Nonprofit Supports Families Of America’s Fallen Soldiers

TAPS, the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, is on a mission to create a supportive community for military families grieving the loss of a loved one. Weekend TODAY’s Peter Alexander meets TAPS founder Bonnie Carroll and deputy director Ashlynne Haycock who discuss how the nonprofit has helped them and other families.
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Nonprofit Supports Families Of America’s Fallen Soldiers

Biden Thanks Soldiers For Their ‘Selfless Service To Your Country’

President Biden spoke to members of the armed forces and families at Joint Base Langley-Eustis and thanked them for their "selfless ervice" ahead of Memorial Day weekend.» Subscribe to NBC News: http://nbcnews.to/SubscribeToNBC
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Biden Thanks Soldiers For Their ‘Selfless Service To Your Country’

Gov. Charlie Baker signs bill that will create new Holyoke Soldiers’ Home

Lawmakers in the Massachusetts House and Senate recently agreed to spend $400 million on a new veterans residential facility after the current home had a deadly COVID-19 outbreak.

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EU forces train Malian soldiers to strike jihadists from afar

As the growing reach of militants linked to al Qaeda and Islamic State fuels a security crisis in Mali and the broader Sahel region, recent training by the European Union hopes to give Mali’s military the upper hand.

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Defectors reveal Myanmar military junta’s grip on soldiers’ lives, minds and finances | DW News

The Tatmadaw, Myanmar’s powerful army, controls every aspect of its soldiers’ lives. Those who leave pay a heavy price. DW spoke to three defectors. The three men describe a cloistered, strictly controlled life, based on a stringent, overarching hierarchy. Soldiers, they say, are required to live on army bases and are only allowed to leave if granted permission by superiors. The army dictates what soldiers and their families "wear, say and believe in, even how to decorate your home," one man said. "They can check your house at any moment," he added. Low-ranking soldiers, one defector says, were treated "like slaves," with their wives forced to clean high-ranking officers’ homes without pay. Another said he had witnessed a superior asking the wife of a low-ranking soldier to give him a massage. He says the woman acquiesced, knowing that refusing could have negative repercussions for her husband.

The Tatmadaw’s outsized role is intertwined within Myanmar’s political and economic life — a lucrative advantage that succeeded colonial rule.
Following independence from Britain in 1948, a military junta took control in 1962, ushering in a prolonged period of iron-fisted rule characterized by strict censorship, imprisonment of opponents and international isolation.
While in power, the army — as well as individual officers and their families — amassed great wealth. This included land, economic and financial assets.
The generals only eased their grip on power in 2010, which culminated in elections that allowed for Aung San Suu Kyi’s NLD party to form a government. Even after ceding some control to elected politicians, it continues to play a vast role in both the political and economic field: The constitution guarantees the military 25% of parliament seats, meaning that the army can block any constitutional amendments it dislikes.
It also retains control of important ministries, including defense and home affairs.

All three men are aware of the Tatmadaw’s reach, as the army pursues defectors. One man says he had heard from a contact in the Tatmadaw’s headquarters that it had compiled a list of some 300 defectors and was going after them and their families. It was, he says, "a manhunt."

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Clashes Between Palestinians And Israeli Soldiers Escalate After Attack

Clashes between Palestinians in the West Bank and Israeli forces are escalating after a rocket fired from Gaza killed two Israeli soldiers. NBC News’ chief foreign correspondent Richard Engel reports from Ramallah.  

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Clashes Between Palestinians And Israeli Soldiers Escalate After Attack

Soldiers disinfect subway station amid Taiwan COVID surge

Taiwan mobilized soldiers to disinfect its main Taipei subway station amid a resurgence of domestic COVID-19 cases in the island, even as the rate of increase slowed slightly.

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