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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel talks to the media following a meeting of the defense ministers held at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on Oct. 23, 2013. (credit: THIERRY CHARLIER/AFP/Getty Images)

Hagel Slams States Defying Pentagon Over Same-Sex Benefits Policy

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday sharply criticized U.S. states that are defying the Pentagon by refusing to allow National Guard facilities to issue ID cards that enable same-sex spouses of military members to claim benefits.