Push for wreaths on Arlington graves needs help

Wreaths are distributed during Wreaths Across America at Arlington National Cemetery, December 14, 2013.

As a convoy of trucks bearing wreaths continues to move south from Maine to Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia for Saturday's Wreaths Across America event, organizers have announced a challenge campaign aimed at erasing a last-minute funding shortfall.

On Thursday, Morrill Worcester, the group's founder, accepted a challenge by Ann LePage, wife of Maine Gov. Paul LePage, to match every $15 sponsorship of a wreath with one of his own through Friday. In order to be able to place a wreath at every one of Arlington's graves, about 20,000 more sponsorships were still needed as of Thursday morning.

Fund a beer for a Navy SEAL

Thanks to a new fundraising campaign, now you too can buy a beer for the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden.

The “Beer Money for Bin Laden Shooter” GoFundMe campaign was launched Nov. 10 by Iraq war veteran Phil Rolen, according to The Billings Gazette and campaign webpage.

Scream for camouflage ice cream on Veterans Day

Baskin-Robbins' Flavor of the Month is "First Class Camouflage".

Not to be one left out of the Veterans Day special deals and free meals many food chains are offering around the country today, Baskin-Robbins has rolled out a camo-inspired ice cream flavor this month.

"First Class Camouflage" is the "Flavor of the Month" for November and also comes with a matching Camouflage Waffle Cone to be sold in honor of U.S. Troops, military families and veterans, according to the company's press release.

Government-issued credit cards authorized for moves

Servicemembers changing duty stations arrive at Yokota Air Base, Japan, on the Patriot Express in this photo from October 2007.

Soldiers and Army civilians have been given the green light to pay moving expenses with government-issued credit cards.

The July 25 policy change — which brings the Army into line with the Air Force, a Navy pilot program and changes that the Marine Corps is preparing to implement — makes moving easier for personnel traveling to new duty stations since they don’t have to rack up charges on personal credit cards or apply for advance travel pay, according to a Department of Defense news release.

Report: Sailor's Internet addiction tied to Google Glass

A Google Glass test model rests on a dummy airman at the 711th Human Performance Wing at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, in this undated photo.

A 31-year-old sailor has become what researchers say may be the first official case of Internet addiction disorder involving Google Glass, The Guardian reports.

The unidentified male sailor, who the paper said used Google Glass to inventory vehicles, sought treatment with the Navy's Substance Abuse and Rehabilitation Program in September 2013 for alcoholism. Part of the treatment program requires patients to give up their electronic devices, the paper reported.

At virtual town hall, Navy brass talks deployments, sexual assaults

Deployments and preventing sexual assaults top the list of what’s on sailors’ minds as the U.S. Navy turns 239 years old next week.

For an hour on Tuesday, the Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy Mike Stevens took questions from sailors around the world by phone, Skype and social media. Even a sailor aboard the International Space Station weighed in.

AFN eyes move to online delivery, wants viewer feedback

This is really happening, people.

The American Forces Network on Monday launched a survey to explore its audience’s interest in getting AFN content over the Internet, inching closer to a Netflix-like service for U.S. personnel overseas.

Veterans group highlights issues for November midterms

Aiming to make veterans issues campaign issues, the largest advocacy group for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans has released a voter guide for the upcoming midterm elections.

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America is not endorsing candidates but is encouraging members to ask candidates where they stand on six key issues, with suicide prevention the group’s top legislative priority.

WWII vet receives a Norse-style burial

A handmade wooden boat containing Haines' ashes burns during a burial at sea Sept. 29.

The boat was only 54 inches, a handcrafted wooden Norse-style vessel. It held the remains of World War II veteran Andrew Haines when it was cast off from a Coast Guard ship in September.

Haines, who died at 89 of natural causes in late August, wanted a burial at sea, according to the Navy Times. On Sept. 29, the Station Atlantic City Coast Guard conducted the burial about three miles off the coast of New Jersey.

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