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Vets remain DUI free

Among the many U.S. Army Alaska units with Soldiers who have remained free of driving under the influence charges is Fort Wainwright’s Alaska District Veterinary Command. 


Free language materials now available for Soldiers

The Defense Language Institute Foreign Language Center activated its new Language Materials Distribution System Web site July 1, making available hundreds of language survival kits and other materials free of charge to deploying service members. To view the shopping cart, go to https://lmds.dliflc.edu.

The Web site offers Language Survival Kits, pocket-size booklets with audio CDs in more than 30 languages, ranging in topics from public affairs, cordon and search to medical terminology. 

DLIFLC also offers new Headstart language DVD programs that use cutting-edge technology and computer animation to teach 80 hours of self-paced lessons designed to teach survival phrases in Iraqi Arabic, Afghan Dari and Pashto.

Language materials can be viewed, downloaded and ordered at www.dliflc.edu under the “Products” tab. Participants must register and receive DLIFLC account approval before placing an order. Some products are not available for download to the general public.

For more information, call (831) 242 5376 or e-mail scott.t.swanson@us.army.mil.


More consequences of DUIs

Readers have probably seen recent articles regarding the monetary losses faced by Soldiers convicted of driving under the influence, to include $1,500 in fines, hundreds of dollars in court-related fees and $2,000 per year for SR22 insurance. A drunk driver also spends three days in jail and countless hours in court.

Another casualty of a DUI could be $47,556 in lost educational benefits and the loss of the chance of improving a life through education. 

Beginning Aug. 1, the monthly Montgomery G.I. Bill benefit increases to $1,321 for a full-time student. Over the maximum 36 months of benefits, that is almost $50,000 in cash paid directly to the service member while he is attending classes.

A DUI and other alcohol-related incidents can lead to an administrative separation for misconduct. Even if a Soldier is separated with a General Under Honorable Conditions characterization of service, the Soldier still loses his G.I. Bill benefits. This is the case even if the Soldier has already paid into the G.I. Bill program, and he does not get that money back. That money simply goes to other Soldiers who were smart enough to not drive impaired.