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Military Minute - June 29th

North Korea, Treatment for Dishonorably Discharged, & Fairchild AFB

Military Minute - June 29th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 5 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing includes Mattis' thoughts on North Korea, big steps by the V.A. for disabled veterans, and tragedy at Fairchild Air Force Base.

Plans for N. Korea at the Forefront

The Department of Defense has presented options to President Trump in the event that North Korea’s nuclear program develops enough to be able to strike the U.S. mainland. Sec. of Defense Mattis recently said conflict with N. Korea would be a war more serious than anything we’ve seen since 1953 in terms of human suffering. Military experts agree that full-scale war would be disastrous, but strikes on high-value Korean targets are a good option 

VA To Open Emergency Rooms to Vets with Dishonorable Discharges

"Veterans with other-than-honorable discharges will be able to access Veterans Affairs emergency rooms for urgent mental health care starting July 5, under new rules outlined by department leaders on Tuesday. The move is the culmination of months of review into how to handle the cases of vets who may have been improperly separated from the military due to undiagnosed or untreated problems like post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury or other mental health issues." 

Airman Found Dead at Fairchild 

An airman was found dead in a dorm room at Fairchild Air Force Base this week. Their name has yet to be released and the Office of Special Investigations is still investigating the death. The airman was assigned to the 92nd Air Refueling Wing. 

Yakima Training Overload

Bayonet Focus is wrapping up at Yakima Training Center and JBLM. The instillation typically supports about 1,500 people with food and water, but for this training over approximately 7,000 were in attendance. This is a great article from Northwest Guardian detailing how just 35 soldiers were able to provide the 21,000 meals necessary to feed every single one of the soldiers for the two-week exercise.