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Hagel Thanks Fisher House for Death Gratuity Payments

Posted October 18, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel greatly appreciates the generosity of the Fisher House Foundation in making $100,000 death gratuity payments and providing other funds to the families of fallen service members, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said in a statement released today. The Fisher House Foundation offered to make the death gratuity payments…

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Hagel Announces Recall of Most Defense Department Civilians

Posted October 11, 2013 by American Forces Press Service

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Oct.5, that he is recalling most of the Defense Department civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown which began Oct. 1.

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Military OneSource remains available despite government shutdown

Posted October 11, 2013 by

Military OneSource continues to be available to service members and their families during the shutdown that has affected much of the federal government. The Military OneSource website will remain fully operational, as will its services such as confidential non-medical counseling, financial counseling, specialty consultations and Health and Wellness Coaching. Military OneSource can be accessed through…

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The Stolen Valor Act makes a comeback

Posted August 16, 2013 by Aaron Brynildson

On June 3rd, 2013, the President signed into law an updated version of the Stolen Valor Act, making it unlawful for “whoever, with intent to obtain money, property, or other tangible benefit, fraudulently holds oneself out to be a recipient” of certain medals and distinctions.

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DOD Announces Same-Sex Spouse Benefits

Posted August 16, 2013 by

Today, the Department of Defense announced its plan to extend benefits to same-sex spouses of uniformed service members and Department of Defense civilian employees. After a review of the department’s benefit policies following the Supreme Court’s ruling that Section Three of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) is unconstitutional, and in consultation with the Department…

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SecDef: Civilian furloughs reduced to six days

Posted August 16, 2013 by

WASHINGTON, D.C. — When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. With the end of the…

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Carter: Review Reveals Sequestration’s Flaws

Posted August 9, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Strategic Choices and Management Review has shown that a strategic approach to cutting the department’s budget can’t meet the schedule set by full sequestration, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told Congress today. The review, ordered by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, was partly an examination of the Defense Department’s strategic options under…

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Services continue efforts to open combat jobs for women

Posted August 2, 2013 by Claudette Roulo

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Defense Department continues working toward its goal of ensuring the mission is met with fully qualified and capable personnel, regardless of gender, the Pentagon’s director of officer and enlisted personnel management said here yesterday. Speaking at a House Armed Services Committee subcommittee hearing on women in service, Juliet Beyler said the…

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DOD girds for more budget reductions, Carter says

Posted July 26, 2013 by Cheryl Pellerin,

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Ten days after unpaid furloughs began nationwide for many DOD civilian employees as a measure to meet sequester cuts, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said yesterday the department is planning for similar budget cuts that may continue into fiscal year 2014 and perhaps beyond. Carter spoke with David Sanger, the chief Washington…

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Experts recover military personnel records 40 years after fire

Posted July 19, 2013 by Donna Miles

Forty years ago an enormous fire erupted at the National Personnel Records Center in suburban St. Louis. Burning uncontrollably for almost 24 hours, it destroyed some 16 million to 18 million military personnel records including official documents veterans need to apply for the benefits they’ve earned.

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