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VA grants up to one year of retroactive veterans benefits

WASHINGTON, Aug. 2, 2013 – The Department of Veterans Affairs announced yesterday that veterans filing an original fully developed claim for...

Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton B. Carter responds to a question during a question and answer period at the annual Aspen Institute Security Forum in Aspen, Colo., July 18, 2013. (Photo by Aaron Hostutler/U.S. Marine Corps)

DOD says it cannot issue blanket waiver for housing allowance error

BAMBERG, Germany — The Defense Department cannot issue an across-the-board debt waiver or reinstate housing allowance payments to nearly 700...

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel pauses during a news conference at the Pentagon on July 31, 2013. Hagel warned that the Pentagon may have to mothball up to three Navy aircraft carriers and order more sharp reductions in the size of the Army and Marine Corps if Congress does not act to avoid massive budget cuts beginning in 2014. (Photo by Evan Vucci/AP)

Hagel's sequestration review points to few good choices

WASHINGTON — An Army with fewer soldiers than it’s had since before World War II. A Navy with eight aircraft carriers. Military retirees losing...

19 awesome reasons to exercise today

I know it’s summer and you have exciting places to go and things to do. But wait! Did you forget about your workout? Again? 

Lots of people fall...

Photos by Tetsuo Nakahara, Stripes Guam

We are back to normal

AOMORI, Japan – A seagull swoops overhead in the blue sky as local fisherman and a smattering of tourists bustle about the clean and orderly...

Military Exchanges Remove 891 Magazines from Stores

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 – The Army and Air Force Exchange Service is removing 891 magazines from its stock, an assortment that includes The...

DOD to Help Employees Affected by Housing Allowance Error

WASHINGTON, July 30, 2013 – Teams from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service will help civilian Defense Department employees in Europe, South...

Jason Heap, who submitted paperwork in June to become the Navy's first humanist chaplain, said the military needs to broaden its view of the chaplain's corps to better serve all troops. (Courtesy of Military Association)

The would-be Navy chaplain who doesn't believe in God

WASHINGTON -- Jason Heap wants to be a Navy chaplain. But he doesn’t believe in God.

Belief in a higher power, the 38-year-old humanist...

New rules for transferring Post 9/11 GI Bill benefits

Hello Military Families,

As of Aug. 1 this year, there are new rules in place regarding the transfer of Post 9/11 GI Bill for service...

Off-duty Coast Guardsman saves child's life

APRA HARBOR, Guam —  An off-duty Coast Guard senior enlisted member helped Marriott pool attendants to save the life of an 11 year old Japanese...

  Petty Officer 1st Class Lee Harstad, assigned to the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam, fires a .50 caliber automatic machine gun during Talisman Saber 2013.  Declan Barnes/U.S. Navy

US-Australia exercise shows cultural alignment, different approaches

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — Ask a group of U.S. military officers why they like working with their Australian counterparts, and a similar answer...

Steve Gonsalves, a dental technician in Stuttgart, Germany, is among nearly700 overseas civilian workers who the Defense Department says received a housing allowance in error. (Photo by John Vandiver/Stars and Stripes)

Civilians balk at signing debt waiver request in LQA dispute

STUTTGART, Germany — When Steve Gonsalves left active duty nine years ago, he was advised by Army human resources to take a non-appropriated fund...

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