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Budget deal means service members will get their full paychecks this week

The Pentagon today is reassuring service members and civilian employees in the Defense Department that they’ll receive their full paychecks this week despite the close call in Congress that nearly shut down the government Friday.

“Basically, all active duty and reserve service members will receive full mid-month pay on the 15th of April,” Pentagon spokesman Marine Col. Dave Lapan said. “It may be in two separate payments, but on the 15th everyone will receive their full allotted pay.”

Last week, service members readying themselves for the shutdown read announcements from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service

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JBLM families brace for shutdown; Army and VA hospitals to stay open

1:30 p.m. update: Madigan Army Medical Center will stay open through a shut down, but mostly for emergencies, urgent mental health services and pregnancy care. Madigan officials are posting updates online at the hospital’s Facebook page.

Here’s the hospital’s official announcement:

Madigan Healthcare System will primarily limit services to inpatient care, urgent and emergency outpatient care, as well as urgent behavioral health care or crisis intervention.  Some services will remain open such as those for dialysis, hematology and oncology.  All pregnancy care will continue, but pharmacy services will be limited.  Routine, wellness and specialty appointments, to include elective

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Pentagon outlines how it will handle a government shutdown

We’ve been in touch with officials at Joint Base Lewis-McChord who are making preparations for a government shutdown. They don’t have much to report just yet.

Here’s a message from the Deputy Defense Secretary William J. Lynn III outlining what’s likely to unfold if lawmakers can’t reach a deal to keep the lights on. Military and civilian employees who work through a shutdown will get paid, but not until after lawmakers pass a budget. Emergency medical services would continue to take place at Defense Department hospitals. That presumably includes Madigan Army Medical Center.

The following comes from a Pentagon news

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Pols embrace Washington’s military, cite Pentagon’s $8b impact on state’s economy

Washington’s military brass got a warm embrace from the state’s cities Wednesday when an association of local governments signed a “community covenant” affirming their support for the armed forces.

The covenant doesn’t bind local governments to any specific initiatives. It’s a gesture of goodwill honoring the more than 66,000 members of the military stationed in Washington.

“They are our neighbors, they are our parents, our brothers, our friends,” said Gov. Chris Gregoire, who signed the covenant at a conference in Olympia for the Association of Washington Cities.

Rising military spending in the state contrasted with the budget gloom facing the

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Saturday job fair aims to help veterans find work

Veterans looking for civilian work will have their admission fees waived at a “Hire America’s Heroes” job fair Saturday.

More than 60 companies are expected to attend the event at Qwest Field’s West Club Lounge. The employers include Boeing, General Electric and Microsoft. It’s open to the public, but civilians must pay $50 to get in.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics last year found that veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars have a slightly higher unemployment rate than the civilian population. Saturday’s event includes job-coaching, interview preparation and resume help.

Hire America’s Heroes is a partnership between Washington corporations

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Border patrol recruiting officers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Military veterans looking to continue working for Uncle Sam can attend a recruiting fair Friday and Saturday for U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Recruiters are stopping at Joint Base Lewis-McChord’s Nelson Recreation Center from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Customs and Border Protection says its employees can earn up to $75,000 within three years and receive generous federal benefits. It’s in the market for officers who would target terrorism, drugs and weapons smugglers at various borders and ports.

The agency says veterans make up 31 percent of its new hires. Veterans, active duty soldiers and reservists can attend

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Auburn to kick off Veterans Day events; memorials, parades and art to follow

The city of Auburn is getting an early jump on Veterans Day celebrations this year with its 45th annual parade scheduled for Saturday morning.

The one-mile parade route follows Main Street to A Street NW. A remembrance ceremony begins at 9:45 a.m. at the city’s veterans memorial 15 411 E St. NE. That’s where the American Legion will present patriotic music, an honor guard and a 21-gun salute.

Here’s a look at the parade line-up. It kicks off at 11 a.m.

We plan to publish a list of other Veterans Day events next week ahead of the holiday

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Job expo Thursday is tailored for post-military life

Job seekers with military backgrounds will be out in force Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Greater Tacoma Convention and Trade Center. Help will be available for employment, entrepreneurship and educational opportunities.

The military-to-civilian recruiting firm RecruitMilitary will host the Opportunity Expo for men and women who are making a transition from active duty to civilian life; veterans who already have civilian work experience; members of the National Guard and reserves; military spouses; and other military family members.

RecruitMilitary expects more than 25 employers, franchisors, and educational institutions to be on hand to interview

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