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Here are five notable news stories and events to start the week from the editors at Military.com.

Three soldiers were wounded Sunday when an Afghan soldier opened fire on them in a base in the southern afghan Province of Helmand, Fox News reported. The shooting took place around 1:30 a.m. local time at the Camp Antonik in the Washer District in Helmand, the news organization reported. Coalition killed the soldier and the American troops, which is a medical treatment, Capt. Bill Salvin, spokesman for U.S. Troops in Afghanistan, told Fox News. About 300 U.S. Marines from the II Marine Expeditionary Force, are replaced by the soldiers of the Army in Helmand in the coming weeks.

Rep. Duncan Hunter, a Republican from California and a member of the House Armed Services Committee, said he and more than 60 other lawmakers were successful in the application to the Trump administration to restore the funding for the coast guard in the fiscal 2018 budget request. The White House Office of Management and Budget had proposed a $1.3 billion cut to the service. Hunter pointed to a Homeland Security Department release Thursday stating the spending plan maintains the current level of funding for the U. S. Coast Guard.” Hunter is also a call to the White House to move the service in the context of the Pentagon to “streamline congressional oversight.”

Naval Criminal Investigative Service agents never visited a Facebook page allegedly used by the Marines to circulate photographs of nude and partially-clad female service members, or access to a Google drive with the images, an official said. Instead, they’re scraping together cases against hundreds of members of the Corps of the United” page, which allegedly distributed or comment on the images by the use of second-hand evidence — 600 screenshots provided by a source. Look for the problem on the surface during a hearing of 3:30 pm Tuesday of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee on military policy for social media.

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The Veterans Affairs Department is research into improving the quality of care for veterans in rural areas with serious or chronic conditions. A telehealth tested collaborative care study announced in January is surveying approximately 800 veterans in rural areas in Texas and Georgia who have been diagnosed with the human immunodeficiency virus or HIV. “Veterans should have easy access to HIV testing and state-of-the-art HIV care, regardless of where they live,” said Dr. Michael Ohl, who is leading the effort. The Trumpet management wants to give rural veterinarians more options for healthcare, telemedicine for private care, as part of the VA’s fiscal 2018 budget.

The Army Historical Foundation, announced Thursday that construction will begin soon at the National Museum of the us Army in Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Roger Schultz, the foundation’s president, “Clark Construction Group, LLC of Bethesda, Maryland, the notice to proceed immediately,” according to an AHF press releases. Activities on and around the 84-acre Museum site, adjacent to the Fairfax County Parkway, will intensify this month as heavy equipment, site managers and subcontractors to begin work on the museum is expected to open in late 2019, Schultz said.

— Hope Hodge Seck, Oriana Pawlyk, Matthew Cox and Richard Sisk contributed to this report.

— Brendan McGarry can be reached at brendan.mcgarry@military.com. Follow him on Twitter via @Brendan_McGarry.

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