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Military Minute - August 24th

New Military Policy, Air Force Contracts New Missile Tech, and a New App for TBI

Military Minute - August 24th
The WAMilitary Minute gives you 4 of the latest and greatest stories from our military world every Tuesday and Thursday. Today's briefing discusses an update on the transgender ban, new contracts with Raytheon and Lockheed Martin for our Air Force, and a new app designed to help veterans with traumatic brain injuries.


Transgender ban in military may begin in months, say reports citing White House memo

"A ban on transgender service members in the military may begin within six months, according to a White House memo cited in news reports Wednesday night.

Within days the White House is expected to give the Pentagon guidance on banning transgender people from serving in the military, and to cease spending on medical treatments for transgender service members, according to information first reported by The Wall Street Journal on Wednesday, citing U.S. officials familiar with the memo." 

Lockheed, Raytheon nab contracts for nuclear cruise missile

"The Air Force on Wednesday awarded contracts to Lockheed Martin and Raytheon for work on a new, nuclear-capable cruise missile known as the Long Range Standoff weapon or LRSO.

Each company will rake in about $900 million for a 54-month technology maturation and risk reduction phase, the Air Force said in a statement. Because the LRSO program is highly classified — even more so than the service’s program for new intercontinental ballistic missiles­ — it declined to release the exact value of its contracts to Lockheed and Raytheon.

LRSO will replace the AGM-86B air-launched cruise missile, oftentimes referred to as the ALCM, which became operational in the early 1980s." 

Max Impact TBI App

"Your Washington Department of Veterans Affairs is excited to launch the Max Impact TBI App and we are asking for your help in getting the word to Veterans across our state!

MAX, your virtual service dog is here to make an impact for Veterans who have experienced a Traumatic Brain Injury. Max Impact is a free app designed to empower veterans, family, friends and caregivers. You can use a screening tool to determine whether your symptoms may be related to a TBI, be connected with providers in your area who can help, learn how to manage symptoms and better relax, and connect with other veterans with TBIs." 

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