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  • "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    "It's a good first step," Local Veterans React to Proposed VA Reform Bill

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 8:20 PM EDT2014-07-30 00:20:09 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A new $17 billion dollar VA reform bill could be passed into legislation as early as Wednesday after House and Senate members came to a compromise Monday night on the overhaul plan.With the bill, $5 billion would go toward hiring more doctors and nurses, another $1.5 billion to lease 27 new facilities for clinics to provide more patient access, and $10 billion for outside care. Veterans living 40 miles from the closest VA or veterans who are on a wait list of more than 30 days could...More >>
  • VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    VA Manipulated Vets' Appointment Data, Audit Finds

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:10 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:10:49 GMT
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
    Internal VA documents show the depth of fraudulent scheduling, manipulation of data and in some cases intimidation of staff to hide delays in medical care to veterans in the 6-million patient national system, according to documents provided to USA TODAY.Workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs outpatient clinic in Wilmington, N.C., told auditors they "were fearful of retaliation" if they did not manipulate appointment data.Managers instructed or "encouraged" schedulers to ...More >>
  • Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Robert McDonald Confirmed as new Head of Veterans Affairs

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 3:59 PM EDT2014-07-29 19:59:05 GMT
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
    The Senate has confirmed Robert McDonald as the next leader of the embattled Department of Veterans Affairs.The vote was 97 to 0.President Barack Obama selected the former Proctor and Gamble chief after the resignation of former VA Secretary Eric Shinseki, who left after reports exposed wide-ranging mismanagement and manipulation of waiting lists at VA hospitals.McDonald will be charged with reforming a system bogged down by bureaucracy and mistrust.It looks likely that he’ll ge...More >>
  • Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Soldiers Graduate from Microsoft Program

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:13:02 GMT
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.More >>
    Fort Hood soldiers say it's the opportunity of a lifetime.Microsoft expanded their technology program to Fort Hood. And today the first class of 10 soldiers graduated.
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  • Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Fallen Marine's Tribute Flag is Found in Flea Market, Given to Mom

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:13 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:13:03 GMT
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
    Lanie Brown was at her local flea market in Texas, hoping to find a good deal, when she came across something much more precious.Within a pile of American flags, she found one that looked peculiar, covered in writing from a black marker. Brown wasn't sure what the writing was, but the seller felt it lessened the value of the flag.Her curiosity piqued, Brown bought the flag for the low asking price of $5.When Brown showed it to her son, who is a Marine, he explained that it was a tr...More >>
  • USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    USA's Oldest Living Female Veteran to Be Honored in D.C.

    Saturday, July 26 2014 1:51 PM EDT2014-07-26 17:51:19 GMT
    Photo Courtesy NBC NewsPhoto Courtesy NBC News
    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
    108-year-old World War II veteran Lucy Coffey is heading to D.C. to see the memorials and tour the White House as part of the Honor Flight program.More >>
  • Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Facebook Post Leads Local Man Who Found Bracelet to Soldier Who Lost it Two Years Ago

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:13 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:13:21 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.More >>
    (KCEN) -- Call it a miracle, call it coincidence -- whatever you call it, it's an amazing story. A local man found a bracelet over the weekend memorializing two soldiers killed in action. A little legwork, and the bracelet that went missing two years ago is now on its way back to its owner, more than 1,200 miles away.
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  • Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Ft. Hood Soldiers Help Finish Little Boy's 'Make a Wish'

    Friday, July 25 2014 7:01 PM EDT2014-07-25 23:01:18 GMT
    Ft. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouseFt. Hood soldiers help finish Antonio's greenhouse
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
    (KCEN) – Even the toughest of soldiers cry once in a while, and get misty eyed when emotions get the best of them. Friday was one of those times. Around 10a.m. about 30 soldiers made their way to the Laguna’s home in Kempner, TX. Their mission: helping Make a Wish put the final touches on a little boy’s dream. “It’s what we do,” Sergeant Paulus Smallwood said. “If someone needs help we will go out and help them.” But it wasn’t just anyone. They were helping a fellow brother, Frank Laguna, wh...More >>
  • New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    New Army Regulation Could Help Honor Fallen

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:28 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:28:00 GMT
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...More >>
    (KCEN) – One of the Army’s new appearance regulations could boost an effort to honor fallen and wounded post-9/11 heroes around Fort Hood. The local Fisher House has been on a mission since the spring to collect combat boots needed to line the route of the Hero and Remembrance Run, Walk and Roll in October. The changes to dress regulations that took effect this spring include limits on whether troops can wear some non-issue combat boots. Now the Fisher House wants to get the word out about t...More >>
  • Ground Broken for Ft. Hood Shooting Memorial

