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Pentagon Advises Employees to Remain Vigilant

The Pentagon's internal security agency, the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, sent out an internal memo to its personnel last week that they could potentially be targets for ISIL or other terrorist groups, and to take appropriate precautions.

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Army Soldiers Take Top Honors

Last week was a great week for the US Army and a few of its members, as several won and placed in various physical and job-related competitions.

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Soldier Employment Protection Law Turns 20

An important law to just about every Reserve and National Guard soldier, the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act, signed into law in 1994, turns 20 years old this month.

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Women in the Military: Progress Made, But Still A Long Road

During a panel discussion at 2014 Military Reporters and Editors Conference in Washington DC, representatives of the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps discussed the current status of women in the military. The current number of positions open to women is incredibly high, but efforts are still being made in all branches to discover what additional jobs should still be coed.

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MilitaryTimes.com Survey Reveals Soldiers Against Returning to Iraq

An online poll done by MilitaryTimes.com asked 2,200 active-duty soldiers, sailors, and airmen:

“In your opinion, do you think the U.S. military should send a substantial number of combat troops to Iraq to support the Iraqi security forces?”

A surprisingly large number - 70% - answered "No". This survey was done over the summer and finished in August, as US air strikes against ISIS forces in Iraq began.

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Don't Give Money to Soldiers That Email You!

I just got off the phone with Dawn. It seems that she was emailed by someone claiming to be a US soldier wanting to come home to get married. He told Dawn that he needed money and asked if she would help him. She then received emails from someone claiming to be from the US Army listing the fees that must be paid before they can send the soldier home. She has sent over $5000.

And it was all a lie. Read on and share with your friends before any of them also get hooked.

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President Unveils 19 Executive Orders to Help VA

In a speech to the national conference of the American Legion today, President Obama announced that he would issue 19 executive orders designed to help the beleaguered Department of Veterans Affairs.

The executive orders are designed to tackle six major areas where the Veterans Administration still needs work:

  • Improving the transition for veterans from the Department of Defense care to VA and civilian care.
  • Improving access to and the quality of mental care in the VA and DoD.
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GAO Report: DoD Broke the Law

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has weighted in on the prisoner exchange involving Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, and believes that the Defense Department broke the law.

According to the GAO 7-page report, the DoD violated section 8111 of the Department of Defense Appropriations Act of 2014 when they used taxpayer money to transfer prisoners detained at Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress at least 30 days notice.

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Feeding America Survey Reveals Military Families Troubles

A recent survey by Feeding America has some interesting and troubling statistics about the number of military families relying on food banks.

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VA Now Referring More to Private Doctors

Relief may be in sight for veterans who have been waiting to see a primary care physician through the VA Medical System. The Patient-Centered Community Care (PC3) program, originally set up to allow vets access to specialty care if long distances or wait times made a normal VA facility unavailable, has been expanded to now include primary care physicians.

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