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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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Pentagon Warns Congress to Get It Together or 800,000 Civilian Workers Will Be Affected

Pentagon Warns Congress to Get It Together or  800,000 Civilian Workers Will Be Affected
In a written message to employees, Panetta said that he notified members of Congress Wednesday that if the White House and Congress cannot strike a deficit reduction deal before March 1 to avoid the furloughs, all affected workers will get at least 30 days' advance notice.
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DADT Discharged Troops to Receive Full Pay

DADT Discharged Troops to Receive Full Pay
Former service members who are part of a class action lawsuit challenging a Defense Department policy that cuts in half the separation pay of those who have been honorably discharged for "homosexuality" will receive their full pay after a settlement announced Monday.
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