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Louisiana guardsman gets exception, will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery
The Army announced it is making an exception to allow a Louisiana guardsman killed in a March helicopter crash to be buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Staff Sargent Thomas Florich was one of 11 service members killed when their Black Hawk helicopter crashed during a storm near Pensacola, Florida.
Because he was on a training mission, his family's request for Florich to be buried at Arlington was denied by the cemetery's executive director.
Union: Hackers have personnel data on every federal employee
The Associated Press via Yahoo Finance
Hackers stole personnel data and Social Security numbers for every federal employee, a government worker union said June 11, asserting that the cyber theft of U.S. employee information was more damaging than the Obama administration has acknowledged. Sen. Harry Reid, the Democratic leader, said on the Senate floor that the December hack into Office of Personnel Management data was carried out by "the Chinese" without specifying whether he meant the Chinese government or individuals. Reid is one of eight lawmakers briefed on the most secret intelligence information. U.S. officials have declined to publicly blame China, which has denied involvement.
DoD sends blended military retirement proposal to Congress
Department of Defense
A Defense Department proposal submitted to Congress June 10 would create what Pentagon officials called a "blended defined benefit and defined contribution" military retirement system.
Pentagon spokesman Army Col. Steve Warren told reporters that the proposal includes elements the department believes are necessary to promote retention, to maintain the all-volunteer force, and to protect service members who retire due to disability.
Most in the military get no retirement-savings help. That could be changing.
This one seems like a no-brainer. If this year's Senate Defense authorization bill gets enacted, soldiers like the now-famous "American Sniper" Chris Kyle would be able to leave the military with something in their back pockets for retirement. Kyle had 10 years of service in the Navy and served four tours in Iraq. But when he was honorably discharged in 2009, he had no employer-sponsored retirement savings.
In the eyes of a powerful reform commission, that's a little ridiculous. Heck, even Wal-Mart and 7-Eleven offer 401(k) plans with company matches for employee contributions.
Warner, Kaine introduce bill to protect service members from abusive financial practices
Augusta Free Press
U.S. Sens. Mark Warner and Tim Kaine joined colleagues Jack Reed, Chuck Schumer, and seven other colleagues to introduce the Military Consumer Protection Act, which would better protect service members and their families from abusive financial practices. This legislation would empower the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to oversee and enforce compliance with certain existing provisions of the Servicemember Civil Relief Act. In 2014, the Office of Servicemember Affairs at the CFPB received more than 17,000 complaints from service members, veterans, and their family members and in response, the CFPB helped provide more than $94 million in refunds and relief.
Senate votes to ban use of torture
The Senate on June 16 overwhelmingly voted to ban the U.S. from ever again subjecting prisoners to waterboarding, "rectal feeding" and other brutal interrogation practices widely condemned as torture.
In a 78-21 vote, lawmakers on both sides of the aisle supported a new prohibition on "enhanced interrogation" practices and other novel detention methods.
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Push to arm Ukraine roars back in Senate
Senators are adopting a new tactic in their push for President Obama to arm Ukraine against Russian-backed separatists.
Lawmakers in both parties are supporting a provision in the National Defense Authorization Act that would give the Obama administration $300 million for Ukrainian security assistance. The provision specifies that half of the funding would be withheld until at least 20 percent of the money is spent on lethal aid.
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Sexual orientation added to military's equal opportunity policy
Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced recently that there would be some big changes to the Military Equal Opportunity policy to reflect gay and lesbian servicemen and women.
The Department of Defense has updated the Military Equal Opportunity policy so sexual orientation will for the first time be included and will ensure everyone — no matter the race, religion, color, sex, age and national origin — be treated equally to maintain a more inclusive environment.
Obama reneges on sequestration promises, tells Congress to keep spending or he'll veto
The Washington Times
Four years after agreeing to "sequestration" budget cuts, the White House has emphatically told Congress that President Obama will no longer abide by them and will use his veto to insist that lawmakers boost spending on defense and domestic programs alike.
In letters to the Republican chairmen of the House and Senate spending committees, Office of Management and Budget Director Shaun Donovan said sequestration "was never intended to take effect" and that it was time to officially end the budget tool, which has brought deficits under control at the expense of deep cuts to many programs.
2016 pay, benefits preview apparent in budget plans
Now that the four congressional committees charged with overseeing military spending have publicly offered their plans for fiscal 2016, troops and military retirees have a clearer picture of the potential impacts on their pay and benefits next year.
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Defense hearings: Eyes on Senate budget work
Now that the House has passed its drafts of the annual defense authorization and appropriations bills, military watchers are waiting to see what the Senate will do on the budget measures.
The annual authorization bill debate already has been underway for a week in the Senate, and leaders are hopeful the measure will pass by the end of this one.
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TRICARE Retiree Dental Program and The Veteran Affairs Dental Insurance Program
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Guard Your Health launches "FitText" initiative
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On April 15, Guard Your Health launched 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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