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Starbucks offers free college for veteran spouses and children

StarbucksStarbucks announced it is expanding its free college tuition program to the children and spouses of its employees who have served in the military.

The company, which already offers tuition-free education to some part-time and full-time employees, extended its College Achievement Plan, which reimburses students who earn a bachelor's degree through Arizona State University's online program. The company also announced a "pay for service" benefit for active duty and reservists, which will cover up to 80 hours of pay each year for service obligations.

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Decades after waging war overseas, veterans fight for a stable home

homeless veteransWhen he first showed up at a residential treatment facility in Sacramento, California, Roger Schultz’s life was a wreck. After serving as a cannoneer sergeant for five years in the early 1980s, three decades later, Schultz was living out of his truck, barely getting by.

In search of a comfortable bed and open to learning from the experiences of fellow veterans, he finally checked into a Veterans Resource Center (VRC) in July 2014.

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Obama nominates openly gay man to lead Army

Eric FanningPresident Barack Obama nominated Eric Fanning to be the next secretary of the Army, the White House said Friday, paving the way for the first openly gay leader of a military branch in U.S. history.

Fanning is currently serving as acting Army undersecretary and previously worked as an Air Force undersecretary and a chief of staff to Defense Secretary Ash Carter. His nomination to the post must be confirmed by the Senate.

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The United States Probably Has More Foreign Military Bases Than Any Other People, Nation, or Empire in History

US Military posts worldwideWith the US military having withdrawn many of its forces from Iraq and Afghanistan, most Americans would be forgiven for being unaware that hundreds of US bases and hundreds of thousands of US troops still encircle the globe.

Although few know it, the United States garrisons the planet unlike any country in history, and the evidence is on view from Honduras to Oman, Japan to Germany, Singapore to Djibouti.

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The West Point Professor Who Contemplated a Coup

West PointOn Monday, West Point law professor William C. Bradford resigned after The Guardian reported that he had allegedly inflated his academic credentials. Bradford made headlines last week, when the editors of the National Security Law Journal denounced a controversial article by him in their own summer issue:

As the incoming Editorial Board, we want to address concerns regarding Mr. Bradford’s contention that some scholars in legal academia could be considered as constituting a fifth column in the war against terror; his interpretation is that those scholars could be targeted as unlawful combatants.

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Okinawans decry noise, chemical pollution at US bases across island

Okinawa bases pollution protestedSeventy years after the end of World War II, there are 32 U.S. military facilities in Okinawa, Japan’s southernmost prefecture. Many of the U.S. bases there are concentrated in the crowded southern part of the island

. The sparsely populated north is home to the U.S. Marine Corps Camp Gonsalves and the Jungle Warfare Training Center (JWTC). The northern and central training areas make up a 37,000-acre expanse of rugged subtropical jungle that includes the U.S.’s only site designated for practicing jungle warfare and have played a major role in training since before the Vietnam War.

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New Army chief ponders momentous decision on women in combat

Women in combatThe Army's new chief of staff, Gen. Mark Milley, is taking a calculated approach to arguably the most consequential decision of his early tenure — whether to recommend that any all-male combat roles remain closed to women.

Central to his thinking, he said in an Associated Press interview Friday, is the question of whether allowing women to serve in the infantry, armor and other traditionally male-only fields would affect Army "readiness" for war.

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