President Bush today repeated his pledge that he’ll veto any congressional war-funding bills that stipulate a timetable for withdrawal of U.S. military forces from Iraq.
Reservist and National Guard families whose loved ones have been activated for duty often face more than the pain of separation-they face financial hardship as well. A survey by the Department of Defense for Reserve Affairs found that 31% of families saw a decrease in income when a husband or wife was summoned for duty.
Adopt A U.S. Soldier
To honor active US military personnel, Adopt A US Soldier is a volunteer-based program that connects supportive Americans with deployed soldiers and offers a channel by which to communicate encouragement and express gratitude to the brave men and women serving our nation.
March2Success Recruiting Program
The U.S. Army Recruiting Command is helping prospective recruits and other students improve their test-taking strategies and math, science and English skills through March2Success, a free Web-based program.
Air Travel Tips
As many military families prepare to take a summer vacation or a trip over the Memorial Day weekend there are some simple steps you can take for safe, less stressful, and more enjoyable travel when flying the friendly skies. Here are a few recommended by the Federal Aviation Administration:
Perhaps the most realistic training simulator to date, the Common Driver Trainer/Stryker Variant is designed to provide initial training for drivers and vehicle commanders on all 10 variants of the Army's workhorse urban combat vehicle. The $800,000 simulators are expected to save lives, money and time.
A new system unveiled today is designed to better prepare servicemembers to operate with other services, government agencies, foreign military and non-governmental organizations while reducing the time they spend away from home or their units for military classes.
Coalition forces detained dozens of suspected insurgents with alleged ties to al-Qaida in Iraq during two weekend raids; Iraq says insurgents were also the target of U.S. artillery fire in Baghdad. (April 29)