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One Veteran's Treatment For PTSD? Going Nude (Video)

Max Sanchez is an Army veteran who saw combat in the Vietnam War. As a result, he suffered from PTSD for decades, with traditional therapies doing little to quell his symptoms. But now Sanchez is enjoying life again, thanks to an unconventional, out-of-the-boxers stress reliever.

Sanchez told Tampa television station WTSP-TV that ever since he moved to The Fountains at Paradise Lakes Nudist Resort in the small Florida community of ...

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USS Reagan Sailors File $1 Billion Suit Over Radiation Exposure (Video)

Scores of USS Ronald Reagan crew members have filed a $1 billion lawsuit against the Japanese utility that runs the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.

The class-action suit, filed in federal court in San Diego, claims the utility lied about unsafe levels of radiation emanating from the plant after Japan's epic 2011 earthquake and tsunami.

A portion of the lawsuit, published by the Orange County Register, reads:

"TEPCO likewise ...

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US Naval Academy Student Dies In Skateboarding Accident

Midshipman 3rd Class Hans Loewen, 20, died March 29 after suffering a massive head injury in a freak accident, according to USA Today. Loewen, a sophomore at the U.S. Naval Academy, was skateboarding (wearing a helmet) when he fell and was run over by a car.

Loewen's death comes just days after the death of a fellow Naval Academy student. Midshipman 4th Class Will McKamey, 19, passed away ...

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Navy To Ban Tobacco Sales On Bases And Ships?

Buying a pack of cigarettes on a Navy base or ship may soon be a thing of the past. Navy officials are considering banning the sale of all tobacco products as a way of improving the "culture of fitness" in the service, unnamed Pentagon sources told The Navy Times.

While the Defense Department would not confirm a ban was imminent, Navy spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr. Sarah Flaherty told the paper...

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Navy Chaplain From California Dies After Surgery

A Navy chaplain from Irvine, Calif. died in Italy from complications after surgery. Deputy Chaplain (Lt. Cmdr.) John Keith, 49, passed away Saturday night in an Italian hospital in Naples after being transferred from a nearby Naval hospital.

Keith served at Naval Support Activity Naples. Base Chaplain (Cmdr.) Manuel Biadog told Stars and Stripes:

“He is very well-known and well-loved by the community, and he’s leaving a huge hole ...

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Report: US Military's Ban On Transgender Troops 'Damaging'

There is no "compelling medical reason" to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military, according to a report released Thursday by an independent commission lead by former U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

The Palm Center, based at San Francisco State University, established the commission, which in addition to Elders includes former Coast Guard Director of Health and Safety Alan Steinman.

Commissioners wrote in the report ...

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USS Ronald Reagan Holds Ceremony To Mark Japan Earthquake Anniversary (Video)

A memorial ceremony to mark the third anniversary of the March 11, 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan will be held aboard USS Ronald Reagan at NAS North Island this morning at 10 a.m. PDT.

According to Navy news release:

This memorial ceremony... will include remarks from the Japanese Consul General at Los Angeles Jun Niimi and a short commemoration by the Rev. Dr. Kenji Akahoshi of the Buddhist ...

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Kidnapped Service Dog Returned To Iraq War Veteran (Video)

Iraq War veteran Blanka Stratford was catching a quick bite with friends Saturday when someone snatched her service dog, Spencer, from her car. Fortunately, Spencer and Stratford have been reunited after she offered a $2,000 reward for his return.

Stratford told CNN she was making a cross-country trip from her home in Massachusetts to visit friends in Houston when everything went awry. A split-second decision to leave Spencer in ...

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Military Families Would Pay More For Health Care Under Pentagon Proposal

The Department of Defense's new budget proposal would include an increase in Tricare fees for the family members of active-duty troops.

Defense Department Comptroller Robert F. Hale explained at the Defense Programs Conference in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday:

“[This] will save us several hundred million dollars in administrative costs.

"We will modestly increase co-pays and deductibles … in a way that tries to guide our retirees and active duty ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine First Ever To Receive Revolutionary Prosthetic Arm (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine Staff Sgt. James Sides recently became the first human being to be fitted with a cutting-edge prosthetic arm he can control using own muscles.

Sides lost his arm in Afghanistan on July 15, 2012 to an improvised explosive device.

The Pentagon Channel reports surgeons at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center implanted small sensors called implantable myoelectric sensors (IMES) into Sides's upper arm in June 2013 ...

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Military Families Warned Of Scam Website

The Army’s Criminal Investigation Command has a warning for military families about a website that aims to steal their personal information.

The website attempts to deceive solders and their families who are looking for information about Army benefits.

The authentic, official Army website is operated by the Army's Retirement Service office. The address for that site is myarmybenefits.us.army.mil.

The fraudulent website is also called "My ...

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No Plans In The Works To Close Base Commissaries, Says Top Military Official

The rumor mill has been circulating the same piece of information for months - that the Department of Defense plans to close all stateside base commissaries. However, Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey is denying the Pentagon has such plans in the works.

Many media outlets reported recently that the Department of Defense asked the Defense Commissary Agency to develop a contingency plan that would close all of its ...

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Veterans' Service Dogs To Get Free Veterinary Care

Veterans with service canines can now get free pet health insurance for their dogs through a Veterans Affairs Department program. The insurance will cover virtually all medical costs for the dogs.

The Military Times reports the VA has contracted with pet health insurance company Trupanion to cover the veterans' cost for preventative care, emergency care, and medications.

To qualify, the dogs must be certified by the VA as service dogs ...

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Congress Calls For Inquiry Into Radiation Contamination On USS Reagan (Video)

Congress has called upon the Pentagon to submit a report on the possibility that radiation contamination sickened sailors aboard the USS Ronald Reagan as the crew participated in humanitarian efforts after the March 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The Navy Times reports:

In the fiscal 2014 omnibus budget bill, lawmakers direct Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Affairs Dr. Jonathan Woodson to provide Congress a full accounting of those ...

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