    Ground Broken for Ft. Hood Shooting Memorial

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 1:35 PM EDT2014-07-22 17:35:22 GMT
    Photo Courtesy Sophia Stamas, KCEN NewsPhoto Courtesy Sophia Stamas, KCEN News
    The ground has been broken for a memorial to the victims of the Nov 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. 13 people were killed, one of them with child, making 14.32 others were wounded Stillll more money is needed to complete the project just outside of the Killeen Civic Center, which will stand as a reminder of their sacrifice.The widow of the sole civilian killed spoke at the ceremony before joining city leaders and those who are working to make the memorial possible.13 sculptures include ...More >>
    The ground has been broken for a memorial to the victims of the Nov 5, 2009 shooting on Fort Hood. 13 people were killed, one of them with child, making 14.32 others were wounded Stillll more money is needed to complete the project just outside of the Killeen Civic Center, which will stand as a reminder of their sacrifice.The widow of the sole civilian killed spoke at the ceremony before joining city leaders and those who are working to make the memorial possible.13 sculptures include ...More >>
  • Army Veteran Could Lose His 14 Therapeutic Pet Ducks

    Army Veteran Could Lose His 14 Therapeutic Pet Ducks

    Sunday, July 20 2014 5:44 PM EDT2014-07-20 21:44:58 GMT
    Photo Courtesy NBC NewsPhoto Courtesy NBC News
    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker said officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of the ducks in May and cited him for a minor misdemeanor on June 23 for failing to comply. Walker is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday and could face a $150 fine. Welker, 36, says the ducks help him with depress...More >>
    An Army veteran who hurt his back during the Iraq War is worried a citation will result in him losing his 14 pet ducks, which he says are therapeutic. Darin Welker said officials in the village of West Lafayette told him to get rid of the ducks in May and cited him for a minor misdemeanor on June 23 for failing to comply. Walker is scheduled to appear in Coshocton Municipal Court for a hearing Wednesday and could face a $150 fine. Welker, 36, says the ducks help him with depress...More >>
  • Army Studies New Way To Test Ability To Perform Jobs

    Army Studies New Way To Test Ability To Perform Jobs

    Thursday, July 17 2014 10:00 PM EDT2014-07-18 02:00:48 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers are the subject of a study that will soon change Army standards. Once the research is complete, the force will be able to measure and test the specific, physical demands of each job for the first time. This comes as women are integrated into some combat roles formerly only open to male soldiers. “So long as their competent, it doesn't matter to me what gender they are,” says Sergeant 1st Class Mario Gonzales, an engineer who volunteered for the study. Sergeant As...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood soldiers are the subject of a study that will soon change Army standards. Once the research is complete, the force will be able to measure and test the specific, physical demands of each job for the first time. This comes as women are integrated into some combat roles formerly only open to male soldiers. “So long as their competent, it doesn't matter to me what gender they are,” says Sergeant 1st Class Mario Gonzales, an engineer who volunteered for the study. Sergeant As...More >>
  • Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Ready to Return to Active Duty, Can Leave Base

    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl Ready to Return to Active Duty, Can Leave Base

    Monday, July 14 2014 12:36 PM EDT2014-07-14 16:36:50 GMT
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is ready to return to active duty, military sources told NBC News on Monday. He will probably be assigned a desk job at Fort Sam Houston in Texas while the Army investigates his 2009 disappearance from an outpost in Afghanistan. Off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave base and go where he wants without a military or medical escort. Army officials stressed that there are no plans for the military to assign media officers to him or take interview requests for h...More >>
    Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl is ready to return to active duty, military sources told NBC News on Monday. He will probably be assigned a desk job at Fort Sam Houston in Texas while the Army investigates his 2009 disappearance from an outpost in Afghanistan. Off duty, Bergdahl will be free to leave base and go where he wants without a military or medical escort. Army officials stressed that there are no plans for the military to assign media officers to him or take interview requests for h...More >>
  • Benefit Concert Supports Families Affected by April 2 Fort Hood Shooting

    Benefit Concert Supports Families Affected by April 2 Fort Hood Shooting

    Sunday, July 13 2014 3:55 PM EDT2014-07-13 19:55:03 GMT
    Bands of musicians came together over the weekend to support a band of brothers.Six different groups played in Killeen Saturday to raise money for the families affected by the April 2 shooting on Fort Hood.More >>
    Bands of musicians came together over the weekend to support a band of brothers.Six different groups played in Killeen Saturday to raise money for the families affected by the April 2 shooting on Fort Hood.More >>
  • Veteran Meets Widow Of Man Who Died For Him After 40 Yrs

