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  1. Little green army men, along with the Rubik's Cube and bubbles, were announced Thursday as the newest additions to the National Toy Hall of Fame in Rochester, N.Y. The toys enter the Rochester museum after being selected by a panel of expert judges from among a dozen finalists. AP

    Little green army men make Toy Hall of Fame

    It's mission accomplished for little green army men.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  2. Bruce Springsteen performs during the 8th Annual Stand Up For Heroes Event Wednesday at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Monica Schipper / Getty Images for New York Comedy

    Springsteen auctions guitars, lasagna for veterans

    How much for a guitar played by Bruce Springsteen, an hour lesson on how to play it, a lasagna dinner at his house and a ride in the side car of his motorcycle? $300,000.

    • Nov. 6, 2014
  3. Musician Bruce Springsteen performs on May 7 in Century City, Calif. Kevin Winter / Getty Images

    Bruce Springsteen among those receiving first-ever awards for supporting veterans

    Bruce Springsteen tops an eclectic group honored with first-ever awards for those striving to improve the lives of veterans and their families.

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  4. Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James and teammates will join in a game time saluate to veterans. Jay LaPrete / The Associated Press

    LeBron James invites deployed troops to join Veterans Day salute

    Serving overseas? The Cleveland Cavaliers want to get you in the house!

    • Nov. 5, 2014
  5. Army quarterback Angel Santiago (3) eludes Air Force linebacker Jordan Pierce (51) during the first half of an NCAA college football game Saturday in West Point, N.Y. Mike Groll / AP

    Air Force beats Army 23-6 to win CIC Trophy

    Kale Pearson hit tight end Garrett Griffin for a 54-yard touchdown early in the third quarter to break open a tense game, Will Conant kicked three field goals, and Air Force beat Army 23-6 on Saturday to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for a record 19th time.

    • Nov. 1, 2014
  6. Bryana Salaz, daughter of Col. Ed Salaz, is shown in a YouTube video from 'The Voice.' YouTube

    Singing officer's daughter makes cut on TV's 'The Voice'

    The 17-year-old daughter of an Army colonel reached the live-performance round of the NBC singing competition 'The Voice,' impressing her celebrity coach enough to become one of 20 contestants to make the cut.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  7. Contribution from last year's #MyVeteran campaign: _mrsle: 'Happy Veterans Day to the Love of My Life. Thank you for serving our country, putting your life on the line, and for being such an impeccable husband!'

    Give your vet a shout-out

    Sixty years ago, the nation declared its first Veterans Day celebration.

    • Oct. 29, 2014
  8. Metro to open early for the Marine Corps Marathon

    Metro will open two hours early Sunday to help riders traveling to the Marine Corps Marathon.

    • Oct. 22, 2014
  9. Wounded warrior wins first-ever Men's Health 'Ultimate Guy' contest

    An Army veteran who lost an arm and a leg to roadside bomb in Iraq took top honors in the 'Ultimate Men's Health Guy' contest announced Oct. 7 on NBC's Today Show.

    • Oct. 7, 2014
  10. Tim Kennedy, right, fights Michael Bisping during their middleweight bout in Las Vegas in April. Eric Bolte/USA TODAY Sports

    Tim Kennedy nears shot at UFC gold

    Later this month in Las Vegas, UFC middleweight Tim Kennedy will fight Yoel Romero, a silver medal-winning wrestler in the 2000 Olympics who goes by the nickname 'Soldier of God.'

    • Sep. 26, 2014
  11. Marine veteran Pete Doan of 9:24 CrossFit opened the small-town gym in March 2013. Trevor Jones/Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune

    A gym & a prayer: Marine vet's CrossFit business draws on personal ties

    Pete Doan tried the working man's life after leaving the Marine Corps in 2010.

    • Sep. 16, 2014
  12.  Army & Air Force Exchange Service PAO/Flickr.com

    Are your kids' toys 'Military Brat Approved'?

    Military kids have spoken: Thomas the Tank Engine Avalanche Escape Set and about 150 other toys have earned the unofficial 'Military Brat Approved' label.

