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Burn Pits Legislation Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill Military & Veterans News Burn Pits Legislation Gains Momentum on Capitol Hill Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA), America’s leading post-9/11 veterans empowerment organization, announced today significant, additional support for its Burn Pits Accountability Act (H.R. 5671/S. 3181) to improve the tracking and reporting of servicemembers’ exposure to burn pits and airborne toxins during their deployments, and the recent passage of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2018. Burn Pits are among IAVA’s 2018 Big 6 Priorities for post 9/11 veterans.
Veterans Advantage Military & Veterans News NDAA Expands Military Spouse Scholarship Military spouses now have more flexibility to use the My Career Advancement Account Scholarship to pursue education and professional credentials. The FY20 National Defense Authorization Act expands the program to help pay tuition up to $4,000 for a license, certification or associate degree to pursue any occupation or career. As long as the military spouse, school and a Spouse Education and Career Opportunities career coach work together to define a clear career path, called an education and training plan, the funds can be applied. Previously, MyCAA could only be used toward 13 defined fields and 170 careers.
U.S. Department of Defense Military & Veterans News Joint Statement on 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security Between the U.S. and Japan The text of the following statement was released by Secretary of State Michael Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper for the Government of the United States of America and by Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi and Defense Minister Taro Kono for the Government of Japan on the occasion of 60th Anniversary of the Signing of the Treaty of Mutual Cooperation and Security between the United States of America and Japan.
White House Military & Veterans News Remarks by President Trump During Troop Engagement | Bagram, Afghanistan THE PRESIDENT:  We’re going to be getting together.  We’ll be saying a few words in a little while.  But it’s an honor to be with you.  We brought Senator Barrasso.  As you know, he’s a great supporter of our military services.  And nobody is like you.  We spent two and a half trillion since I’ve been here.  That’s a lot of money.  But we rebuilt our military.  It was depleted, as you know, and now it’s — I guess, the word “depletion” is about the last word we’d use, right?

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