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Military rolls out plan to repeal gay ban

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Pentagon leaders preparing for a new culture of gays serving openly in the military are serving notice that discrimination will not be tolerated. Defense Secretary Robert Gates also directed his policy staff in a memorandum to move ahead carefully, but expeditiously, to end the 17-year-old “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy instituted during the Clinton administration.… Continue Reading Military rolls out plan to repeal gay ban

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New degree aimed at chaplains helping PTSD

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A Denver seminary is offering a master’s degree for military chaplains aimed at helping them assist servicemen and women suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Iliff (EYE’-liff) School of Theology said Monday that classes for its new master’s in pastoral and spiritual care begin in August. Iliff spokeswoman Greta Gloven says the program is designed… Continue Reading New degree aimed at chaplains helping PTSD

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Obama touts steps to support military families

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President Barack Obama is announcing new government-wide initiatives to support military families, including programs aimed at preventing suicide and eliminating homelessness. Obama says the government has an obligation to help military families as they support loved ones fighting for their country. Obama says he often meets with service members who say their top concern is… Continue Reading Obama touts steps to support military families

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Fort Carson starts work on behavioral clinic

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Fort Carson is starting construction on an outpatient behavioral clinic. A groundbreaking ceremony for the 26,000-square-foot building is scheduled for Wednesday. The clinic will house about 85 behavioral health providers. It will also include such services as child and family assistance care, marriage and family therapists, intensive outpatient therapy and the warrior and transition behavioral… Continue Reading Fort Carson starts work on behavioral clinic

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U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates is announcing the latest round of cost-cutting measures for the military, including a plan to do away with a new amphibious vehicle that can ferry troops to shore while under fire. The plan is aimed at staving off potentially deeper cuts by the White House or Congress by showing that… Continue Reading Gates proposing program cuts in military budget

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High court allows gay military ban for now

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The Supreme Court on Friday allowed the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy on gays in the military to remain in place while a federal appeals court considers the issue. The court did not comment in denying a request from the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay rights group, to step into the ongoing federal court review… Continue Reading High court allows gay military ban for now

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The Defense Department said today that it is accepting openly gay recruits, but is warning applicants they might not be allowed to stick around for long. Following last week’s court ruling that struck down a 1993 law banning gays from serving openly, the military has suspended enforcement of the rule known as “don’t ask, don’t… Continue Reading Military recruiters told to accept gay applicants

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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,… Continue Reading Law punishing fake heroes may go to Supreme Court

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Nearly a year after a shooting rampage at Fort Hood, Texas, the Pentagon is taking new steps to beef up security and surveillance programs at its bases, and will join an FBI intelligence-sharing program aimed at identifying future terror threats, U.S. officials said. The new partnership with the FBI’s eGuardian program comes two years after… Continue Reading New program will boost security at military bases

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UCCS named a ‘military friendly’ school

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G.I. Jobs magazine has added the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs to its 2011 list of Military Friendly Schools. That’s a designation given to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools working to embrace veterans as students. Criteria for making the Military Friendly Schools list includes efforts to recruit and retain… Continue Reading UCCS named a ‘military friendly’ school

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