Today, Russian missiles posed a threat to Kyiv, the capital of Ukraine, after a period of calm lasting almost two months. The piercing sound of air sirens sent residents into a frenzy, seeking shelter from the potential danger.
Fortunately, Ukrainian officials report that all the missiles were successfully intercepted by their air defenses. Despite this development, the fiercest fighting still persists in the southern and eastern regions surrounding the capital. In a rare move, Pope Francis decided to remove a bishop named Joseph Strickland, who was known for his vocal criticism of the pope’s attempts to promote liberalization within the American church. The main point of contention between them was the pope’s efforts to make the church more inclusive towards the LGBTQ+ community. As Veterans Day was observed today, President Biden paid tribute by participating in the traditional wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the unknown soldier in Arlington National Cemetery.
During his speech, he shared a personal connection to this day through his late son, Beau, who served in Iraq. President Biden vividly recalled their conversation when Beau decided to join the military, explaining that his sense of duty was the driving force behind his decision.
The president emphasized the debt of gratitude owed to veterans, not only for safeguarding freedom during challenging times but also for their continuous service to our communities even after retiring from the military. In line with honoring veterans, President Biden announced two initiatives during the week. One initiative involves the creation of a task force dedicated to protecting veterans and their families from scams, while the other seeks to eliminate co-payments, enrollment fees, and monthly premiums for World War II veterans receiving healthcare from the Veterans Affairs (VA) system. Later in the program, we will discuss the increasing number of men opting for vasectomies following the fall of the Roe v. Wade ruling. Additionally, we will explore a Connecticut farm where horses are aiding veterans in coping with the trauma stemming from their combat experiences. Welcome to PBS News Weekend, broadcasting from our studios in Washington..