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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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New Directory For Military Parents Of Special-Needs Kids

From DoD News, Defense Media Activity:

A permanent-change-of-station move prompts its own challenges, but family members with special-needs children face another complexity when looking for the right schools at their new home, a Defense Department official said here yesterday.

Ed Tyner, acting deputy director of DOD’s special needs program, told DoD News that service members and their families can find a comprehensive tool in the newly updated Education Directory ...

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Elderly Veteran Dies Near Wife's Grave At Arlington National Cemetery

Retired U.S. Air Force Col. Robert E. Terrill, 92, was found dead at Arlington National Cemetery — apparently by his own hand — in Section 64, the same area where his late wife is buried.

Authorities at Arlington say there has never been a suicide by gunshot in the cemetery's 150-year history. Chris Grey of the Army's Criminal Investigation Command said of the fatality:

"Although we have not completely ...

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USS Peleliu Honors Deceased Veterans With Burials At Sea

The USS Peleliu begins its participation in RIMPAC later this week. But before the ship arrives in Hawaii for the multinational naval exercises, the Peleliu crew conducted burials at sea to honor 22 deceased veterans and military family members.

According to USS Peleliu Public Affairs, you're eligible for burial at sea honors if you're active-duty or retired military, or the family member of someone who's serving. And ...

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Fallen Camp Pendleton Marine Awarded Bronze Star (Video)

The widow of Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Steven Stevens was presented with his Bronze Star on Monday at a Camp Pendleton ceremony.

Monique Stevens was holding the couple's 2-year-old son Kairo - whom Stevens never got a chance to meet before he was killed in Afghanistan.

10News reports Stevens was awarded a Bronze Star for heroic actions taken on June 22, 2012:

Despite the heavy fire, Stevens used his metal ...

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Goal By Military Kid John Brooks Helps USA Beat Ghana In World Cup Match (Video)

Team USA's John Brooks Jr. scored the game winning goal in Monday's World Cup match against Ghana. CBS Sports reports Brooks was put in as a substitute late in the game:

[H]is 86th-minute goal gave the US a decisive 2-1 lead that it wouldn't give up. Off a Graham Zusi corner, Brooks rose up and pounded the ball into the ground and it one-hopped into the ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Surprises Sister At High School Graduation (Video)

Taylor St. Cyr was crushed when she learned her brother, Camp Pendleton Marine Lance Cpl. Shayne St. Cyr, wouldn't be able to make it to her high school graduation in Essex, Vt.

But Shayne, and Taylor's parents, had a major surprise in store for the graduate when she walked across the stage to receive her diploma, according to Vermont television station WCAX-TV.

Shayne told WCAX:

"At first I ...

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