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The US Military Is Officially Counting Domestic Violence As A Separate Crime For The First Time
- Previously, the Uniform Code of Military Justice classified domestic abuse among other crimes like assault. This hurt tracking and reporting of these crimes and meant local law enforcement might not know about a service member or veteran's history of family violence, which in many states precludes residents from buying or possessing firearms.
- Under the new annual defense authorization act, which the Times says President Donald Trump is expected to sign Monday, domestic violence will become a separate crime under the Uniform Code for the first time.
- The change was spurred by the November shooting, when Air Force veteran Devin Patrick Kelley killed 26 parishioners at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs before turning the gun on himself. The Air Force admits it should have reported Kelley, who was convicted of domestic abuse and discharged for bad conduct, to the FBI's background check system.
- Instead, his crimes were just one instance of thousands the military failed to report. Kelley was able to purchase firearms from a local sporting goods store, which he then used in the rampage. Multiple Sutherland Springs families are suing the federal government for the massive oversight, and two other families are also suing the sporting goods store.
The defense bill Trump will sign next week will also expand victims counseling services and standardize policies for keeping military spouses and family safe from their accused abusers, the Times reported.
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BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two rockets were fired on Monday at central Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, which houses foreign embassies and government buildings, but there were no casualties or damage caused, security services said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the blasts. One rocket exploded inside the Green Zone and another landed in the Tigris river, a statement from Iraqi security services said.
An Alaska-based soldier will most likely have a few bucks taken out of next month's paycheck.
Just after midnight on Sunday, the off-duty soldier drove his truck straight into the welcome sign of Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Fort Wainwright spokeswoman Eve Baker said in a press release.