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Gold Star widow discusses husband’s ultimate sacrifice ahead of Memorial Day

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The wife of a Marine and veteran firefighter who died following a suicide bombing in Afghanistan said Friday her husband “just did the right thing.”

Shannon Slutman, the widow of Staff Sgt. Christopher Slutman, told “Fox & Friends” her husband was the “most humble man you ever wanted to meet” and always “did what was right.”

“He just did the right thing,” Slutman said. “He didn’t expect anybody to put him up on a pedestal, [or] to put it on Facebook.”

She said Sgt. Slutman was once given an award by the FDNY but didn’t tell anyone about it.

“One of his best friends was so angry with him because he didn’t tell him,” she said.

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She recalled telling her children in the wake of their father’s death he “would want us to be strong and live every day to the fullest because that’s exactly what he did.”

Sgt. Slutman died April 8 near Bagram Airfield, a U.S. military base. Two other members of Slutman’s Massachusetts-based Marine Reserve unit also were killed.

Shannon Slutman said she was overcome with gratitude for the amount of people who came out to express their condolences after her husband’s casket was returned to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

She said firetrucks and people with American flags lined roadways and overpasses along their journey back to New York City.

“Private citizens, firemen, police, all the first responders, I mean, it was an extremely emotional experience,” she said.

Frank Siller, of the Tunnels to Towers Foundation, joined Slutman on “Fox & Friends” to show his support for the Gold Star widow and her family.

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Siller said his foundation is hoping to help the Slutman family pay off its mortgage.

“What a sacrifice by a husband, a superhero,” he said. “Someone who not only serves his country, also a New York City firefighter who serves his community.”

Fox News’ Greg Norman contributed to this report.

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VA Sec. Wilkie: We’ve ‘changed out leadership’ at VA centers, proposed largest budget

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Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie said Thursday he has focused on putting in place people at the V.A. who “understand the culture and know the language of service.”

Joining Harris Faulkner for a live interview on “Outnumbered Overtime,” Wilkie was asked about how he has tackled one of the major issues plaguing the department for years: long wait times for veterans seeking health care.

Wilkie said President Trump authorized him to propose the largest budget in the history of the department, $220 billion, while making changes to V.A. leadership at medical centers around the country.

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“If someone wasn’t walking the post, getting to know the people who worked for her or him or getting to know those veterans, they had to leave,” he said.

Wilkie said wait times for veterans are now as good or better than in the private sector.

“It was simply a result of us putting people in place who had that sympathetic history with those who wear the uniform. I think that’s the foundation for all,” he said, going on to speak about the MISSION Act, which passed in Congress with overwhelming bipartisan support and strong backing from service organizations.

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Wilkie said the law, which goes into effect June 6, allows veterans the option of seeking private care if they do not live near a V.A. facility or they are unable to get the necessary treatment through the V.A.

“It will be a new day for all those partners who worked together for veterans’ health,” said Wilkie.

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Veterans Affairs employee, 24, accused of placing cameras inside women’s restroom

A 24-year-old employee of the Department of Veterans Affairs has been arrested, accused of recording at least four people using a women’s restroom in the department’s headquarters near the White House.

The suspect, identified as Alex Greenlee of Maryland, allegedly committed the crimes in January, according to court documents.

Authorities investigated after one woman reported finding a “mini camera” under the stall next to the one she was using, Washington’s WJLA-TV reported.

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Women reported finding cameras inside a restroom at the headquarters of the Department of Veterans Affairs, reports say.  (iStock)

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The woman then told authorities she saw Greenlee outside the women’s restroom and he claimed he needed to go inside to get paper towels, the station reported.

Another woman reported finding a camera attached to a toilet three days later, the report said.

Investigators say Greenlee has denied knowing anything about the cameras, Washington’s WRC-TV reported.

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Seth Lederman: Our vets fought to protect our freedom. We must fight for their freedom from PTSD and suicide

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Open the newspaper, flip through cable channels, browse your newsfeed and what do you read, see, and hear? Twenty veterans a day die by suicide in the United States. That is stunning and tragic. Equally stunning is that an estimated 14 of those veterans do not receive the help they need and deserve.

We, as a nation, simply can — and must — do better.

