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Entries for September, 2016

Soldier Presented With Helmet That Saved His Life

By Debbie Gregory. Staff Sgt. Frankie Hernandez might not be around today were it not for his Army-issued advanced combat helmet. In 2012, Hernandez, a platoon sergeant with the 668th Engineer Company of the Orangeburg, New York Army Reserves was on his 22nd mission in Afghanistan when an enemy bullet struck the top of his […]

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Senate Overrides Presidential Veto on Anti-Terrorism Bill

By Debbie Gregory. In the first successful override of a presidential veto since Obama took office, the House and Senate voted to reject President Obama’s veto of legislation allowing lawsuits against foreign sponsors of terrorism. This was Obama’s 12th veto of his presidency. S.2040/H.R.3815, known as the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, or JASTA, was vetoed because it was thought […]

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Inside the Navy’s Corpsman Cheating Scandal

By Debbie Gregory. For the second time in three years, the Navy has broken a major school exam cheating ring at the San Diego Surface Warfare Medical Institute, resulting in 31 students being booted from the program. An additional 13 students have been recommended for separation from the Navy. An internal command investigation was launched […]

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Could Online Exchange Shopping Soon Be Available to All Veterans?

By Debbie Gregory. The Defense Department’s Executive Resale Board has unanimously voted to recommend that military exchange services open online discount shopping to 19 million honorably discharged veterans. The plan, which could begin at the end of next year, would extend shopping discounts to most American veterans. Not only would the plan reward those who […]

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House Passes New VA Accountability Legislation

By Debbie Gregory. H R 5620, the VA Accountability First and Appeals Modernization Act of 2016, passed in the House on September 14, 2016 and now goes to the Senate for consideration. The bill was introduced by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) The legislation provides for the removal or demotion of employees […]

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