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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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Army, Air Force, and Navy Revise Hairstyle Regulations

The Army, Air Force, and Navy have all reviewed the newly-implemented hairstyle policies and have agreed to modify both the allowed hairstyles and some of the language used in the regulations themselves.

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Sergeant Major of the Army Chandler Talks Budget Cuts, Tatoos

Here is a short video of SMA Chandler discussing some current issues facing the military in general and the Army in particular:

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Before you donate - do your research!

If you want to donate to a charity to support our troops, you should. But before you send even $1, this story over at the Stars and Stripes shows why you should do some research first.

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Seven MOSs Approved for Instant Promotion

If you're willing to switch MOSs and meet certain requirements, you could get a promotion to sergeant or staff sergeant as soon as the beginning of next month!

Soldiers willing to switch to MOSs in engineering, electronic warfare, cyber defense, intelligence, public affairs, contracting and signal fields may be eligible for the Special MOS Promotion Alignment Program (SMAPP), which will award the new rank on the first of the the month after finishing reclassification training and being awarded the new MOS.

The MOSs available for promotion to sergeant are:

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Beware of Retailers with Guaranteed Loan Approvals!

A very important story published jointly by ProPublica and The Washington Post reveals that some stores advertising themselves as "military-friendly" can be anything but.

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A retired colonel thinks a smaller Army is a Strong Army

The US Army currently has about 520,000 soldiers, and due to the continuing threat of sequestration and ever-present budget problems, they may need to drop down to 450,00 in the near future. One retired Army colonel thinks that that is still too many soldiers, and thinks dropping down to 420,000 might actually strengthen the force.

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