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Study: One In Four Military Families Depend On Food Banks (Video)

A new study on hunger in America finds roughly 25 percent of military households need assistance from food banks to feed their families.

The Hunger in America 2014 study was conducted by Feeding America, the largest hunger relief charity in the United States.

This is the first year researchers surveyed military families. They discovered Feeding America's network of 200 food banks provides assistance to 620,000 families with at ...

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USA Discounters Must Refund $350,000 To Military Customers

USA Discounters must provide refunds to U.S. military troops to the tune of $350,000, after the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau put a stop to the retail chain's practice of targeting service members with a so-called "fee scam."

The CFPB announced Thursday that USA Discounters must also pay a $50,000 civil penalty:

CFPB Director Richard Cordray explained the scam:

“USA Discounters charged servicemembers for legal protections they ...

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Zoo Fundraiser Held For Family Of Missing Marine Wife Erin Corwin (Video)

The family of Erin Corwin has had to endure more than six weeks of not knowing what happened to the missing pregnant Marine wife. Friends of Corwin, 20, held a fundraiser at a zoo near her Tennessee hometown to boost her family's spirits.

WATE-TV reports friends and supporters from Erin's hometown of Oak Ridge hosted the fundraiser at Little Ponderosa Zoo to raise money the family can use ...

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Children From Military Families Get To Be Padres For A Day

A group of children from military families got to experience a day in the life of a San Diego Padre on Friday.

Eight-year-old Joe Rivera was one of the 36 kids ages 7 to 12 who participated in the private baseball clinic put on by the USO and Bank of America. He and the other children got to take turns pitching, fielding, base running and batting — just like the big ...

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The Real Reason USS Cowpens' Commanding Officer Was Fired (Video)

During the recent deployment of the San Diego-based USS Cowpens, commanding officer Capt. Greg Gombert ensconced himself in his cabin for several weeks after becoming ill, putting a female officer in charge with whom Gombert had an “unduly familiar relationship," according to a report obtained by the Navy Times.

The woman, Lt. Cmdr. Destiny Savage, became the "acting commanding officer:"

Savage, a junior officer who was not fully qualified to ...

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Did Mexican Officials Violate Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's Rights?

Did Mexican officials at the border violate Marine veteran Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi's rights? That's the question before a federal judge in Tijuana Monday morning at Tahmooressi's second court hearing.

According to the Los Angeles Times, Tahmooressi's defense attorney, Fernando Benitez, asserts Mexican police did not follow proper procedure when they arrested his client, and thus his legal rights were infringed upon:

The hearing will allow the ...

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Military Commissaries Get Temporary Reprieve From Budget Ax

The Senate Appropriations Committee has voted to restore $200 million in cuts to the taxpayer subsidies that help fund military commissaries, according to CNN Money.

Back in February, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced taxpayer subsidies to stateside commissaries would be slashed by $200 million a year for the next five years, as Home Post previously reported.

The proposed cut in subsidies would have reduced the discount service members get at ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine And 'Lion Of Fallujah' Died Working For CIA

Details were scarce when Camp Pendleton Marine Maj. Douglas Zembiec, known as the "Lion of Fallujah" for his bravery, was killed in Iraq in 2007. But a new report from the Washington Post clears up the mystery - Zembiec was working for the CIA when he died:

Family members and former intelligence officials say Zembiec was working with a small team of Iraqis on a “snatch and grab” operation targeting insurgents ...

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Lawsuit Over Fallen Marine's Missing Heart Gets Tossed

A federal judge has tossed a lawsuit brought by the parents of fallen Marine Corps Sgt. Brian LaLoup against the Greek government and a hospital in Athens for misplacing their son's heart after autopsying his body, according to The Philadelphia Inquirer.

LaLoup, 21, committed suicide the night of Aug. 12, 2012, while serving at the U.S. Embassy in Greece.

As Home Post reported in late 2013, LaLoup shot ...

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Former POW Bowe Bergdahl Won't See Or Speak To Parents (Video)

Former POW and Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl will not see or speak to his parents, despite their unwavering support during his five years in captivity, according to the Wall Street Journal.

An unnamed Army official told the Journal:

The decision by Sgt. Bergdahl... suggests a deeper estrangement between the soldier and his parents than the military understood when he was released. Still, officials said, they don’t know the precise ...

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US Sends Draft Notices To 14,000 Men Born In The 19th Century

Dead men may tell no tales, but they apparently do get draft notices from the United States Selective Service System.

The agency accidentally sent out draft notices to 14,000 Pennsylvania men born between 1893 and 1897, according to The Associated Press.

World War I veteran Bert Huey was once of the recipients. He died in 1995 at age 100. His grandson, 73-year-old Chuck Huey, told The A.P. he ...

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Mother-In-Law Of Missing Pregnant Marine Wife Erin Corwin Speaks Out (Video)

The mother-in-law of missing pregnant teenager Erin Corwin is speaking out, telling the media that her son - Twentynine Palms Marine Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin - had nothing to do with his young wife's disappearance.

Sheila Braden told television station KESQ rampant speculation that Jonathan Corwin had something to do with why his 19-year-old wife vanished is unjustified:

"John is stoic. He internalizes a lot of emotions. It's apparent he ...

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Happy Ending For Soldier Whose Ex Sold His Dog While He Was Deployed?

Soldier Robert Gabbert entrusted his beloved dog Baxter with his former girlfriend when he deployed to Afghanistan in March. His ex-flame then sold Baxter on Craigslist to another military family.

The Facebook page "Bring Baxter Home" was created after Gabbert posted this desperate plea on Craigslist, according to the Washington Post:

I am currently deployed and my ex sold my dog. I just found out and I am trying to ...

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Mystery Deepens In Disappearance Of Pregnant Marine Wife (Video)

It's been more than a week since anyone saw 19-year-old Erin Corwin alive. Pregnant and married to a Twentynine Palms Marine, Corwin went missing June 28 while scouting for photography locations at Joshua Tree National Park.

According to UPI, Cpl. Jonathan Wayne Corwin reported his wife missing one day after she disappeared.

Because of the "suspicious circumstances" surrounding Corwin's disappearance, San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Cindy Bachman ...

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Camp Pendleton 4th Of July Beach Bash A Family Affair

The Camp Pendleton "4th of July Beach Bash" is in full swing, offering plenty to eat, drink, and do until 11 p.m. tonight, with a fireworks show kicking off at 9 p.m.

The scene of the bash is the Del Mar Beach Resort on base. Marines, sailors, Department of Defense identification card holders, and their families are all welcome.

For the kids, family-focused activities include:

-Bounce Houses

-Inflatable ...

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