National Guard

Breaking: Fragging Charge Acquitted

U.S. Soldier Acquitted In "Fragging" Trial

National Guardsman Cleared Of Murder Charges In Deaths Of Two Superior Officers At Iraqi Base

(AP) A soldier was acquitted of murder Thursday in the 2005 bombing deaths of two superiors in Iraq, triggering loud outbursts and gasps from the slain officers' families.

A military jury found National Guard Staff Sgt. Alberto Martinez not guilty of two counts of premeditated murder in the deaths of Capt. Phillip Esposito and 1st Lt. Louis Allen. Both officers were killed when an anti-personnel mine detonated in a window of their room at a U.S. military base in Iraq in June 2005.

Coming Home - 60minutes Sunday 11-02-08

Reservists' Rocky Return To Job Market

60 Minutes Report Also Examines Costs Borne By Employers Of Deployed Citizen Soldiers

Coming Home

Citizen soldiers returning from active military duty are entitled by law to get back their old jobs or at least the same salaries, but many are still having trouble. Leslie Stahl reports.

Returning Reservists - Jobs - 60min. Sunday

Reservists Face Rocky Return In Job Market

60 Minutes Report Also Examines Costs Borne By Employers Of Deployed Citizen Soldiers

Lesley Stahl could only talk to some of the thousands of reservists and guardsmen who have returned from active duty to find problems with their employers over their jobs.

Levee Breech in Northern Des Moines: Another NOLA for FEMA?

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Des Moines is flooding. It's bad. From here, some of the (currently) latest news:

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Culver said "the good news today is we are holding our own" against flood damages but "Iowa City is bracing for a real wave of water which is on the way."

FEMA declares disasters: The Federal Emergency Management Agency has granted a presidential disaster declaration for the following counties: Adams, Boone, Cerro Gordo, Crawford, Dallas, Dubuque, Floyd, Franklin, Marion, Page, Story, Tama and Union. Now that the disasters have been declared, residents and businesses can begin applying for federal disaster assistance. Black Hawk, Buchanan, Butler and Delaware counties had already received federal disaster declarations.

Seeking public health declaration: Iowa's congressional delegation is asking the U.S. secretary of health and human services to declare a public health emergency in areas of Iowa devastated by floods and tornadoes. They also want certain usual rules governing Medicare beneficiaries to be relaxed for the time being.

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What a mess.

New series on a Kansas National Guard Unit in Iraq

McClatchy has been at the forefront of reporting on the run up to the Iraq war, the prosecution of the war, and veteran's issues. David Goldstein has the first in what is billed to be a four part series about the Bravo Battery of the Kansas National Guard's 161st Field Artillery. There is something unique about the Iraq war - it is being fought with the use of so many National Guard units. The note from the editor at the beginning of Goldstein's article explains "Twenty percent of the U.S. troops fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan come from the Army National Guard. Many are from small towns, and go to war alongside family and friends."