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February 12, 2013
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  • Same-sex partners will gain access to military benefits
    The Pentagon on Monday released a list of military benefits that will be offered to the same-sex partners of service members. The benefits include military IDs, access to commissaries and the ability to visit loved ones in military hospitals. Some benefits will remain off limits to same-sex partners, as offering them is illegal under the Defense of Marriage Act, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta said. The Pentagon aims to make the new benefits available by Oct. 1. USA Today (2/11) , Air Force Times (free registration) (2/11) , Stars and Stripes (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • SEAL who shot bin Laden faces difficult transition to civilian life
    The Navy SEAL who killed Osama bin Laden says he is now jobless and has no health coverage and no prospects of collecting a military pension. The situation highlights the poor job that the military does at preparing service members for civilian life, some observers say. The SEAL's claim that he doesn't have access to health insurance has been disputed by Stars and Stripes. Esquire.com (2/11) , USA Today (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Military prepares vehicles for Afghanistan departure
    One of the challenges faced by the U.S. as it withdraws from Afghanistan is cleaning vehicles from the region so that they comply with requirements from the Pentagon and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dangerous insects and live ammunition are some of the items that inspectors must check for. Stars and Stripes (2/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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