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Summary: After voting against legislation to keep the government running, Rep. Michele Bachmann — somewhat hypocritically, considering she has also proposed freezing military veterans’ health care funding and cutting their disability benefits — said she would introduce legislation that would prevent troops from being “used as pawns in political negotiations.” … One-year retrospective: One year ago today, on April 10, 2010, Aubrey Immelman reported that U.S. Army Reserve Sgt. Kurt Kruize arrived home for the last time. Sgt. Kruize is the first St. Cloud soldier to die in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and the third in Central Minnesota. Staff Sgt. Brian Hellermann of Freeport died in 2003 and Cpl. Anthony McElveen of Little Falls was killed in Iraq in 2005.