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Combat Related Special Compensation

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides military retirees a monthly compensation that replaces their VA disability offset. This means that qualified military retirees with 20 or more years of service that have "combat related" VA-rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disa... more

US, NATO Troops in Ukraine for Military Exercise

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About 1,300 troops from 15 NATO countries, including about 200 U.S. troops, are in Ukraine to participate in a military exercise. The 10-day exercise, called Rapid Trident, also involves an unspecified number of Ukrainian troops, and begins Tuesday in Lviv, near Ukraine's border with Poland and about 600 miles from Donetsk, where pro-Russian se... more

Iran Rejects Call for Global Strategy Against ISIL

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech to members of the paramilitary Basij force at the Imam Khomeini Grand Mosque in Tehran, Iran.

PARIS - As diplomats from around the world sought a global strategy to fight Islamic State extremists, Iran ruled out working with any international coalition, saying it had rejected American requests for co-operation against the militants. Neither Iran nor Syria, which together share most of Iraq's borders, was invited to the international con... more

Adopted Dog Brings Navy Couple Closer Together

Robert and Kay

Before being adopted, Kay was an adult dog like too many others — sitting in a shelter with few prospects of a forever home until a Navy couple made her family. In return, she has brought the pair even closer together, and provides welcome comfort during deployments, a staple of military life. This is their story as told by Robert, active duty ... more

A Pen and a Pup: Korean War Vet Cures the Blues

Ross and Schatz

With the stroke of a pen and the love of one very special pup, an elderly Korean War veteran beat the blues that dogged him after the end of a three-decades long marriage. A self-described "writer, poet, librettist of truth and beauty," Ross served in the Navy during the Korean War and found a four-legged sweetheart to lift him from despair aft... more

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