    Veteran Meets Widow Of Man Who Died For Him After 40 Yrs

    Thursday, July 10 2014 7:27 PM EDT2014-07-10 23:27:13 GMT
    (KCEN) – A Vietnam veteran finally met the widow of the soldier who died in his place after a decades-long wait on Wednesday “This is his name right here,” says Russell Widener, as he points to an inscription of Roy McLennan’s name on the Waco Vietnam Memorial. “That's the gentleman who took my place on that ill-fated mission." Widener was headed out on a mission in Vietnam in 1969, but after a last minute decision, leadership sent McLennan instead. “He indicated he didn't have any gear, ...More >>
    (KCEN) – A Vietnam veteran finally met the widow of the soldier who died in his place after a decades-long wait on Wednesday “This is his name right here,” says Russell Widener, as he points to an inscription of Roy McLennan’s name on the Waco Vietnam Memorial. “That's the gentleman who took my place on that ill-fated mission." Widener was headed out on a mission in Vietnam in 1969, but after a last minute decision, leadership sent McLennan instead. “He indicated he didn't have any gear, ...More >>
  • Outrage Over Housing Illegal Immigrants And Not Homeless Vets

    Outrage Over Housing Illegal Immigrants And Not Homeless Vets

    Thursday, July 10 2014 6:43 PM EDT2014-07-10 22:43:09 GMT
    (KCEN) -- While tens of thousands of children who are in the United States illegally are tucked in at night on the government's dime, many who fought for their country are out on the streets. Now anger over the way America’s tight budget is being spent is welling up across the nation. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 40 percent of America’s homeless men are veterans. Air Force Veteran Bob Stone is one of a growing number of people nationwide who are calling for change i...More >>
    (KCEN) -- While tens of thousands of children who are in the United States illegally are tucked in at night on the government's dime, many who fought for their country are out on the streets. Now anger over the way America’s tight budget is being spent is welling up across the nation. The National Coalition for the Homeless estimates that 40 percent of America’s homeless men are veterans. Air Force Veteran Bob Stone is one of a growing number of people nationwide who are calling for change i...More >>
  • Bowe Bergdahl Could Leave Texas Military Base Within Days

    Bowe Bergdahl Could Leave Texas Military Base Within Days

    Thursday, July 10 2014 11:39 AM EDT2014-07-10 15:39:14 GMT
    (NBC News) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held five years by the Taliban, is almost finished with his medical reintegration and could leave Fort Sam Houston in Texas within days, an Army source told NBC News on Thursday.Bergdahl will be sent to another military station, though Army officials have said they don’t yet know where. The military investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 will continue. Bergdahl will be the last perso...More >>
    (NBC News) -- Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held five years by the Taliban, is almost finished with his medical reintegration and could leave Fort Sam Houston in Texas within days, an Army source told NBC News on Thursday.Bergdahl will be sent to another military station, though Army officials have said they don’t yet know where. The military investigation into the circumstances of his disappearance from his post in Afghanistan in 2009 will continue. Bergdahl will be the last perso...More >>
  • VA Patients Resort To Desperate Measures

    VA Patients Resort To Desperate Measures

    Monday, July 7 2014 7:51 PM EDT2014-07-07 23:51:58 GMT
    (KCEN) – While local VA leadership admits it's struggling to meet the needs of local veterans, many of them are turning to other veteran organizations for help. Others are driving hundreds of miles for medical and mental health care. Vietnam Veteran Hank Haun, (Army Ret.), knows what it's like to wait on the VA for years. “It took me a long time before I even got an X-Ray on my back,” Haun says. He thinks about the massive influx of post-9/11 veterans, many of them with deep emotional, p...More >>
    (KCEN) – While local VA leadership admits it's struggling to meet the needs of local veterans, many of them are turning to other veteran organizations for help. Others are driving hundreds of miles for medical and mental health care. Vietnam Veteran Hank Haun, (Army Ret.), knows what it's like to wait on the VA for years. “It took me a long time before I even got an X-Ray on my back,” Haun says. He thinks about the massive influx of post-9/11 veterans, many of them with deep emotional, p...More >>
  • New Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Hewitt

