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10:53 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Vet Gets Keys To New Home

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

First Lieutenant Nathan Rimpf of Raleigh lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last year.  He received a Purple Heart and got two titanium legs when he returned. And on Thursday he'll be a new home owner.

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Military
7:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NC National Guard Tries To Make Up For Lost Drills During Shutdown

The NC National Guard responds to New York after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
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More than a hundred North Carolina Air and Army National Guard units are trying to reschedule training time they missed during the government shutdown. 

That amounts to about 6,400 troops who could not conduct three weekend drills earlier this month.  Maj. Matthew Devivo says a short lapse in funding was enough to make conducting drills impossible.

"That's operational funds.  That's maintenance funds.  We couldn't move equipment to do training and we couldn't feed the soldiers who would come to drill," Devivo says.

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Military
7:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Camp Lejeune Marines Remember Beirut Bombing 30 Years Later

The memorial commemorating the victims of the 1983 bombing in Beirut
Credit Michael D. Dunn / Flickr Creative Commons

Marines at Camp Lejeune are remembering the 1983 bombing of their base in Beirut, Lebanon.

It was 30 years ago Wednesday that a truck loaded with explosives crashed into the barracks and killed 241 service members. Dan Joy was a corporal there. He says he and other surviving veterans have been gathering this week.

"When we started talking, little tidbits of things that we did sort of all came back, you know, and they were just young kids," Joy said.

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The State of Things
12:01 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

A War Correspondent Reflects On Seven Tours Of Duty

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The American military is drawing down forces in Afghanistan.

As troops depart and resources return home, on-the-ground media coverage of the conflict winds down as well. Reporter Jay Price has covered the country on three different tours. He also covered the war in Iraq for the News & Observer and its parent company, McClatchy Newspapers.

Host Frank Stasio talks with Jay Price about his experiences as a war correspondent and his unique perspective on America’s conflicts.

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Military
11:09 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Purple Heart Memorial Dedicated At Camp Lejeune

Credit United States Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune now has a memorial for military service members wounded in the line of duty. A Purple Heart memorial was given an official dedication Friday.

Captain Ryan Powell is from the Wounded Warrior Battalion Regiment at Quantico, Virginia. He says the memorial is being located near the Wounded Warrior Battalion-East headquarters which provides non-medical care for injured Marines on base. That includes a recovery protocol that also treats the mind, body and spirit...

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Military
6:29 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Coast Guard Suspends Search For Missing Boater

Credit US Coast Guard

The Coast Guard suspended its search Wednesday night for a missing boater near Cape Lookout.  The man sent out a distress call Tuesday night saying that his 22-foot Bayliner was taking on water.  He said his plan was to put on his life vest, gather some supplies and swim about 200 yards to shore. 

Petty Officer 1st Class Brandyn Hill says it appears the unidentified boater was well prepared in the event of trouble

"Having a life jacket is one of the most important things to help keep that person above the water and prevent them from drowning," says Hill. 

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Military
1:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Civilian Employees Back At NC Military Bases

Thousands of civilian employees at NC's military bases went back to work Monday.
Credit Fort Bragg

Civilian employees at North Carolina's military bases are back at work after four furlough days from the government shutdown. 

The recall comes after the Department of Defense said this weekend a stop-gap budget law that keeps the military funded during the shutdown includes civilian workers.  Most of the 800 civilian employees who were furloughed from Camp Lejeune are back at work after the DOD reviewed the language in the Pay Our Military Act.

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The State of Things
12:03 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Former Israeli Defense Force Soldier Seeks Peace

IDF Soldiers
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  Dana Golan spent seven months in the Israeli military’s education corps. The experience changed her perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the role of soldiers.

She joined with other veterans to give public testimonies about their experiences through an Israeli organization called Breaking the Silence.

She speaks to Triangle activists with the North Carolina Coalition for Peace with Justice, an organization focused on sustainable peace between Israel and Palestine, tonight at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship

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The State of Things
12:37 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

A Nuclear Near-Miss In Goldsboro

The hydrogen bomb hangs from a tree in Faro NC.
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A panel of experts and survivors expound on the event when two hydrogen bombs were accidentally dropped in Goldsboro in 1961

During the Cold War, many Americans lived in fear of a nuclear attack from the Soviet Union. But the United States experienced one of its closest brushes with nuclear disaster on its own soil. On January 23, 1961 a B-52 bomber accident caused two hydrogen bombs to drop over Goldsboro, North Carolina.

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Military
4:03 pm
Fri September 27, 2013

Soldier Regeneration At Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center

Khalil Bilar works in a laboratory at the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine.
Credit Jeff TIberii

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem has been selected to lead a regenerative medicine project designed to help wounded veterans. The research and medical care received a $75 million grant from the Department of Defense. The institute of regenerative medicine can transplant tissue, oversee the growth of skin and has devices that decrease scar formation.

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