Veterans are divided about reports Trump disparaged military

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — In this soldier’s city and across the country, veterans and military families are divided about reports that President Donald Trump made disparaging comments toward the military, with some service members bristling at the remarks and others questioning whether they happened. Thomas Richardson, a retired member of the Army’s 82nd Airborne, did […]

Biden slams Trump over alleged comments mocking US war dead

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden declared President Donald Trump “unfit” for the presidency on Friday, delivering an impassioned reaction to a report that Trump — who never served in uniform — allegedly mocked American war dead. The president and his allies have dismissed the report in The Atlantic as false. The allegations, […]

Trump won’t let Pentagon close Stars and Stripes newspaper

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he won’t allow the Pentagon to cut funding for the military’s independent newspaper, Stars and Stripes, effectively halting Defense leaders plan to shut the paper down this month. “The United States of America will NOT be cutting funding to @starsandstripes magazine under my watch,” Trump tweeted. […]

Trump denies calling US war dead ‘losers,’ ‘suckers’

DELRAY BEACH, FLa. (AP) — President Donald Trump is angrily denying a report that he made disparaging remarks about U.S. service members who have been captured or killed, including that he described American war dead at the Aisne-Marne American Cemetery in France in 2018 as “losers” and “suckers.” “This is more made up Fake News […]

Top general says no role for military in presidential election

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. armed forces will have no role in carrying out the election process or resolving a disputed vote, the top U.S. military officer told Congress in comments released Friday. The comments from Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, underscore the extraordinary political environment in America, where the […]

First woman to head Delaware National Guard dies

DOVER — Carol Timmons, head of the Delaware National Guard from 2017 to 2019, died Sunday. She was 62, according to the guard. A cause of death was not released. Maj. Gen. Timmons served as one of the first female combat pilots and the first female brigadier general and adjutant general in the Delaware National […]

Pentagon bans displays of Confederate flag on military installations

WASHINGTON — After weeks of wrangling, the Pentagon is banning displays of the Confederate flag on military installations, in a carefully worded policy that doesn’t mention the word ban or that specific flag. The policy, laid out in a memo released Friday, was described by officials as a creative way to bar the flag’s display […]

Military, veteran family grants available

DOVER — The Military Officers Association of America nonprofit foundation is providing grants up to $500 per household as part of its COVID-19 Relief Fund. The fund will provide grants for military and veteran families or caregivers experiencing financial hardship due to the coronavirus outbreak. Applications will be taken until need no longer exists or […]

Navy upholds firing of carrier captain in virus outbreak

WASHINGTON — In a stunning reversal, the Navy has upheld the firing of the aircraft carrier captain who urged faster action to protect his crew from a coronavirus outbreak, the Navy’s top officer said Friday. Adm. Mike Gilday, the chief of naval operations, also extended the blame for the ship’s pandemic crisis, delaying the promotion […]

Milley says he was wrong to accompany Trump on church walk

WASHINGTON – Army Gen. Mark Milley, the nation’s top military officer, said Thursday he was wrong to accompany President Donald Trump on a walk through Lafayette Square that ended in a photo op at a church. He said his presence “created a perception of the military involved in domestic politics.” “I should not have been […]