|EANGUS Minuteman Update|
|Apr. 10, 2015|
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Guard Your Health to launch "FitText" initiative on April 15
Guard Your Health
On April 15, Guard Your Health will launch FitText, a text messaging initiative centered on maximizing physical training (PT), preparing for the Army Physical Fitness Test (APFT), and increasing overall fitness among Army National Guard (ARNG) Soldiers and their families.
Guard Your Health, a campaign out of the Army National Guard Chief Surgeon’s Office, provides ARNG Soldiers and family members with the information, motivation, and support they need to overcome challenges and make healthy decisions for themselves, their units, and their families. The campaign supports the Chief Surgeon’s greater efforts to build a fit, medically ready, resilient Citizen-Soldier force, which includes increasing APFT passing rates across all units. Guard Your Health aims to provide Soldiers with the actionable tips they need to improve their APFT scores and holistic fitness through the FitText initiative.
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Veterans' support builds for consolidating commissaries and exchanges
Support is growing among veterans service organizations to consolidate commissary and exchange stores on military bases. Groups including the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States all expressed support for the recommendation — if savings on groceries and other items can still be passed on to troops and their families.More
Donnelly: Drop in military suicides not good enough
The Times of Northwest Indiana
Suicide among military personnel declined 9 percent last year, but U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind., believes the 434 self-inflicted deaths mean lawmakers "still have a lot of work to do." "For the third straight year, we lost more service members to suicide than in combat," Donnelly said. "While suicide is a complex issue with no simple solutions, I believe it is a challenge we can — and must — address." More
Maine National Guard chief's firing: Tactics on controversial plan go awry
Portland Press Herald
Brig. Gen. James Campbell and his chief of staff, Col. Jack Mosher, knew early on that a proposal to swap the 133rd Engineer Battalion for an out-of-state infantry unit would be tough to navigate, both politically and with the public. The same day the two Maine National Guard leaders received approval to proceed from the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C., they emailed each other about the importance of discretion.More
New personnel rules: Carter's plans to keep best troops
Defense Secretary Ash Carter is worried about tomorrow's military. He's worried about recruiting and retaining a high-skilled force when the economy is improving. He is worried the military will be unable to compete with corporate America for the best and brightest young people. He's worried that military life will be unattractive to the young cohort known as millennials, including some who were in kindergarten on Sept. 11, 2001, and can't remember precisely where they were that morning. More
Veterans' health records lost in VA-Department of Defense divide
The Washington Times
When former Marine Sgt. Chris Morey went to the VA for excruciating back pain and migraines, doctors said they couldn’t do anything for him because they had not received his deployment medical history from the military. Sgt. Morey, who separated from the Marine Corps in 2007 after serving four years, was told by the Department of Defense that the VA would be sent a copy of his deployment history that included things like a concussion he’d suffered in an improvised explosive device blast during his third tour in Iraq. But that never happened. Veterans advocates are urging the Defense Department and VA to collaborate better so electronic health records can simply be clicked and dragged from one system to another when a service member transitions to civilian life, eliminating problems like the ones faced by Sgt. Morey.More
House GOP celebrates passing budget, but still faces tough fights over defense cuts, sequester
They had barely closed the vote April 1 to adopt the Republican budget when House Majority Whip Steve Scalise spilled out into the Speaker’s Lobby just off the floor. The Louisiana Republican gleamed from ear to ear. You’ll understand Scalise’s joy. Republicans may have their biggest majority in the House since the Hoover administration. But at times, the unsteady machinations of the House GOP trying to advance its agenda resembles the adventures of Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, the Districts of Columbia’s House member, trying to park her car.More
Sequestration would force involuntary separations of combat vets
Army News Service via Hawai'i Army Weekly
Dropping the Army’s end strength to 450,000 would require the involuntary separation of about 14,000 soldiers, the Army’s vice chief of staff told lawmakers. Gen. Daniel B. Allyn testified, March 25, before the Senate Armed Services subcommittee on readiness. He warned that sequestration would have a detrimental effect on the force. "It will increase significantly the involuntary separation of officer and noncommissioned leaders who have steadfastly served their country through the last 13 years of war," Allyn said.More
Carter: Time to think about post-military career is while still serving
Stars and Stripes
The Pentagon and service members need to have a longer-term view when it comes to preparing troops for their post-military civilian careers, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter recently said. Carter talked about military transition at Syracuse University, the final stop on a trip that was focused on the Pentagon chief’s ideas for building "the force of the future." More
Rand Paul launches 2016 bid with attack on GOP
Rand Paul took aim at his fellow Republicans as he formally launched his presidential bid April 7 in Louisville, Kentucky, railing against his party for succumbing to special interests and framing himself as a fiercely anti-establishment figure who would appeal to a broad swath of the electorate. The first-term Kentucky senator and ophthalmologist described himself as a Washington outsider whose frustration with the party drove him to first seek office a few years ago.More
How Hillary Clinton kept them guessing
Hillary Clinton is expected to announce that she will launch her bid for president in January, sources say. Er … April. Er … July. In the past year, at least 20 journalists from as many news organizations have tried to put a date, rough or specific, on when the former secretary of state would announce her highly anticipated presidential bid. That guessing game came to an end last week when the Clinton team signed a lease on campaign headquarters in Brooklyn, all but guaranteeing an announcement within the next two weeks, in compliance with federal law.More
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EANGUS Addresses Concerns about Bad Tasting U.S. Drinking Water
Does your tap water taste bad?
The reason may shock you, and fortunately there is a simple solution! Did you know, thousands of cities across the country get their tap water from sources that contain organisms that cause foul odors and tastes? Yeah, algae scum, microscopic organisms and even fish are common offenders making your water taste terrible! Gross.
Plus, did you know that chemicals and pollutants are also in the water you drink every day? And again, it may shock you just what kind of man-made substances are lurking in your tap water. For example:
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