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AM: BNSF Honors Military Families

Robert Zeug, who is in the Air Force, prepares to ride the dome car with his daughter Megan, 10, on BNSF’s Holiday Express, a special train on which they offered a free ride Thursday from Spokane train depot. This is the third annual version of the holiday train, on which military families are invited for an excursion on classic rail cars assembled for the event. Mike Prager story here. (SR photo: Jesse Tinsley)

Judge Rules ‘Don’t Ask/Tell’ Illegal

A federal judge in Riverside on Thursday declared the U.S. military’s ban on openly gay service members unconstitutional, saying the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy violates the First Amendment and due process rights of lesbians and gay men. U.S. District Judge Virginia A. Phillips said the policy did not preserve military readiness, contrary to what Justice Department attorneys and many supporters have argued, saying evidence shows that the policy in fact had a “direct and deleterious effect” on the armed services. Phillips said she would issue an injunction barring the government from enforcing the policy/Los Angeles Times. More here. (AP file photo)

Question: Is it time for ‘don’t ask, don’t tell’ to go?

Hard Times Boost Military Ranks

Item: Economic rush breeds recruiting rush for military/Rick Thomas, CDA Press

More Info: The Marines are looking for lots of good men, and the job market is making it easier for them to be selective. The same is true for the Army. Both branches of the U.S. military are asking their recruiters for more volunteers, and they are finding all they need and more. “For the quarter January through March, our goal was 22,” said Sgt. 1st Class Joseph Mason II, station commander for the Army’s recruiting station in Hayden. “We have already put in 17.” A shortage of jobs has helped bring in more candidates in their 20s, Mason said.

Question: Why did you join the military? Was it a good experience?

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