Arkansas Military http://ualrpublicradio.org en Perryville Post Office Being Renamed In Honor Of Vietnam Prisoner Of War http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/perryville-post-office-being-renamed-honor-vietnam-prisoner-war <p></p><p>The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a resolution renaming a Perryville post office in honor of the first American prisoner of war executed during the Vietnam War.</p><p>The House passed the measure Monday to name the facility the Harold George Bennett Post Office. The resolution was sponsored by Arkansas U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin and co-sponsored by the three other members of Arkansas' House delegation.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:37:59 +0000 Associated Press 26522 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Perryville Post Office Being Renamed In Honor Of Vietnam Prisoner Of War Delay In Pay For Arkansas National Guard Members http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/delay-pay-arkansas-national-guard-members <p>Members of the Arkansas National Guard aren’t getting paid due to multiple delays delegated by Congress. KUAR's&nbsp;Maggie Carroll spoke with Lieutenant Colonel Keith Moore of the National Guard.</p><p>They discussed how the delays are affecting the 10,000 Arkansan members of the National Guard and their families, as well as budgeting issues they are now facing. Click the audio clip above to hear their conversation.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 13 Jan 2014 20:54:57 +0000 Maggie Carroll 17412 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Delay In Pay For Arkansas National Guard Members Arkansas 188th Fighter Wing Delays Anniversary Celebration http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-188th-fighter-wing-delays-anniversary-celebration <p>The 60th anniversary celebration of the Arkansas Air National Guard&#39;s 188th Fighter Wing has been delayed because of the federal government shutdown.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The celebration for current and former </span>188th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> members was set for Saturday, but officials decided to postpone the event until Nov. 2 because of the shutdown.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Maj. Heath Allen tells the Southwest Times Record that it wasn&#39;t feasible to hold the event because of furloughs caused by the shutdown.</p> Thu, 03 Oct 2013 12:41:40 +0000 Associated Press 12239 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas 188th Fighter Wing Delays Anniversary Celebration Arkansas Court To Hear Arguments About Iraq Veteran http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-court-hear-arguments-about-iraq-veteran <p>Arkansas&#39; highest court is set to hear oral arguments in the case of an Iraq War veteran convicted of killing his girlfriend.</p><p>The state Supreme Court will hear arguments in 32-year-old Steven Russell&#39;s case on Thursday.</p><p>Russell was convicted of capital murder in the 2009 death of Joy Owens and was sentenced to life in prison without parole last year.</p><p>Russell&#39;s attorneys say their client suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and deserves a new trial.</p> Thu, 26 Sep 2013 10:19:10 +0000 Associated Press 11850 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Chaffee Crossing Touted As Site For Veterans Home http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/chaffee-crossing-touted-site-veterans-home <p>Leaders in Fort Smith are pitching their city as a "perfect fit" for the state's new veterans home.</p><p>Earlier this month, the Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force identified Fort Smith, Benton, Jacksonville and Russellville as potential sites for the $22 million veterans home.</p><p>On Monday, representatives from the task force toured Fort Smith's proposed site at Chaffee Crossing.</p><p>The Southwest Times Record reports the 25-acre site is next to the planned Interstate 49 route and adjacent to Camp Hope for Heroes, a service facility for veterans.</p> Tue, 20 Aug 2013 13:12:39 +0000 Associated Press 9858 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas Flags To Fly At Half-Staff For Late Soldier http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-flags-fly-half-staff-late-soldier <p>Flags at the Arkansas Capitol are being flown at half-staff to mark the death of a soldier from Little Rock who was killed in Afghanistan.</p><p>The Defense Department announced Wednesday that Sgt. Jamar Hicks died at Forward Operating Base Salerno during a Sunday attack.</p><p>Soldiers from Idaho and Texas were also killed in the attack.</p><p>Gov. Mike Beebe's office says Arkansas flags may be flown at half-staff at any Arkansas public building for up to three days after notification of a fallen service member.</p> Wed, 14 Aug 2013 10:46:28 +0000 Associated Press 9561 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Meeting Set On Arkansas Veterans Home http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/meeting-set-arkansas-veterans-home <p>A legislative task force is scheduled to meet to discuss the location of a proposed home for Arkansas veterans.</p><p>The group is scheduled to meet at 10 a.m. at the Capitol.</p><p>The panel is to make recommendations on the size, location, design and funding for a new facility.</p><p>The 22-member group is looking to replace a Little Rock home that state officials closed because of deteriorating conditions.</p><p>Legislators earlier set aside $7.5 million from the state surplus to help pay for the new facility.</p> Mon, 05 Aug 2013 10:56:30 +0000 Associated Press 9034 at http://ualrpublicradio.org VA Grants To Assist Arkansas Homeless Veterans http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/va-grants-assist-arkansas-homeless-veterans <p></p><p>U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki has announced $1.3 million in federal grants to help homeless military veterans at two organizations in Arkansas.</p><p>The St. Francis House in Little Rock will receive about $600,000 while Seven Hills Homeless Center in Fayetteville is to receive the remainder of the grant as part of the Supportive Services for Veteran Families program.</p><p>The grants are among 319 awarded to agencies in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.</p> Fri, 12 Jul 2013 10:42:56 +0000 Associated Press 7740 at http://ualrpublicradio.org VA Grants To Assist Arkansas Homeless Veterans Arkansas National Guard Takes Part In Regional Earthquake Training http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-national-guard-takes-part-regional-earthquake-training <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><font size="3">Members of the Arkansas National Guard, along with guardsmen from Oklahoma, Indiana, Louisiana, and Texas are conducting emergency training in Oklahoma to prepare in case a major earthquake strikes the region.&nbsp;</font></p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 11:25:38 +0000 Associated Press 2834 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas National Guard Takes Part In Regional Earthquake Training Department of Veterans Affairs Director Speaks on Women in the Military http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/department-veterans-affairs-director-speaks-women-military <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Only a few weeks ago, The Pentagon lifted its ban on women in front-line combat roles, in a historic step toward gender equality in the U.S. Armed Forces.</span></p><p>Issues regarding women in the military have been on the minds of Arkansans lately. At a recent town hall meeting with U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton of Arkansas, one veteran confronted the Congressman on how he plans to address sexual assaults in the military.</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 22:04:29 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 1714 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Department of Veterans Affairs Director Speaks on Women in the Military