February 2014

Congress repeals COLA cuts, except for new enlistees

2/28/2014 - Congress repeals COLA cuts, except for new enlistees

While it may not be the compromise that advocates for military benefits wanted, the across-the-board cuts to the cost of living adjustments in veterans benefits packages were repealed by Congress. read more »

Baltimore Raven's head coach visits troops in Afghanistan

2/27/2014 - Baltimore Ravens head coach visits troops in Afghanistan

Some NFL coaches choose to relax at home during the offseason, while others may hit the books to prepare for the annual Combine and Draft. read more »

Powered exoskeleton suit ready to begin testing in June

2/26/2014 - Powered exoskeleton suit ready to begin testing in June

The body armor and protection soldiers take into battle is constantly under scrutiny from research and development programs, and though it may seem like it is coming straight out of science fiction, the prototype of a powered exoskeleton soldiers may one day wear on the battlefield will begin preliminary testing this summer. read more »

SOCOM commander says training of Afghan soldiers progressing well

2/25/2014 - SOCOM commander says training of Afghan soldiers progressing well

A major component of the army-wide draw down of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and Iraq is the ongoing training of the Afghan army. read more »

First of four missile defense ships sail into Spanish port

2/24/2014 - First of four missile defense ships sail into Spanish port

While the U.S. Pacific Fleet gears up for a redistribution of its forces for future decades of focus on China, the first of a series of destroyers has quietly sailed into Spanish waters to establish a new line of American missile defense for Western Europe. read more »

Construction companies promise 100,000 jobs to veterans

2/21/2014 - Construction companies promise 100,000 jobs to veterans

Continuing the recent increase in veteran employment rates, a coalition of companies in the construction industry have partnered with Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden's support initiative for veterans entering life after service. read more »

Pentagon researching brain implants to help veterans with TBI

2/20/2014 - Pentagon researching brain implants to help veterans with TBI

The challenges facing each veteran in his or her life after service can be difficult to face alone. read more »

White House intervenes to save aircraft carrier from retirement

2/19/2014 - White House intervenes to save aircraft carrier from retirement

With continued scrutiny to the federal budget, lawmakers have been eyeing a reduction to the nation's fleet of aircraft carriers for some time. read more »

Scam to overcharge veterans for education benefits uncovered

2/18/2014 - Scam to overcharge veterans for education benefits uncovered

Enlisting in the military is no small feat, but some scammers are trying to take financial advantage of the effort that veterans have put into their careers. read more »

MLB players, announcers get taste of training at Fort Bragg

2/14/2014 - MLB players, announcers get taste of training at Fort Bragg

It was an eye-opening experience for some professional athletes in top physical condition when they tried their hands at some routine Army exercises. read more »

Army command to open 33,000 unit designations to women

2/13/2014 - Army command to open 33,000 unit designations to women

While women are not yet allowed to operate under any capacity as a soldier, the Army is taking steps to make service in the military less dependent on gender. read more »

VA releases online tool to calculate veterans benefits and education options

2/12/2014 - VA releases online tool to calculate veterans benefits and education options

It can be difficult for soldiers to determine just what options are available to them after their military careers are done, but the Department of Veterans Affairs has just made that process a lot easier. read more »

G.I. Joe celebrates 50th anniversary

2/11/2014 - G.I. Joe celebrates 50th anniversary

Sometimes called the world's first action figure, the perennially popular G.I. Joe line of toys and models celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. read more »

Planning and communication key for family finances during a deployment

2/10/2014 - Planning and communication key for family finances during a deployment

The deployment of a spouse can be one of the most difficult life events a military family can endure.  read more »

US watchful of Olympic security as warships arrive in Black Sea

2/7/2014 - US watchful of Olympic security as warships arrive in Black Sea

The 22nd Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia commence Feb. 7, and while most American citizens will have their eyes glued to their television sets as they watch the opening ceremony, a contingent of Navy sailors on board two state-of-the-art warships have arrived just in time to watch the Games from a different vantage point. read more »

U.S. tanks return to European soil after brief hiatus

2/7/2014 - U.S. tanks return to European soil after brief hiatus

It was called the end of an era when the U.S. removed the last of its tanks from European soil where they had been a continuous presence since World War II, but after a new fleet of tanks landed at American bases in Germany, a new chapter in history has begun. read more »

DOD to research self-destructing computer chips

2/7/2014 - DOD to research self-destructing computer chips

The U.S. military could soon be one step closer to making "Mission Impossible" a reality read more »

Army extends resilience training to teenage children of servicemembers

2/6/2014 - Army extends resilience training to teenage children of servicemembers

While the families of soldiers may never see combat, they fight a battle of their own. read more »

Wounded veteran receives all-terrain wheelchair that allows him to hunt again

2/6/2014 - Wounded veteran receives all-terrain wheelchair that allows him to hunt again

Before Andrew Pike turned 20 years old, his ability to enjoy his favorite pastimes of hunting and fishing were taken away after a wartime injury in Iraq. read more »

DOD urges grandfather exemption, military committee for COLA cuts

2/5/2014 - DOD urges grandfather exemption, military committee for COLA cuts

For military retirees and those soon to leave active duty, the fight continues against budget cuts to the cost of living adjustments in veterans benefits packages. read more »

Army's top officers talk life after service with veterans groups

2/5/2014 - Army's top officers talk life after service with veterans groups

With more and more troops coming home from extended deployments, there was a strong focus on how best to integrate soldiers back into life after service at the Army's quarterly meeting between top officials and several representatives of veterans groups. read more »

House Armed Services Committee talks challenges of Asia pivot

2/4/2014 - House Armed Services Committee talks challenges of Asia pivot

With the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Afghanistan and the Middle East in its final stages, the House Armed Services Committee held a series of hearings to discuss the next major strategic move of the country's military might: the Asia pivot. read more »

Italy starts taxing mail bound for foreign US troops

2/4/2014 - Italy starts taxing mail bound for foreign US troops

In an unexpected move, Italian customs agents have begun withholding packages and letters bound for U.S. troops stationed in the country unless the normally waived taxes and duties are paid on the incoming shipments. read more »

National Guard mobilizes to help motorists during Winter Storm Leon

2/3/2014 - National Guard mobilizes to help motorists during Winter Storm Leon

When Winter Storm Leon rolled across the southeast U.S., dropping ice and two and a half inches of snow in some places, many residents of perennially snowy northern states were confused by meteorologists calling it a major storm. read more »

New submarine class begins sea-testing, delivery well ahead of schedule

2/3/2014 - New submarine class begins sea-testing, delivery well ahead of schedule

The newest addition to the Navy's fleet of submarines, complete with all the bells and whistles, is set to begin testing. read more »