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Veterans deserve choice in how they claim VA disability benefits

Jun 05th: Legislation introduced in Congress would help protect veterans while preserving their right to seek assistance navigating benefits from the private sector. Read more ▸

Let’s debunk the 3 biggest myths of D-Day

Jun 05th: Today we are breaking down fact from fiction, myth from verity. Read more ▸

Air Force aviators could nab $50K each year by staying in uniform

Jun 05th: Pilots, air battle managers and combat systems operators who sign new contracts will receive between $15,000 and $50,000 annually for three to 12 years. Read more ▸

US releases video showing close-call with Chinese destroyer

Jun 05th: The United States military has released video of what it called an “unsafe” Chinese maneuver in the Taiwan Strait. Read more ▸

Leave forms may be gone, but admin headaches endure for some soldiers

Jun 05th: The Army's new human resources platform promised efficiency and transparency, but some units are still holding leave hostage over paperwork. Read more ▸

World War II veterans return to Utah Beach to mark D-Day anniversary

Jun 05th: Dozens of World War II veterans have traveled to Normandy this week to mark the 79th anniversary of D-Day. Read more ▸

US Navy says Iran boats ‘harassed’ ship in Strait of Hormuz

Jun 05th: The guided-missile destroyer USS McFaul and the Royal Navy’s frigate HMS Lancaster responded to the incident, according to the U.S. Navy. Read more ▸

Meet the next sergeant major of the Marine Corps

Jun 05th: Sgt. Maj. Carlos A. Ruiz is currently the top enlisted Marine at Marine Corps Forces Reserve and Marine Corps Forces South. Read more ▸

Why colorblindness disqualifies military pilot hopefuls

Jun 05th: Each service has its own vision requirements for enlistment or commission. But within the branches, specific occupations have different standards. Read more ▸

VA loans, other vet benefits are top military transition tools

Jun 05th: The first thing you need to do is file a claim for your VA benefits. The second thing you need to do is keep following up on it. Read more ▸

Commanding officer of destroyer Stout relieved for ‘loss of confidence

Jun 05th: Cmdr. Jeffrey Applebaugh, who has served as the commanding officer of the USS Stout since October 2022, was ousted due to a “loss of confidence." Read more ▸

New robotics job field may be coming to the Marine Corps

Jun 05th: Marine leaders aren’t yet sure how they will find or train people with the knowledge to operate autonomous systems. Read more ▸

Historic Marine artillery battalion deactivates on Hawaii

Jun 05th: Hawaii's 1st Battalion, 12th Marines, folded its colors May 26 as part of Force Design 2030. Read more ▸

The Army’s 82nd Airborne Division has a new battlefield tech unit

Jun 05th: Gainey Company, the 82nd Airborne Division's newest unit, has three platoons focused on different areas of battlefield tech. Read more ▸

US defense secretary discusses upgrading India ties to counter China

Jun 05th: The U.S. Defense Secretary discussed upgrading partnership with India as both countries grapple with China’s economic rise and rising belligerence. Read more ▸

Russia claims Ukraine is attacking; Kyiv calls that disinformation

Jun 05th: Kyiv authorities didn’t confirm the attacks Monday and suggested the claims that major battles are underway were a Russian misinformation ruse. Read more ▸

What are disinformation and extremism? And why should troops be aware?

Jun 05th: An overview of disinformation and extremism and the debate surrounding their spread among military and veteran communities. Read more ▸

After debt fight, Congress turns its attention to defense budget

Jun 04th: Defense and veterans hearings on Capitol Hill for the week of June 5, 2023. Read more ▸

F-16 jet scrambled to respond to unresponsive small plane over capital

Jun 04th: The fighter jet responding to the wayward small plane caused a loud sonic boom that was heard across the capital region. Read more ▸

Virginia nonprofit expands mental health services for military members

Jun 04th: Trails of Purpose provides therapeutic care for service members, using horses for assisted psychotherapy and mental health education. Read more ▸

Ukraine keeps up pressure in Bakhmut after Russian victory declaration

Jun 04th: Russian forces declared victory in the eastern city last month, but Ukrainian defenders aren’t retreating. Read more ▸

Military college’s chief of diversity quits amid debate over DEI

Jun 04th: The chief diversity officer of the nation’s oldest state-supported military college, Virginia Military Institute, has turned in her resignation. Read more ▸

