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Democratic members of the Oregon delegation announced Wednesday that they were able to attach a provision to the Coast Guard authorization bill that passed the House and Senate. It prohibits the Coast Guard from closing any air base that was operating Nov. 30. The prohibition is good through Jan. 1, 2016. Comment?
A national movement that was championed by the Augusta Warrior Project to help thousands of veterans adjust to life after military service officially became a nonprofit organization Monday and announced a new grant cycle for communities interested in joining "America's Warrior Partnership." America's Warrior Partnership, the nonprofit's new name, was formed in Augusta in September 2013 to provide a wide variety of transitional services for veterans nationwide by strengthening local nonprofits and empowering communities to build networks of support. Comment?
When Army football recruits took a bus trip with head coach Bobby Ross, there was no drinking and definitely no dancing in the aisles like a trip for recruits earlier this year. Ross came out of retirement to coach the U.S. Military Academy's Black Knights from 2004 to 2006, and he did take cadets and prospects for a ride down New York's Palisades Parkway. Comment?
The National Institutes of Health and the Department of Veterans Affairs this week announced that they will launch a five-year, $21.7 million initiative to study the effectiveness of alternative therapies to opioids through a series of 13 research projects. Almost half of all combat troops returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq are suffering from chronic pain , more than double the civilian population, according to the Journal of the American Medical Association. Comment?
At least 34 sailors are being kicked out of the Navy for their roles in a cheating ring that operated undetected for at least seven years at a nuclear power training site, and 10 others are under criminal investigation, the admiral in charge of the Navy's nuclear reactors program told The Associated Press. Comment?
At least 900 unread patient X-rays taken at Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System facilities since 2009 had been lost until recently, and top administrators who knew about the problem tried to cover it up, according to documents obtained by the Montgomery Advertiser. Comment?
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