Military

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A section of one of Buffalo's many old industrial buildings now houses a defense contractor that came here to take advantage of the labor pool and the engineers trained at the University at Buffalo.

A local LGBT advocacy group is holding a protest this weekend in response to a new proposal from the Trump administration on transgender military members.

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Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

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President Trump is planning a bipartisan pitch to Congress with his first State of the Union address on Tuesday, but he will have his work cut out for him with a public that is more divided than ever.

"Tonight, I want to talk about what kind of future we are going to have, and what kind of nation we are going to be. All of us, together, as one team, one people, and one American family," Trump will say, according to excerpts of the speech released by the White House.

For many military personnel, readjusting to civilian life can be a battle. Transitioning from active service or returning from deployment can bring on feelings and emotions that are difficult to manage. For some, art can be a way to understand those feelings and find peace within oneself. In his series on the arts and social integration, WBFO’s Scott Sackett talks with artist and U.S. Army Colonel Jim Becker, one of the founders of the Artists/Veterans Art Collaborative.


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Following a federal court ruling, the Pentagon has confirmed it will allow openly transgender individuals to enlist in the military beginning Jan. 1. The Trump administration had resisted that deadline in court, seeking to have its ban on new transgender troops reinstated — but on Monday, Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly upheld an earlier decision to temporarily block President Trump's ban.

The Army, Navy, Marines and Air Force all regularly fail to submit required crime data to the FBI for inclusion in national databases, but the Air Force has shown improvement over the past several years, according to a new report released by the Department of Defense Office of the Inspector General.

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Erie County is moving closer to a local law that would allow the arrest and punishment of someone who falsely claims to be former military who has received medals.

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President Trump's would-be ban on transgender service members in the military has been blocked from going into effect for the foreseeable future.

A U.S. district judge in Washington, D.C., decided on Monday that trans members of the military have a strong case that the president's ban would violate their Fifth Amendment rights. Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly granted a preliminary injunction to keep the policy from going into effect while the court case moves forward.

Naval Park secures additional aid for expansion

Oct 27, 2017
Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park

A popular downtown attraction has snared public funds for an expansion that will showcase the heroic deeds of local veterans.

Five years ago, before he was a candidate for president, Donald Trump was pretty sure he knew what to do about Afghanistan. It was a losing proposition, "a complete waste" in terms of "blood and treasure."

"Why are we continuing to train these Afghanis who then shoot our soldiers in the back?" he asked on Twitter in 2012. "Afghanistan is a complete waste. Time to come home!"

More recently, candidate Trump was less certain about exactly when the U.S. should exit the struggle that he had railed against continuing.

Five openly transgender members of the U.S. military are suing President Trump and other leaders of the U.S. government over Trump's declaration, over Twitter, that trans people will no longer be allowed to serve in the U.S. military. The suit alleges that Trump's directive is "arbitrary and capricious," unconstitutionally depriving the service members of due process.

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A Marine Corps refueling tanker crashed Monday afternoon in a field 85 miles north of Jackson, Miss., killing all aboard, 15 Marines and one Navy sailor.

Six of the Marines and the Navy sailor were from the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, N.C. A Marine Corps spokesperson said they were traveling with their "associated equipment" en route to Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz.

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If you’ve ever wondered how being in the military has changed over the course of time, Old Fort Niagara is sponsoring a series of events that begin Saturday.

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When a family member enlisted in the U.S. military is forced to move because duty requires a transfer, the lives of loved ones can be seriously disrupted. New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is among lawmakers pushing for legislation that would ease the transition.


Office of Congressman Chris Collins

A local World War II veteran received some long overdue honors on Saturday.

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Three members of the graduating class of Mount Saint Mary Academy in Kenmore want to pursue careers in the U.S. military. WBFO'S Focus on Education reporter Eileen Buckley met with the young women to discuss their future endeavors and their thoughts on women in the military.

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One family's musical tradition became a memory of a lifetime when an Army sergeant who was stationed abroad for years appeared at a Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra concert Saturday night.

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A local agency is seeing a rise in the need for food assistance by current and former military service members.