National Guard http://wrkf.org en Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples http://wrkf.org/post/pentagon-pushes-states-benefits-same-sex-couples Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel has directed the National Guard Bureau to resolve a dispute that is making it difficult for same-sex couples to receive military benefits.<p>The Pentagon <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/08/14/211978987/pentagon-details-plan-to-extend-benefits-to-same-sex-spouses">started to recognize same-sex marriages</a> soon after the Supreme Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act this summer. But some states are resisting.<p>Alicia Butler is the same-sex spouse of a member of the National Guard living in Austin, Texas. Fri, 01 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Larry Abramson 18271 at http://wrkf.org Pentagon Pushes States On Benefits For Same-Sex Couples GOHSEP, Guard Adjust After $15M of Ice Wasted http://wrkf.org/post/gohsep-guard-adjust-after-15m-ice-wasted <p></p><p>As Hurricane Isaac was bearing down on Louisiana last August, the Governor’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness bought 773 truckloads of bagged ice from Pelican Ice in Kenner for $17.4 million.</p><p>Only $2.4 million worth actually got distributed by the Louisiana National Guard to the public.</p><p>Some was given away for free to restaurants and other private businesses. One retailer even repackaged and sold some.</p><p>Nearly half of the ice was allowed to melt in an un-refrigerated warehouse in Lacombe.</p><p>Last week, the state Inspector General issued a scathing report about the blunder.</p><p>GOHSEP spokesman Mike Steele and the Guard’s public affairs officer Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak say they have revised supplier contracts and improved tracking to prevent so much ice from going to waste again.</p><p> Sat, 10 Aug 2013 01:17:17 +0000 Amy Jeffries 14576 at http://wrkf.org GOHSEP, Guard Adjust After $15M of Ice Wasted