Iowa Gov. Disagrees With Trump Ban On Transgender TroopsTrump directed the Pentagon on Friday to implement the ban and gave the agency authority to decide the future of openly transgender people already serving.
Family, Friends Commemorate Memorial Day At Fort Snelling Nat’l CemeteryFamily and friends made their way to Fort Snelling National Cemetery Monday to lay flowers and plant American flags on the graves of loved ones who served in the U.S. military.
Events, Businesses Pay Tribute On Veterans DayTuesday marks Veterans Day, during which we take time to honor the brave men and women who have served our country. Veterans Day originated as Armistice Day on this day in 1919, the first anniversary of the end of World War I. Congress amended the holiday to include veterans of all U.S. wars in 1954.
Sen. Franken: Close Guantanamo Through CongressSen. Al Franken says Guantanamo Bay should be closed, but the president shouldn't bypass Congress to do it. The Wall Street Journal recently reported President Barack Obama was considering an executive order to transfer terrorism suspects out of Guantanamo Bay.
Children Of Military Service Members Honored At State CapitolApril is the month to take extra time to honor the families of our military service members -- specifically, their children. Tuesday is National Purple Up Day, a still-growing celebration that has only been around for four years now.
Iraqi Interpreter Settles In To New Life In Minn.After years of living in a war-torn country, an Iraqi man is starting a new life in Minnesota with the help of some American soldiers he met overseas. Twelve days ago, Phillip arrived in the Twin Cities. He uses the nickname that American soldiers gave him in the interest of protecting his identity."Twelve days without any check points. Nobody asks me where I'm going, you know, all the security stuff. And you feel safe," Khalid said. "The first three, four days [it] was exciting. First time to see snow, you know. All this nice weather, but now, I feel cold."
Golf Outing To Benefit Minnesota’s Wounded WarriorsStanding outside the Refuge Golf Course clubhouse, tournament director Bob Whitcraft explains a lofty goal for the fifth annual Wounded Warrior charity golf event. And with every drive off a tee, or every putt on a green, 144 charity golfers are helping disabled vets like Patrick, Chad and Erik.
Esme's Blog: The Mental Health Of Our MilitaryThe horrifying tragedy of the American soldier who is accused of slaughtering 16 Afghan civilians raises serious questions about the U.S. Military's awareness, monitoring and understanding of how troops are faring under the unimaginable stresses of combat.