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MILITARY VOTING

They protect democracy. Let's protect their votes
Stars and Stripes (Editorial)    Share   Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
For decades, millions of U.S. military members have made extraordinary sacrifices to protect and represent our nation's system of democracy around the world, while missing out on the democratic process at home. Americans serving overseas have faced numerous obstacles to participating in their own elections. Next month, however, men and women in the armed forces, their families and civilians stationed abroad have a historic chance to cast ballots — and have them count. More

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New York is sued for missing deadline on overseas ballots
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The Justice Department is suing the state of New York for missing deadlines to mail ballots to overseas troops as part of a new federal overseas voting law after settling a similar case with New Mexico. The legal action comes less than three weeks before Election Day and as Republican attorneys are urging the Obama administration to closely monitor the distribution of the absentee ballots. More

See which Illinois counties failed to meet the absentee ballot deadline
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Illinois GOP Party Chairman Pat Brady is calling for a deadline extension for accepting overseas military ballots after it was found that some Illinois jurisdictions failed to mail absentee ballots on time. Brady said it's ironic that the men and women who defend the country may not get to vote and says a law suit may be filed by the Republican Party if the extension isn't granted. More

BENEFITS


Many vets to be helped by 2010 Veterans' Benefits Act
The Standard-Examiner    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
It's unusual for Congress to pass a comprehensive bill to help thousands of veterans with a final legislative sprint that leaves veterans' service organizations wondering what just happened. But that's what the Senate and House did. After a burst of closed-door compromises, they agreed to and separately passed the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010 (HR 3219), sent it on to the president. More

Soldiers eligible for up to $40,000 in bonuses
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The Army has renewed a lavish menu of selective re-enlistment bonuses for the next three months, but some of those rates could be reduced early next year as the service braces for likely cuts to its primary retention incentive program. Soldiers should act fast, the Army's senior career counselor said. More

California National Guard under investigation as widespread fraud alleged
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Master Sgt. Toni Jaffe was known as "the M&M lady" because she decorated her office cubicle with keepsakes of the confection's advertising characters. However, the treats she dispensed were sweeter than candy and are now the subject of a criminal investigation. More

VETERANS' EMPLOYMENT


Veterans' jobless rates soar during tough economic times
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Sgt. Adam Parrish is finding that a Purple Heart and a Bronze Star don't mean much on a resume. He saved the life of a fellow National Guardsman in Iraq and took a bullet in the gut that destroyed 75 percent of his intestines. After spending 18 months at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the 28-year-old Antioch, Tenn., man has been out of work for six months and feels less like a national hero every day. More

STOLEN VALOR


US fights to rescue 2006 'stolen valor' law
The Philadelphia Inquirer    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
The Justice Department is battling to save a federal law that makes it illegal to lie about being a war hero, appealing two court rulings that the statute is an unconstitutional muzzle on free speech. The fight could be carried all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, where it would face an uncertain fate, legal analysts said. More

DON’T ASK, DON’T TELL


Judge tentatively rejects 'don't ask, don't tell' stay request
The Los Angeles Times    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A federal judge in Riverside, Calif., who declared the military's "don't ask, don't tell" policy banning gays unconstitutional issued a tentative ruling rejecting the federal government's request to stay her decision while the case is appealed. U.S. District Judge Virginia Phillips said the government failed to provide sufficient proof that her injunction halting the policy would cause "irreparable harm" to the military or that the government's appeal would be successful. More

RESERVE & GUARD MOBILIZED


National Guard (In Federal Status) and Reserve Activated as of Oct. 12, 2010
The U.S. Department of Defense    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
This week the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps announced a decrease in activated reservists, while the Coast Guard announced an increase. The net collective result is 2,329 fewer reservists activated than last week. At any given time, services may activate some units and individuals while deactivating others, making it possible for these figures to either increase or decrease. More

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