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Pershing Park Washington DC

WWI Memorial Planned

The winner of the contest by the National World War One Centennial Commission to design a World War I Memorial is a 25-year-old architect-in-training who had never been to the nation’s capital.  His winning entry is a proposed revamp of Pershing Park in Washington, DC with sprawling green space atop memorial walls that tell the story of the Great War …

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Vareps

Lawmakers Look to Protect Veterans from VA Mistakes

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is looking to protect veterans from suffering credit score mishaps at the hand of the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In response to outcry over long wait times at VA clinics, the agency created a program in 2014 that covers veterans who seek outside medical treatment.  But many have complained the VA is slow to …

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Us Budget1

Still No Agreement on NDAA

Senate Democrats united late Thursday to block the chamber’s consideration of the annual Pentagon spending bill.  The vote was 50-44 on a motion to invoke cloture on the motion to proceed to the bill — a procedural vote to advance the measure that fell short of the 60 votes required for adoption. Democrats saw the move as a show of …

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Mabus

Navy to Review All Enlisted Ratings

In order to be as inclusive as possible and reflect that all Navy occupations are open to men and women, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus recently met with his leadership team to discuss the service’s enlisted rating titles review.   Attendees at the meeting agreed to develop a new approach to enlisted ratings that provides greater detailing flexibility, training and …

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Armyleave

Army Deadline for Leave Carry-Over Policy

Sept. 30 marks the deadline that Soldiers can carry up to 75 days of leave from one year to the next.  As of Oct. 1, which marks the start of a new fiscal year, soldiers can maintain up to a maximum of 60 days of leave.  Sixty days was the original amount soldiers could maintain from one year to the …

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Blue Angels

Blue Angels to Resume Appearances Saturday

The Navy’s Blue Angels will return to the air Saturday for the first time since one of the group’s pilots was killed in an air show practice run.  The elite flight demonstration team will perform at the National Cherry Festival Air Show in Traverse City, Mich.

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Rolled Sleeves

Army Can Now Wear Rolled-up Sleeves

Soldiers across the Army are now permitted to roll up their sleeves, just as Marines, sailors and airmen do.  The policy change, approved on Tuesday by Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, followed overwhelmingly positive feedback from soldiers who took part in a 10-day trial at Fort Hood, Texas, that ended Sunday.  A memorandum on the policy change says …

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State Of Emergency

State of Emergency Declared in Virginia and West Virginia due to Flooding

The governors of Virginia and West Virginia have declared a State of Emergency in both states due severe flooding in several counties.  TRICARE Emergency prescription refill procedures are in place from June 24 – July 24, 2016.  Counties Affected Virginia   West Virginia  Alleghany   Barbour Boone Braxton Cabell Calhoun Clay Doddridge Fayette Gilmer Greenbrier Harrison Jackson Jefferson Kanawha Lewis …

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VA Reorg 0

Senate Rejects Military Construction/VA Bill

A bill that normally flows through Congress without much fanfare was not approved this week.  The Military Construction/VA Bill usually has broad bipartisan support.  But after several provisions, that had been agreed to, including allowing VA physicians to prescribe medical marijuana in states where it is legal and allowing rebel battle flags to be allowed in VA cemeteries, enough senators …

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VA54

VA Overpays Veterans in Prison

The government improperly shelled out $104.1 million in disability compensation and pension payments over seven years to veterans in prison, according to a new watchdog report. The Veterans Benefits Administration failed to slash benefits given to vets incarcerated in federal, state and local correctional facilities between 2008 and 2015 in thousands of cases, the Veterans Affairs Department inspector general found, …

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