In March, President Trump announced a major initiative to address this problem, signing an executive order to establish a task force on veteran suicide. The Cabinet-level panel will explore ways to prevent veteran suicide, and research therapies which can bring us closer to controlling this national scourge.

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We must find strategies to identify at-risk veterans and invest in the development of safe and effective therapies, including novel drug treatments, that can potentially reduce suicidal behaviors associated with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

After almost two decades of war, America is realizing the ramifications of PTSD. Over 2.7 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. The VA estimates that one fifth – or about 500,000 – suffer serious emotional problems. Effects of combat trauma can become more pronounced when military personnel try to adjust to and reintegrate into civilian life. PTSD is a serious psychiatric condition that affects many of these servicemembers and veterans.

After almost two decades of war, America is realizing the ramifications of PTSD. Over 2.7 million men and women have served in Iraq and Afghanistan since 9/11. The VA estimates that one fifth – or about 500,000 – suffer serious emotional problems.

This disorder can ruin the lives of people who should have a bright future if is not diagnosed and treated immediately. They can’t work, feel unsafe in the world, have trouble sleeping, feel irritable, agitated, and on edge. They are haunted by painful, disturbing memories which they cannot move past. PTSD is a risk factor for suicide and impulsive behaviors, substance abuse, homelessness and incarceration.

These people served our country to protect our freedoms. They are held hostage to traumatic events, the effects of which ultimately ripple through their families, workplaces, and communities. While suicide rates globally have declined by nearly a third since 1990, the U.S. rate increased 30 percent between 2000 and 2016.

Reading these statistics, you can’t help but be shocked by the seriousness of the problem. And it’s a problem that American innovation can address. I believe this strongly, and that’s why my company has begun research on a potential new treatment which may someday offer relief to veterans and other sufferers of PTSD.

Just as we spend billions on weapons systems to defeat our enemies and protect our freedom, we must invest in our wounded warriors, especially those suffering from PTSD.  Effective and safe trauma-focused therapies and medication are critical to free them with from lingering impacts of war.

Among the major mental health conditions that underly suicide, PTSD stands out for the lack of approved or investigational treatments with data to show that they might decrease the risk of recurrent suicidal behavior in those suffering from PTSD, behavior related to both the impulsivity and hopelessness common to the underlying conditions.

This is the challenge we face. The lack of available treatments for suicidal ideation steals any remaining hope from our veterans.

I’m CEO of a company committed to research and develop a safe and effective treatment for PTSD. In our clinical trials with over 500 servicemembers and veterans with military-related PTSD, we have seen firsthand the significance of this public health issue and the urgency of this unmet need. Approximately 10 percent of the participants in our first PTSD study had lifetime suicidal behaviors. Some were preparatory acts, some were interrupted attempts, some, thankfully, changed their minds. Four were attempts in which a gun failed to fire. Those four were lucky. The impulse passed. Counting on misfiring weapons is not a policy solution.

Private investors and big Pharma companies are generally not eager to fund research on solutions for uniquely military problems which have not been viewed as good investment opportunities. The challenge of sourcing further funding is going to require policymakers and military leadership to listen to the stakeholders in this scourge – veterans, their families, and advocacy organizations. The U.S. government is the last resort to fund and support PTSD research and development activities.

It’s been almost two decades since new PTSD medicines have been approved, ironically the same period our nation has been at constant war. There are at least three advanced treatment candidates developed by the industry and a non-profit organization for PTSD that the U.S. government could help bring to market. Clearly, it can be the President’s taskforce’s priority to support and fund this effort to address veteran suicide.

We are on the verge of better therapies that can potentially change the lives of people whose days and nights are ravaged by PTSD. They fought to protect our freedom, and we should fight for their freedom from PTSD and suicide.

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Like any technology, with adequate resources and national commitment, we can apply scientific advances and know-how to develop life-changing solutions.

President Trump’s taskforce is a bold step forward. Let’s stop the suffering, show our wounded warriors some daylight, and offer PTSD sufferers a better path to recovery.

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Massachusetts veteran, 72, embarks on cross-country walk to support other vets

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A 72-year-old U.S. Air Force veteran is on a one-man mission to make sure ordinary Americans don’t forget about the needs that returning combat veterans require.

