War in Afghanistan http://www.kplu.org en Obama: Medal of Honor Recipient Brave at War and at Home http://www.kplu.org/post/obama-medal-honor-recipient-brave-war-and-home <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a White House ceremony Monday, President Barack Obama bestowed the Medal of Honor on Army Staff </span>Sgt<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Ty Carter, a Spokane native currently stationed at Joint Base </span>Lewis-McChord<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p>Carter was honored for his actions during the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan.&nbsp; President Obama said Carter repeatedly put his own life on the line to save others. But Obama also talked of Carter's courage in another battle, a battle here at home. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 23:40:36 +0000 Paula Wissel 9765 at http://www.kplu.org Obama: Medal of Honor Recipient Brave at War and at Home U.S. gov't still paying families of Civil War vets http://www.kplu.org/post/us-govt-still-paying-families-civil-war-vets <p><span style="color: rgb(54, 54, 54); font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px;">If history is any judge, the U.S. government will be paying for the Iraq and Afghanistan wars for the next century as service members and their families grapple with the sacrifices of combat.</span></p><p style="margin-bottom: 20px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; outline: 0px; vertical-align: baseline; font-family: 'Palatino Linotype', 'Book Antiqua', serif; line-height: 20px; color: rgb(54, 54, 54);">An Associated Press analysis of federal payment records found that the government is still making monthly payments to relatives of Civil War veterans — 148 years after the conflict ended.</p><p> Tue, 19 Mar 2013 16:31:46 +0000 The Associated Press 8051 at http://www.kplu.org U.S. gov't still paying families of Civil War vets Military death penalty cases are rare http://www.kplu.org/post/military-death-penalty-cases-are-rare <p></p><p>The Army has announced it will seek the death penalty against Joint Base Lewis McChord soldier Staff Sgt. Robert Bales.</p><p>Currently, there are 8 men awaiting execution on military death row in Leavenworth, Kansas. Some have been there for decades.</p><p>Washington District Court Judge Jack Nevin, of Tacoma, is a retired Brigadier General who was Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals. He also teaches a class on military law at Seattle University Law School.</p><p>KPLU Law and Justice Reporter Paula Wissel interviewed Nevin about the differences between&nbsp; military and civilian death penalty cases.</p><p>(Click on listen button above to hear the radio interview.) Thu, 20 Dec 2012 22:47:15 +0000 Paula Wissel 7434 at http://www.kplu.org Military death penalty cases are rare Sgt. Bales' state of mind key to defense in war crimes case http://www.kplu.org/post/sgt-bales-state-mind-key-defense-war-crimes-case JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - In eight days of hearings, Army prosecutors outlined in grisly detail the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the Washington soldier charged with killing and wounding 23 Afghan civilians in a rampage this past March. Bales’ pretrial hearing concluded Tuesday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord.<p>Now the Army will decide whether the evidence supports a full court martial and, if so, whether the death penalty is appropriate in this case.<p>Prosecutors say of the 16 killed, nine were children. Five of them under age five. Wed, 14 Nov 2012 18:39:34 +0000 Austin Jenkins 7122 at http://www.kplu.org Sgt. Bales' state of mind key to defense in war crimes case Update: Other Than Honorable Veteran Gets Benefits, Second Vet Killed By Police http://www.kplu.org/post/update-other-honorable-veteran-gets-benefits-second-vet-killed-police Last month, we brought you the story of former Army Staff Sgt. Jarrid Starks of Salem . He was a decorated combat veteran who lost his medical benefits when he was kicked out of the Army for misconduct. He has PTSD. Since our story aired, Starks has learned he will, in fact, qualify for health care from the Veterans Administration. But, across the country, another soldier with a similar story has died tragically.<p>In Afghanistan, Jarrid Starks earned a Bronze Star with Valor for his actions on the battlefield. But when Starks came home he smoked pot and repeatedly went AWOL. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 23:04:41 +0000 6276 at http://www.kplu.org Update: Other Than Honorable Veteran Gets Benefits, Second Vet Killed By Police Emotional send-off as 4,000 Northwest soldiers deploy to Afghanistan http://www.kplu.org/post/emotional-send-4000-northwest-soldiers-deploy-afghanistan JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. – Nearly four thousand Northwest-based soldiers are about to deploy for nine months to Afghanistan. The Army’s 2nd Stryker Brigade received a formal send off Friday at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. The departure comes amid continuing fallout from the case of suspected Afghan shooter Sgt. Robert Bales.<p>As an Army band played, soldiers in fatigues lined up by battalion on a parade field. In the stands sat, proud and worried family members like Wendy Mertka. Sat, 31 Mar 2012 15:13:37 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4612 at http://www.kplu.org Emotional send-off as 4,000 Northwest soldiers deploy to Afghanistan It's 'Unbelievable To Me,' Says Wife Of Army Sgt. Accused In Afghan Killings http://www.kplu.org/post/its-unbelievable-me-says-wife-army-sgt-accused-afghan-killings Saying that her husband "loves children, he's like a big kid himself," the wife of the U.S. Army soldier accused of killing 17 Afghan civilians on March 11 <a href="http://worldnews.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/03/26/10863906-wife-of-staff-sgt-robert-bales-to-today-he-would-not-do-that" target="_blank">has told NBC News</a> that the accusations against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales are "unbelievable to me."