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Letters were sent this month by the IRS notifying 130,062 veterans that the federal agency might have improperly collected taxes on their lump sum disability severance pay issued between 1991 and 2016. The National Veterans Legal Services Program estimates some veterans are owed more than $10,000.  STARS AND STRIPES
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Pentagon sending letters to more than 130,000 owed tax refund on disability pay

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July 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — The Defense Department has identified more than 130,000 veterans released from military service following injuries who may be owed more than $1,700 each in tax...
Marine Sgt. Matt DeMaio is pictured during a 2010 deployment to Mozambique, where he had the idea to make Condition One nutrition bars.  COURTESY OF MATT DEMAIO
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Marine veteran’s meal-replacement bars take aim at MREs

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July 17, 2018
A health-conscious Marine veteran has channeled a longtime dissatisfaction with MREs into a full-time job making meal-replacement bars.
The collision-damaged USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock at Yokosuka Naval Base, Japan, July 13, 2017. Leonard Adams/U.S. Navy
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Fitzgerald, McCain collisions: Are the right people being held to account?

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July 17, 2018
An unlikely speaker took the podium last month at the U.S. Army Research Laboratory in Maryland to honor the life of one of the 17 sailors killed last year in two separate Navy...
Brendan McCord, the head of machine learning at Defense Innovation Unit Experimental, discusses artificial intelligence and how it can transform the Defense Department during a Defense Innovation Board meeting at DIUx headquarters in Mountain View, Calif., July 11, 2018. (DoD photo)

‘Exciting, Crucial’ Time in AI Development, Official Tells Innovation Board

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July 13, 2018
WASHINGTON -- Artificial intelligence is a strategic priority for the Defense Department that could transform the way the department operates, the head of machine learning at the...
Medically assisted treatment for opioid use can break the cycle of addiction.

There is hope

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July 13, 2018
The United States is in the middle of an opioid overdose epidemic, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which calculates that more than 350,000 deaths are...
Airmen examine a patient while Marcelino Piedade, right, a translator from Dili, Timor-Leste, translates for the medical staff at the Negri Saran Kote Secondary School during Pacific Angel 2018 in Suai, Cova Lima Municipality, Southwest Timor-Leste, June 11, 2018. BENJAMIN W. STRATTON/U.S. AIR FORCE PHOTO
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US troops aid South Pacific island that China reportedly eyed for base

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July 14, 2018
U.S. troops will conduct humanitarian operations next week on a South Pacific island that, some have speculated, is eyed by China as a potential overseas military base.