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Members of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) planted 1,892 flags on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., on March. 27, 2014. The flags represented the number of veterans and servicemembers estimated to have committed suicide so far in 2014. The VA estimates that 22 veterans from current and previous wars die by their own hand each day. C.J. LIN/STARS AND STRIPES

Military suicides up a bit in 2014; More seek help

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July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Suicides among active-duty military have increased a bit so far this year compared with the same period last year, but Pentagon officials say they are encouraged that more service members are seeking help through hotlines and other...

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Christina Landry demonstrating the ''Mad Russian'' abs twist. WYATT OLSON/STARS AND STRIPES

Navy spouse fighting back to keep fitness program she founded

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July 23, 2014

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — Christina Landry has earned kudos for DumBell Fitness, her boot camp-style classes tailored for military spouses in the Honolulu area.

A Navy veteran and wife of an active-duty sailor, Landry founded DumBell in 2009,...

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A Purple Heart Medal. The Purple Heart is one of the oldest commendations in American military history, dating back to the later years of the Revolutionary War and was originally designed as the Badge of Military Merit. TIMOTHY KOSTER/U.S. ARMY

'Slenderman' attack victim, 12, receives a Purple Heart

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July 23, 2014

A 12-year-old Wisconsin girl who continues to recover at home after being stabbed 19 times by two friends in the so-called 'Slenderman' case was sent a priceless gift from an anonymous American hero.

The girl's family set up a Facebook...

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Jason Heap says the recent rejection of his application wouldn’t stop his campaign to become the military’s first humanist chaplain . COURTESY OF MILITARY ASSOCIATION

Humanist head to the Hill in hopes of attaining chaplain status

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July 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — Rebuffed by the military, atheists and humanists made their case Tuesday on Capitol Hill for chaplains to represent hundreds of thousands of troops who profess no religious faith.

The military chaplaincy has already made it...

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