military http://kut.org en PHOTOS: Unclaimed Veterans Honored in Camp Mabry Ceremony http://kut.org/post/photos-unclaimed-veterans-honored-camp-mabry-ceremony <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Twelve U.S. servicemen whose <a href="http://kut.org/post/bill-would-give-unclaimed-ashes-veterans-final-resting-place" target="_blank">remains were left unclaimed by family or friends</a> received full military honors on Sunday morning in front of the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall at Camp Mabry in Austin.</span></p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 17:10:30 +0000 Ilana Panich-Linsman 10312 at http://kut.org PHOTOS: Unclaimed Veterans Honored in Camp Mabry Ceremony Reprimand, $20K Fine, No Jail Time For General's Sexual Misconduct http://kut.org/post/reprimand-20k-fine-no-jail-time-generals-sexual-misconduct Army Brig. Gen. Thu, 20 Mar 2014 16:15:46 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 10006 at http://kut.org Reprimand, $20K Fine, No Jail Time For General's Sexual Misconduct Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On http://kut.org/post/veterans-day-2013-whats-open-whats-closed-and-whats-going <p><strong>Veterans Day Parade:</strong></p><p>Travis County and the City of Austin are holding the annual<a href="http://www.nov11.org/"> Veterans Day Parade </a>on Monday to honor service men and women.</p><p>The Grand Marshal of this year’s commemoration and parade is <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">Austinite Richard Arvine Overton</a>, who, at age 107, <a href="http://kut.org/post/honor-flight-austin-departs-today-texas-oldest-living-vet-aboard">is the oldest living World War II veteran </a>in the United States.</p><p> Mon, 11 Nov 2013 14:47:52 +0000 Emily Mathis 9141 at http://kut.org Veterans Day 2013: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kut.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:41:45 +0000 Larry Abramson 9077 at http://kut.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways http://kut.org/post/van-de-putte-and-house-dems-see-national-guard-refusal-opposite-ways <span style="line-height: 1.5;">With Attorney General Greg Abbott now advising the Texas National Guard about the legal side of their refusal to process federal same-sex couple benefits, a group of House Democrats are urging </span>Maj. Gen. Tue, 10 Sep 2013 17:11:08 +0000 Ryan Poppe 8645 at http://kut.org Van De Putte And House Dems See National Guard Refusal In Opposite Ways Texas National Guard Won't Process Benefits for Same-Sex Couples (Update) http://kut.org/post/texas-national-guard-wont-process-benefits-same-sex-couples-update <p><strong>Update</strong>: Sixteen Democratic state lawmakers have signed a letter asking the head of Texas Military Forces to process benefits claims for same-sex spouses.</p><p>“We call on you to respect Texas’ military families, to reconsider your position, and to follow the lead of virtually every other Adjutant General for the National Guard of the United States by, without further delay, enrolling all eligible spouses of National Guard service members at facilities operated by Texas Military Force,” the letter reads.</p><p> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:11:00 +0000 Nathan Bernier 8599 at http://kut.org Texas National Guard Won't Process Benefits for Same-Sex Couples (Update) As Hasan Trial Continues, Killeen Looks to Share Its Story http://kut.org/post/hasan-trial-continues-killeen-looks-share-its-story <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F105090051" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>The court martial of Maj.&nbsp;Nidal Hasan continues this week at Fort Hood. He’s accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 people in a shooting rampage there in November 2009.</p><p>Just beyond the gates of the Army post is in the city of Killeen. Since the start of the military trial, community leaders there have invited media covering the trial to several community events. It’s a chance to highlight the city – even if it’s not under the best of circumstances.