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July 31, 2015

Shifting the mind-set for veterans moving from battlefield to classroom

By T. Rees Shapiro July 31

Matt was a decorated combat soldier who served two tours in the valleys of Afghanistan. But one of the toughest challenges of his life came when he decided to leave the Army and prepare for his next deployment: college.

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Maj. Bambi: Meet The Marine Who Was Disney's Famous Fawn

JULY 31, 2015 4:46 AM ET

Donnie is a hard-nosed Marine, a highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War who served for a quarter-century. First drafted in the '50s and subsequently promoted 13 times in 21 years — a Corps record at the time, he recalls — Dunagan found the Marines a perfect fit. That is, so long as he could keep a secret.

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Young Marine re-enlists after beating brain cancer

By Matthew M. Burke
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 31, 2015

Jennifer Suarez had the world at her fingertips.

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July 30, 2015


By Army National Guard Sgt. Ken Scar, Headquarters Marine Corps
30 July 2015

ARLINGTON, Virginia -- I noticed her in my peripheral vision as I was lying in the grass trying to get a meaningful photograph of all the “60s” etched into the backs of the gravestones. She wore a wide-brimmed hat and khaki pants that made her look like a gardener, not a Gold star mother tending to her son’s grave. I kind of wanted to register the sight of her sitting on her knees gently fussing with her careful arrangement around his headstone as just that and move on. Section 60 is a holy place, after all, and the thought of approaching a stranger there is daunting. Should you, or shouldn’t you? This was my third time there and I never had - but something about her caught me.

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Senate confirms Dunford as next Joint Chiefs Chairman

By Leo Shane III, Staff writer 11:08 a.m. EDT July 30, 2015

The Senate confirmed Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford Jr. as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Wednesday, after a brief dispute between Pentagon leaders and the chamber's leading critic of military sexual assault policy.

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July 29, 2015

What I've Learned:

by LCpl Medina Ayala-Lo
Date Posted:07.29.2015 17:31

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - Master Sgt. has been in the Marine Corps for 18 years and has been on seven deployments. He has a passion for cars and football and hopes to become the defensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens.

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July 28, 2015

M4 carbine expected to replace M16 as new universal weapon for infantrymen

By Michele Katz (PopularMilitary.com)
July 28, 2015

It’s the weapon of choice, the “world’s gold standard” — in urban, close-quarter combat that is.

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Two fallen Marines inducted into military school's memorial at Fort Meade

By Cindy Huang
July 27, 2015 4:34 P.M.

Two DINFOS gradates inducted into Hall of Heroes
Two Marines who died during a humanitarian mission in Nepal were inducted into the Defense Information School's Hall of Heroes Monday at Fort George G. Meade.

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Commandant names congressman an honorary Marine

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 1:49 p.m. EDT July 28, 2015

The Marine Corps added a congressman to its ranks Monday evening in an intimate ceremony at the Home of the Commandants in Washington, D.C.

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July 27, 2015

Marines and sailors successfully complete USS Arlington’s first NEO training mission

by Sgt Austin Long
Date Posted:07.27.2015 10:43

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. - Marines with the 26th Marine Expeditionary Unit and sailors with the Kearsarge Amphibious Ready Group aboard the USS Arlington (LPD 24) trained for receiving non-combatant evacuees aboard the USS Arlington (LPD 24) during a mock Non-Combatant Evacuation Operation, July 23, at sea in the Atlantic Ocean.

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Community Says Goodbye to Marine Slain in Chattanooga

Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) | Jul 27, 2015 | by Stephen Montemayor

GRANTSBURG, Wis. -- The line to enter Grantsburg Senior High School to say goodbye to Sgt. Carson Holmquist snaked around a berm in front of the school Saturday for much of the two hours the community was welcome at his visitation.

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By Cpl. Seth Starr, I Marine Expeditionary Force
27 July 2015

TWENTYNINE PALMS, Calif. - -- It was a warm morning when Marines from 1st Battalion, 7th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, rose at 3:17 a.m. to begin preparation for platoon attacks aboard Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Center Twentynine Palms, Calif., July 24.