    New Veterans Memorial Unveiled in Hewitt

    Saturday, July 5 2014 5:35 PM EDT2014-07-05 21:35:34 GMT
    The City of Hewitt unveiled a new veteran's memorial in Hewitt park this morning.VFW Post 6,008 funded the monument.It includes the post's logo as well as an American flag engraving with a tribute to our military heroes.It's a good reminder on our Nation's birthday."It's kind of nice to see that they show a little pride in the country and everything, bringing it out here," said veteran Cody De La Rosa. "Cause this isn't actually a huge community, but it's a nice smaller community ...More >>
    The City of Hewitt unveiled a new veteran's memorial in Hewitt park this morning.VFW Post 6,008 funded the monument.It includes the post's logo as well as an American flag engraving with a tribute to our military heroes.It's a good reminder on our Nation's birthday."It's kind of nice to see that they show a little pride in the country and everything, bringing it out here," said veteran Cody De La Rosa. "Cause this isn't actually a huge community, but it's a nice smaller community ...More >>
  • Temple VA Employee, Lawmakers Want More Answers After Leadership Speaks Out

    Temple VA Employee, Lawmakers Want More Answers After Leadership Speaks Out

    Saturday, July 5 2014 4:08 PM EDT2014-07-05 20:08:03 GMT
    The Temple VA continues to struggle against accusations of scheduling misconduct more than a month after allegations first surfaced. Thursday the facility’s leadership held an off-camera news conference, and Friday, lawmakers and an employee with the VA gave us their thoughts.More >>
    The Temple VA continues to struggle against accusations of scheduling misconduct more than a month after allegations first surfaced. Thursday the facility’s leadership held an off-camera news conference, and Friday, lawmakers and an employee with the VA gave us their thoughts.More >>
  • How A Service Dog Helped This Veteran Keep His Family

    How A Service Dog Helped This Veteran Keep His Family

    Friday, July 4 2014 3:25 PM EDT2014-07-04 19:25:17 GMT
    Captain Jason Haag served three tours of combat duty, leading Marine Corps troops in fighting across Iraq and Afghanistan. But his toughest battle, the one that nearly killed the Purple Heart winner, was simply coming back home.Haag, who turns 34 on the Fourth of July, credits a specially trained service dog named Axel for helping him recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which afflicts an estimated 30 percent of America’s war veterans. The symptoms include severe dep...More >>
    Captain Jason Haag served three tours of combat duty, leading Marine Corps troops in fighting across Iraq and Afghanistan. But his toughest battle, the one that nearly killed the Purple Heart winner, was simply coming back home.Haag, who turns 34 on the Fourth of July, credits a specially trained service dog named Axel for helping him recover from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), which afflicts an estimated 30 percent of America’s war veterans. The symptoms include severe dep...More >>
  • Two With Norovirus at Waco VA

    Two With Norovirus at Waco VA

    Thursday, July 3 2014 3:23 PM EDT2014-07-03 19:23:08 GMT
     Bobby Zimmerman with the Waco VA confirms they have two people with the Norovirus.More >>
     Bobby Zimmerman with the Waco VA confirms they have two people with the Norovirus.More >>
  • FBI To Investigate Temple VA Medical Center

    FBI To Investigate Temple VA Medical Center

    Wednesday, July 2 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-02 20:55:18 GMT
    The FBI will investigate criminal allegations at the Temple VA Medical Center facility.“We must demand quality care for our Central Texas veterans from the Temple Veterans Affairs (VA) facility,” was the message of Congressman John Carter’s conversation with Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.This story is developing. More >>
    The FBI will investigate criminal allegations at the Temple VA Medical Center facility.“We must demand quality care for our Central Texas veterans from the Temple Veterans Affairs (VA) facility,” was the message of Congressman John Carter’s conversation with Acting VA Secretary Sloan Gibson.This story is developing. More >>
  • Military Requirements Keep out Majority of America's Youth

    Military Requirements Keep out Majority of America's Youth

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 11:14 PM EDT2014-07-02 03:14:06 GMT
    (KCEN) – According to the Wall Street Journal the Pentagon estimates 71% of America’s youth would not be eligible for the military. So, what’s the reason? The report cites many of the 17 to 24 year-olds do not qualify because they are overweight, don’t have a high school diploma, are ADHD medicated, and other issues. That number doesn’t even include people being turned away for new tattoo restrictions, like 19-year-old Samantha Hall. “I was ready to provide for my family and serve my countr...More >>
    (KCEN) – According to the Wall Street Journal the Pentagon estimates 71% of America’s youth would not be eligible for the military. So, what’s the reason? The report cites many of the 17 to 24 year-olds do not qualify because they are overweight, don’t have a high school diploma, are ADHD medicated, and other issues. That number doesn’t even include people being turned away for new tattoo restrictions, like 19-year-old Samantha Hall. “I was ready to provide for my family and serve my countr...More >>
  • Female Soldier Takes On Combat Role On Fort Hood

