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Blogger Beth Ford Roth was born into a military family and has covered issues important to service members and their loved ones for many years. She has worked as a broadcast journalist in both commercial television and public radio.

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Fast Food Outlets On Military Bases Not Subject To New Minimum Wage Rules

No need to bid adieu to that Big Mac. The U.S. Department of Labor is temporarily exempting fast food restaurants on Navy and Marine Corps installations from new minimum wage rules that led to the closure of McDonald's restaurants on several bases.

The Military Times reports that in March, the new minimum wage law prompted the closure of McDonald’s restaurants on three Navy bases. Marine Corps officials ...

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Watch Navy Cross Award Ceremony For 29 Palms Marine Here Live (Video)

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus will award the Navy Cross to Marine Corps Gunnery Sgt. Richard A. Jibson this morning at Twentynine Palms for "extraordinary heroism" during a May 2012 battle in Afghanistan.

The Navy Cross is the second highest military decoration awarded to a member of the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps.

(DVIDS will live stream the ceremony beginning at 11 a.m. PDT. To watch, click here.)

According ...

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Camp Pendleton Marine Veteran Safe On Everest After Avalanche (Video)

Camp Pendleton Marine veteran Staff Sgt. Charlie Linville, an amputee who lost his leg while disposing of an IED in Afghanistan, is safe on Mount Everest after a deadly avalanche there killed at least 13 people on Friday.

The Associated Press reports Linville, 28, was at Everest Base Camp (17,598 feet) when the avalanche took the lives of 13 sherpas who were preparing the trail for other climbers.

Linville ...

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U.S. Troops Run Boston Marathon 'Shadow Run' In Afghanistan (Video)

More than 500 members of the U.S. military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense competed in the Boston Marathon Shadow Run held on Bagram Air Field in Afghanistan on April 18.

The Fort Drum-based 10th Mountain Division hosted the race, which is the only sanctioned Boston Marathon overseas.

The Boston Marathon Shadow Run had official start and finish banners, bibs, T-shirts, and medals, thanks to the Boston ...

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US Soldiers Deploying To Poland In Wake Of Violence In Ukraine (Video)

Russia's forceful actions in Ukraine have prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to announce that the U.S. Army will "maintain an enhanced military presence" in Poland until at least the end of 2014.

The New York Times reports the "enhanced military presence" Hagel spoke of will kick off with a company of about 150 soldiers carrying out small ground-force exercises in Poland and Estonia:

The moves are part of ...

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US Soldier Dies From Wounds Suffered In Afghanistan

U.S. Army Spc. Kerry M. G. Danyluk, 27, died April 15 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, from wounds he suffered April 12 in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Defense, enemy forces attacked Danyluk's unit with small arms fire. The incident took place in Pul-e-Alam, Logar province, Afghanistan.

Danyluk was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 87th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 10th Mountain Division, Fort ...

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USS Bonhomme Richard Searches For Survivors Of South Korean Ferry Disaster (Video)

The South Korean military has requested the help of the USS Bonhomme Richard in the desperate search for survivors near the site of the sunken ferry Sewol.

According to U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs, South Korea has assigned the Bonhomme Richard a search area "five to 15 nautical miles from the shipwreck site."

As you can see in the video at the top of this post, two of ...

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U.S. Navy Ship At Scene Of Overturned South Korean Ferry (Video)

The USS Bonhomme Richard is at the scene of an overturned South Korean ferry, standing by to help with rescue efforts.

U.S. Naval Forces Korea Public Affairs reports the passenger ship Sewol sank off South Korea’s southwestern coast on Wednesday with more than 450 people aboard.

As many as 340 of the passengers were high school students on a field trip, according to Reuters.

Capt. Heidi C. Agle ...

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Army Veteran Sgt. Kyle White To Receive Medal Of Honor (Video)

Army veteran Sgt. Kyle White will become the only the seventh living service member from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to receive the Medal of Honor, when President Barack Obama awards White the nation's highest military award May 13 at a White House ceremony.

The president is awarding White the Medal of Honor, a White House statement reads, for courageous actions in combat at Nuristan Province, Afghanistan on ...

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