    • Sep. 11, 2014
  13. Army National Guard veteran Merri Lade tries to roast green coffee beans over a campfire like Civil War soldiers might have done. Courtesy of Merri Lade

    Brew the perfect cup with vets' tips

    Coffee rations were a mainstay for many Civil War troops by the time a young Sgt. William McKinley of Ohio performed his famous coffee service on the battlefield at Antietam in 1862.

    • Sep. 3, 2014
  14. Visitors explore Bryce Canyon National Park in southern Utah. All current troops get a free annual pass to the national parks, so it may be worth a longer drive to a spectacular spot. Sean Gallup/Getty Images

    Here are some last-minute Labor Day staycations

    The end of summer draws near — sigh — but it's not over yet!

    • Aug. 30, 2014
  15. Mission Family: Spouses helping spouses get ahead

    Over the past few years, increasing attention has been focused on connecting spouses with employers that can provide them opportunities for meaningful, portable careers.

    • Aug. 13, 2014
  16. Marine vet paddles away 2 tours in Afghanistan

    Two tours in Afghanistan took a toll on Joshua Ploetz.

    • Aug. 7, 2014
  17. Dale Earnhardt Jr., driving the number 88 National Guard Chevy, and Mark Martin, in the number eight Army car, battle for position on the front stretch of Texas Motor Speedway. Lt. Col. William D. Thurmond/Army

    National Guard ends team-up with Earnhardt Jr.

    The Army National Guard is ending its sponsorship of NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Indy Racing League driver Graham Rahal, the component announced Wednesday.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  18. The top lawyer for USA Discounters, which has outlets near the nation's 11 largest military installations, is a retired senior Navy officer. Mike Morones/Staff

    Retired Navy officer helps run company that targets troops with bad credit

    USA Discounters knows a lot about the military.

    • Aug. 6, 2014
  19. Capt. Justin Fitch, diagnosed with Stage IV colon cancer, devotes much of his time and energy raising money to combat veteran suicides. David Kamm/Army

    Captain with terminal cancer has one 'final mission' — help vets

    An active-duty Army officer stricken with terminal cancer is fighting for his life — and the lives of others. Capt. Justin Fitch said he wants to use his last days to reverse the epidemic of veteran suicide.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  20. Kevlar for the Mind: Sleeping well without medication — 10 simple tips

    A. A common practice among doctors is to give a pill to a service member suffering from insomnia.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  21. Lava spews from a crater of the giant Mount Etna volcano on the southern Italian island of Sicily in 2012. Marcello Paternostro/AFP/Getty Images

    For a hot vacation, visit a volcano near you

    When Marine Maj. Vince Coglianese was getting ready to leave his assignment in Hawaii, he and his wife, Mary, wanted to take their three boys on a trip they'd remember before packing up and moving to their new duty station in Florida.

    • Aug. 5, 2014
  22. Kevin Ryan, a former infantry officer, takes a look at the clarity of the mash as his Service Brewing Co. brewery crafts one of its first batches of Compass Rose IPA. Corey Dickstein/Savannah Morning News

    Ex-grunt's brewery to tap in to good cause

    A former Army officer who has launched a microbrewery knows that everyone will raise a glass to help support a veteran-owned business that gives a portion of its proceeds to charities backing military members, policemen and firefighters.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  23. Denise Hunter's career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service has taken her from a food-service job in Germany to working side by side with CEO Tom Shull. Courtesy of AAFES

    Military spouses move up — while constantly moving

    Denise Hunter began her career with the Army and Air Force Exchange Service in 1987 as a food service worker at an AAFES-owned Baskin-Robbins concession in Katterbach, Germany.

    • Aug. 2, 2014
  24. The back exterior of Blum's Landing in Ocqueoc Township, Mich, is visible. Terry and Jan Blumberg used benefits and insurance money from their son Trevor's 2003 death in Iraq to help build the two-story home. Now in its third year, Blum's Landing serves as a retreat for veterans. Mike Householder / AP

    Couple channel grief into retreat for veterans

    Before shipping out for Iraq, Army Sgt. Trevor Blumberg asked his father to do two things if he didn't return: Look after his puppy, Scrappy, and 'take care of my guys.'

    • Aug. 1, 2014
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