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Military Commissaries Facing Budget Axe Once Again?

Military commissaries would have to shut their doors to shoppers by up to two days a week, under a draft Defense Department budget document obtained by the Military Times.

The document lists proposed cuts to the Defense Commissary Agency's budget for fiscal 2016:

[T]he Defense Commissary Agency [must]... meet a DoD mandate to come up with $322 million in annual savings — nearly one-fourth of DeCA's annual baseline ...

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Scandal Over Gitmo Head's Firing Includes Rumors Of Adultery, Suspicious Death

U.S. Navy Captain John Nettleton lost his job as commanding officer of Naval Station Guantanamo Bay after NCIS discovered he was allegedly having an adulterous affair with a woman named Lara Tur.

According to The New York Daily News, the relationship between Nettleton and Lara Tur came to light when NCIS began investigating the death of Christopher Tur - Lara's husband.

U.S. officials have told The Associated Press ...

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Oscar Nominations For Chris Kyle Biopic 'American Sniper' And Star Bradley Cooper

"American Sniper" — the movie based on Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's bestselling memoir of the same name — has been nominated for Best Picture by The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Bradley Cooper, who portrayed Kyle in the movie, got a nomination for Best Actor.

Kyle's widow, Taya, wrote recently on Facebook about what it was like for her to watch "American Sniper":

"I guarantee you will see ...

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No-Cost Tax Filing Service For Military Families

Does the mere thought of having to do your taxes fill you with dread? Well, if you're part of a military family, there's a way to make tax season less painful. The Department of Defense and H&R Block are teaming up to offer no-cost tax preparation for service members and their families.

According to DoD News, the military information program Military OneSource is offering the free tax ...

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Commander Faulted For Fatal Mishap On San Diego-Based Ship Up For Promotion

The former commanding officer of the San Diego-based USS William P. Lawrence was faulted in a Navy report for misjudgements that caused the deaths of two Navy pilots. So it's no wonder the widows of the two pilots are mystified as to why Cmdr. Jana A. Vavasseur is up for a promotion.

The fatal accident took place on Sept. 22, 2013, when a wave hit the Lawrence, causing an ...

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Wife Turns Tables On Marine Husband, Surprises HIM At Camp Pendleton Homecoming (Video)

The video of this surprise military homecoming with a twist has gone viral, garnering more than 1.3 million hits in the last month.

It all started when Sara Taylor decided to surprise her husband, Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Fort Taylor, when he returned to Camp Pendleton after a year-long deployment in Afghanistan.

Sara Taylor, a Marine veteran herself, wrote this message accompanying the video on YouTube:

"The media is ...

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Judge Orders Body Of Slain Marine Wife Erin Corwin Released To Her Family

In a San Bernardino County courtroom this week, Judge Rod Cortez ruled that the body of slain Marine wife Erin Corwin could be released to her family - almost four months after searchers recovered her remains in a remote desert mine shaft.

KESQ.com reports Cortez rescinded a previous court order to keep Corwin's remains for further testing.

Marine veteran Christopher Brandon Lee has been charged with Corwin's murder ...

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Free Phone Cards For Troops Deployed During The Holidays

Continuing an annual holiday tradition, the Navy Exchange Service Command (NEXCOM) will provide Sailors and Marines deployed overseas during the holiday season $10 phone cards.

Thomas Harris, NEXCOM Afloat Personal Telecommunications Service Program, said of the phone card program:

"NEXCOM has been giving away free phone cards to deployed Sailors and Marines for many, many years.

"This is just one small way that we can thank these service members and ...

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Check Out These Veterans Day Freebies And Discounts

In honor of Veterans Day, restaurant chains and retailers on Nov. 11 are offering all sorts of discounts and freebies for active-duty military, veterans, and reservists.

Here's a sample of retail discounts, courtesy of the Henry Daily Herald:

-Home Depot - 10 percent off up to $500 on a single-receipt purchase.

-Cost Plus World Market - 20 percent off everything in the store (except alcohol).

-Bed Beth & Beyond- 20 percent off ...

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Some Military Families Uneasy With Ebola Deployments (Video)

It's all about the fear of the unknown. With the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, military families had some idea of the enemy their service members would face.

But some soldiers' families have expressed uneasiness as their loved ones prepare to deploy to Liberia - ground zero for the Ebola epidemic.

As Major General Gary Volesky, Commanding General of 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault), explained to Reuters:

"Ebola is a ...

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Capped Credit Card Interest Rates For Military Families? It's In The Works

A move by the Pentagon to update the Military Lending Act of 2006 could result in service members and their families getting interest rates capped on everything from credit cards to vehicle title loans. According to the Department of Defense:

The new proposed actions are designed to apply the protections of the Military Lending Act to all forms of payday loans, vehicle title loans, refund anticipation loans, deposit advance loans ...

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Sending Holiday Gifts To Your Sailor? Here Are The Navy's Mail Deadlines

Planning to send a Christmas gift or holiday card to someone you love aboard a Navy ship or on shore duty? The Navy has announced its mail-by dates to ensure presents and letters get to your sailor before Dec. 25:

For mail addressed to/from:

APO/FPO/DPO AE zips 090-098 (except 093); AA zips 340; AP zips 962-966

  • Priority Express Mail Military Service: Dec. 17

  • First-Class and Priority Mail ...

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Chris Kyle's Widow Asks Judge To Toss Verdict In Jesse Ventura Lawsuit

Taya Kyle, the widow of "American Sniper" Chris Kyle, is urging a judge to toss out a jury's verdict that awarded former Minnesota Gov. Jesse Ventura $1.8 million in his defamation lawsuit against Kyle's estate.

According to the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Kyle wants the judge to either set the verdict aside, or to order a new trial.

Mrs. Kyle's attorneys filed paperwork Thursday that argues the evidence ...

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Erin Corwin's Husband Speaks Out For The First Time Since Wife's Disappearance (Video)

Marine Cpl. Jonathan Corwin, the widower of homicide victim Erin Corwin, is speaking to the media for the first time since his wife went missing on June 28.

Corwin's body was discovered on Aug. 16 in a 140-foot deep mine shaft southeast of Twentynine Palms in the Mojave Desert.

Jonathan Corwin spoke with The Desert Sun shortly before the start of a vigil held in Erin's memory at ...

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Marine Vet Could Face 2nd Murder Charge In Death Of Erin Corwin's Fetus

The final results of Erin Corwin's autopsy could determine whether or not Marine veteran Christopher Lee is charged with murder in the death of Corwin's fetus.

Lee has already been arrested and charged with murdering Corwin, 19, who may have been pregnant with his child.

San Bernardino County District Attorney Michael Ramos told the Desert Sun an additional murder charge against Lee is possible if the autopsy can ...

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