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July 26, 2015

See Marine's reaction when he meets puppy named after him

Jul 24, 2015
By USA Today

A puppy in training as a wounded warrior service dog is named after a Marine who was injured in Iraq.

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Shirtless Marines March in ‘Silkies’ to Raise Suicide Awareness

Tanya Basu July 26, 2015
Each day, 22 former servicemembers commit suicide

A group of Marines is marching 22 kilometers, or about 13.5 miles, wearing nothing but short shorts—called “silkies”—and hauling 22 kilograms, or about 50 pounds, of gear to honor the 22 service members who commit suicide every day.

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July 25, 2015

Wisconsin town says goodbye to 25-year-old Marine father killed in Tennessee shootings with honor guard salute

PUBLISHED: 15:08 EST, 25 July 2015 | UPDATED: 18:56 EST, 25 July 2015

A small Wisconsin town said goodbye on Saturday to a Marine killed in the recent attack on a Navy-Marine reserve center in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Corps details FY16 Reserve officer affiliation bonuses

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 1:33 p.m. EDT July 25, 2015

Some company-grade officers from any component who fill certain Reserve billets are going to cash in on $20,000 bonuses next year. In return, they will have to stay in those billets for at least three years, under guidelines laid out for fiscal year 2016. That incentive is part of a suite of officer bonuses announced by the Selected Marine Corps Reserve for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

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Tarawa Marines Return Home After 70 Years

U.S. Marine Corps video by Staff Sgt. Jason W. Fudge // RELEASED
Date Posted:07.25.2015 8:12AM

U.S. Marines travel to Tarawa, Kiribati to participate in a repatriation ceremony July 25, 2015. During the ceremony the remains of approximately 36 U.S. Marines who had fallen during World War II at the Battle of Tarawa were loaded onto a Marine Corps C-130J Hercules aircraft for transport back to the U.S.

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July 24, 2015

Images: Graduation Ceremony – Lima & Oscar Companies – July 24, 2015

Photos by Sgt. Jennifer Schubert
Date Posted:07.24.2015 11:18

Lima Company and Oscar Company, graduated boot camp July 24, 2015.

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Man dons Knights Templar costume to scare away Muslims from New York military recruiting center

By Tom Boggioni
24 July 2015

Decked out in full Renaissance Faire regalia, a New York man has joined hundreds of patriots who have appointed themselves defenders of U.S. military recruitment centers, reports the Times Herald-Record.


Body Of Slain Marine Comes Home To Springfield

July 24, 2015 10:20 P.M.

SPRINGFIELD — On a sunny, warm Friday afternoon, Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan, a fallen hero, came home.

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July 22, 2015

Mike Battery is here': After loss, Marines regroup, move forward

July 22nd, 2015
by Shelly Bradburyin Local Regional News Read

The Marines of Mike Battery rolled into Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park early Monday morning in T-shirts and polos, shorts and jeans, unsure of exactly why they'd been called to the park.

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Marines honored during Washington National’s baseball game

by Sgt Terence Brady
Date Taken:07.21.2015 | Date Posted:07.22.2015 10:09

WASHINGTON - The Washington National’s baseball team held a Marine Corps Day July 21, at National’s Park in Washington.

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July 21, 2015

Parris Island recruits evaluated in Marine Corps Drill

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vanessa Austin
Date Taken:07.20.2015 | Date Posted:07.21.2015 14:54

India Company, 3rd Recruit Training Battalion, during an initial drill evaluation on close-order drill movements July 20, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. India Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 11, 2015.

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Marine Corps trainee sees man shot, pulls over and stops bleeding

July 21st, 2015
by Eve Baker - staff writer for the Quantico Sentry in Local Regional News

DUMFRIES, Va. — On the afternoon of June 21, 2nd Lt. Matthew George, a student with Charlie Company at The Basic School, which trains Marine officers, was driving on US Route 1 in Dumfries when he witnessed a confrontation along the side of the road. As he drove past a group of people, he heard multiple gunshots ring out, and in his rearview mirror, he saw someone fall to the ground.

