Military museum in California closes unexpectedly
A Northern California museum dedicated to California’s involvement in U.S. military history has closed quietly and unexpectedly.
The Sacramento Bee reported June 22 that the California State Military Museum in Sacramento closed in March amid a dispute between a nonprofit foundation that operates the facility and the California Military Department that oversees it. The dispute and the state’s budget woes prompted the museum’s closure.
The military department sued the foundation in September, alleging the nonprofit claimed to own 90 percent of the artifacts and interfered with a state audit. The California State Military Museum Foundation countered in court papers that most of the artifacts were donated to it. The foundation also denied interfering with the audit.
The department is seeking ownership of the artifacts and exclusive control of the museum. AP
Military considers shopping perk for most veterans
The U.S. military is looking into allowing all of the nation’s veterans who served honorably to shop online at exchanges that sell discounted, name-brand goods – a perk that is currently available only to a small minority.
The Army & Air Force Exchange Service director proposed the change as a way to show appreciation for veterans and to offset a loss of revenue as troops return from overseas where they had few alternatives but to shop at the military retail stores.
Veterans who served for 20 years or more earn shopping privileges. The exchange service says 20 million veterans would be affected if the Defense Department allows all veterans who served honorably to use its online shopping site, no matter how many years they served. AP