    Female Soldier Takes On Combat Role On Fort Hood

    Tuesday, July 1 2014 5:23 PM EDT2014-07-01 21:23:33 GMT
    (KCEN) -- A Fort Hood soldier is one of only two women ever to take on one of many combat roles recently opened to women. During qualifications on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Maj. Chrissy Cook’s crew even beat every other all-male crews in their unit. They earned “Top Gun” in all the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during Table VI Gunnery on June 6. Still, the idea of women in these types of jobs is getting mixed reviews. It's been a year since the P...More >>
    (KCEN) -- A Fort Hood soldier is one of only two women ever to take on one of many combat roles recently opened to women. During qualifications on the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, Maj. Chrissy Cook’s crew even beat every other all-male crews in their unit. They earned “Top Gun” in all the 3rd Engineer Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division during Table VI Gunnery on June 6. Still, the idea of women in these types of jobs is getting mixed reviews. It's been a year since the P...More >>
  • Charity for veterans faces $9.7M fine

    Charity for veterans faces $9.7M fine

    Monday, June 30 2014 10:09 PM EDT2014-07-01 02:09:12 GMT
    (CNN)A charity claiming to help disable veterans now faces a precedent-setting fine.More >>
    (CNN)A charity claiming to help disable veterans now faces a precedent-setting fine.More >>
  • U.S. Sends More Troops to Iraq

    U.S. Sends More Troops to Iraq

    Monday, June 30 2014 9:42 PM EDT2014-07-01 01:42:34 GMT
    NBC/ReutersNBC/Reuters
    (CNN) -- The United States has increased its military presence in Iraq, ordering 300 more troops to the violence-ravaged nation, the Pentagon announced Monday. ISIS militants have "continued to pose a legitimate threat to Baghdad and its environs," a U.S. official told CNN. "We have seen them reinforce themselves around Baghdad enough to convince us more troops was the prudent thing to do." The new troops, 200 of whom arrived Sunday and Monday, will provide security for the U.S. Embassy, the...More >>
    (CNN) -- The United States has increased its military presence in Iraq, ordering 300 more troops to the violence-ravaged nation, the Pentagon announced Monday. ISIS militants have "continued to pose a legitimate threat to Baghdad and its environs," a U.S. official told CNN. "We have seen them reinforce themselves around Baghdad enough to convince us more troops was the prudent thing to do." The new troops, 200 of whom arrived Sunday and Monday, will provide security for the U.S. Embassy, the...More >>
  • Protesters Rally Outside Temple VA Medical Center

    Protesters Rally Outside Temple VA Medical Center

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:57 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:57:56 GMT
    On the very day a new Veterans Affairs Administration Secretary is named, protesters rally outside the medical center in Temple.Citizens Defending American Vets is a group that formed in central Texas over the weekend.They're demanding change, transparency and more accountability. Some of them say they've been wait listed for appointments themselves. Texas Army National Guardsman Chris Coleman wants a complete overhaul of the system.Coleman says, "Veterans are committing suicide a d...More >>
    On the very day a new Veterans Affairs Administration Secretary is named, protesters rally outside the medical center in Temple.Citizens Defending American Vets is a group that formed in central Texas over the weekend.They're demanding change, transparency and more accountability. Some of them say they've been wait listed for appointments themselves. Texas Army National Guardsman Chris Coleman wants a complete overhaul of the system.Coleman says, "Veterans are committing suicide a d...More >>
  • Soldiers Of The Month Brave Gunfire And Explosions

    Soldiers Of The Month Brave Gunfire And Explosions

    Monday, June 30 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-06-30 22:24:55 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood is celebrating several “Soldiers of the Month” for June. On June 24, ten 1-8 Cav troops were awarded medals for their quick action and heroism when their Forward Operating base (FOB) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, was attacked. Now, four of them share the story of how they took down the enemy. January 20, begins like any other day on FOB Pasab, as the unit loads up to return home about a month later. The day suddenly turns tragic when car bomb blasts through a wa...More >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood is celebrating several “Soldiers of the Month” for June. On June 24, ten 1-8 Cav troops were awarded medals for their quick action and heroism when their Forward Operating base (FOB) in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan, was attacked. Now, four of them share the story of how they took down the enemy. January 20, begins like any other day on FOB Pasab, as the unit loads up to return home about a month later. The day suddenly turns tragic when car bomb blasts through a wa...More >>
  • Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Veterans Day Ceremony At Temple VA Medical Center

