Blog Posts in 2014

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Law Changes to Protect Military Members from Predatory Creditors

When Congress approved the Military Lending Act in 2006, it likely did not foresee just how many lenders would exploit the federal law's numerous loopholes. Such loopholes put hundreds of ...
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Court of Appeals Gives MacDonald Second Trial in Murder Case over Anti-smoking Drug

Nine hours after stabbing his comrade, Rick Bulmer, George D.B. MacDonald reflected on the act. "I snapped and didn't like it. . . it made me crazy." 'It', in this context, ...
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Ferguson Protests Shed Light on Department of Defense's 1033 Program

Following the controversial death of 18-year-old Michael Brown, the town of Ferguson, Missouri has been the site of heated debates and protests. Contention has largely resulted from witnesses' ...
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Army's Bergdahl Investigation Continues

The Army's investigation of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, originally set to conclude on August 16, 2014, has been extended for an additional minimum of three weeks. The Army's chief investigator, Maj. ...
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Hassoun Hearing Temporarily Adjourned

Similar to Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s recent legal dilemma (link), Marine Cpl. Wassef Hassoun may, too, face a military trial on charges of desertion. Hassoun, 34, first made headlines in June of 2004 ...
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Missouri Voters to Decide on Veteran Lottery Ticket

Missouri, the 15 th most veteran-populated state, houses seven veteran retirement homes – second only to California and Texas, which each host eight veteran retirement homes. Even with these ...
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Army Researchers Develop 3-D Food Printers for Soldiers

If current research pans out as planned, Army Soldiers may soon be consuming meals printed by 3-D technology. Lauren Oleksyk, food technologist for the Army Natick Soldier Research, Development and ...
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Anonymous Veteran Donates Purple Heart to Young Stabbing Victim

This past May, a young Wisconsin girl made national news when she became the victim of a brutal attack. Stabbed 19 times by two of her classmates, the 12-year-old girl miraculously survived the ...
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Pentagon Aims to Restore Memories with Brain Implant

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (“DARPA”) has just announced its plans to develop a cognitive device that will restore one’s memory following a traumatic brain injury. ...
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U.S. Military Employing Hollywood Tactics to Protect Service Members

The special effects' team behind superhero blockbusters Captain America and Iron Man are in the process of constructing bodysuits to protect U.S. special operations forces. Relying on medieval ...
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Army Recruits Turned Away over Tattoo Policy

The Army Recruiting Command in Phoenix has announced that approximately 100 men and women in El Paso have been denied enlistment in the Army over controversial tattoo policy violations. The new tattoo ...
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Troops in Bahrain Share Culture Through Ice Hockey

Bahrain's only ice hockey rink, located near the U.S. naval base, has provided many U.S. service members an unexpected cultural experience. The league's 30 members make up four teams; of these ...
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Prosecutor Responsible for Camp Pendleton Raid Reassigned

Major Ray Slabbekorn, the senior Marine Corps prosecutor who oversaw last month's raid on a Camp Pendleton defense firm, has been court-ordered off of several cases and reassigned to a new ...
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Canadian Neuroimaging Device Attempts to Make Invisible Battle Wounds Visible

In World War War I, when solders returned home from battle in a depressed or emotionally distressed state, they were branded with the term 'shell-shocked', which often times connoted a lack of ...
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Obama Continues to Face Criticism for Soldier's Release

Ever since President Barack Obama agreed to release Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for five high-level Afghan detainees, he has faced widespread criticism – most notably from Republicans in ...
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Branstad Sets Veteran-Friendly Precedent

Gov. Terry Branstad celebrated Memorial Day by hosting a Camp Dodge ceremony in which he signed Senate File 303, a veteran assistance bill designed to attract veterans to the state of Iowa. “Our ...
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Defense Community Incensed By Camp Pendleton Raid

Lt. Col. Clay Plummer is leading a fight against government investigators who raided defense attorney offices at Camp Pendleton last week in search of a cell phone linked to a case being tried on ...
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Shinseki Under Fire Amid Veterans 'Secret List' Controversy

In recent weeks, the Department of Veterans Affairs has been the target of much criticism, surrounding allegations that the VA is responsible for delays in treatment at some of its hospitals that have ...
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First Ladies Urge Support of Military Caregivers

First Lady Michelle Obama and Second Lady Dr. Jill Biden announced this week that the Department of Defense will be launching a program designed to help military caregivers connect and relate with one ...
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Washington Veterans Receive Academic Credit for Service

It's no secret that the transition from active-duty service member to veteran is often a difficult one to make. Studies show that a significant amount of veterans face psychological, financial, ...
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Military Drug Policy Unchanged by Washington Marijuana Laws

Washington residents will soon be able to legally purchase marijuana from special retail stores in the coming months – the state's military members, however, have been warned to abstain. ...
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Sinclair Sentence Shocks the Nation

The sex scandal that brought much of the military world to a screeching halt will soon be news no more; Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair has officially been sentenced. Sinclair's sentence, however, ...
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Vietnam Veterans Sue Over PTSD Claims

Five Vietnam veterans have teamed up with three veterans' organizations to file suit in federal court against the Army, the Navy and the Air Force in Connecticut. The plaintiffs allege that the ...
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Thompson Bans Chinese-Made American Flags

The Department of Defense is now banned from purchasing American flags made in China – or any other foreign country – due to a recent bill passed via the 2014 omnibus appropriations ...
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Marine Corps Wants Bestselling Newspaper Gone from Storefronts

Marine Corps leaders have ordered base exchange stores worldwide to remove Marine Corps Times from the front of all stores – near checkout lines – and place the newspaper in the back. The ...
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