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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.

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...

A variety of Ukrainian military patches that Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler Bream, an assaultman with the 2nd Marine Battalion, 25th Marine Regiment, bartered from Ukrainian marines during the Sea Breeze exercise, Saturday, July 14, 2018.  MARTIN EGNASH/STARS AND STRIPES
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Marines do fast trade in MREs, knives and dip for Ukrainian goods at Sea Breeze exercise

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July 17, 2018

MYKOLAIV REGION, Ukraine — Under normal Marine field conditions, scarcity might make Skittles or jalapeno cheese spread from a Meals, Ready to Eat pouch worth trading.

Passengers wait in line at a ticket counter at Naha Airport's domestic terminal, Aug. 9, 2006. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
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Camp Schwab Marine arrested at airport on Okinawa after bullet found in luggage

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July 13, 2018

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — A Camp Schwab Marine was arrested after a rifle bullet was found in his bag at Naha Airport, Japanese police said.