Tag: Department-of-defense

'Birther' Posts on Facebook Cost Defense Department Employee His Job

Before he was appointed to the Department of Defense, Todd Johnson shared hateful posts about former President Barack Obama on Facebook, from pushing the birther conspiracy to joking about the then-president dying. This week, those comments cost Johnson his job. Johnson served on Trump’s campaign team before the president appointed…

Dems Make Sure Trump Crosses T's on Transgender Ban

Dems are calling what they think is a bluff in the political poker game that is Donald Trump’s transgender military ban. Not long after the 45th President announced via Twitter, this after allegedly consulting with military personnel, that he plans to ban transgender Americans from serving in the military, over…

Proposed Budget Hurts Trump Voters

President Donald Trump’s proposed budget for FY 2018 is set to impact a lot of people negatively — including many people who voted to put him in office. The proposal has drawn criticism even from members of Trump’s own party. The plan, “America First: A Budget Blueprint to Make America…

Pentagon Ends Ban on Transgender Troops

U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carteron Thursday announced the militarywould no longer discriminate againsttransgender individuals. “Effective immediately, transgender Americans may serve openly, and they can no longer be discharged or otherwise separated from the military just for being transgender,” Carter said during a press conference at the Pentagon. “This is the…

Senate Seeks to Slash Fed Hiring Preference for Vets

The VFW is “adamantly opposed to a Senate proposal” that “harms veterans.” By Sheryl Estrada U.S. Army Soldiers serving with the 5th Battalion, 82nd Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division in Afghanistan, March 12, 2013. (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Andrew Claire Baker/Released) Veterans’ preference in…

U.S. Military to Allow Women to Serve in All Combat Roles

The U.S. military last week announced it is opening all combat positions to women, a move that allows women to apply to approximately 220,000 jobs previously limited to men. The roles, which include positions in infantry, armor, reconnaissance and special operations units, will be available to women who qualify and…

Increased Support for Military Rape Survivors

By Dara Sharif The proud service of the nation’s military has long been marred by a shameful reality: About 1 in 5 military women report being sexually harassed, groped, threatened or assaulted. Adding to the pain these service members endure has been the systemic failure by the military to protect…