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If this bill is so blindingly necessary, if it's so urgent that Jon Stewart must stand before news media cameras and curse Republicans, why not just take the change in discretionary spending out of the bill, and pass the $280 billion in funding for veterans exposed to toxic burn pits?
American Army platoon leader George Mackin and Afghan soldier Saeed fought the Taliban together eight years ago. After Saeed's improbable escape from Afghanistan last year, the two men who consider themselves brothers reunited in Bismarck.
A number of the unit's members remained in the Washington, D.C., area to assist the next rotation of Guard members heading to the nation's capital as part of Operation Noble Eagle, an enduring mission that has been ongoing since 9/11, Baneck said.
The family of 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan was able to lay him to rest Saturday, 78 years after the 23-year-old pilot's plane was shot down on D-Day. His remains were recovered in France in 2018 and identified in 2019.

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Hundreds gathered at the Gonvick Fire Department on Thursday to view a Traveling Memorial Wall, offering a chance to heal, reflect and honor their fallen brothers and sisters of the Vietnam War. The memorial, which will be open to the public 24/7 until noon on Sunday, July 10, conveys just how overwhelming the casualties were during the Vietnam War.
The remains of Army Air Forces 2nd Lt. William J. McGowan, a Benson native killed June 6, 1944, in France, will be buried in the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, on Saturday.
More than 95% of the Guard’s 13,000 soldiers and airmen have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but holdouts remain. The Department of Defense has a Thursday, June 30, deadline to get the shot.
Fargo's Memorial Honor Guard, a nonprofit veterans group, has so far raised about $300,000 for the project, along with in-kind contributions.
A mortar attack on May 1, 2010, killed Eric Finniginam at a forward operating base in Kunar province. He was 26.
Laverne Nigg, from Peever, will be buried in Browns Valley, Minnesota, after his remains were finally identified.

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TOKYO — U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he would be willing to use force to defend Taiwan, capping a series of critical comments about China while in Asia that an aide said represented no change in U.S. policy toward the self-ruled island.
The commissioning of USS Minneapolis-Saint Paul, the first ceremony like it in state history, packed the port with dignitaries, military service veterans.
To veterans who may be struggling with mental health, Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough issued a reminder that the VA crisis line is available by dialing 1-800-273-8255 and pressing "1."

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