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  1. A Liberian military police truck with warnings on its side door, one reading 'Tell Everyone You Meet About Ebola' patrol through the streets to prevent panic by people over the Ebola virus in the city of Monrovia, Liberia, on Friday. Abbas Dulleh/The Associated Press

    DoD may send personnel to Africa to help fight Ebola epidemic

    Defense Department officials are discussing the possibility of sending personnel to western Africa to assist with the Ebola epidemic there.

    • Aug. 1, 2014
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    Capt. David J. Lenzi II Courtesy Capt. David J. Lenzi II

    Opinion: No need to go back to Iraq — the job may be done for us

    There seems to be an awful lot of people who think any excuse to travel to a foreign country and kill people is a good one.

    • Jul. 22, 2014
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    Now more than ever, the Army needs more meaningful transition services for its soldiers, writes Lt. Col. Amanda Rossi. Army

    Commentary: Lt. colonel writes plea to help 'pink slip' soldiers

    [Editor's note: The following is a letter to the editor.] The reduction in force in the Army ranks has historical precedence. The Army grows to fight a war and when the war is over — the Army shrinks.

    • Jul. 14, 2014
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    Soldiers take the Oath of Citizenship during their naturalization ceremony at the United States Embassy in Kuwait. Sgt. William White / Army

    Commentary: Immigration reform could enable soldiers to serve

    For my father and me, as for many thousands of Filipinos who have served in the U.S. armed forces, one of our major contributions to this country was our military service.

    • Jul. 13, 2014
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    Marines with a security cooperation team work with Guatemalan marines during a train-the-trainer session at the Brigada de Infantera de Marina base in Puerto Barrios, Guatemala, on June 4. Mike Morones/Staff

    SOUTHCOM chief: Central America drug war a dire threat to U.S. national security

    In an exclusive commentary for Military Times, Gen. John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, writes that the increasing drug violence destabilizing Latin American countries is a critical and immediate security threat to the United States.

    • Jul. 8, 2014
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    Former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald, President Obama's nominee as the next Veterans Affairs secretary, listens as Obama makes a statement at the Department of Veterans Affairs on June 30. Charles Dharapak/The Associated Press

    Editorial: A little bit of honesty at the VA, please

    The White House's nomination of Robert McDonald as the next secretary of veterans affairs offers at least one potential reason for early cautious optimism: his 30-plus years of corporate experience with consumer products giant Procter & Gamble.

    • Jul. 5, 2014
  2. Westmacott

    Invictus Games: Ready to inspire the world

    In my 21/2 years as British ambassador to the United States, I have frequently had the honor of hosting British and American wounded warriors — both serving and veteran — at my home.

    • Jul. 1, 2014
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    President Obama writes that, as was the case with the veterans who used the first GI Bill 70 years ago, investing in our newest veterans will produce leaders the country needs. Rob Curtis/Staff

    Obama: Post-9/11 GI Bill keeps promise to newest vets

    The GI Bill, celebrating its 70th anniversary, has had a huge positive impact on the lives of millions of veterans over the years. President Obama says the generous Post-9/11 GI Bill continues to transform lives as one of the 'smartest investments' the nation has ever made.

    • Jun. 20, 2014
  3.  Cpl. Randy L. Bernard/Marine Corps

    5 questions: Cutting benefits for military retirees

    Retired Army Lt. Col. Tom Slear has touched the third rail of military and veterans' issues with an opinion piece arguing that a 'very small decrease in pay' for military retirees would be reasonable, considering the need for the U.S.

    • Jun. 10, 2014
  4. An image made from video released April 7, 2010, by the the Taliban shows U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl. Site Intelligence Group / AP

    Opinion: Don't judge Bowe Bergdahl, that's the Pentagon's job

    If the evidence strongly indicates that then-Pfc. Bowe Bergdahl abandoned his post in Afghanistan in 2009, then he should be prosecuted on the appropriate charges.

    • Jun. 9, 2014
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    After five years on the job, it is time for VA Secretary Eric Shinseki to step down. Rob Curtis/staff

    Editorial: Army Times says VA's Shinseki must step down

    The VA scandal over alleged 'secret wait lists' for health care appointments, which may have contributed to the deaths of dozens of veterans whose treatment was delayed, is still unfolding.

    • May. 16, 2014
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    American Legion commander: Shinseki must go

    A career soldier and Vietnam veteran, General Eric Shinseki has served his country well. His patriotism and sacrifice for this nation are above reproach.

    • May. 5, 2014
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    A soldier greets his wife and daughter after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. May is Military Appreciation Month. Army

    Editorial: Appreciating veterans — the right way

    Today marks Day One of the 15th annual celebration of Military Appreciation Month. Yet much of the nation still has no clue about how to truly appreciate the military that makes great sacrifices to keep them safe.

    • May. 1, 2014
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     MOAA

    Hayden on pay and benefits reform: Repeat mistakes, break the force

    The goal of the Military Officers Association of America is to promote the common defense by sustaining a strong all-volunteer force and ensure our nation keeps its reciprocal commitments to current and previous generations of career troops and families.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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     Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

    Korb on pay and benefits reform: Inaction carries heavy cost

    I am proud to be one of the 23 million living American men and women who have earned the title of veteran by serving our country in the nation's armed forces.

    • Apr. 10, 2014
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    This PowerPoint slide shows some of the unauthorized hairstyles for women. A White House petition opposing the rules has garnered more than 11,000 signatures. Army

    Editorial: Army should review controversial hair rules

    Army leaders probably anticipated blowback from soldiers when they tightened tattoo rules. But a more serious complaint has been leveled against service leaders for their revision to AR 670-1: They are showing racial bias.

    • Apr. 6, 2014
  5. Opinion: Don't let VRAP grind to a halt

    On Monday, the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program, a benefit that provides unemployed veterans ages 35 to 60 with 12 months of Montgomery GI Bill education benefits, is set to expire — possibly leaving a number of veterans seeking careers in high-dema

    • Mar. 31, 2014
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    The creators of 'Enlisted' have demonstrated a sincere effort to normalize America's view of troops. Fox

    EDITORIAL: Army Times calls on Fox to give 'Enlisted' better time slot

    The Fox network's new military comedy, 'Enlisted,' appears to have hit its stride, but stagnant ratings after the show's disappointing pilot episode threaten to torpedo its chances of being picked up for a second season.

    • Mar. 21, 2014
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    Opinion: Educational equality for military families is worth fighting for

    As a nation, we must regularly ask if we are satisfying our commitment to the men and women of America's armed forces. Frequent debate revolves around military pay, housing and medical attention.

    • Mar. 19, 2014
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    Opinion: Critical success factors for online education

    Active-duty service members and veterans tend to be nontraditional students — more likely to be married, have children, and to hold down a job while going to school.

    • Mar. 18, 2014
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    Col. Ellen Haring

    Opinion: Combat integration: Not bad, not good enough

    Jan. 24 marks the one-year anniversary of the elimination of the combat exclusion policy, which officially kept women from accessing nearly a quarter-million military jobs. So what has changed for Army women in the past year? Not a lot.

    • Jan. 19, 2014
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