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Veterans will soon get to shop tax-free online with AAFES

I know they have some excellent computer and electronic deals.  Yes, I rather shop AAFES than Wal-Mart.

I'm applying for access.

P.S.  If you are not an American Legion member, go on their web site and join.  They are a strong lobby for active duty, reserve, guard, and VETERANS.  


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USS Arizona survivor: ‘We were caught in the fireball’
Donald Stratton, though badly burned, managed to escape from the USS Arizona during the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor — thanks to the efforts of someone he believes has never gotten the recognition he deserves.

 
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Elderly congregation loses fight to save Fort Jackson's World War II-era chapel
The chapel, built in 1941 and dedicated in 1958 to all the soldiers who trained at Fort Jackson for World War II, is slated for demolition in October.

 
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Veterans will soon get to shop tax-free online with AAFES
Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military.

 
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GI Bill expansion moves to Senate floor for a vote
In a unanimous vote Wednesday morning, the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee advanced quick-moving legislation to expand veterans’ education benefits to a Senate floor vote.

 
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Ohio veteran can keep ducks to relieve PTSD, depression
Darin Welker, who served in Iraq with the Army and was medically discharged from the Ohio National Guard, says his six ducks have been therapeutic. He was granted a variance to a local law that banned farm animals.

 
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House committee blocks attempt to let VA docs recommend marijuana
A House committee has struck down a measure allowing Department of Veterans Affairs doctors to discuss and recommend medical marijuana to veterans in states where the drug is legal, blocking it from debate Wednesday on the House floor.

 
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House rejects funding bill for nearly bankrupt VA Choice program
House lawmakers rejected legislation Monday that would provide $2 billion in emergency funding for the Veterans Choice Program by taking money from other VA programs.

 
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Former World War II POW honored as he reaches 100
During three years as a Japanese prisoner of war in Manchuria, Randall Edwards was certain he wouldn't survive World War II. The leaders of the camp had orders to execute all the prisoners if American troops ever invaded the main island of Japan.

 
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As administration wages war on legal marijuana, military veterans side with pot
Frustrated by federal laws restricting their access to a drug many rely on to help treat post-traumatic stress disorder, chronic pain and opioid addiction, veterans have become an influential lobbying force.

 
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95-year-old WWII vet recalls liberation of Dachau, time as combat medic
At 95 years old, it's become as important as ever for World War II veteran Benjamin Cooper to share his war stories.

 
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Lawmakers demand funds for homeless vets be restored
More than half of Wisconsin's state legislators demanded on Friday that President Donald Trump's administration restore funding to put homeless veterans in two state homes, warning that the funding cut would worsen veterans' suffering.

 
   
         
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