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First African American woman set to graduate from U.S. Army Ranger School

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Sgt. 1st. Class Janina Simmons completed U.S. Army Ranger School Friday, making her the first female, African American soldier to graduate from the course.

Simmons, 29, is based out of Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and now joins the more than a dozen women who have completed the grueling 62-day training course, giving her the right to wear the coveted black and gold Ranger tab.

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Gold Star widow “shocked” by new tax bill on sons’ survivor benefits

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Many Americans were shocked by their tax bills this month. The new law was especially costly for our nation’s Gold Star families, who saw the taxes owed on their survivor benefits skyrocket.

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‘Parking Lot’ Suicides Roil VA Hospitals | By Richard Sisk

In a tragic and disturbing trend, veterans are resorting to suicide on the grounds of VA facilities, VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin said last week.

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Costly Natural Disasters Becoming More Frequent

The frequency of billion-dollar natural disasters is increasing rapidly in the United States due mostly to the cumulative effects of climate change, according to an analysis posted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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Feds formally launch investigation of carcinogens on military bases

Emmet Peterson, a utilities systems operator with the Directorate of Public Works, completes water testing at the Fort McCoy, Wis., water treatment facility complex March 17, 2014. (U.S. Army Photo by Scott T. Sturkol, Public Affairs Office, Fort McCoy, Wis.)
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