Larry Abramson http://kut.org en Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://kut.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:41:45 +0000 Larry Abramson 9077 at http://kut.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples At An Air Force Base, Allegations Of Sexual Assault http://kut.org/post/air-force-base-texas-allegations-sexual-assault Opening statements will be made Tuesday in the trial of a former Air Force instructor accused of rape and sexual assault of the young trainees in his care.<p>Staff Sgt. Luis Walker faces 28 charges and could be sentenced to life in prison. A total of 12 Air Force instructors are under investigation for allegedly abusing recruits at Lackland Air Force Base, the main Air Force training center.<p>If what prosecutors say about Walker is true, he made life hell for 10 new members of the U.S. Air Force. Tue, 17 Jul 2012 14:42:30 +0000 Larry Abramson 4698 at http://kut.org At An Air Force Base, Allegations Of Sexual Assault Military Looks to Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma http://kut.org/post/military-looks-redefine-ptsd-without-stigma The military and the Department of Veterans Affairs say they want more veterans and service members to get appropriate treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.<p>That's why they're tweaking the way they define and treat PTSD. But if this approach works, it could add to the backlog of PTSD cases.<p>For years, the standard definition for post-traumatic stress disorder had a key feature that didn't fit for the military. Tue, 15 May 2012 13:21:18 +0000 Larry Abramson 4237 at http://kut.org Military Looks to Redefine PTSD, Without Stigma Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized http://kut.org/post/bin-laden-papers-show-him-frustrated-marginalized Documents found at Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan reveal an al-Qaida leader who had come to feel marginalized and frustrated with actions taken by affiliated terror groups he had helped inspire.<p>The man responsible for the 9/11 terror attacks is seen struggling to limit attacks that killed mostly Muslims, and to keep the international jihad movement focused on what he viewed as the main target: the United States.<p>The glimpse inside this secretive organization comes just after the first anniversary of the killing of bin Laden in Abbotabad, Pakistan, by a Navy Seal team.<p>That team Thu, 03 May 2012 21:55:45 +0000 Larry Abramson 4158 at http://kut.org Bin Laden Papers Show Him Frustrated, Marginalized For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans http://kut.org/post/profit-schools-under-fire-targeting-veterans Hundreds of thousands of veterans have returned from Iraq and Afghanistan in recent years, eager to get an education under the new post-Sept. 11 GI Bill.<p>Many vets looking for a school find they are inundated by sales pitches from institutions hungry for their government benefits. Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:21:17 +0000 Larry Abramson 3995 at http://kut.org For-Profit Schools Under Fire For Targeting Veterans