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Trauma Post Trauma

The “gold standard” treatment for PTSD makes many vets’ symptoms even worse.
By David J. Morris
JULY 21 2015 9:49 AM

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is the world leader in research on post-traumatic stress disorder. No organization spends more money or expends more resources to treat it than the VA. Yet its efforts to stamp out the disorder, which afflicts upward of 30 percent of veterans today and is the fourth most common mental health condition in the world, are often strikingly wasteful and driven by shoddy science. In 2006, the VA began treating veterans with a form of therapy charmingly known as prolonged exposure. It is now a central piece in the VA’s war on PTSD and its most popular type of individual psychotherapy. Prolonged exposure is heavily promoted by the VA, which describes it as the “gold standard” treatment for PTSD.

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July 20, 2015

Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group completes seven-month deployment

Date Posted:07.20.2015 10:33

MAYPORT, Fla. - More than 4,000 Sailors and Marines from the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group (ARG) and 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) completed a seven-month deployment July 15-20, returning to Naval Station Mayport, Fla., Naval Station Norfolk, Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story, Va. and Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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July 19, 2015

Slain petty officer remembered as husband, baseball player

Mark D. Faram, Staff writer 9:26 a.m. EDT July 19, 2015

The shocking attack on military facilities in Chattanooga, Tennessee, claimed another life early Saturday morning: a 24-year old petty officer and father who loved baseball and had just re-enlisted on shore duty after three years on a big deck amphib.

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MCCS supports Marines in Exercise Dragon Fire 2015

by LCpl Carlos Cruz Jr.
Date Posted:07.19.2015 04:45

IWAKUNI, Japan - Out in the field where Marines may lack showers, laundry mats or even mess halls, Marine Corps Community Services’ Tactical Field Exchange comes through, bringing happiness like a glass of cold water in the summer.

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Marine meets women from inspirational recruiting poster

By Cathy Dyson / The Freelance Star
Posted July 19, 2015

One Marine was so inspired by a recruiting poster she saw 20 years ago—of three fresh-faced female Marines—that she joined that branch of the service.

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July 18, 2015

Lejeune Marines first to deploy as new deterrence force in Bulgaria

By James K. Sanborn, Staff writer 11:40 a.m. EDT July 18, 2015

About 1,750 North Carolina-based Marines have deployed to Europe for a six-month rotation, including a brand new contingent that will operate in Bulgaria amid growing Russian aggression.

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Fallen Chattanooga Marines include recent grad, Iraq and Afghanistan vets

By Heath Druzin
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 18, 2015

It’s the knock at the door parents worry about when their children are at war, but one they never expect when they’re not deployed.

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July 17, 2015

4 Slain Marines in Chattanooga Attack Have Been Identified

by Fox News Insider
July 17, 2015 8:19 a.m.

Details are emerging about the Marines who were killed yesterday in Chattanooga, Tenn.

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Whatever it takes: Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron – 165 celebrates 50 years of aviation

by LCpl Garrett White
Date Posted:07.17.2015 17:03

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - Marines pride themselves on being willing to take the fight to the enemy in any clime and place, but will never complain about getting a lift. Since the introduction of helicopter squadrons in military operations, Marines have been able to go farther and faster to protect America’s interests. Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron-165 is one such squadron. Having participated in some of recent history’s most iconic moments, on July 17, 2015 the unit celebrates 50 years of dedicated and storied service to Marine aviation.

