Louisiana Dept. of Veterans Affairs offers tips on helping veterans
Posted on 11/8/2018 10:44:00 PM.

Sunday marks Veterans Day and there are 278,000 veterans in Louisiana. The state's Veterans Affairs Secretary, Colonel Joey Strickland, says its important to remember our country is still at war and when our soldiers return to civilian life, it's important the transition is seamless as possible.

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Folk Polk Soldier Sentenced to Over 11 Years in Prison for Chemical Weapon Use
Posted on 9/25/2018 12:20:00 PM.

Former soldier Ryan Taylor of New Llano has been sentenced to over 11 years in prison for manufacturing and detonating a chemical weapon at a Fort Polk training area. US Attorney David Joseph says a device containing chlorine gas exploded in the Kisatchie National Forest in April 2017. He says two responding soldiers who inhaled the chlorine gas had their military careers end because of the damage to their bodies.

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Veterans cemetery to be built in Jennings
Posted on 9/12/2018 11:37:00 AM.

The VA has awarded Louisiana a 7.2 million dollar grant to building a new veterans cemetery in Jennings that’s set to break ground November 1st. Louisiana VA Secretary Joey Strickland says currently, Southwest Louisiana families have to drive at least 80 miles to find the nearest veterans cemetery.

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Pennington granted $6.7 million to study military nutrition
Posted on 9/19/2017 3:00:00 AM.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center has been awarded a $6.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Defense to study military nutrition and metabolism research.

Researcher Dr. Jennifer Rood says they will focus on how to ensure a healthy and fit military.
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US Rep Abraham: Louisiana military bases to benefit from defense spending bill
Posted on 7/18/2017 2:17:00 AM.

Louisiana’s military bases will see tremendous benefits from the National Defense Authorization Act passed by the US House. That’s according to Richland Parish Congressman Ralph Abraham, who says this is the funding mechanism for the nation’s military. He says the bill begins the process of re-engining B-52 bombers, many of which are housed at Barksdale Air Force Base.

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Legislation seeks to protect military monuments
Posted on 3/28/2017 12:22:00 PM.

A bill filed for the regular session seeks to protect Louisiana’s military monuments, including controversial confederate statues. Shreveport Representative Thomas Carmody authored the legislation that would prohibit state and local governments from removing, relocating, or destroying a memorial that commemorates wars in US history. He says there’s also a provision to make sure the monuments can be maintained.

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US Rep Abraham appointed to House Armed Services Committee
Posted on 1/11/2017 4:36:00 AM.

5th District Congressman Ralph Abraham will have a chance to set military policy for the United States as he’s been appointed to the House Armed Services Committee. Abraham says his top priority will be looking out for the men and women who serve our country.

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