More »

Hostage Situation at Largest Veterans Home in US

Police have gunman, 3 hostages surrounded at Veterans Home of California

(Newser) - Three people were being held hostage by a gunman Friday afternoon at the largest veterans home in the US, CNN reports. According to KCRA , shots were reported fired in the dining room of the Veterans Home of California in Napa Valley around 10:20am. Authorities say the gunman, who is... More »

Caught by Camera, Nurse Now Charged With Murder

2 others indicted in James Dempsey's 2014 death

(Newser) - Nurses fired after a video appeared to show them ignoring a World War II veteran's calls for help before his death at a Georgia nursing home are now facing criminal charges, including a murder charge in one case. A grand jury on Tuesday indicted former licensed nurse Loyce Pickquet... More »

Facing Deportation, Army Vet Says He'd Rather Die

Miguel Perez Jr. began a hunger strike on Wednesday

(Newser) - An Army vet and longtime green card holder has begun a hunger strike after failing to block his deportation to Mexico, which could be imminent because of a felony drug conviction. Fearing drug cartels will kill him after a failed attempt to recruit him for his military background, 39-year-old Miguel... More »

Deported Ex-Marine Speechless After Return to US

Marco Chavez was deported 15 years ago

(Newser) - Former Marine Marco Chavez could not sleep the night before he was set to cross the border and return to the United States, a country he considers home, after he was deported to Mexico 15 years ago. When Chavez finally walked into the United States through the Tijuana-San Diego border... More »

Ex-Marine Who Missed 3 Kids' Childhoods Coming Back to US

Marco Chavez was deported for minor offense in 2002

(Newser) - A former Marine deported to Mexico 15 years ago after he was convicted of a minor offense has won his fight to return to the United States and regain his permanent US residency. Marco Chavez tells the AP that he's looking forward to reuniting with his three sons in... More »

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