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:55 GMT
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
    Hundreds of central Texans attended Veterans Day ceremonies at the Temple and Waco VA Medical Centers Monday. Congressman John Carter spoke at the one in Temple. There was a mix of celebration, solemnityMore >>
  • Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Remembering Veterans Nationally

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:19 PM EST2013-11-11 23:19:26 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia was packed today in honor of those who served. The president laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns this morning. There was also a remembrance ceremonyMore >>
  • World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    World's Oldest Vet Meets President

    Monday, November 11 2013 6:03 PM EST2013-11-11 23:03:52 GMT
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
    (KCEN) -- The oldest living veteran we introduced you to last week got to meet the president today. Over the weekend, 107-year-old Richard Overton was honored in Austin for his service during World WarMore >>
  • Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Female Veterans Receive Job Support

    Monday, November 11 2013 5:16 PM EST2013-11-11 22:16:29 GMT
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
    As we honor veterans for their service today, we're also examining a problem plaguing female veterans, who face unemployment at a higher rate than their male colleagues. Veterans Administration andMore >>
  • Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Who is PFC. Clarence Merriott, and why was his Purple Heart for sale?

    Monday, November 11 2013 11:40 AM EST2013-11-11 16:40:36 GMT
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
    (CNN) -- Mixed in with costume jewelry and trinkets was a gold and purple heart-shaped medal bearing the image of George Washington. A Purple Heart, Matthew Carlson thought to himself. But what was itMore >>
  • Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Fort Hood Victim Honored

    Saturday, November 9 2013 10:45 PM EST2013-11-10 03:45:20 GMT
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
    (KCEN) --- Just past the four year anniversary of the 2009 Fort Hood massacre, one of the twelve service members killed is being honored for his actions. The army says Specialist Fred Greene chargedMore >>
  • UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    UMHB Hosts Military Appreciation Day

    Saturday, November 9 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-11-10 01:58:47 GMT
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium. The afternoon was filled with football, funMore >>
    It was a special Saturday for soldiers and their families. University of Mary Hardin-Baylor hosted the annual Military Appreciation Day at Crusader Stadium.More >>
  • More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    More Military Families Are Home-Schooling

    Thursday, November 7 2013 5:31 PM EST2013-11-07 22:31:42 GMT
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
    More military parents are opting to teach their kids at home, and there are lots of programs and resources around Fort Hood that can help them. The Military Child Education Coalition estimates aboutMore >>
  • Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Creating More Jobs For Veterans

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:24 PM EST2013-11-07 00:24:59 GMT
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning. Many veterans attended the event to tell their stories and try to influenceMore >>
    More jobs for veterans. Congressman Bill Flores and other lawmakers targeted that goal at Baylor University Wednesday morning.More >>
  • Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Military Families Expected To Spend Less On Thanksgiving

    Wednesday, November 6 2013 7:16 PM EST2013-11-07 00:16:34 GMT
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
    A new study shows a 9-point spike this year in the number of Military families scaling down their Thanksgiving festivities on account of budget worries. Thanksgiving preps are in full swing, but forMore >>
  • Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Fort Hood to Demolish Building, Clean Others

    Tuesday, November 5 2013 4:42 PM EST2013-11-05 21:42:15 GMT
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
    (KCEN) -- Fort Hood has announced that they plan to demolish the building where the majority of the November 5 shootings took place. In a statement released on Tuesday, Brian Dosa, Director of PublicMore >>
  • Veteran Hikes Across America

    Veteran Hikes Across America

    Monday, November 4 2013 2:04 PM EST2013-11-04 19:04:24 GMT
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11. Lance Robinson is hiking his way throughMore >>
    A marine veteran from Pennsylvania has made it his mission to hike to every state capital in the country in honor of first responders who lost their lives on 9/11More >>
  • Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Custody Battles Can Be Uphill Battles For Service Members

    Monday, November 4 2013 11:57 AM EST2013-11-04 16:57:40 GMT
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>
    The cards tend to be stacked against our troops when it comes to winning custody of their kids. That's especially true when they change duty stations and their children stay put. "He's her dad, andMore >>

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  • Killeen Police Need Help Locating Woman