William Shuttleworth, of Newburyport, Mass., embarked on a six-month walking trek across the country with just one message: “Vets Don’t Forget Vets.” He left Wednesday from Haverhill, Mass. and will end more than 3,000 miles away in California.

“I will average about 25-30 [miles] per day, which is like walking a marathon a day,” he told Boston 25. “I will probably average 500 miles a pair of shoes so I’ll probably go through six or seven pairs.”

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Shuttleworth said he plans on stopping and visiting other veterans across the country to learn about their stories and journeys.

“I’m particularly concerned about the number of homeless, veterans that have mental health issues and the number of veterans that every day struggle with opioid and alcohol issues,” he said. “I consider it a privilege and an honor, lucky enough to be healthy to do this.”

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The 72-year-old man plans to camp out throughout his journey. He plans to arrive at Vandenberg Air Force Base in Lompoc, Calif. by Halloween.

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Ohio veteran awarded military honors 50 years after service due to bureaucratic error

An Ohio veteran was given numerous military awards on Friday, nearly 50 years after he served in the Vietnam War.

Staff Sgt. Timothy Shelton, 70, received the Purple Heart among six other awards in a ceremony presented by Sen. Rob Portman, an Ohio Republican.

It took almost 50 years because of a clerical error made after he was discharged from the U.S. Army in 1971. Shelton had been injured in Vietnam, but the clerk who processed his information found no evidence he had been wounded. Instead of pushing back, he decided to leave and not speak of it again, according to Stars and Stripes.

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“I said the hell with it, and came home,” Shelton said. He never expected his military record would be changed.

According to Stars and Stripes, the series of events leading to the ceremony began when he needed help regarding a disability claim, so he reached out to Portman’s office for help.

They gave him a DVD of his military record, which showed he had been wounded.

It also gave Shelton the evidence needed to prove he was wounded in Vietnam, a necessary requirement for being awarded a purple heart.

Purpleheart.org defines the criteria for the award as “members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy.”

In 1968, Shelton decided to enlist in the Army after a weak job market. Stars and Stripes reported he was wounded in May 1968 when a land mine exploded during a patrol in Chu Lai, injuring six of his platoon members and killing one.

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A young Shelton poses for a photo in front of the American flag. He served in Vietnam from 1968-1969. (Fox 19)

The explosion launched shrapnel into his chest. He survived and was airlifted to safety, eventually returning to active duty before leaving in 1969. After Vietnam, he served as a drill sergeant for basic training at Fort Leonardwood in Missouri.

“He served his country in Vietnam,” Stars and Strips reported Portman saying at the ceremony. “He served honorably and he did his duty and for us he has earned the Purple Heart.”

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Other awards he received at the ceremony included: the Vietnam Service Medal with three Bronze Service Stars, the Combat Infantryman Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Ribbon and the Marksman Badge with Rifle Bar and Machine Gun Bar.

“I don’t think I need to be recognized,” he told Stars and Stripes before the ceremony. “This isn’t about me. The guys who need the credit didn’t come home.”

After the ceremony he realized how special the moment was to him.

“Appreciative for one thing,” Shelton told fox19. “Everything that was done here today was really an honor to me.”

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US Marine among activists charged with storming North Korean embassy in Spain as video released

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They entered the North Korean embassy in Madrid, Spain last February, and grabbed computers, thumb drives and a cell phone that they then handed over to the FBI, investigators said.

But instead of thanking them, the Justice Department is charging the pair.

The two dissidents, 37-year-old U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn and noted human rights activist Adrian Hong, are members of the North Korean resistance group Free Joseon, or “Free North Korea.” They are calling for the downfall of Kim Jong Un’s regime and consider themselves the “Provisional government of Free Joseon.” But now, the U.S. is seeking to extradite the two to face charges in Madrid.

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U.S. Marine Christopher Ahn may be extradited to face charges. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

“We shouldn’t extradite these people to Spain,” says Gordon Chang, the noted Asian analyst and author of the new book, “Losing South Korea.”

“The Spanish should never have asked for extradition in the first place, because these ‘crimes,’ quote un-quote, are actually political.”

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Human rights activist Adrian Hong was accused in the embassy break-in. (Hong family)

The group has been fighting the regime, and has helped some high-level North Koreans defect, including the son of Kim’s half-brother Kim Jong Nam, whose assassination with VX nerve gas in 2017 at the Kuala Lumpur airport was blamed on the regime.

