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Meet Virginia, Where Lenders' Lawyers Play While Soldiers Are Away

Meet Virginia, Where Lenders' Lawyers Play While Soldiers Are Away
The law is clear: When far-flung members of the U.S. military are sued in civil court, judges must at least appoint lawyers for them.
But that basic layer of protection hasn't provided much help to the hundreds of service members sued in Virginia courts each year by high-cost lender USA Discounters.
The state routinely allows plaintiffs like USA Discounters to suggest which lawyers should be appointed. Moreover, the federal Servicemembers Civil Relief Act (SCRA) doesn't detail what those attorneys must do or how much they'll be paid for doing it.
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A Stronger Union: $600M Promised to Help Vets Find Housing in CA

A Stronger Union: $600M Promised to Help Vets Find Housing in CA
One local California union has continued its goal of assisting military veterans transitioning to civilian life by supporting the effort to pass Proposition 41, the state's latest affordable housing bill. According to a 2013 survey by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, 22 percent of homeless Americans live in the state of California.
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VIDEO: John McCain Goes AWOL from Sanity, Forgets Iraq Past

VIDEO: John McCain Goes AWOL from Sanity, Forgets Iraq Past
John McCain has devolved. Where once was a well-respected (albeit hawkish and conservative) veteran lawmaker, now stands a pandering, frothing-at-the-mouth shill for the far right of the GOP.
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War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq

War Hungry Lawmakers May Have Had Their Fill of Iraq
The prospect of the U.S. military returning to the fight in Iraq has turned congressional hawks into doves. Lawmakers who eagerly voted to authorize military force 12 years ago to oust Saddam Hussein and destroy weapons of mass destruction that were never found now harbor doubts that air strikes will turn back insurgents threatening Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's government and Baghdad. Fears of Mideast quagmire and weariness after a decade of conflict in Iraq and Afghanistan loom large for even those who talk tough on national security. More than 6,000 Americans died in those wars, which cost a trillion dollars.
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Donna Cassata and Bradley Klapper
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Messaging the Shooters: You're on Your Own, Says AL Sen Jeff Sessions to Vets

Messaging the Shooters: You're on Your Own, Says AL Sen Jeff Sessions to Vets
Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions talks a good talk when it comes to veterans (He should! He voted to send them overseas to be shot at!), but when it comes to putting his money where his mouth is, Sessions is like most of his Republican counterparts: mendacious and obstructive.
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Five US Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire

Five US Soldiers Killed by Friendly Fire
Five U.S. Special Operation soldiers and at least one Afghan soldier were killed in southern Afghanistan late Monday when an errant airstrike struck their position during a skirmish with Taliban forces.
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Obama Vision of 'Ending' Afghan War Includes 10,000 Troops

Obama Vision of 'Ending' Afghan War Includes 10,000 Troops
In comments made Tuesday afternoon at the White House, President Obama laid out his plan to draw down the number of occupying forces in Afghanistan, indicating that his vision of succcess in terms of U.S. foreign policy is that in 2015, nearly ten thousand U.S. troops would remain "in harms way" overseas.
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Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader

Army Reprimands Ex-General Turned Religious Right Leader
Back in 2003, President Bush repeatedly rebuked then-General Jerry Boykin for giving public speeches framing the war on terror as a holy war between Christianity and Islam, speeches that also violated military rules.
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A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor

A Comic Con? US Special Forces Unveil Designs for Iron Man-Like Suit of Armor
Elite U.S. special operations forces may be a few short years away from donning an Iron Man-like suit, one that can monitor the user's vital signs, give him real-time battlefield information and be bulletproof from head to toe. The suit might eventually have other features unheard of only a few years ago, including an exoskeleton made of liquid armor, smart fabrics that could help stop hemorrhaging, enhanced sensory capabilities and Google Glass-like visuals.
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Tamara Lush
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Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp

Big Revamp of Pentagon’s Troubled Mission to Find Missing Soldiers Looks a Lot Like Old Revamp
The Pentagon spends about $100 million annually to recover and identify missing service members from the Vietnam War, Korean War and World War II, but identified just 60 last year — far short of the 200 per year mandated by Congress starting next year. This latest restructuring is the broadest one yet, taking on the science used to make identifications and creating public-private partnerships, but it's unclear whether it will be a reorganization just on paper like it was in the past.
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Megan McCloskey
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