    Killeen Police Need Help Locating Woman

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:38 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:38:19 GMT
    (Killeen Police Department) -- The Killeen Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the female in this photo.The female is this photo has assumed the name of Teresa Ann Mercado and we know this is not her real name. Detectives need to speak with this woman and are asking anyone if they may know her whereabouts or might have any information.If anyone can identify this suspect they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppe...More >>
    (Killeen Police Department) -- The Killeen Police Department is asking for assistance in locating the female in this photo.The female is this photo has assumed the name of Teresa Ann Mercado and we know this is not her real name. Detectives need to speak with this woman and are asking anyone if they may know her whereabouts or might have any information.If anyone can identify this suspect they are asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 254-526-TIPS (8477) or go online at www.bellcountycrimestoppe...More >>
  • Killeen Police Need Help Identifying, Locating Forgery Suspects

    Killeen Police Need Help Identifying, Locating Forgery Suspects

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 12:35 PM EDT2014-07-30 16:35:09 GMT
    (Killeen Police Department) -- The Killeen Police are asking for the community’s help identifying and locating two forgery suspects.Killeen Police Detectives are working with other Texas Law Enforcement agencies to locate a male and female suspected of passing forged checks. The checks were reported stolen in vehicle burglaries that occurred in Dallas and Williamson Counties. The suspects were seen on video surveillance Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Bell County, as well as Coryell and Williamson C...More >>
    (Killeen Police Department) -- The Killeen Police are asking for the community’s help identifying and locating two forgery suspects.Killeen Police Detectives are working with other Texas Law Enforcement agencies to locate a male and female suspected of passing forged checks. The checks were reported stolen in vehicle burglaries that occurred in Dallas and Williamson Counties. The suspects were seen on video surveillance Tuesday, July 8, 2014 in Bell County, as well as Coryell and Williamson C...More >>
  • Officials Scout San Antonio as Possible Home for Raiders

    Officials Scout San Antonio as Possible Home for Raiders

    Wednesday, July 30 2014 11:12 AM EDT2014-07-30 15:12:41 GMT
    The city of San Antonio is taking another chance at landing a professional football team in the 21-year-old Alamodome.Multiple city leaders told KENS 5 that executives from the Oakland Raiders have been in San Antonio to discuss moving the team to South Texas.In a statement released to KENS 5 Tuesday, City Manager Sheryl Sculley said:"Oakland Raiders officials were in San Antonio in July to attend the Prairie View Interscholastic League Hall of Fame induction of Cliff Branch and met...More >>
    The city of San Antonio is taking another chance at landing a professional football team in the 21-year-old Alamodome.Multiple city leaders told KENS 5 that executives from the Oakland Raiders have been in San Antonio to discuss moving the team to South Texas.In a statement released to KENS 5 Tuesday, City Manager Sheryl Sculley said:"Oakland Raiders officials were in San Antonio in July to attend the Prairie View Interscholastic League Hall of Fame induction of Cliff Branch and met...More >>
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  • What's Your Solution? The TSA Wants to Know

    What's Your Solution? The TSA Wants to Know

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 4:06 PM EDT2014-07-29 20:06:38 GMT
    The TSA needs your help to shorten security lines, and the agency will line your pockets instead of telling you to empty them for the right solution.More >>
    The TSA needs your help to shorten security lines, and the agency will line your pockets instead of telling you to empty them for the right solution.More >>
  • Man Arrested for Allegedly Luring Kids with Candy, Fondling Them

    Man Arrested for Allegedly Luring Kids with Candy, Fondling Them

    Monday, July 28 2014 6:38 PM EDT2014-07-28 22:38:39 GMT
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    McKINNEY — McKinney police have arrested a 66-year-old man for allegedly luring children into his garage with candy and then fondling them.Jamie Edwan is charged with indecency with a child. He was booked into the Collin County Jail on July 18 with a bond of $100,000.Police said a child victim came forward and said the suspect used candy as a lure and then was inappropriately touched by Edwan in his garage, located on Newport Lane in McKinney.According to a search warrant, a girl to...More >>
    McKINNEY — McKinney police have arrested a 66-year-old man for allegedly luring children into his garage with candy and then fondling them.Jamie Edwan is charged with indecency with a child. He was booked into the Collin County Jail on July 18 with a bond of $100,000.Police said a child victim came forward and said the suspect used candy as a lure and then was inappropriately touched by Edwan in his garage, located on Newport Lane in McKinney.According to a search warrant, a girl to...More >>
  • Sheriff: 44,000 Pot Plants Found in Polk County Field; Search Continues for More

