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More Than 66,000 USAA Members Will Get $181 From The Bank Over Alleged Account Errors
USAA will fork over more than $12 million to service members, retirees and veteran account holders as a result of a recent settlement with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Military Times' Karen Jowers reported on Jan. 3.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged that USAA "failed to properly resolve errors; failed to honor members' requests to stop preauthorized payments through Electronic Fund Transfers; and that it reopened accounts without members' authorization and without notifying them," according to Military Times.
- The result of which is that the bank will pay $181.59 to each of the 66,240 USAA account holders who were "denied a reasonable investigation of the error they reported" to USAA, the Times reported.
- The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found that "on numerous occasions, USAA representatives refused to investigate errors because they concerned payday loans," according to a consent order from the settlement. USAA did not admit or deny the allegations.
- Additionally, the San Antonio, Texas-based bank was slapped with a $3.5 million fine, which it will have to pay to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, reports American Banker.
- That said, the bank has been taking steps to repay members, with a spokesman telling Military Times that "USAA has been proactively addressing these issues for more than a year and most are resolved," and that in 2017 the bank "began providing restitution payments to some affected members, and improved our procedures."
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You can almost smell the gunpowder in the scene captured by a Marine photographer over the weekend, showing a Marine grunt firing a shotgun during non-lethal weapons training.
A Marine grunt stationed in Camp Lejeune, North Carolina is being considered for an award after he saved the lives of three people earlier this month from a fiery car crash.
Cpl. Scott McDonell, an infantry assaultman with 1st Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, was driving down Market Street in Wilmington in the early morning hours of Jan. 11 when he saw a car on fire after it had crashed into a tree. Inside were three victims aged 17, 20, and 20.
"It was a pretty mangled wreck," McDonell told ABC 15. "The passenger was hanging out of the window."
‘I made promises to the people that I lost’— How the Iraq war forged a Navy SEAL’s path to Harvard Medical School and NASA
Navy Lt. Jonny Kim went viral last week when NASA announced that he and 10 other candidates (including six other service members) became the newest members of the agency's hallowed astronaut corps. A decorated Navy SEAL and graduate of Harvard Medical School, Kim in particular seems to have a penchant for achieving people's childhood dreams.
However, Kim shared with Task & Purpose that his motivation for living life the way he has stems not so much from starry-eyed ambition, but from the pain and loss he suffered both on the battlefields of Iraq and from childhood instability while growing up in Los Angeles. Kim tells his story in the following Q&A, which was lightly edited for length and clarity:
New Vietnam War movie 'The Last Full Measure' takes some well-deserved shots at the military’s award process
Todd Robinson's upcoming Vietnam War drama, The Last Full Measure, is a story of two battles: One takes place during an ambush in the jungles of Vietnam in 1966, while the other unfolds more than three decades later as the survivors fight to see one pararescueman's valor posthumously recognized.
With ISIS trying to reorganize itself into an insurgency, most attacks on U.S. and allied forces in Iraq are being carried out by Shiite militias, said Air Force Maj. Gen. Alex Grynkewich, the deputy commander for operations and intelligence for U.S. troops in Iraq and Syria.
"In the time that I have been in Iraq, we've taken a couple of casualties from ISIS fighting on the ground, but most of the attacks have come from those Shia militia groups, who are launching rockets at our bases and frankly just trying to kill someone to make a point," Grynkewich said Wednesday at an event hosted by the Air Force Association's Mitchell Institute for Aerospace Studies.