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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
Credit Wikimedia commons

  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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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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Military
5:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces. 

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Military
5:06 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Ft. Bragg Paratroopers To Undergo Air Assault Training

Credit Fort Bragg

Some Fort Bragg soldiers will begin specialized air assault training classes this week.  Fort Bragg soldiers had previously gone to posts outside the state to complete the course.  Soldiers will learn the logistics of moving troops and equipment by helicopter during combat. 

Capt. Matt Smoose is the school's commander.  He says the training includes helicopter transport and what's called 'springload operations'.

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Military
4:53 pm
Tue September 17, 2013

Hagan: Backlog At Winston-Salem VA Shrinking

The weight of paper files at the VA's Winston-Salem office had threatened to collapse the floor.
Credit Office of the Inspector General/Department of Veterans Affairs

U.S. Senator Kay Hagan says the Veterans Affairs office in Winston-Salem is cutting down on its backlog of claims. 

The Democrat from North Carolina says the office has processed all claims that have been waiting for two years or more.  Hagan says the average claim now takes 200 days, compared to more than 300 days a year ago.  The Winston-Salem VA processes nearly all claims filed in North Carolina. 

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The State of Things
11:27 am
Tue September 17, 2013

Same-Sex Marriage Benefits For North Carolina National Guard Members

Credit Jacinta Quesada

  

When the United States Supreme Court struck down the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it opened a lot of doors for gay couples. 

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Military
6:55 am
Fri September 13, 2013

Durham Army Veteran Gets Bronze Star Medal At 90

The Bronze Star Medal
Credit Army Institute of Heraldry

A 90-year-old World War II veteran will receive a high military honor in Durham. 

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Military
4:30 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Veterans Group Raises Money For Facility Providing Vet Services

A veterans group is raising money for a facility that will offer veterans services.
Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

A group of young veterans in the state is working to make the transition to civilian life easier for former members of the military.  Veterans Leadership Council of North Carolina Cares is raising money to rehabilitate buildings at the John Umstead Property in Butner.  John Turner, executive director of the organization, says when it's completed the facility will provide mental health services, physical rehabilitation and job training for homeless and at risk vets. 

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