<p>"I have no idea what happened, but he would not ... Mon, 26 Mar 2012 17:00:30 +0000 Mark Memmott 4555 at http://www.kplu.org It's 'Unbelievable To Me,' Says Wife Of Army Sgt. Accused In Afghan Killings Bales to be charged with murder; had two assault cases http://www.kplu.org/post/bales-be-charged-murder-had-two-assault-cases <p>A U.S. official says Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who had been stationed at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, will be charged with 17 counts of murder in the massacre of Afghan villagers.</p><p>It has also come to light that Bales was accused in a second incident involving alcohol and violence.</p><p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 23:25:51 +0000 The Associated Press 4540 at http://www.kplu.org Video Of Copter Crash In Afghanistan Goes Viral; Army Investigating http://www.kplu.org/post/video-copter-crash-afghanistan-goes-viral-army-investigating <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcTDwJcO_os</p> Thu, 22 Mar 2012 15:20:56 +0000 Mark Memmott 4523 at http://www.kplu.org Video Of Copter Crash In Afghanistan Goes Viral; Army Investigating 'Justice will be done,' Pentagon official says of Afghan massacre http://www.kplu.org/post/justice-will-be-done-pentagon-official-says-afghan-massacre The <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/archives/archive.php?thingId=148834642" target="_blank">"horrific killings" this month of 16 Afghan civilians</a>, allegedly by a U.S. Army staff sergeant, will be fully investigated and "justice will be done," a top Pentagon official just told the House Armed Services Committee.<p>James Miller, the acting defense undersecretary for policy, is the first of two witnesses briefing the lawmakers on "recent developments in Afghanistan," including that massacre. He's to be followed by Gen. John Allen, the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:12:01 +0000 Mark Memmott 4496 at http://www.kplu.org 'Justice will be done,' Pentagon official says of Afghan massacre Attorney: Bales 'Doesn’t Remember Everything' Of Night Of Massacre http://www.kplu.org/post/attorney-bales-doesn%E2%80%99t-remember-everything-night-massacre The lead attorney for the western Washington soldier accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians says his client has gaps in his memory about night of the massacre. Seattle lawyer John Henry Browne met with Staff Sergeant Robert Bales Monday for seven hours at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. That’s where Bales is being held in pretrial detention.<p>After the meeting, Browne told reporters that his client’s state of mind is “confused.”<p>“He doesn’t remember everything of the evening in question," Browne says. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 15:06:32 +0000 4495 at http://www.kplu.org Attorney: Bales 'Doesn’t Remember Everything' Of Night Of Massacre Lawyer of massacre suspect begins mounting defense http://www.kplu.org/post/lawyer-massacre-suspect-begins-mounting-defense Attorney John Henry Browne said the meeting he had with his client Robert Bales, the Army sergeant accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians, was "just really emotional."<p>Browne also corrected some details of Bales' story that he had released earlier. <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2017789337_apusafghanistansuspect.html">According to the AP</a>:<p>-- One of Bales' fellow soldiers did lose his legs because of a mine, but it did not happen the day before Bales allegedly went on a shooting rampage. Tue, 20 Mar 2012 01:33:18 +0000 Eyder Peralta 4493 at http://www.kplu.org Lawyer of massacre suspect begins mounting defense Wife of Afghan shooting suspect offers condolences http://www.kplu.org/post/wife-afghan-shooting-suspect-offers-condolences <p>The wife of the U.S. soldier held in the slayings of 16 Afghan villagers is offering condolences to the victims&#39; families and says she too wants to know what happened.</p><p>Karilyn Bales issued a statement through a Seattle lawyer Monday, for the first time offering her comments on a case that has threatened to upend American policy over the decade-old war.</p><p> Mon, 19 Mar 2012 23:08:28 +0000 The Associated Press 4486 at http://www.kplu.org Wife of Afghan shooting suspect offers condolences Seattle defense attorneys to meet with Bales in Kansas http://www.kplu.org/post/seattle-defense-attorneys-meet-bales-kansas The man accused of killing 16 Afghan civilians has had a brief phone conversation with his wife and two children. But efforts are underway to arrange a face-to-face meeting. That’s according to one of the attorneys for Army Staff Sgt. Robert Bales. Bales’ defense team will spend the next two days interviewing him at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.<p>The 38-year-old Washington-based soldier is being held isolated from other inmates at the Army prison. Bales’ defense team traveled there over the weekend to meet him for the first time. Mon, 19 Mar 2012 13:27:17 +0000 Austin Jenkins 4474 at http://www.kplu.org Seattle defense attorneys to meet with Bales in Kansas Why? Few clues from Afghan attack suspect's home south of Seattle http://www.kplu.org/post/why-few-clues-afghan-attack-suspects-home-south-seattle Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, the U.S. soldier alleged to have killed 16 Afghan civilians, was described by a former platoon leader Saturday as an "awesome" soldier.<p>"He always got the job done," said Cpt. Christopher Alexander, who led Bales on his second tour in Iraq. "You give this guy a task — it could be menial, it could be dangerous — either way, you never had to worry about whether he'd get it done and get it done well."<p>Alexander said he and other former members of the company found out Monday that Bales had been linked to the massacre. Sat, 17 Mar 2012 15:25:02 +0000 4468 at http://www.kplu.org Why? Few clues from Afghan attack suspect's home south of Seattle