Tara Copp, Stars and Stripes

Tara Copp

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Washington, DC, United States

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  • Stars and Stripes
  • The Modesto Bee
  • The Sacramento Bee
  • The Miami Herald
  • McClatchyDC
  • Durham Herald-Sun
  • Tacoma News Tribune
  • The Tribune
  • The Telegraph
  • MercedSunStar
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Past articles by Tara:

VA expected Iraq, Afghanistan wars would lead to toxic exposures, officials say

Soon after the 9/11 attacks, disease researchers at the Department of Veterans Affairs began internal discussions on how to prepare for the war-related illnesses they knew would follow, agency officials told McClatchy. → Read More

Some US troops view Capitol riots, racial protests equally, worrying Pentagon leaders

During military training sessions to address extremism in the ranks, some service members have challenged why the Pentagon is not treating the violence during protests last summer as equal to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol. → Read More

US military’s defenses struck down three or four incoming rockets during Iraqi base attack

Al Asad’s Counter-Rocket, Artillery, Mortar (C-RAM) missile defensive system “engaged” with the incoming rounds, and early assessments indicate it hit three or four of the 122 mm rockets. → Read More

Supreme Court hints it may take case of state employees fired for military deployment

The U.S. Supreme Court has asked the U.S. solicitor general to weigh in on the case of a Texas state trooper who was fired from his job after he came home from a military deployment in Iraq too ill to patrol, in a lawsuit that could determine whether federal protections for service members apply to state employees. → Read More

The military designed aircraft with only men in mind. Now it's working to change that.

Aircraft systems that could make military aviation more accommodating for women and encourage more of them to stay in service are still designed around men. But that’s starting to change. → Read More

Trump weighs executive order for ailing veterans who served at a toxic 'black goo' base in Uzbekistan

Thousands of service members deployed to Karshi-Khanabad, Uzbekistan, or K2, living in tents above ground that was saturated with solvents and fuels that formed a “black goo” under their feet. → Read More

As field hospital requests skyrocket, Army Corps of Engineers shifts some for coronavirus patients

The number of requests made by cities to the Army Corps of Engineers for field hospitals skyrocketed this week to 750 from 114, as states brace for an expected wave of coronavirus cases in the next three weeks, the chief engineer of the Army Corps of Engineers said Friday. → Read More

Toxic ‘black goo’ base used by US had enriched uranium. More veterans report cancer

For the last six weeks, a private Facebook group set up to help veterans who served at a toxic base in Uzbekistan has been flooded with new members, many with hauntingly familiar stories: I served at K2. I have cancer. → Read More

Are fighter pilots at greater risk for prostate cancer? The Air Force is now asking

The Air Force has begun to look at whether there’s increased risk for cancer among its fighter pilots. At the heart of the study was a question of whether extended exposure in the cockpit to radiation may be linked to increased risk of prostate cancer. → Read More

Will military families be protected in ICE raids? Trump says ‘we are looking at that’

There are approximately 100 non-citizen veterans currently in deportation proceedings with Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a recent U.S. government report found. → Read More

Military families may soon lose key immigration protections

The Trump administration is considering changes to immigration policies that had previously protected the spouse and dependents of military servicemembers from deportation, a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services official confirmed Monday. → Read More

Trump July 4 flyover to show off experimental new Marine One helicopter

Next “Marine One” is still in testing, but will make first flight to public during President Trump’s July 4 air display → Read More

Military families may soon lose key immigration protections

Trump administration may no longer provide spouses, dependents of service members immigration protection. → Read More

Called to serve: Why Texas ranks high in encouraging young people to join military

A greater proportion of Generation Z adults in Texas sign up for the armed forces than other parts of the US. They come from military families, high school JROTC programs and top ranking military towns. → Read More

Called to serve: Why Georgia ranks high in encouraging young people to join military

A greater proportion of Generation Z adults in Georgia sign up for the armed forces than other parts of the US. They come from military families, high school JROTC programs and top ranking military towns. → Read More

Called to serve: How this small North Carolina town became #1 in military recruiting

A greater proportion of Generation Z adults in North Carolina sign up for the armed forces than other parts of the US. They come from military families, high school JROTC programs and top ranking military towns. → Read More

When it comes to joining the military, Miami and big cities are no match for small towns

The federal government is trying to find out why United States armed forces signups from Generation Z in Miami, Florida is down and are looking for ways to increase the city’s military participation rates. → Read More

Called to serve: How recruiters attract young people in Washington’s non-military towns

The federal government is trying to find out why United States military signups from Generation Z from areas like Washington are down and is looking for ways to increase military participation rates in big cities. → Read More

Why Sacramento falls behind when it comes to young people joining the military

In a push to increase armed forces recruitment in the US, the government is analyzing military sign ups in cities like Sacramento. The California city ranked number 22, even without a major base nearby. → Read More

South Carolina-based F-35 fighter jet makes rare White House flyover

Marines flyover displays power of advanced stealth jet over White House as Trump met Polish president. Poland asks to buy about 35 of the fighter jets. → Read More