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VA visits St. Pete office as part of national shredding probe

VA visits St. Pete office as part of national shredding probe

The Department of Veterans Affairs St. Petersburg Regional Office was one of 10 sites nationwide recently visited by inspectors in the wake of a document shredding problem in Los Angeles. And as a result of the problem, the VA Office of Inspector Gen...
Published: 08/18/15
Women veterans cheer achievement of Ranger graduates

Women veterans cheer achievement of Ranger graduates

Thursday morning, Laura Westley will get into her Volkswagen Tiguan and make the six-hour trip north from her mother’s house in Port Richey to Fort Benning, Georgia.
Published: 08/18/15

Officials: Military likely to open most combat jobs to women

WASHINGTON – Two women have passed the Army’s grueling Ranger test, and even tougher and more dangerous jobs could lie ahead. Senior officials tell The Associated Press the military is poised to allow women to serve in most front-line c...
Published: 08/18/15
Two women pass Army Ranger School, become first female graduates

Two women pass Army Ranger School, become first female graduates

WASHINGTON — Two women have passed the Army’s Ranger School, becoming the first females to complete the grueling combat training program and earn the right to wear Ranger tabs on their uniforms.
Published: 08/18/15

Gov. Scott reopens National Guard recruitment centers

Under orders from Gov. Rick Scott, the Florida National Guard has reopened the state’s six store-front recruitment centers, including ones in Brandon and Temple Terrace, that were shuttered in the wake of the killing of four Marines and a Navy...
Published: 08/17/15
Updated: 08/18/15
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Former Canadian soldier offers solutions in battle against Islamic State

A couple of weeks after I wrote that retired three-star Jay Garner, former vice chief of staff of the Army, was calling for more arms for the Iraqi Kurdish forces fighting against Islamic State, I received a Linkedin invitation from a former Canadian...
Published: 08/16/15
WWII bomber says 'we were just trying to stay alive' as  VJ Day neared

WWII bomber says 'we were just trying to stay alive' as VJ Day neared

At 20, Frank John Martinich couldn’t really understand the historic nature of the events taking place around him in the Pacific Ocean in the late summer of 1945.
Published: 08/14/15
Updated: 08/15/15
Harassment, coverup alleged over Legionnaires’ at Bay Pines

Harassment, coverup alleged over Legionnaires’ at Bay Pines

Two workers fired from the safety team of the Bay Pines VA Healthcare System say that they lost their jobs after pushing for tests on whether Legionnaires’ disease was present in the St. Petersburg hospital and that VA officials hid how badly ...
Updated one month ago
Decades-old dynamite found in Auburndale shed

Decades-old dynamite found in Auburndale shed

Polk County deputies and a bomb squad are removing what appears to be decades-old dynamite from a shed in Auburndale.
Updated one month ago
Former worker says Bay Pines VA harassed him for not spying

Former worker says Bay Pines VA harassed him for not spying

Keith Hansford says his problems with the Bay Pines VA Police Department began almost as soon as he was promoted to officer in 2010.
Updated one month ago