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The Putting Veterans Funding First Act
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Despite pessimism that Congress will take action between now and year-end, it looks like S. 932, the Putting Veterans Funding First Act of 2013, will get debate time on the Senate floor. In an Oct. 28 letter to the bill's author, Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nevada, let it be known that he intended to bring the bill to the floor when the Senate returns from recess. S. 932 cleared the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs last year, and its companion bill, H.R. 813, passed the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and is awaiting a floor vote. If the Putting Veterans Funding First Act is signed into law, it would provide funding to the Department of Veterans Affairs a full year in advance and would shelter the Department of Veterans Affairs from a government shutdown. EANGUS supports this legislation, so please be on the lookout for legislative call-to-action emails once S. 932 and H.R. 813 are scheduled for floor debate. For more information, please email Scott Bousum, legislative director.
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Fiscal year 2015 NDAA update
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Will this year be the end of a 53 year run? Not likely. Rumors circulate around Washington, D.C., each year that the National Defense Authorization Act might not make it to the president's desk. This year is no different. Many pundits speculate that Republicans are poised to pick up enough seats to take the Senate. If Republicans win the Senate, some Congressional staffers speculate that Senate Republicans could block the fiscal year 2015 NDAA from coming to the floor during a lame-duck session. However, EANGUS staff are not betting against the fiscal year 2015 NDAA. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Michigan, and House Armed Services Committee Chairman Howard P. "Buck" McKeon, R-California, are set to retire at the end of this year. Levin, McKeon and their staffs have worked tirelessly in their committees for too many years to see their last NDAA not signed into law, and Levin and McKeon have such good rapport with their colleagues that they can and will get their last NDAA through on time. It is yet to be seen how or when the NDAA will make it to the president's desk, but you should feel confident that the fiscal year 2015 NDAA will be signed into law before New Year's Day. For more information, please email Scott Bousum, legislative director.
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Veterans Day 2014 | Social media coverage
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USAA social media will share real-time messages before and on Veterans Day to drive both follower engagement and traffic to www.usaa.com/veteransday. Our goal is to demonstrate sincere appreciation for veterans while generating awareness of the USAA brand. We encourage our partners to thank a veteran either by joining the conversation or simply sharing, liking or retweeting the posts to honor and thank all who served in the U.S. armed forces.

Prelaunch delivery details:
  • Beginning Nov. 2, we will prerelease our Veterans Day commercial via Facebook and Twitter
  • Social channels: Facebook, Twitter, YouTube
  • Date: Sunday, Nov. 2
  • Time: 3 p.m. CST
  • Message: "To #ThoseWhoDared to take the oath, thank you. Watch to see what this commitment means."
  • Delivery: Published promoted video post; video will live in social channels
  • CTA: Watch the commercial on Facebook, Twitter or YouTube
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Continued campaign support:
  • Beginning Nov. 3, we will share Veterans Day related content on all of USAA's social media channels including:
  • Imagery and videos
  • Original features focused on veterans
  • Military-focused engagement posts pertaining to service
  • We will continue support of the Veterans Day message within our content calendar through the end of November.
We encourage all USAA affinity partners, media partners, USAA followers and employees to share their Veterans Day message or appreciation through social media using the #ThoseWhoDared. Join the conversation today on your favorite social channel.

USAA hashtags: #ThoseWhoDared #SaluteToService

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Can a US military Ebola treatment center slow Ebola in 1 hard-hit city?
The Washington Post
The site of the U.S. military's future Ebola treatment center is now an overgrown grassland next to an abandoned airstrip on the Guinean border. Two miles away, in a converted eye clinic that now houses a makeshift Ebola ward, this county's sole doctor is waiting. He will soon run out of protective gear. Some of his employees haven't been paid for a month.
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Read the Alaska National Guard documents released by the state
Alaska Dispatch News
On Oct. 31, the state of Alaska began releasing thousands of pages of documents related to problems within the Alaska National Guard. The records, part of a request by Alaska Dispatch News and Alaska Public Media, were released after a judge ordered the state to produce them or provide a log showing why they aren't disclosable under Alaska law. The media organizations sued after the governor's office failed to release them following public-records requests in May and June.
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Threats prompt new security warnings for military
Military Times via USA Today
VideoBriefMilitary facilities around the U.S. are on alert, urging troops and their families to take precautions amid continued threats of violence from the Islamic State group. The responses to that threat are being driven not just by the need to ensure protective measures are taken, but also to address increasing concerns being voiced by troops and family members who are worried about safety for their loved ones and themselves.
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Infantryman named new sergeant major of the Army
Stars and Stripes
The Army named Sgt. Maj. Daniel Dailey, an infantryman with five deployments stretching back to Operation Desert Storm, as the next sergeant major of the Army. Dailey, of Palmerton, Pennsylvania, now serves as command sergeant major of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command. He'll take over as the Army's top enlisted member Jan. 30 and replace current Sgt. Maj. Raymond Chandler, who has served in the role since March 2011.
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Air Force fires 2 nuclear missile commanders
ABC News
VideoBrief Two commanders with the Air Force's nuclear missile fleet have been relieved of command and a third has received administrative disciplinary action as a result of a loss of confidence in their leadership. The moves are the latest in a string of negative events for the elite officers known as "missileers" who supervise the Air Force's fleet of 450 intercontinental ballistic missiles.
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Dogfight between Congress, Air Force could delay F-35 program
Fox News
Congress and Air Force officials are engaged in a virtual dogfight over the delayed retirement of the A-10 Thunderbolt II, which could in turn push back the introduction of the F-35 fighter planes. The military wants to mothball the plane, affectionately known as the "Warthog," and says it needs the maintenance crews for the new plane. But lawmakers spared the venerable A-10 from defense cuts over the summer, and that means the labor and expertise that keeps the A-10 aloft is not available for the F-35.
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National Guard heads to Hawaii town threatened by river of lava
Reuters
A contingent of National Guard troops was dispatched to a Hawaii town to provide security to the island community threatened by a river of molten lava that is slowly creeping toward the town's main road, an emergency official said. The lava flow from the Kilauea volcano has been slithering toward the village of Pahoa, Hawaii, for weeks.
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Army eyes 3-D printed food for soldiers
NPR
VideoBriefArmy scientists have spent decades concocting meals that last without refrigeration and survive high-altitude airdrops. And now, the Army is eyeing a new form of cooking: 3-D printing. Yes, food that comes fresh out of a printer, for our troops. Lauren Oleksyk, a food technologist leading the team at the Army's Natick Research Center, lays out the vision.
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