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Hagel visits center where sex assault victims get information

WASHINGTON (AP) --Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is vowing to stop what he calls the "insidious crime" of sex assaults in the military -- but also to make sure victims are not neglected in the process.

Hagel left the Pentagon Monday to visit the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network's Washington office, which has a contract with the Defense Department for the Safe Helpline -- a crisis support for sexual assault victims that provides live information and support online and via phone and text. The Pentagon says more than 20,000 people have sought help through the Helpline.

Hagel listened as the group's staff walked him through an online chat session and watched workers take calls and respond to victims on computers set up in front of a bulletin board full of thank you notes from victims. He later told workers they should take time to read those notes as a reminder of their important and difficult work.

  

 

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Michelle Obama says she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.

The first lady visited the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday as families decorated Easter cards.

She thanked the Fisher House for providing military families with "a home away from home" during tough times. The program gives temporary housing for military families while their loved ones receive medical care.

Mrs. Obama was accompanied by first dogs Bo and Sunny, as she handed out cookies made by the White House pastry chefs in the shape of the Portuguese water dogs and the White House.

She also brought tickets for next Monday's White House Egg Roll.

Mrs. Obama, 'first dogs' visits military families

BETHESDA, Md. (AP) -- Michelle Obama says she is shining a light on military families who are her heroes and a medical facility that treats them as she gives thanks during an early Easter celebration.

The first lady visited the Fisher House at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Monday as families decorated Easter cards.

She thanked the Fisher House for providing military families with "a home away from home" during tough times. The program gives temporary housing for military families while their loved ones receive medical care.

Mrs. Obama was accompanied by first dogs Bo and Sunny, as she handed out cookies made by the White House pastry chefs in the shape of the Portuguese water dogs and the White House.

She also brought tickets for next Monday's White House Egg Roll.

Four departments battle fire at recycling plant

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North Las Vegas, Nev. -- Four fire departments including North Las Vegas, Las Vegas Fire and Rescue, Nellis Air Force Base and Clark County responded to a fire at a recycling plant in North Las Vegas Friday afternoon.

The fire started just before 3 p.m., but crews took a couple of hours to put out hot spots.

There is still no word on what caused the fire, but it is likely combustible material inside a scrap pile are to blame, officials said.

North Las Vegas Fire will be the primary investigators into the cause of the blaze.

Lawmakers organizing support for A-10 Thunderbolt warhorse

A plan to retire the A-10 Thunderbolt is getting resistance from lawmakers.

A band of lawmakers announced Thursday they will organize in support of the A-10 Thunderbolt, a close-air support fighter the Pentagon wants to retire over the next five years.

Read more in the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

Special Driver's Edge session offered Saturday

LAS VEGAS -- Driver's Edge, the teen driving program, is holding a special program this Saturday at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

The program will be held at 1 p.m. There are openings for only 15 to 20 teens who have a least a learners permit. The program is usually filled up with in minutes of opening registration.

The program teaches life-saving skills to new drivers, including lane change maneuvers, anti-lock braking and skid control. There is also a session on the dangers of impaired driving.

The program is free and is made possible by a grant from the Nevada Department of Public Safety, Office of Traffic Safety.

Registration is available on a first-come, first-serve basis, parents or teens can call (702) 901-7233. For more information or to register, go to driversedge.org.

 

Fort Hood shooting tragedy highlights mental health issues among vets

LAS VEGAS -- A second shooting in five years at the same military installation is shining a light on the mental health of soldiers.

Investigators say the shooter at Fort Hood, who killed three people and wounded 16 others, was being treated for depression and anxiety.

Ivan Lopez, 34, was also being evaluated for post-traumatic stress disorder. People with PTSD describe it as being in a state of hyper alert, never comfortable and always on edge.

It can be a product of their training or war. It is something hundreds of thousands of people are estimated to have but few talk about.

A war wound can leave a nasty scar, even if the injury is invisible.

Tom Martin served in Desert Storm and says PTSD is not about one incident on the battlefield.

"It was clearing breach lines. It was taking POW's. It was watching my buddy get his legs blown off. It was a lot of things," Martin said.