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  1. Ask the Lawyer: Ignorance of illegal drug can be defense

    A. As far as the Uniform Code of Military Justice is concerned, ignorance may be bliss — but only in certain specific circumstances.

    • Jul. 17, 2014
  2. DoD testing child care online search tool

    A project is underway to allow military families to search online for military child care — and get placed on the waiting list — at their current duty station or next duty station.

    • Jul. 16, 2014
  3. The nomination of former corporate CEO Bob McDonald to be the next VA secretary may be voted on before the Senate takes its August break. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    VA nominee Bob McDonald pledges more effective agency

    Last fall, at a leadership event at Abilene Christian University, former Procter & Gamble CEO Bob McDonald talked about how a West Point cadet prayer has influenced most of his business career.

    • Jul. 7, 2014
  4. When sexual harassment becomes sexual misconduct

    A. Troops can face stern punishments for sexually offensive comments, gestures and actions. But when such sexual misconduct impacts the workplace, the offense escalates to the level of sexual harassment. And the potential punishments escalate, too.

    • Jul. 2, 2014
  5. Airmen chow down in the dining hall at Keesler Air Force Base, Miss. The Defense Department is in the midst of an initiative to provide healthier eating choices on military installations. Kemberly Groue/Air Force

    DoD seeks healthier food choices for troops

    Concerns about the comparative scarcity of healthy food choices on military installations have led defense officials to launch a comprehensive study of dining facilities, fast food and vending machine options, according to Defense Department officials.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  6. Outgoing Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale says members of Congress are becoming comfortable with reducing some military pays and benefits. Staff

    DoD: Curbs on pay and benefits finally taking hold

    Despite stiff opposition in some quarters to cutting back on some military compensation programs, overall military personnel costs are in fact coming down, and the Pentagon's long battle against rising pay and benefits is showing signs of gaining momentum

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  7. Spaces for pets to fly overseas fill up fast

    If you have a pet and are moving to or from an overseas location, remember that pet spaces on the Patriot Express fill up quickly in the summer months, according to a pet travel advisory issued by Air Mobility Command.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  8. If the military doesn't reimburse you for some of your expenses, you may be able to claim them as deductions. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Document expenses for your PCS moves

    Next tax season you'll be glad you kept tabs on your expenses during your permanent change-of-station move. First and foremost, save all moving expense receipts.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
  9. Consumer Watch: Commissaries to group 'Better for You' products

    Commissary officials are making it easier for customers to make healthy food choices. Beginning with the Fort Meade, Maryland, commissary, they're creating a 'gluten-free' section and rearranging other items to highlight their '

    • Jun. 27, 2014
  10. Psychiatrist Navy Capt. (Dr.) Robert Koffman says therapy dogs can benefit patients with mental health issues because petting a dog releases the calming hormone oxytocin. Terri Moon Cronk/Defense Department

    Researchers try to verify whether canines help patients with TBI, PTSD

    For dog lovers, it's an absolute: The unconditional love of a canine companion heals the soul, reaching into the heart to cross canyons of loneliness and despair.

    • Jun. 26, 2014
  11. Acting Veterans Affairs Secretary Sloan Gibson speaks June 18 in Washington. Jose Luis Magana / AP

    VA plays down seriousness of its errors, report says

    Even when acknowledging serious mistakes, Veterans Affairs officials routinely downplay the severity of errors and the harm caused to veterans, according to a new investigation by the Office of Special Counsel released Monday.

    • Jun. 23, 2014
  12. VA home loans underused, real estate experts say

    Too many troops and veterans either don't know about their VA home loan benefit or are being discouraged from using it, experts say.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  13. PCS packing list to help prevent frustration

    Whether you're making a permanent change-of-station move across the state, the country or overseas, these packing tips can temper what could become an overwhelming task.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  14.  Getty Images/iStockphoto

    PCS ninja tricks: How to buy an RV with the money you make on your next move

    There's no escaping the headaches of a PCS move. But while it can be a brain drain, it shouldn't suck you dry financially.

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  15. IG: Cash incentives, closer tracking could cut PCS costs

    The military services are paying millions more than they should for expenses associated with permanent change-of-station moves — including some costs that should be paid by troops, according to a recent report from the Defense Department inspector general

    • Jun. 17, 2014
  16.  Cpl. Randy L. Bernard/Marine Corps

    5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans' issues with an opinion piece arguing that a 'very small decrease in pay' for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  17. Decision on tobacco sales awaits DoD review

    The Navy's efforts to eliminate tobacco sales on Navy and Marine Corps bases are on hold as a comprehensive Defense Department-wide review of tobacco policies gets underway.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  18. The movers can't handle all your belongings when you PCS. Be sure to hand carry documents such as birth certificates, marriage license and medical records.

    30 documents you should always carry when you PCS

    Picture this: You are PCSing from Washington to Hawaii.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  19. Contact the companies handling your auto, homeowner's and renter's insurance policies before you move. Army

    Make insurance adjustments before you PCS

    Household goods, cars, a new place to live, schools, a new job for the spouse: A permanent change-of-station move can have a dizzying number of moving parts.

    • Jun. 6, 2014
  20. Pay survey going out to troops

    Thousands of troops are getting emails inviting them to participate in an official, first-of-its-kind survey seeking to gauge their feelings about their pay and benefits package.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  21. VA denies 4 in 5 Gulf War illness claims, new data show

    While the Veterans Affairs Department encourages former troops with Gulf War illness symptoms to file claims for health care and benefits, only one in five applications are approved, according to data obtained by Military Times.

    • Jun. 5, 2014
  22. Lawmaker wants vets to be able to seek private care without pre-approval

    A congresswoman who served in Iraq wants the Veterans Affairs Department to let veterans seek medical care from private physicians without needing approval from the VA first.

    • Jun. 3, 2014
  23. Make sure you move only those goods you need and use by purging all the others before the movers even arrive. Getty Images/iStockphoto

    Top 10 tips for a smooth PCS

    Each PCS is different. Sometimes you will have six months to prepare and others three days. Our team has put together a list of our top 10 tips from personal experiences to help you have a smooth PCS this moving season!

    • Jun. 2, 2014
  24. DoD report calls for more restrictions on high-interest loans

    Defense officials must clamp down on more predatory lenders to force troops away from high-cost credit options, according to a Defense Department report recently submitted to Congress.

    • May. 29, 2014
  25. Army veteran T.J. Smith, seen with Rachel Brown, is among tens of thousands of veterans facing affordable housing issues. Brown works for the Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation, which has helped Smith avoid homelessness. Hoosier Veterans Assistance Foundation

    Advocates for homeless vets prepare to do more with less

    It took only about $1,000 to keep T.J. Smith from becoming homeless.

    • May. 27, 2014
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