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Defense Secretary Hagel Plans Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses, But None for Couples

Defense Secretary Hagel Plans Benefits for Same-Sex Military Spouses, But None for Couples
The Defense Department is planning to extend comprehensive benefits to same-sex spouses in the military, though this may interfere with plans for same-sex couples that were already in the pipeline. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel claims the latter aren't needed if the former are in place.
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Lolita C. Baldor
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'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down

'Embracing the Status Quo': Major Sexual Assault Prevention Measure Shot Down
A well-supported measure that advocates for transparency and impartiality in cases of U.S. military sexual assault has been shot down. Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.), with top military officials' support, decided late last night to eliminate Gillibrand's proposal from the Defense Authorization Act.
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Rape Victim: Retaliation Prevalent In Military

 Rape Victim: Retaliation Prevalent In Military
Retaliation is part of a military-wide pattern that has prevented countless cases from being reported and investigated, exacerbating the epidemic, according to victims' advocates. A Pentagon report released earlier this month found 62 percent of sexual assault victims in the military who reported being attacked say they faced some kind of retaliation afterward.
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VIDEO: Grieving Widow Denied Basic Federal Benefits

VIDEO: Grieving Widow Denied Basic Federal Benefits
Even though the Morgans were legally married in New Hampshire, the so-called Defense of Marriage Act doesn’t allow the military to recognize their marriage. Now, in the wake of her family’s loss, Karen Morgan faces financial uncertainty amid her grief, because she is not eligible for survivorship benefits she needs to care for their five-year-old daughter.
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Military's Sexual Misconduct Woes Continue With Revelations of Secret In-Bathroom Videotaping by West Point Sergeant

Military's Sexual Misconduct Woes Continue With Revelations of Secret In-Bathroom Videotaping by West Point Sergeant
An Army sergeant has been charged with secretly photographing and videotaping at least a dozen women at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, including in a bathroom.
The Army said Wednesday that Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon is facing charges of dereliction of duty, mistreatment, entering a women's bathroom without notice, and taking and possessing inappropriate photos and videos of women who were nake
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LOLITA C. BALDOR
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House Panel to Vote Today on Rules Change Which Would Enable 'Vigorous Prosecution' of Military Sex Offenders

House Panel to Vote Today on Rules Change Which Would Enable 'Vigorous Prosecution' of Military Sex Offenders
"I think the leadership of the military is confused," said Rep. Michael Turner, R-Ohio, who along with Rep. Niki Tsongas, D-Mass., wrote several of the provisions before the subcommittee. "They believe as long as they have programs where they say sexual assault is wrong that they've done enough. No. They have to support the victim, and they have to support vigorous prosecution."
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Richard Lardner
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First Out Gay Man Confirmed as Air Force Undersecretary

First Out Gay Man Confirmed as Air Force Undersecretary
Eric Fanning, a gay man, has been confirmed to the second-highest civilian position in the U.S. Air Force.
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Congress Won't Allow Spending Cuts the Military Wants, Costing Taxpayers $5 Billion

Congress Won't Allow Spending Cuts the Military Wants, Costing Taxpayers $5 Billion
The Pentagon long has battled with Congress over politically sensitive spending cuts. But this year, military officials say Congress' refusal to retire ships and aircraft means the Navy and Air Force are spending roughly $5 billion more than they would if they were allowed to make the cuts.
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Taxpayers Forced to Swallow Billions to Maintain Costly Overseas Military Bases

Taxpayers Forced to Swallow Billions to Maintain Costly Overseas Military Bases
The United States is footing more of the bill for overseas bases in Germany, Japan and South Korea even as the military reduces the number of American troops in Europe and strategically repositions forces in Asia, a congressional report says.
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US Marine Will Marry His Partner, But Won't Be Allowed to Visit Him On Base

US Marine Will Marry His Partner, But Won't Be Allowed to Visit Him On Base
Captain Phelps will marry Schock in May in Seattle, Washington and he will subsequently be transferred to Japan this summer for a minimum of two years. But because of the so-called Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), Schock will not be allowed to join him on base.
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