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By Courtesy Story , Headquarters Marine Corps
17 Jul 2015

PENTAGON -- It is with deep regret and heartfelt sorrow that the Marine Corps can officially confirm that the following Marines were killed on July 16, 2015, at the combined Navy and Marine Corps Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee:


July 16, 2015

Homeless Vet Center Breaks Ground In Vancouver

by Conrad Wilson OPB | July 16, 2015 3:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A band belted out patriotic tunes Thursday ahead of the groundbreaking ceremony for a new homeless veterans’ housing center on the Vancouver, Washington campus of Portland office of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

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These Marines Lost Legs in Afghanistan and Now Hunt Child Predators

Jul 16, 2015 | by Richard Sisk

The fist bump was their thing in Afghanistan, where both Marines lost legs in the same attack, and the fist bump is still their thing in the hunt for child predators under a special law enforcement program to train and hire medically retired veterans.

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Marines at Al Taqaddum advise Iraqis behind Ramadi takeback effort

By Hope Hodge Seck, Staff writer 5:12 p.m. EDT July 16, 2015

The recent fall of Ramadi to marauding terrorists was a shocking setback to U.S. efforts to turn security over to Iraqi forces and it was a psychic blow to Marines who successfully fought to stabilize the notoriously violent Anbar province. But not quite two months later, Marine leaders on the ground say the momentum is rapidly shifting as better trained and newly inspired Iraqis are being sent back into the fight.

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U.S. Marines, Australians conduct amphibious assault for Talisman Sabre 2015

by SSgt Zachary Dyer
Date Taken:07.11.2015 | Date Posted:07.16.2015 08:50

FOG BAY, Australia - The Marine Corps has long been synonymous with ship to shore operations. From the Marines’ first amphibious landing at the Battle of Nassau in 1776 to now, the Marine Corp has established itself as the premier force in amphibious assaults.

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July 15, 2015

Iwo Jima ARG returning from seven-month deployment

By Lance M. Bacon, Staff writer 6:32 p.m. EDT July 15, 2015

The 4,500 sailors and Marines who comprise the Iwo Jima Amphibious Ready Group are nearly home after a successful, and atypical seven-month deployment to 5th Fleet.

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USS Green Bay, the newest LPD class supporting Talisman Sabre 2015

By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Derek A. Harkins
Date Posted:07.15.2015 23:38

INDIAN OCEAN – There is a new player at Talisman Sabre 2015, and it comes in the innovative form of the San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock ship USS Green Bay (LPD 20).

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July 13, 2015

Marine Travels Across the Country Giving Out Free Hugs to Veterans

BY TIARE DUNLAP 07/13/2015 AT 07:35 PM EDT

Ian knows the anxiety and isolation faced by combat veterans returning from and even years after war – because he's faced it himself.

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July 11, 2015

31st MEU Marines and Australian Soldiers conduct boat raid for Talisman Sabre 2015

Photos by LCpl Brian Bekkala/Released
Date Posted:07.11.2015 03:55

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, and members of the 2nd Royal Australian Regiment assault a beach using Combat Rubber Reconnaissance Crafts during an amphibious assault exercise as part of Talisman Sabre 15. Northern Territory, Australia, July 11. Talisman Sabre provides an invaluable opportunity to conduct operations in a combined, joint, and interagency environment that will increase the U.S and Australia’s ability to plan and execute contingency responses, from combat missions to humanitarian efforts.

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Images: 31st MEU Supports an Amphibious Assault during Talisman Sabre 15

U.S. Marine Corps photos by GySgt Ismael Pena/released
Date Posted:07.11.2015 11:07

U.S. Marines with Battalion Landing Team 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit along with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 265, in support of an amphibious assault during exercise Talisman Sabre 2015 aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard Expeditionary (LHD 6), at sea, Australia, July 11, 2015. Talisman Sabre is a major bilateral exercise that demonstrates the strong Australian-U.S. alliance and military relationship.

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Images: Fourth of July celebration aboard the USS Bonhomme Richard

Photos by GySgt Ismael Pena/Released
Date Taken:07.04.2015 | Date Posted:07.11.2015 21:27

U.S. Marines and sailors with 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit (MEU) participate in games and fun during the Fourth of July "steel beach" picnic on the flight deck of the USS Bonhomme Richard (LHD 6), at sea, July 4, 2015. The MEU is currently conducting their annual Fall Patrol of the Asia-Pacific region.

