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Forever GI Bill expands VA educational benefits

15 provisions enhance benefits for Veterans

WASHINGTON — Effective Aug. 1, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented 15 more provisions of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also referred to as the Forever GI Bill.

These provisions, in addition to the 13 implemented since the law was signed less than a year ago, will have an immediate and positive impact on Veterans and their families using VA benefits to pursue their educational goals.

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Space Force to Become Sixth Branch of Armed Forces

By Claudette Roulo
DoD News, Defense Media Activity

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2018 The Defense Department will establish a sixth branch of the armed forces, the U.S. Department of the Space Force, by 2020, Vice President Mike Pence announced today.

In a speech at the Pentagon, the vice president also announced plans to establish a new combatant command -- U.S. Space Command -- as well as a Space Operations Force and a new joint organization called the Space Development Agency.

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Army Families: Are you doing your part on social media to keep Soldiers safe?

By Abigail Kelly
August 9, 2018

ARLINGTON, Va. -- Social media plays a significant role in everyday life, especially for military families. It helps them learn information about their next duty station and stay connected to the family and friends they leave. At the same time, the tool is also used by terrorists to seek out individuals and information.

Therefore, it is essential to follow Army regulations on social media use and protect operational security because if members of the military community put too much information online, and violate operational security, the safety of service members and their families can be at risk.

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Soldier Amputees Have More Options for Continued Service

By Whitney Delbridge Nichels
U.S. Army Warrior Care and Transition

ARLINGTON, Va., July 25, 2018 Thanks to advances in modern medicine and the availability of sturdier prosthetics, soldiers who are able to redeploy after amputation have a number of possible options for continued military service.

Army Staff Sgt. Brian Beem lost his leg in 2006 to an improvised explosive device in Iraq.

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Navy Father, Daughter Enjoy Serving Together

By Navy Seaman Michael Prusiecki - USS Nimitz

NAVAL BASE KITSAP-BREMERTON, Wash., July 25, 2018 A Navy father and daughter here say they enjoy their service together aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz .

Navy Lt. Cmdr. Eric Alexander, a native of Stuttgart, Arkansas, enlisted in the Navy in 1996 as an aviation boatswains mate. He served at various commands and eventually reached the rank of chief petty officer before being commissioned through the limited duty officer program in 2007. Since February, he has been serving as the aircraft handling officer on the Nimitz.

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