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Commentary: Breaking the cycle of debt for troops, families

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 15:07
The spouse of a member of the Illinois National Guard took out a loan of $2,575 in Illinois. Due to triple-digit interest rates, the family spent more than $8,000 to repay the loan.
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Blackwater guards found guilty in Iraq shootings

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:57
Four former Blackwater security guards were convicted Wednesday in the 2007 shootings of more than 30 Iraqis in Baghdad, an incident that inflamed anti-American sentiment around the globe and was denounced by critics as an illustration of a war gone horri
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Estonia: Russian military plane violated air space

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 14:45
Estonia on Wednesday summoned Russia's ambassador over an airspace violation by a Russian military aircraft.
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Credit requirements loosened for student loan program

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 13:23
The Education Department has loosened credit requirements for a federal student loan program used by parents and graduate students.
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1.7 percent COLA increase starts in January

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:41
Millions of older Americans who rely on federal benefits will get a 1.7 percent increase in their monthly payments next year, the government announced Wednesday.
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Pentagon confirms IS seized weapons bundle

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:39
The Pentagon is confirming that Islamic State group militants were able to seize one of the 28 bundles of weapons and medical supplies dropped to Kurdish forces on Monday.
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IS fighters seize airdropped weapons meant for Kurds

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:39
Islamic State group fighters seized at least one cache of weapons airdropped by U.S.-led coalition forces that were meant to suppy Kurdish militiamen battling the extremist group in a border town, activists said Tuesday.
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State Department approves new tank ammo sale to Iraq

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:33
The US State Department has cleared the sale of M1A1 Abrams tank ammunition to Iraq, according to an announcement by the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA).
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2015 will mean more 15-year retirements for NCOs, officers

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:30
The 15-year early retirement option will be available to certain categories of Regular Army, National Guard and Army Reserve officers, warrant officers and noncommissioned officers who are selected for involuntary separations because of promotion passover
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Some stereotypes stick to vets, survey shows

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:29
All veterans aren't homeless washouts. But Got Your Six officials worry that many Americans see them that way.
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All three components 'critical' to facing global uncertainty

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 12:04
All three Army components must be ready to respond to 'the entire range of military operations' in an uncertain, volatile world, the commanding general of Forces Command said.
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Iraqi Kurds authorize sending fighters to Kobani

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 11:54
Lawmakers in Iraq's largely autonomous Kurdish region voted Wednesday to authorize sending Kurdish fighters known as peshmerga to help defend the embattled town of Kobani in Syria, where fellow Kurds are facing an onslaught by militants of the Islamic Sta
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Valid Ebola concerns

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:52
More than 500 U.S. troops are in Liberia, conducting humanitarian missions in response to the Ebola epidemic. Nearly 3,000 more are expected in the coming days.
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Syria claims it destroyed jets seized by IS

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:20
The Syrian air force has destroyed two of three jets seized and reportedly test flown over Aleppo by the Islamic State group last week, according to the country's information minister.
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Arkansas state VA seeks to change name

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:14
The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs wants to change its name to differ from the federal agency to avoid confusion, department Director Cissy Rucker said.
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FBI: Denver girls may have tried to join jihadis

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 09:08
Three teenage girls from suburban Denver flew to Europe in a possible bid to join Islamic State militants in Syria, and now authorities are looking at their friends to see if any have similar intentions.
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Eustis soldiers leaving to battle Ebola outbreak

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 08:44
HAMPTON ROADS -- A deployment ceremony will be held at Fort Eustis this morning for approximately 60 U.S. Army soldiers deploying to fight the Ebola virus in West Africa. The soldiers are part of the 53rd Transportation Battalion.
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Carson soldiers to get Ebola training before Africa trip

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:30
Fort Carson will train about 160 engineers on Thursday in advance of the company's deployment to West Africa to help fight the spread of Ebola.
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Afghan soldiers who fled for Canada due in court

Wed, 10/22/2014 - 07:19
Two Afghan military officers who face deportation after leaving a Massachusetts training exercise to seek asylum in Canada are due back before a U.S. immigration judge.
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