Gen. Milley awarded France’s highest medal of honor

Jun 04th: French President Emmanuel Macron awarded U.S. Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Mark Milley the order of Commander of the Legion of Honor. Read more ▸

China’s defense minister defends country’s response to ‘provocation’

Jun 04th: Li questioned why foreign jets and naval vessels were operating so close to China and said foreign militaries should “mind your own business.” Read more ▸

Austin seeks meeting with China, says ‘right time to talk is now’

Jun 03rd: “The United States believes that open lines of communication with the People’s Republic of China are essential," Austin said. Read more ▸


Thumbnail: Former aide Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser sits in the audience as Gen. John Hyten appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington on July 30, 2019, for his confirmation hearing to be vice chairman of the J

Military sexual assault survivors should be able to sue for damages, judges rule

Meghann Myers

Prohibition on troops seeking redress for injuries sustained in service doesn’t apply

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Thumbnail: Frederick Police Department officers prepare to enter Fort Detrick during an April 2021 shooting. A recent DoD inspector general report found inconsistencies in the way military installations train for active shooter situa

Report reveals holes in DoD law enforcement active shooter response

Rachel Nostrant

An evaluation of the Defense Department and its law enforcement organizations has revealed a lack of an active shooter response and training standard, which officials worry may ultimately “result in a delayed and uncoordinated response that could increase casualties” at military installations.

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Thumbnail: Tech. Sgt. Jordyn Rayot, Airman 1st Class Cole Whitmore and Airman 1st Class Jason Wilson, weapons loaders assigned to the 180th Fighter Wing, remove munitions from an F-16 Fighting Falcon during a training exercise in Swa

Year-round health insurance for National Guard proves elusive

Rachel S. Cohen

ABOARD A C-40 MILITARY TRANSPORT JET—Halfway through his tenure in charge of the National Guard, Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson’s quest to get all Guardsmen year-round health insurance has stalled.

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Thumbnail: In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump storm the Capitol in Washington. (John Minchillo/AP)

Army veteran sentenced to 7 years in prison on Capitol riot charges

Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press

An off-duty Virginia police officer who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan, 6, 2021, with a fellow officer was sentenced Thursday to more than seven years in prison, matching the longest prison sentence so far among hundreds of Capitol riot cases.

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Thumbnail: U.S. Marine Corps 1st Sgt. Jefferson Ortiz, company first sergeant for Air Operations Company, Marine Wing Support Squadron (MWSS) 271, poses for a photo at Marine Corps Auxiliary Landing Field Bogue, North Carolina, July

Marine 1st sergeant uses combat experience to save man hit by car

Irene Loewenson

A Marine first sergeant was driving through a small North Carolina town when he encountered a man lying in a nearby field, bearing injuries after being hit by a car.

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Thumbnail: Melissa Stockwell reacts arriving at the finish line in the Women

Recipients look back at their service on National Purple Heart Day

Jonathan Lehrfeld

Paralympian and former Army platoon leader, 1st Lt. Melissa Stockwell, 42, deployed to Iraq in March 2004 with the 27th Main Support Battalion, 1st Cavalry Division, after enlisting two years earlier. But after just three weeks in Baghdad, her life would never be the same.

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Thumbnail: Col. Sharon Harmon, center, is the first Black service member to be promoted to colonel in the Rhode Island National Guard. (Rhode Island Gov. Dan McKee/Twitter)

Soldier becomes Rhode Island Guard’s first Black colonel

EAST GREENWICH, R.I. (AP) — The Rhode Island National Guard has its first Black colonel.

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Thumbnail: President Donald Trump speaks after getting a briefing from senior military leaders in the Cabinet Room at the White House on Oct. 7, 2019, in Washington. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Milley almost quit over Trump, wrote biting resignation letter, new book reveals

In an excerpt released Aug. 8 by the New Yorker, authors Peter Baker and Susan Glasser — senior reporters for the New York Times and the New Yorker, respectively — reveal shocking details from inside former President Donald Trump’s relationship with top military brass.

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Thumbnail: An aerial view of the Pentagon on May 11, 2021. (DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Brittany A. Chase)

Remember 5G? Pentagon backs 6G hub tied to Army Research Lab

Colin Demarest

WASHINGTON — As telecom companies struggle to complete the transition to the fifth-generation, or 5G, mobile standard, the Pentagon is backing an effort focused on 6G research and technologies amid a military-wide push to modernize communications and connectivity.

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