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  • Combat veterans with genital injuries find little help overcoming intimacy, pregnancy challenges

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    Five months after his 32nd birthday, Aaron Causey stepped on a bomb. The newlywed from Alabama was on his second overseas Army deployment, working as an explosives technician in Afghanistan. That morning in 2011, Aaron was on the hunt, peering inside tunnels for improvised explosive devices.

    Before he saw the small bundle of plastic and copper wires, he had stepped on it. The blast ripped off his legs and traveled through his groin. One testicle was destroyed, only two-thirds of the other remained.

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  • New law would increase survivor benefits for fallen Guardsmen and reservists

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    Melinda Barnes Runk remembers that summer day in 2007 when a uniformed service member and a religious leader showed up at her house to tell her that her husband, an Apache helicopter pilot in the Utah National Guard, had died in a helicopter crash.

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  • Michelle Obama's signature military initiative faces an uncertain future under Donald Trump

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    Joining Forces officials this week will celebrate five years of work highlighting veterans and military families, but they’ll also be wondering what the next few months will mean for the future of the effort.

    The White House initiative — founded and led by first lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden — has been praised by many in the military community for successes in bridging the civilian-military divide, using media campaigns and corporate connections to tackle issues like veterans unemployment, military spouse credentialing and veterans homelessness. 

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  • Report: Commissary cost-cutting plan lacks details, fails to ensure customer benefit

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    The Defense Department’s plan for saving money on commissary operations is thin on details, and decision-makers will need these details to evaluate whether the savings come at the expense of customer benefits, according to a new report from government auditors. 

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  • Pentagon Pushes 'Interstate Compacts' for Job Licensing

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    The Defense Department is pushing state governments to adopt "interstate compacts" to make it easier for spouses to obtain professional licenses, such as those required for physical therapy.

    In the past, military spouses in careers that require a professional license, such as teaching or nursing, needed to meet benchmarks for their state-specific license before going back to work after moving to a new state. But the process can be lengthy and expensive, forcing spouses to put their careers on hold.

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  • Foundation to cover fertility-related expenses for some veterans

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    Veterans whose injuries have caused infertility can now apply for reduced-cost fertility services and grants to cover related expenses under a new program administered by the Bob Woodruff Foundation. 

    The foundation has established a financial assistance fund that will help cover the unreimbursed costs of fertility services, while members of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technologies provide discounted services to eligible veterans. 

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  • To Retain More Parents, The Military Offers A Better Work-Life Balance

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    The military is famous for working long hours, not only on overseas deployments to hot spots like Iraq or Afghanistan but back home, too. It's almost a badge of honor.

    So balancing work and family life can be especially difficult for those in uniform. Take Air Force Maj. Johanna Ream.

    She's working a high-powered, top-secret job. Her husband's an Air Force cargo plane pilot who flies all over the world. And they were the parents of an infant named Jack when this happened:

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  • DoD intervenes in Army's plans to cut MWR

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    The Army has at least temporarily pulled back on reductions in funding that would have required many installations to cut morale, welfare and recreation programs.   

    The decision was made following concerns raised by Todd Weiler, assistant secretary of defense for manpower and reserve affairs, according to an Army source.  

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  • Obama signs bill that helps veterans pay for in vitro fertilization

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    Veterans who suffered injuries that resulted in fertility problems will soon be eligible for federal assistance for in vitro fertilization.

    President Barack Obama on Thursday signed a bill that authorizes the Department of Veterans Affairs to help pay the costs for the next two years. The provision was included in the two-year budget for Veterans Affairs and military construction and was authored by U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.

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  • NEW ‘HERO CARE’ APP HELPS MILITARY MEMBERS AND VETERANS

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    RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has unveiled a new mobile app meant to help members of the military, veterans and their families.

    The Hero Care app will let users identify and access emergency and non-emergency Red Cross services from anywhere in the world.

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