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Military Evacuees in San Diego Returning to Japan

Monday was the final day military families who voluntarily evacuated from American bases in Japan could collect lodging allowances. Many of those military dependents had been living at the Naval Lodge at Naval Base San Diego, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune. The paper reports the military gave the voluntary evacuees 10-days notice on April 15 that their allowances would end, at least for most folks...

The Stars and Stripes has dug a little further into the story, and discovered only about a quarter of the military evacuees from Japan have returned to their bases on the quake-ravaged nation, despite the fact allowances have dried up. According to the Stars and Stripes, just 2,000 of the 8,000 military dependents have told their superiors they've returned to base. But military officials have told the paper they expect a steady stream of servicemembers' dependents to move back home in the coming weeks.