About 18,000 sailors spent more than 60 percent of the year away from home during fiscal 2016, exceeding the Navy’s own guidelines for keeping its crews well-rested and reducing strains on sailors’ personal lives, according to a Congressional watchdog report. And the Navy says the actual figure is likely even higher.

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Benjamin Franklin nailed it when he said, "Fatigue is the best pillow." True story, Benny. There's nothing like pushing your body so far past exhaustion that you'd willingly, even longingly, take a nap on a concrete slab.

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And no one knows that better than military service members and we have the pictures to prove it.

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WASHINGTON — As global threats to the United States escalate, Congress will need a new war authorization to remain relevant in current and future military engagements, a Senate panel said Wednesday.

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The U.S. military currently has over 1.3 million men and women on active duty, and more than 450,000 stationed around the globe.

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In September 2011, Army Sgt. 1st Class Crispen Hanson’s commander at Fort Bliss ordered him into a military treatment program for child abusers.

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Deployments are a fact of life for most military families. While each one is uniquely challenging and no two deployments are the same, some experiences are universal. Here are some of my deployment observations that I am confident my fellow military spouses understand.

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