January 31, 2014 |
WASHINGTON - Suicides among soldiers on active duty dropped steeply last year but went up among those in the National Guard and reserves, according to Army data, suggesting discrepancies in efforts to stem the epidemic of soldiers taking their own lives. About 150 active-duty soldiers committed suicide last year, down from 185 in 2012, the highest annual number on record, according to statistics provided Friday by the Army. But 151 members of the National Guard and Army Reserves not on active duty also took their own lives in 2013, up from 140 the previous year.
November 1, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has ordered the head of the National Guard “to take immediate action” to ensure that same-sex spouses of guard personnel in nine states - including Texas, Florida and South Carolina - are allowed to register for full benefits an receive identification cards giving them access to military bases in keeping with a Pentagon policy that went into effect in September. Despite the new policy, National Guard commanders in those nine states, which do not permit same-sex marriages, have refused to register gay spouses at guard installations.
October 24, 2013 |
Two U.S. National Guard soldiers were wounded in a shooting at a National Guard armory near Memphis, Tenn., shortly after noon Thursday, officials said. Officials said a suspect, a National Guard member, was apprehended by fellow service members before Millington police arrived and was taken into custody. The two service members were each shot once, one in the foot and the other in the leg, officials said. The injuries were not expected to be life-threatening. The Naval Support Activity Mid-South facility next to the National Guard armory was put on lockdown as a precaution, the U.S. Navy's official account tweeted.
October 20, 2013 |
Talk show host Ellen DeGeneres wrote a $10,000 check Friday to a sobbing 22-year-old single mother and Ruby Tuesday waitress who paid the lunch tab of two National Guard soldiers during her afternoon shift. "You're a good person," DeGeneres said, enfolding Sarah Hoidahl in a warm embrace. "You're a good person. " Before that DeGeneres had Hoidahl recount the good deed to the live studio audience. Hoidahl, who is pretty and blond and lives with her mother and 15-month-old son, Ashton, in Concord, N.H., said she overheard two uniformed women at lunch discussing what to eat. PHOTOS: Ellen DeGeneres: Career in pictures They said they had to keep it light since they had been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown and were therefore not getting paid.
October 2, 2013 |
The Republicans' Plan Q in the government shutdown cabaret (give or take a few letters) is their most transparent ploy yet: pass a few bills restoring the budget for popular or heartwarming programs, in the hope that these will chip away at the united front that Democrats are showing in the standoff. There isn't much to say about this scheme, beyond quoting Lily Tomlin: "No matter how cynical you become, it's never enough to keep up. " ...
September 14, 2013 |
Things have gotten so bad in Colorado that even the governor is rescuing people. Gov. John Hickenlooper said his helicopter crew stopped to rescue four stranded people, a dog and a cat while he was on his way to a news conference Saturday to brief reporters on the disaster. Yet hundreds more remained stranded, with the death toll poised to rise as the news Saturday otherwise remained grim. See photos below for the latest look at the damage. A 60-year-old woman missing after floods overtook much of Colorado this week is expected to become the disaster's fifth fatality, the Larimer County Sheriff's Department said Saturday.