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7 Troops Killed in Chopper Crash in Iraq

American helicopter does not appear to have been brought down by enemy fire

(Newser) - All seven service members aboard a US helicopter that crashed in Iraq on Thursday were killed, the Pentagon said Friday. The crash did not appear to be the result of enemy activity and is under investigation, the Pentagon said. The helicopter was used by the Air Force for combat search... More »

One Courageous Marine Died While Another Deceived

'Marines don't behave like this,' says Casey Owens' sister of Brandon Blackstone's fraud

(Newser) - "Marines don't behave like this." That's the disgusted assertion of Lezleigh Owens Kleibrink, whose late brother, Casey Owens, was an actual celebrated Marine—and whose identity was more or less assumed by a man who claimed most of Owens' achievements as his own. WFAA reports on... More »

Meet the Guy Who Busts Fake Service Members, Lying Vets

Anthony Anderson exposes phonies and vets who hype what they've done: the 'Atlantic'

(Newser) - Armed with plenty of caffeine and a laptop, Anthony Anderson works from his South Carolina home to expose a unique type of deception: stolen valor, where people pretend to be service members, or actual service members and veterans who exaggerate or lie about their war stories. A piece in the... More »

'It Sucks': Service Member on Bank's Illegal Car Seizures

Wells Fargo now has to pay $24m for taking more than 400 cars from members of military

(Newser) - Elizabeth Warren recently called Wells Fargo's CEO "gutless," and members of the US military may soon feel that way about the entire company. CNN reports that the bank will pay out $24 million for illegally repossessing 413 cars from military service members from 2008 to 2015. Each... More »

Vets on Jobs: Feds Are Discriminating Against Us

Returning service members file large number of complaints against government

(Newser) - Unemployment has long been a problem for returning vets, but the Washington Post now reports a troubling fact: Each year, more than 1,000 returning troops say they have lost jobs or been penalized due to their service, despite the fact that such treatment is against the law under the... More »

Serviceman With Explosives Detained at Texas Airport

Man was taken into custody by FBI

(Newser) - A man who identified himself as being active in the military was detained after trying to go through a security checkpoint at a Texas airport with explosives in military-grade wrapping, federal and local officials said. The man was stopped yesterday at a security checkpoint at the Midland International Airport about... More »

US Troops Have Another Battle: Identity Theft

Pentagon too casual with Social Security numbers, says report

(Newser) - Military service members—particularly those serving in Iraq and Afghanistan—are vulnerable to identity theft because the Pentagon tosses around their Social Security numbers too casually, says a study written by a West Point professor and highlighted in the New York Times . Though the culture is changing, service members have... More »

Mental Disorders Rise Sharply Among Soldiers

1 in 9 medical discharges attributed to PTSD, related ailments

(Newser) - News that the Pentagon is making it easier for soldiers to qualify for disability payments because of post-traumatic stress disorder comes at a good time: The number of cases is rising steadily, reports USA Today . Army stats show that the number of soldiers who left the service solely because of... More »

To Honor Troops, Stop Playing the National Anthem

Instead, read names of fallen service members

(Newser) - If you don't know anyone in the military, it can be shockingly easy to forget that the US has been at war for almost an entire decade. A good remedy would be making the cost, particularly in human terms, more visible, writes John Baldoni. He suggests that the national anthem... More »

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