Rebecca Kheel,

Rebecca Kheel

Pryor, OK, United States

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Recent articles by Rebecca:

Mold Issues, Poor Housing Conditions for Troops Are Rampant. What Can Congress Do?

Despite repeated vows from military officials and housing contractors to make sure troops don't have to endure health hazards in their homes, unsafe conditions persist. → Read More

Navy Would Test Saving Money by Offering Meat Alternatives Under House Bill

Options for vegan meat substitutes could be coming to Navy chow halls overseas under a pilot program recently advanced by House lawmakers. → Read More

House Panel Approves Expansion of GI Bill Eligibility After Sparring over COVID Vaccine

The House Veterans Affairs Committee advanced the bill along largely party lines after lawmakers sparred over the military's COVID-19 vaccine mandate. → Read More

House Approves Higher Inflation Bonuses as Sweeping Defense Bill Advances

The Pentagon would have the ability to give low-paid service members inflation bonuses as high as economic conditions warrant under the NDAA passed by the House. → Read More

Pilot Program to Offer Troops Personal Gun Safes in Bid to Curb Suicides Gets Approval from House

The pilot program would be available at five installations, to be chosen by the Pentagon within two years of the bill passing. → Read More

Pay Bumps to Counter Suicides in Alaska and on Ships in Yard 'Unnecessary,' According to White House

The proposals for Arctic pay and complex overhaul pay were spurred by waves of suicides among service members in Alaska and on the USS George Washington. → Read More

Lawmaker Trying to Nearly Triple 'Inflation Bonuses' in Exchange for Missile Funding Cuts

Bonuses service members could get to help cope with inflation would be nearly tripled under a proposal from a progessive House Democrat. → Read More

50 Years Later, Four Vietnam Vets Awarded Medals of Honor in White House Ceremony

Biden said the medals were about "setting the record straight" and giving the Army veterans the level of recognition they deserve. → Read More

16 Deported Vets, Family Members Temporarily Allowed Back Into US in the Last Year, DHS Says

Sixteen immigrant veterans and service members' relatives who were deported have been allowed back into the United States over the last year under a temporary status known as humanitarian parole, the Department of Homeland Security said this week. → Read More

Congress Eyes Extra Pay to Counter Wave of Suicides in Alaska and on Ships in the Yard

The latest NDAA would provide new $200 monthly stipends to sailors on ships undergoing nuclear refueling and $300 stipends to troops "assigned to perform cold weather operations." → Read More

Requirement for Women to Register for the Draft Back on the Table in Annual Defense Bill

The proposal is back in the version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, making its way through the Senate. → Read More

Troops at Some Bases to See Abortion Access Sharply Curtailed or Eliminated After the Fall of Roe

Service members in Texas, Oklahoma and other states may be unable to have an abortion near their installations or face legal issues traveling for one. → Read More

New Leader of US Forces in Europe Confirmed Amid Raging War in Ukraine

The Senate confirmed Army Gen. Christopher Cavoli to become the new head of U.S. European Command, or EUCOM. → Read More

Inflation Bonuses for Troops Make it into Sweeping Defense Bill

Bonuses to help low-paid service members cope with rising consumer prices are a step closer to reality. → Read More

10 Months Later, Afghan Refugees Labor to Build New Lives in US

Nasirullah Mohammadi is one of the 76,000 Afghans who were lucky enough to get on a U.S. military flight out of Kabul in August 2021 after the Taliban reclaimed control. → Read More

Troops Making Less than $45,000 Would get 'Inflation Bonus' Under House Proposal

The proposed bonus of 2.4% was floated by Rep. Jared Golden as part of a proposed amendment to the $802 billion annual defense policy bill. → Read More

Sweeping Military Justice Reforms Get New Life in Annual Defense Bill

Changes to the military justice system that got cut from last year's defense policy bill have been revived in the version of this year's bill. → Read More

Senate Panel Adds Billions to Defense Budget But The Extra Money Wouldn’t Go to Troop Pay Raises

A Senate panel has agreed to supersize President Joe Biden’s defense budget request, but that money would not go toward a beefed up basic pay raise. → Read More

Sweeping Toxic Exposure Bill Nears Finish Line After Senate Passage

The Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring Our PACT Act would extend benefits to an estimated 3.5 million vets exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards. → Read More

'Forever Chemicals' Linked to Hundreds of Military Bases Are Unsafe at Any Level, EPA Warns

The warning ramps up the urgency of the potential widespread contamination the Pentagon is grappling with at 700 active bases. → Read More