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Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas

Jacqueline Klimas covers Capitol Hill for The Washington Times. She can be reached at

Articles by Jacqueline Klimas

Gavin Canady (left) of Habitat for Humanity works with former U.S. Marine Dan Caporale of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in building a Habitat for Humanity home in Miami. (Associated Press)

Veterans more likely to volunteer, vote, serve community than civilians

Veterans are more likely than similar civilians to volunteer more hours, to vote consistently and to serve in civic organizations, according to a report released Thursday that advocates hope will counteract the perception of veterans as "broken heroes." Published April 30, 2015

Russia-backed rebels take positions on the outskirts of Donetsk, Ukraine in April. Air Force Gen. Philip M. Breedlove said that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the cease-fire to "reset and reposition themselves" in eastern Ukraine. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

Russia exploiting Ukraine cease-fire, NATO general tells lawmakers

The U.S. commander of NATO said Thursday that Russia and pro-Russia separatist forces exploited the recent cease-fire in eastern Ukraine to "reset and reposition themselves" and appear now to be preparing for a fresh offensive against Ukraine's military. Published April 30, 2015

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry, Texas Republican, questions Defense Secretary Ash Carter as he testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington on March 18, 2015, before the committee's hearing on President Obama's use of military force proposal against the Islamic State and the Defense Department's budget. (Associated Press) **FILE**

House committee keeps military retirement overhaul in defense bill

Lawmakers voted to move forward with reforms to the military retirement system Wednesday night, despite concerns from some that Congress was moving too fast and disregarding objections from veterans service organizations or concerns over implementation. Published April 29, 2015

An F-35B takes part in a test mission near Edwards AFB in March, 2014. (Image: Lockheed Martin) ** FILE **

Effort to cut six F-35s fails in defense bill

An amendment to cut the number of F-35s in the 2016 defense authorization bill was defeated Wednesday, despite concerns that the program is not meeting standards and is moving too quickly. Published April 29, 2015

** FILE ** Female soldiers from 1st Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division train on a firing range while testing new body armor in Fort Campbell, Ky., in preparation for their deployment to Afghanistan, Sept. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

8 women remain in Army Ranger course

Of the 19 women who began the first integrated Ranger Course on Sunday, eight have survived the Ranger Assessment Phase and are continuing through one of the Army's most elite training programs. Published April 24, 2015

Ashton Carter's recruitment push: 'Give us a try'

Defense Secretary Ashton Carter urged innovators Thursday to just give a job at the Defense Department a try, knowing that they can return to the civilian sector after, as part of a new push to recruit the best cyber and tech staff. Published April 23, 2015

National Commander of the American Legion Michael Helm at their national headquarters, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

American Legion opposes changes to military retirement, health care

The American Legion, one of the nation's largest veterans advocacy groups, said Wednesday that it opposes major reforms to military health care and retirement proposed earlier this year by a commission charged with fixing the military benefits system. Published April 22, 2015