</p><p> Mon, 12 Aug 2013 15:15:13 +0000 Kate McGee 8476 at http://kut.org As Hasan Trial Continues, Killeen Looks to Share Its Story Inside the Fort Hood Courtroom: Quotes from the Hasan Trial http://kut.org/post/inside-fort-hood-courtroom-quotes-hasan-trial <p><iframe src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F104631939%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-x0Tja" scrolling="no" width="100%" frameborder="no" height="166"></iframe></p><p>Today wraps up the first week of testimony in the trial of Maj. Nidal Hasan, the man accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at the Fort Hood Army Post on Nov. 5, 2009. &nbsp;</p> Fri, 09 Aug 2013 11:48:27 +0000 Kate McGee 8470 at http://kut.org Inside the Fort Hood Courtroom: Quotes from the Hasan Trial What You Need to Know From Day One of the Fort Hood Trial http://kut.org/post/what-you-need-know-day-one-fort-hood-trial <p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F104346725%3Fsecret_token%3Ds-zAOrN" width="100%"></iframe></p><p>Today marks Day Two in the trial of Major Nidal Hasan, the Army psychiatrist accused of killing 13 people and wounding more than 30 at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009. The trial is expected to take months – only twelve of the nearly 300 witnesses testified Tuesday. More&nbsp;of the prosecution’s witnesses will testify today as prosecutors continue to build a case against Hasan.&nbsp;</p><p> Wed, 07 Aug 2013 13:14:47 +0000 Kate McGee 8459 at http://kut.org What You Need to Know From Day One of the Fort Hood Trial Texas National Guard Furloughs Go Into Effect Today http://kut.org/post/texas-national-guard-furloughs-go-effect-today <p><strong>Update:</strong> Furloughs start today for full-time employees of the Texas Army and Air National Guard.</p><p>The employees will have to take 11 non-consecutive unpaid days off between now and Sept. 30 as part of federal budget cuts known as sequestration.</p><p>The National Guard has announced that, along with the furloughs, <a href="http://www.nationalguard.mil/news/archives/2013/05/052413-furloughs.aspx" target="_blank">most military commissaries will be closed on Mondays</a> through the end of September. Mon, 08 Jul 2013 11:06:46 +0000 Laura Rice 7946 at http://kut.org Texas National Guard Furloughs Go Into Effect Today Austin Soldier Among Latest Military Deaths in Afghanistan http://kut.org/post/austin-soldier-among-latest-military-deaths-afghanistan <p>The Department of Defense announced Tuesday the death of a soldier from Austin.</p><p>30-year-old Staff Sergeant Job Reigoux was killed in Ghazni Province, Afghanistan on Saturday when his unit was attacked with a rocket-propelled grenade.</p><p>His casket arrived Monday at Dover Air Force Base.</p> Tue, 04 Jun 2013 22:40:33 +0000 Trey Shaar 7994 at http://kut.org Austin Soldier Among Latest Military Deaths in Afghanistan Intent To Harm At Center Of Bradley Manning's Trial http://kut.org/post/intent-harm-center-bradley-mannings-trial In the three years since his arrest, Bradley Manning, the slight Army private first class with close-cropped blond hair and thick military glasses, has become less of a character than a cause.<p>"Bradley Manning is a very polarizing figure. People either think that he is a hero or they think he's a traitor," says Elizabeth Goitein, who co-directs the liberty and national security program at the Brennan Center for Justice. "I actually think that he's somewhere in between."<p>Manning is accused of one of the biggest leaks of classified information in history. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:04:10 +0000 Carrie Johnson, NPR 7966 at http://kut.org Intent To Harm At Center Of Bradley Manning's Trial Sergeant Major of the Army Comes to Texas for Memorial Day http://kut.org/post/sergeant-major-army-comes-texas-memorial-day <p>Over a thousand Central Texans gathered on Monday to honor local men and women who lost their lives in service to the U.S. at the Georgetown-Williamson County Veterans Memorial in the Sun City Community Center.</p><p>At the memorial, the Texas Army National Guard’s 36th Infantry Division Band played for residents and veterans, with <a href="http://www.army.mil/leaders/sma/">Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III</a> attending the ceremony as a special guest. Mon, 27 May 2013 20:17:08 +0000 Kate McGee 7890 at http://kut.org Sergeant Major of the Army Comes to Texas for Memorial Day Male Sergeant May Have Filmed Female Cadets at West Point http://kut.org/post/male-sergeant-may-have-filmed-female-cadets-west-point A male sergeant at West Point has been accused of secretly videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, sometimes when they were showering, <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/23/us/sergeant-accused-of-secretly-filming-female-cadets.html?smid=tw-share&_r=0" target="_blank"><em>The New York Times</em> reports</a>.