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July 10, 2015

Return from Chaos: Treating PTSD

Peter Tuerk TED Talk from TEDxCharleston
Posted on Friday, July 10, 2015 10:30 am | Posted in Guest Posts by VAntage Point Contributor

Psychologist Peter Tuerk was attracted to the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center because it allowed him to marry two of his passions: clinical treatment of Veterans with PTSD and continuing advancement of PTSD treatments through research. Tuerk’s passion for treating Veterans has propelled him to be a leader in the field.

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July 8, 2015

Lenders not following law on loans to military, report says

By Erik Slavin
Stars and Stripes
Published: July 8, 2015

Military student loan deferments guaranteed by federal law are being denied or mishandled by banks, resulting in loan defaults and career hardships, according to a Consumer Financial Protection Bureau report.

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Heartbleed and beyond: Marine Corps ‘cyber range’ trains to fight off hackers

Story by Dan Lamothe July 8, 2015

A virtual training range developed for the Marine Corps to prepare troops for cyber operations has been adapted to do everything from prepare for offensive actions to secure networks defensively against hacking threats like the Heartbleed security bug, Marine officials said.

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July 7, 2015

Marine recruits charge through PT session on Parris Island

Photos by Lance Cpl. Vanessa Austin
Date Posted:07.07.2015 14:32

Recruits of Bravo Company, 1st Recruit Training Battalion, during a physical training session July 7, 2015, on Parris Island, S.C. Recruits perform various exercises meant to strengthen the main muscle groups and prepare them for the physical fitness and combat fitness tests, both of which are graduation requirements. Bravo Company is scheduled to graduate Sept. 18, 2015.

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July 6, 2015

DOD Announces Winners of the 2015 Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence

Release No: NR-265-15July 06, 2015

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced today the 2015 recipients of the Commander in Chief’s Annual Award for Installation Excellence:

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July 5, 2015

Arizona Corpsman deploys to Middle East

Story by LCpl Garrett White
Date Posted:07.03.2015 10:35

UNDISCLOSED LOCATION - Since June 17, 1889, sailors of the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps have been providing lifesaving care to the men and women of the U.S. Marine Corps. Marines have no medical services organic to their branch, but Navy Corpsmen have fought in every clime and place, right along their sides.

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July 2, 2015

U.S. Marines save Bunbury bus driver

Story by Cpl Ryan Mains
Date Taken:07.01.2015 | Date Posted:07.02.2015 05:54

BUNBURY, Australia - After being in the everyday routine of life aboard a U.S. Navy ship for almost three weeks, the only thing in mind for most when given four days ashore is to explore the area and have fun with their friends while on liberty. For three Marines, assisting a local who went unconscious behind the steering wheel of a bus wasn’t on their agenda, but they were prepared for it regardless.

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July 1, 2015

Lt. Gen. Robert Neller tapped as next commandant of the Marine Corps

By Hope Hodge Seck and Aaron Mehta, Staff writers 8:12 p.m. EDT July 1, 2015

Lt. Gen. Robert Neller is the Obama administration's choice to succeed Gen. Joseph Dunford as 37th commandant of the Marine Corps, Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Wednesday.

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8 Fast Financial Tips for Military Recruits

USAA | by Lisa Severson
June 8, 2015

If you're a new recruit or junior enlisted service member, the military can throw a lot your way in a short time.

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Long lost, Medal of Honor recipient’s remains found, to be returned

Posted: Monday, June 29, 2015 9:40 pm | Updated: 12:01 am, Wed Jul 1, 2015.
By Margaret Wright

A white marker at the Santa Fe National Cemetery is inscribed with the name of Marine 1st Lt. Alexander Bonnyman Jr. But the plot beneath it is empty, mirroring the void Bonnyman’s family has lived with since his death more than 70 years ago in World War II.

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