Fox News obtained video purporting to show an activist removing the official portraits of Kim Jong Un and his father, Kim Jong Il, from the embassy wall. The activist then smashed the portraits on the floor, breaking the glass into pieces as it hit. That would be an unthinkable act in North Korea.

“What they have done is really God’s work, over a long period of time,” says Chang. “This group has been able to do some very important things that governments have not wanted to do and have not been able to do. And also we know that the group took thumb drives out of the North Korean embassy in Madrid, they gave them to the FBI and this is important because North Korean embassies are really centers of crime. North Korea raises money through criminal activities, which are centered on the embassies. I am sure that we found a lot of information about how North Korea launders money through Europe, because of the information this group gave to federal authorities.”

Christopher Ahn served in Fallujah, Iraq, and Hong is the co-founder of the group Liberty In North Korea, and has been recognized for his humanitarian work by then-President Obama, whom he visited at the White House.

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Ahn served as a Marine in Fallujah, Iraq. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

The criminal complaint from Spanish authorities says that a group of about ten people, led by Hong, entered the embassy on February 2, and attacked “all the personnel that were in the diplomatic mission, until they managed to reduce them and place shackles and ties on them to immobilize them, and put bags on their heads.”

It claims that the embassy personnel were beaten and threatened “with iron bars and what appeared as firearms,” but that the chief North Korean diplomat “told them that he would not betray his country and would not defect.”

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Hong was recognized by the Obama White House for his humanitarian work. (Hong family)

But Hong’s lawyer, Lee Wolosky, brands the claims that the group broke in and threatened violence as total nonsense. He says that the embassy’s video security cameras clearly show members calmly entering the building.

“We do not believe it is appropriate for the Department of Justice to execute warrants based on North Korean criminal complaints and the highly unreliable accounts of North Korean government witnesses. The North Korean witnesses who spent hours inside the embassy with representatives of the Provisional Government have an obvious incentive to lie and to maintain that they were subjected to extreme coercion,” he said in a statement to Fox News.

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Ahn is a member of the North Korean resistance group Free Joseon, or “Free North Korea.” (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

Gordon Chang said the U.S. government should not prosecute the activists based on what he says are questionable claims from Kim Jong Un’s diplomats. While he says that there is disagreement over what transpired in the embassy, “we do know that this group was trying to do some very important things that help the West, including Spain.”

Fox News viewed one video from a security camera inside an embassy conference room that purportedly shows a North Korean diplomat meeting with “Free North Korea” members, and they are seen calmly talking and laughing.

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“As we have maintained from the beginning, Free Joseon was invited to enter the Embassy, and there was no ‘attack’ or forced entry. The North Korean accounts are now contradicted by the CCTV images released by the Spanish authorities and the other evidence that we understand has now been provided to Fox News,” said Wolosky in his statement.

“They were probably invited in, this was probably an inside job,” said Gordon Chang. “Someone on the inside was going to defect. The reporting is that this was a botched attempt to get one of those senior North Korean diplomats to defect.”

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Ahn and other activists have called for the downfall of Kim Jong Un’s regime. (Provisional Government of Free Joseon)

Chang says that if it got out to Pyongyang that the activists were actually allowed into the embassy by Kim’s diplomatic staff and remained there talking for several hours, “these people would be executed, after being tortured.”

“North Korea has a problem in Europe. They’ve had some senior diplomats defect recently, and so Pyongyang has been nervous about this network for quite some time.”

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Meanwhile, Christopher Ahn sits in a jail cell in Los Angeles awaiting the outcome of Spain’s extradition request, and Adrian Hong remains wanted by federal authorities.

As for the activists’ work, Chang says “it does give hope to the people of North Korea that they can have a better way of life.”

Fox News’ Ben Evansky contributed to this report.

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Trump pardons ex-Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected Al Qaeda terrorist in 2009

President Trump has pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, the White House announced Monday evening.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited “broad support” for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., “from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public” — including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general — as the reason for Trump’s clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a “model prisoner” while serving his sentence.

“In light of these facts, Mr. Behenna is entirely deserving of this Grant of Executive Clemency,” Sanders concluded.

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Michael Behenna, pictured in 2018, now runs his own cattle ranch in his native Oklahoma. (Courtesy of Behenna family)

A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna’s claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.