<p>Gen. John F. Campbell, the army's vice chief of staff, tells the <em>Times</em> that "once notified of the violation, a full investigation was launched, followed by swift action to correct the problem."<p>The accused, Sgt. Wed, 22 May 2013 17:44:06 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7841 at http://kut.org Male Sergeant May Have Filmed Female Cadets at West Point Military Recruiters, Sex Assault Responders To Be Retrained http://kut.org/post/military-recruiters-sex-assault-responders-be-retrained All branches of the U.S. Wed, 15 May 2013 13:33:38 +0000 Mark Memmott, NPR 7740 at http://kut.org Military Recruiters, Sex Assault Responders To Be Retrained Sexual Assaults In Military Have Increased By A Third Since 2010 http://kut.org/post/sexual-assaults-military-have-increased-third-2010 A Pentagon survey estimating sexual assaults in the military finds that cases have spiked by a third since 2010.<p><a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/07/military-sexual-assaults/2140835/"><em>USA Today</em> obtained a summary of the report</a>, which is due out later this week. Tue, 07 May 2013 15:21:03 +0000 7644 at http://kut.org Military Suicides: A Story From the Edge http://kut.org/post/military-suicides-story-edge <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Almost once every hour a U.S. military veteran takes his or her life. The Department of Veterans Affairs reports that </span><a href="https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/682596-veterans-affairs-suicide-data-report-2012-final.html#document/p15/a98958" style="line-height: 1.5;">22 veterans commit suicide every day</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, on average.</span></p><p>Austin veteran Andrew O’Brien almost become one of them. He survived a suicide attempt in 2010, after returning from a 12-month deployment to Iraq. Now he’s telling his story to raise awareness of post-traumatic stress disorder and military suicides.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 00:44:04 +0000 Nathan Bernier 7307 at http://kut.org Military Suicides: A Story From the Edge As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women http://kut.org/post/military-looks-few-good-women-qualified-men-dwindle When the Pentagon said earlier this year that it would open ground combat jobs to women, it was cast in terms of giving women equal opportunities in the workplace — the military workplace.<p>But the move has practical considerations, too. The military needs qualified people to fill its ranks, and it's increasingly harder to find them among men.<p>"It's fairly common knowledge that our population of military-age young men, who qualify for the military, is declining," Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mon, 25 Mar 2013 16:07:38 +0000 Tom Bowman, NPR 7071 at http://kut.org As Qualified Men Dwindle, Military Looks For A Few Good Women Three Marines Killed in Shooting at Base in Virginia http://kut.org/post/three-marines-killed-shooting-base-virginia A Marine opened fire at a Virginia base Thursday night, killing two other Marines before turning the gun on himself.<p>Quoting Marine Base Quantico spokesman Lt. Agustin Solivan, the AP reports the shootings happened after 11 p.m. near the Officer Candidate School. The AP adds:<p><blockquote><p>"Authorities entered the barracks early Friday and found the suspect dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound along with a second victim. Fri, 22 Mar 2013 12:44:23 +0000 Eyder Peralta 7051 at http://kut.org Three Marines Killed in Shooting at Base in Virginia Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken' http://kut.org/post/sexual-violence-victims-say-military-justice-system-broken Myla Haider took a roundabout route to becoming an agent in the Army's Criminal Investigation Command, or CID. Wars kept interrupting her training.<p>"My commander wanted to take me to Iraq as the intelligence analyst for the battalion, so I gave up my seat in CID school," Haider says.<p>She speaks in a steady, "just the facts ma'am" tone. Once a cop always a cop, the 37-year-old says.<p>Her commander from the 101st Airborne, retired Lt. Col. Marty Herbert, describes Haider as a sharp, even-keeled analyst, standing out in a battalion of hundreds. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 16:46:34 +0000 Marisa Peñaloza 7037 at http://kut.org Sexual Violence Victims Say Military Justice System Is 'Broken'