Category Archives: Troops

More than 178,000 troops may be eligible for this student loan debt forgiveness benefit, watchdog says

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Although many military members and Defense Department civilian employees could benefit financially from a 14-year-old federal student loan debt forgiveness program, the benefit is underused and misunderstood, according to a new report from government auditor. Few have applied so far for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and of those who have, about 94 percent […]

More than 178,000 troops may be eligible for this student loan debt forgiveness benefit, watchdog says

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Although many military members and Defense Department civilian employees could benefit financially from a 14-year-old federal student loan debt forgiveness program, the benefit is underused and misunderstood, according to a new report from government auditor. Few have applied so far for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program, and of those who have, about 94 percent […]

US troops now ‘commuting to work’ to help Somalia fight al-Shabab

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When President Donald Trump ordered roughly 700 U.S. troops to withdraw from Somalia late last year, it decreased the American footprint there, but not the mission to help that country’s military fight back against al-Shabab, al-Qaida’s largest affiliate. Three months after the completed drawdown, senior U.S. Africa Command leaders say that they are essentially doing […]

US troops, dollars exiting Afghanistan could fight terror, top commander tells Congress

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WASHINGTON ― The top U.S. commander in the Mideast told lawmakers Tuesday some troops exiting Afghanistan will stay in the region for counter-terror operations and suggested that some could be a “lever” against Russia and China. When asked how the thousands of troops and billions of dollars dedicated to the fight would be reallocated, Gen. […]

Troops exposed to Agent Orange outside of Vietnam could be in line for presumptive benefits

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Congress in recent years has expanded disability benefits for veterans exposed to toxic chemicals during fighting in Vietnam, but a pair of lawmakers is pushing now to make sure U.S. troops who faced the same poisons while deployed to nearby countries receive similar help. On Thursday, Pennsylvania Reps. Matt Cartwright (D) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R) […]

Troops and families report mixed results in COVID vaccine availability

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One active-duty member stationed at the Pentagon was so determined to get his COVID-19 vaccination that he took leave and drove hundreds of miles to his home state in the south, spending about $800 on two trips to get both shots. “My experience at the Pentagon has been awful….. the only people who received vaccines […]

More troops are taking the COVID-19 vaccine, including those who rejected it before

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More than three months after the Defense Department first started administering COVID-19 vaccines to its uniformed members and affiliated civilians, take rates appear to be rising, officials told reporters on Friday. Installations are now checking more names off of their eligible lists, according to Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, though […]

More troops are taking the COVID-19 vaccine, including those who rejected it before

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More than three months after the Defense Department first started administering COVID-19 vaccines to its uniformed members and affiliated civilians, take rates appear to be rising, officials told reporters on Friday. Installations are now checking more names off of their eligible lists, according to Lt. Gen. Ronald Place, director of the Defense Health Agency, though […]

Some troops disappointed by check-the-block extremism stand-downs, others laud commanders

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Every unit in the military has until April 1 to sit down with its troops and talk about what extremism is and why it’s incompatible with military service, but that training has proven to look very different across formations. Some troops who responded to a Military Times call-out said their trainers made comments undermining the […]

Some troops disappointed by check-the-block extremism stand-downs, others laud commanders

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Every unit in the military has until April 1 to sit down with its troops and talk about what extremism is and why it’s incompatible with military service, but that training has proven to look very different across formations. Some troops who responded to a Military Times call-out said their trainers made comments undermining the […]