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Hey veterans, you can soon shop tax free.

Starting later this year, all honorably discharged veterans, no matter their branch of service, will be eligible to shop tax-free online at the Army & Air Force Exchange Service with the same discounts they enjoyed on base while in the military. It's the latest way in which the organization is trying to keep its customers as the armed forces shrink and airmen and soldiers buy more for delivery.

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Dogs play outside the Warrior Canine Connection in Maryland in February 2015. Running towards the frame, from left to right, is Derek, Olive, Ron and Huff. Meredith Tibbetts/Stars and Stripes


Meet Ron.

He has helped hundreds of servicemembers suffering from PTSD. He works at Walter Reed National Medical Center in a Navy camo harness. His title? Animal co-therapist.

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The Marine Corps has begun outreach to hundreds of thousands of veterans who served at Camp Lejeune, N.C., at least 30 days from August 1953 to December 1987, inviting them or surviving spouses to file for VA compensation if veterans suffered one of eight ailments linked to water contamination on the base.

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Veteran Affairs Secretary David Shulkin speaks to President Donald Trump during a meeting about veterans affairs

The Veterans Affairs Department has begun publicly posting all major disciplinary actions taken against its employees, saying the action will send a message about the new culture the Trump administration is imposing at the agency.

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Secretary of Veteran Affairs David Shulkin and AMVETS Naitonal Commander Harold Chapman look on during “Because We Care” Day at the VA Medical Center in D.C. April 5.

Change is coming to the most maligned of cabinet agencies, even if big fights still lie ahead. 

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