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How Supreme Court DOMA Ruling Affects Same-Sex Military Couples

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision today to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act clears a pathway for same-sex military couples to receive the same benefits as heterosexual married military couples.

DOMA has been used by both the Department of Defense and the Department of Veterans Affairs to guide decisions on what kind of federal benefits to offer the domestic partners and spouses of gay troops and ...

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Panetta Extends Some Benefits To Same-Sex Parners

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced today he would extend certain benefits to the same-sex partners of U.S military service members.

Panetta's statement reads as follows:

“Seventeen months ago, the United States military ended the policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” We have implemented the repeal of that policy and made clear that discrimination based on sexual orientation has no place in the Department of Defense.

“At ...

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Pentagon To Extend Some Benefits To Same-Sex Military Spouses

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta will announce this week that the Pentagon will extend some benefits to same-sex spouses, according to several media reports.

The Washington Post was the first to break the news, reporting:

The new benefits may include housing privileges, access to base recreational facilities and joint duty assignments for uniformed couples, but legal experts say the Pentagon is unlikely to find a way to offer health-care coverage and ...

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Flu Clinic Opens At Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton

Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton has set up a walk-in flu clinic for TRICARE beneficiaries who are suffering from flu-like symptoms, according to a base news release.

Cmdr. Michael Danforth, head of the Family Medicine department and flu clinic director, explained the reason for the clinic:

“The flu has come early and fast this year. We’ve opened the clinic to get ahead of the illness and make treatment fast and ...

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Hagel Vows To Extend Benefits To Gay Military Families

In a letter sent to Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA), Defense Secretary nominee Chuck Hagel promised to extend military benefits to gay and lesbian military families.

OutServe-SLDN released the letter, which read in part:

“I know firsthand the profound sacrifice our service members and their families make, and if confirmed as Secretary of Defense, I will do everything possible to the extent permissible under current law to provide equal benefits to ...

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Women Veterans Have Unique Needs After Leaving The Service (Video)

There are an estimated 1.8 million female veterans in the United States right now. Roughly 25,000 of them live in San Diego County. Women leaving the service have unique needs, and the Department of Veterans Affairs is working to keep up with those challenges.

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When veteran Tara Wise needs to let go of the stress of her hectic day, she heads ...

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Update On PTSD Service Dog Facing Euthanization (Video)

Home Post brought you the story last month of Sgt. Karl Hofle, veteran who served 20 years in the military, only to be medically discharged with post-traumatic stress disorder.

His service dog, Jake, was helping him heal from PTSD, but then Jake became ill and the cost to heal him was too much for the Hofle family, who had to consider euthanizing Jake.

Well, today we've got an update ...

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Pentagon Urging Flu Shots For Service Members, Family

The Centers for Disease Control is recommending folks get their flu shots in early October, and the Pentagon is seconding the motion. Flu shots are mandatory for troops deployed to Afghanistan, and they're already getting vaccinated to protect the fighting force from illness.

According to the Department of Defense:

Getting the flu doesn't just mean a day off work for service members forward deployed, it could potentially risk ...

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Wounded Warriors Discover New Interests In Adaptive Sports Event

A few dozen military veterans from across the country took advantage of the last day of summer in San Diego. They went kayaking on Mission Bay using specially adapted vessels for people with disabilities.

Most of the veterans are from the recent wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. They've come to San Diego for the annual one week Summer Sports clinic put on by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their ...

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Bill To Provide Fertility Benefits To Injured Vets Clears Senate Hurdle

Veterans with combat injuries that prevent them from naturally conceiving a baby would be able to get additional fertility assistance from the VA under a bill cleared today by the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.

Called the Women Veterans And other Health Care Improvement Act of 2012, the measure would require the VA to cover reproductive treatment options like surrogacy and assisted reproductive technology methods like in vitro fertilization for injured ...

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Camp Pendleton Couple Wins Free IVF Cycle (Video)

A Camp Pendleton Marine and his wife have won a free in vitro fertilization cycle through a contest sponsored by a fertility clinic. Jimmy and Emily Heaton said in their video entry they've done six previous IVF cycles, all of which resulted in miscarriages.

The Sher Institutes sponsored the “'I Believe' Video Journal Project" in honor of Father's Day, urging infertile couples to send in a video explaining ...

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Troops Who Lose Their Genitals In War to Get $50K

Troops who suffer severe losses to their genitourinary organs (genitals) are now eligible for Servicemembers Group Life Insurance Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) payments of $50,000, according to an announcement today by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and reported by The Marine Corps Times.

The prevalence of improvised explosive devices (IEDs) in the Afghanistan War has lead to a dramatic rise in genitourinary organ injuries. As the Washington Post reported ...

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Proposal To Raise Tricare Fees Blocked By Congress

Congress has blocked a proposal by the Obama administration to increase TRICARE enrollment fees. But participants in the military's health care program may end up paying more in other ways.

The Stars and Stripes reports both the Senate and House Armed Services Committees each voted against plans, which were part of both the Senate and House versions of the National Defense Authorization Act for fiscal 2013, to phase in ...

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Marine Corps To Offer Some Troops Early Retirement With Benefits

In an effort to honor its contracts with troops throughout a planned slim down of its forces, the Marine Corps will offer early retirement with benefits to members with at least 15 years of service, according to the Stars and Stripes.

As it did at the end of World War II and the Vietnam War, the Marine Corps is planning to reduce its numbers as the war in Afghanistan comes ...

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