Behenna acknowledged during his 2008 trial that instead of taking prisoner Ali Mansur home as he was ordered, he took the man to a railroad culvert, stripped him, and then questioned him at gunpoint about a roadside bombing that had killed two members of Behenna’s platoon.

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Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, at left in front of the American flag, pictured in Iraq with some members of his platoon. In the back right holding the flag is Adam Kohlhaas, who was killed in a roadside bombing tied to an Al Qaeda cell. (File image from Behenna family)

Behenna, who was 24 at the time, said he acted in self-defense when Mansur threw a chunk of concrete at him and reached for the lieutenant’s handgun. Army prosecutors said the argument didn’t stand up because Behenna was already pointing his weapon at the prisoner.

In 2018, Behenna’s parents told Fox News the prosecution failed to disclose that their own expert’s analysis supported their son’s version of events. The expert felt so strongly that he reached out to the Behennas about his findings.

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Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter initially requested a pardon for Behenna in February 2018 and renewed his request last month. Hunter said he believed Behenna’s conviction was unjustified because of erroneous jury instructions and the failure of prosecutors to turn over evidence supporting a self-defense claim. The White House statement said that former Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin and “numerous members” of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation had also expressed support for Behenna.

Fox News’ Elizabeth Llorente and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Suspect who allegedly killed Mississippi police officer identified

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The man who allegedly killed a Mississippi police officer and Air Force veteran was identified on Monday.

Darian Tawan Atkinson, 19, is accused of fatally shooting Officer Robert McKeithen, of the Biloxi Police Department, outside of the agency’s headquarters on Sunday night.

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Darian Tawan Atkinson, 19, is accused of killing a Mississippi police officer outside the department’s headquarters on Sunday night.  (Biloxi Police Department)

Atkinson has been charged with capital murder, and a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday, Gulfport Police Chief Leonard Papania told reporters.

The suspect is considered “armed and dangerous,” and investigators said they “are actively pursuing him.”

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“We hope he decides to surrender and let us bring him to justice,” Papania said. “He will not rest and we will not rest until he is taken to custody.”

McKeithen, whom Atkinson allegedly killed, served with the police department for 24 years and was set to retire at the end of 2019.

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The suspect, later identified as Atkinson, appears to be between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10. (Biloxi Police Department)

The 58-year-old was shot multiple times near his patrol car parking outside police headquarters and later died at a local hospital. The suspect ran off after firing several rounds, officials said.

Surveillance images released by investigators from that moment depict a man between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-10, wearing a red beanie cap, black shirt, and navy blue shorts.

“Any time you have this kind of deliberate and violent attack on a police officer, especially right in front of a police station, it should cause everyone great concern,” Papania previously said.

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Biloxi Police Chief John Miller said McKeithen was among a group of officers awarded the Medal of Valor for saving four special needs children from a flooded home during Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

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“That’s the kind of guy he was,” Miller said. “It was a horrible, horrible event he had to go through but he went through it anyway. And they say those children undoubtedly would have perished.”

“He was very gentle, likable, he treated people with respect and dignity and we are going to miss him sorely,” the police chief added. McKeithen leaves behind a wife, daughter, two stepsons, and a stepdaughter.

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The Gulfport Police Department and Harrison County Sheriff’s Office are working jointly on the investigation and are being assisted by their counterparts at the federal, state and local levels.

A $35,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Atkinson’s arrest.

Fox News’ Greg Norman and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Wisconsin veteran gifted Harley Davidson motorcycle by Hogs for Heroes

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With an applause, a few tears and the keys to a new ride, Rob Thiede was given a Harley Saturday afternoon.

And while some might say a bike is nothing more than an expensive toy, Thiede disagrees.

“This isn’t a toy or me this is a tool,” he explained. “It’s a tool to kind of release from my personal demons that I have from war.”

Having served on an Iraqi operation, Thiede knows personally what it’s like to have things he can’t talk about.

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It’s why he plans on using the bike pay it forward.

“I want it to also be a tool to let other veterans know, ‘hey, you know everything’s possible if you put our mind to it,'” Thiede said.

It was a gift from Hogs for Heroes, an area nonprofit.

The local group raises money to buy bikes for injured Wisconsin veterans.

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