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The illusion of choice: VA care more equitable

In his opinion piece, “Health equity for women, minority veterans can be achieved only through choice,” Darin Selnick argues that VA has failed to ensure equitable access to quality care for all veterans, and that the solution to this problem is to “get the VA out of the way” by completely privatizing Veteran healthcare. [SJL1] It seems like a simple and straightforward solution … except that it glosses over basic facts about health equity and the quality of care at VA.
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When will marijuana be federally legal and what would it mean for troops, clearance holders?

You might have read recent comments by Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas regarding the legalization of marijuana. His comments were likely an indication of what justices might be thinking regarding this hotly debated issue. Currently, as many as 38 states have legalized marijuana for one purpose or another. The federal government, despite their inaction in enforcing federal law, has refused to legalize marijuana, which makes this issue confusing and difficult for any gun owner, service member, or security clearance holder to know if and when they can use marijuana or invest in marijuana companies.
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Army Ranger charged in Tacoma security guard’s death

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Authorities say a security guard found dead in downtown Tacoma was severely beaten by an Army Ranger after she tried to stop the intoxicated man from entering a building, according to court documents. The News Tribune reports that on Friday, Pierce County prosecutors charged 26-year-old Spc....
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U.S. Coast Guard Academy permanently relieves former command master chief

The former enlisted leader of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy who abruptly resigned in April and was subsequently investigated on accusations of “alleged inappropriate conduct” was permanently relieved earlier this month, but Academy officials are refusing to explain why. After Master Chief Brett VerHulst’s resignation in April, academy superintendent Rear...
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Triple Nickel wraps up exercise Thracian Star 21 in Bulgaria with allies

The Air Force wrapped up Thracian Star 21 — an exercise designed to enhance interoperability and combat effectiveness — on Friday. The exercise, spearheaded by the Bulgarian air force and held at Graf Ignatievo Air Base in Bulgaria, involved more than 150 personnel and eight F-16 Fighting Falcons assigned to the famed 555th Fighter Squadron —known as the “Triple Nickel” — based out of Aviano Air Base in Italy.
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Montana National Guard mobilized to support firefighting

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Gov. Greg Gianforte mobilized the Montana National Guard Thursday to assist in wildfire response as the entire state faces abnormally dry conditions contributing to fire risk. The governor ordered two helicopter support crews, including 24 soldiers, to enter active duty. The Montana Department of Natural Resources...