    Sheriff: 44,000 Pot Plants Found in Polk County Field; Search Continues for More

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:25 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:25:04 GMT
    Photo Courtesy KHOUPhoto Courtesy KHOU
     GOODRICH, Tx – A deer hunter stumbled upon thousands of pot plants in what could end up being one of the biggest marijuana busts in Texas history.Polk County deputies say they’ve already recovered 44,000 plants and they haven’t even started clearing out 19 additional fields spotted by air.The hunter was at his deer lease in Goodrich off Old Highway 35 Saturday when he saw the suspicious plants and alerted authorities.Deputies say it was a sophisticated operation using water from a cre...More >>
     GOODRICH, Tx – A deer hunter stumbled upon thousands of pot plants in what could end up being one of the biggest marijuana busts in Texas history.Polk County deputies say they’ve already recovered 44,000 plants and they haven’t even started clearing out 19 additional fields spotted by air.The hunter was at his deer lease in Goodrich off Old Highway 35 Saturday when he saw the suspicious plants and alerted authorities.Deputies say it was a sophisticated operation using water from a cre...More >>
  • Man Featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' Killed During Attempted Arrest

    Man Featured on CNN's 'The Hunt' Killed During Attempted Arrest

    Monday, July 28 2014 4:55 PM EDT2014-07-28 20:55:13 GMT
    Photo Courtesy CNNPhoto Courtesy CNN
    A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh was killed Monday in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges, according to two New York law enforcement sources.Charles Mozdir, 32, had been sought by authorities since June 2012.Two U.S. marshals and a New York police officer were also wounded during the attempted arrest, a law enforcement official said.Walsh said that after the episode featuring Mozdir aired, aut...More >>
    A suspected sex offender recently featured on CNN's "The Hunt" with John Walsh was killed Monday in Manhattan while police were attempting to arrest him on child molestation charges, according to two New York law enforcement sources.Charles Mozdir, 32, had been sought by authorities since June 2012.Two U.S. marshals and a New York police officer were also wounded during the attempted arrest, a law enforcement official said.Walsh said that after the episode featuring Mozdir aired, aut...More >>
  • Would-Be Thieves Get Beat Down From MMA Champ

    Would-Be Thieves Get Beat Down From MMA Champ

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:33 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:33:11 GMT
    A Houston convenience store worker caught some would-be thieves off guard when he unleashed his MMA moves on the men when they tried to mug his co-worker.More >>
    A Houston convenience store worker caught some would-be thieves off guard when he unleashed his MMA moves on the men when they tried to mug his co-worker.More >>
  • FAA Proposes $12 Million Fine Against Southwest for Repairs

    FAA Proposes $12 Million Fine Against Southwest for Repairs

    Monday, July 28 2014 3:10 PM EDT2014-07-28 19:10:13 GMT
    WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine Monday against Southwest Airlines for allegedly failing to comply with repair orders for Boeing 737 planes.The case combines three earlier enforcement actions against the Dallas-based airline."Safety is our top priority, and that means holding airlines responsible for the repairs their contractors undertake," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. "Everyone has a role to play and a responsibility ...More >>
    WASHINGTON – The Federal Aviation Administration proposed a $12 million fine Monday against Southwest Airlines for allegedly failing to comply with repair orders for Boeing 737 planes.The case combines three earlier enforcement actions against the Dallas-based airline."Safety is our top priority, and that means holding airlines responsible for the repairs their contractors undertake," Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said. "Everyone has a role to play and a responsibility ...More >>
  • Family of Five Found Shot to Death

    Family of Five Found Shot to Death

    Monday, July 28 2014 2:58 PM EDT2014-07-28 18:58:48 GMT
    SACO, Maine — State police said a mother, father and three children were found dead in their home in Saco on Sunday.Police say a friend of the family called a worker associated with the apartment complex to check on the family after growing concerned for them.The worker entered the apartment, saw one body and called Saco police around 1:30 ET Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived, they discovered the other bodies in three different rooms.In a statement, state police said "all...More >>
    SACO, Maine — State police said a mother, father and three children were found dead in their home in Saco on Sunday.Police say a friend of the family called a worker associated with the apartment complex to check on the family after growing concerned for them.The worker entered the apartment, saw one body and called Saco police around 1:30 ET Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived, they discovered the other bodies in three different rooms.In a statement, state police said "all...More >>
  • Appeals Panel Strikes Down Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

    Appeals Panel Strikes Down Virginia Gay Marriage Ban

    Monday, July 28 2014 1:46 PM EDT2014-07-28 17:46:11 GMT
    A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryla...More >>
    A federal appeals court panel in Virginia became the second one this summer to strike down a state ban against same-sex marriage Monday, making it more likely that the Supreme Court will settle the issue as early as next year.The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit in Richmond ruled 2-1 that gay men and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry that is paramount to state marriage laws.The circuit court has jurisdiction over Virginia, Maryla...More >>
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