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Daniel Inouye: A Japanese American Soldier’s Valor in World War II

From Near Internment to the United States Senate.  Dan Inouye, a Japanese American, placed in an internment camp after the attack on Pearl Harbor, enlisted in the US Army, earned a Purple Heart, Medal of Valor and ultimately a Medal of Honor, and went on to serve as a US Senator for Hawaii for 50 -->

A new federal court ruling has huge significance for military reservists

By Andrew Tilghman: A high-level federal court on Friday delivered a blow to the rights of military reservists. The case involved a Navy reservist who claimed that his civilian employer fired him because he was mobilized and deployed to Afghanistan, a violation of federal laws designed to protect reservists from discrimination based on their military service. -->

VA extends deadline for seeking Gulf War illness benefits to 2021

By NIKKI WENTLING – For the next five years, veterans will have an easier time seeking benefits for illnesses linked to service in the Gulf War because of an extension issued Monday by the Department of Veterans Affairs.  Since 1994, the VA has automatically presumed a connection from Gulf War service, which included a toxic -->

AS PFOS-CONTAMINATED WATER CRISIS CONTINUES TO PLAGUE NEWBURGH, SCHUMER TOURS WASHINGTON LAKE AREA TAINTED BY PFOS AND ANNOUNCES NEW LEGISLATION REQUIRING U.S. AIR FORCE TO PAY FOR WATER CONTAMINATION CLEANUP IF FOUND RESPONSIBLE

Standing with local leaders in Newburgh, U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today toured the banks of Washington Lake, the site of perfluorooctane sulfonate (PFOS) contamination, which is believed to have originated at the Stewart Air National Guard base. Schumer also announced new legislation that would require the Air Force to immediately conduct tests to determine -->

Vets will see same cost-of-living hike as Social Security in 2017

by Leo Shane, III:  Veterans benefits will match the Social Security cost-of-living increase in 2017, thanks to a measure finalized by Congress this week.  Read more:  http://www.militarytimes.com/story/veterans/2016/07/15/veterans-benefits-social-security-2017/87119772/

Military Seeks More Time on Transgender Policy

By Lolita C. Baldor:  Senior military leaders expressed concern this week that the launch of new Pentagon rules allowing transgender service members to serve openly in the U.S. military is moving too quickly, arguing that details must still be resolved, several senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.  Read more here: http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/wireStory/apnewsbreak-military-seeks-time-transgender-policy-40235863

First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden Announce that All 50 States Have Taken Action On Military Spouse Licensing

Today, all 50 states have taken action to support the military community by making it easier for military spouses to overcome barriers to employment.By streamlining licensing and credentialing, military spouses – many of whom require licenses – can continue working no matter their location. Read more here:  http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/02/fact-sheet-first-lady-michelle-obama-and-dr-jill-biden-announce-all-50

Why the Navy is making a major change in its approach to PTSD

For years, the military has struggled to deal with the unseen, psychological wounds of war, especially Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. Now, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus has instituted major changes to the rules affecting sailors and Marines who suffer from PTSD.  Read more or view video here:  http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/why-the-navy-is-making-a-major-change-in-its-approach-to-ptsd/?utm_source=Sailthru&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=EBB%20Military%206.17.16&utm_term=Editorial%20-%20Military%20-%20Early%20Bird%20Brief

House set to weigh in on drafting women

By Travis J. Tritten: The House may weigh in next week on whether women must register for the military draft.  A Texas congressman is challenging a proposal by a House committee that requires women 18-26 years old to register with the currently all-male Selective Service. The draft expansion passed in April by the House Armed -->

TESTER, DAINES CONTINUE DELIVERING ON THEIR PROMISES TO “BLUE WATER NAVY” VETERANS

(U.S. Senate) – Senators Jon Tester and Steve Daines are working to deliver on the promises they’ve made to “Blue Water Navy” veterans by restoring their eligibility for service-connected disability benefits and health care as a result of Agent Orange exposure. “Blue Water Navy” veterans served in the waters offshore during the Vietnam War. http://www.tester.senate.gov/?p=press_release&id=4274