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Civil Rights Groups Urge DoD to Stop Providing Military-Grade Weapons to School Police

As part of a national U.S. Department of Defense program begun in 1997, more than $5 billion in surplus military equipment has been distributed to law enforcement agencies across the country, including local police departments and school police.

But the program has been under increasing criticism since heavily armed and militarized police forces clashed with protestors recently in Ferguson, MO following the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown.

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Veterans Get Special Treatment at Career Centers!

Did you know that any company that has a Federal contract worth $100,000 or more have agreed to programs and hiring practices that not only encourage veterans to apply for jobs, they actually give vets an advantage in the hiring process?

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West Point Collaboration Supports Innovations in Soldier Science and Technology

The U.S. Military Academy at West Point and the U.S. Army Natick Soldier Research, Development, and Engineering Center have launched a collaboration to identify research opportunities for innovative technologies that may benefits soldiers on the battlefield and elsewhere. Among them: methods to harvest energy on the battlefield to lighten Soldiers' load, and reduce dependency on batteries.

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SEC Emphasizes Importance of Financial Education for Military Members

The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is concerned about the financial literacy of U.S. military service members. In light of recent financial scams targeting active duty soldiers and veterans, the organization last week issued a bulletin on investing for military personnel.

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Strategies to Reduce Your College Debt

While the Army offers many ways to give you money for college to reduce the financial burden of higher education, many military students still must take out loans in order to offset the remaining tuition and fees. So, reducing student loan debt is no stranger to the military. Fortunately, there are ways to reduce your debt, or even have some of it forgiven. Our friends over at collegeeducation411.com have compiled several articles that give you the low-down on college debt reduction. The articles cover topics such as:

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Check Out the ASVAB Resources Over at College Education 411

Getting ready for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) exam? Our friends over at collegeeducation411.com have compiled some great resources for prepping for ASVAB, including two practice tests that will give you an opportunity to test your knowledge before you sit down to take the actual test. And best of all, they are free -- no registration required. Check them out at www.collegeeducation411.com

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Army Gives Kids Hands-On Experience in Science

The U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine this summer sponsored the Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS) program at Natick Soldier Systems Center in Natick, Massachusetts. The program gives middles-school students hands-on experience with science in a laboratory setting.

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Education Department Easing Student Loan Rules

New changes to Federal student loan rules took effect this summer, with some of the changes aiming to ease repayment based on income. The new rules include:

New interest rates (for loans disbursed July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015):

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Tuition Assistance Changes Taking Effect October 1

Army Tuition Assistance (TA) rates and eligibility requirement changes will go into effect soon -- on October 1st, with the changes remaining in effect through September 30, 2015.

The rate/rule changes are as follows:

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Back to School Campaign Focuses on Improving Student Performance

With August being Performance Triad month for the Army, a new Back to School Campaign is making the trio of sleep, activity, and nutrition the pilars of success for military families.

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