Staff Sgt. Levi Eck, 193rd Special Operations Wing and Sgt. Stephen Brown, Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear Specialist with the Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 55th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade, 28th Infantry Division, both with the Pennsylvania National Guard work on the tank of a M149 water trailer. They are also known as 'water buffaloes'. The Pennsylvania National Guard members assisted residents of U.S. Army Carlisle Barracks by supplying potable water Aug. 5 during the installation's water ban. (U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. 1st Class Matthew Keeler)

A multimillion dollar federal study on toxic chemicals in drinking water across the country is facing delays due to a dispute within the Trump administration, according to several sources involved in the study or who have knowledge of the process.

The dispute has implications for more than half a dozen communities where drinking water has been heavily contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Concerns about the chemicals have exploded nationally in recent years, following decades of PFAS use in products including non-stick cookware, water-resistant clothing, food packaging, carpets and military firefighting foams. Scientists say significant delays could limit the effectiveness of the study.

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A rigorous scientific study found out what any grunt knows after just two weeks in the field: MREs make it hard to take a shit.

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Understandably, a lot has been written about the huge transition veterans make when they take the leap from the military into the civilian world. The new trend and battle cry from socially conscious companies is: “Hire a veteran, it’s the right thing to do.” Companies large and small are realizing that organized outreach and recruiting efforts targeted at veterans are worthwhile investments that provide a pipeline of skilled and dedicated employees. After being a Marine Corps veteran who transitioned to the civilian world, and also remained the wife of a career Navy sailor, I can tell you that efforts should be ramped up and expanded to include a related population: transitioning military spouses.

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