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After Trump took to Twitter to announce he was seeking to ban transgender people from military service, transgender veterans and active-duty troops took to social media to share their stories.



Here’s what it will take to rebuild the Iraqi city Islamic State destroyed

The nine-month U.S.-backed offensive to expel Islamic State militants from Mosul was a relentless and savage fight. Now that it has been won, another daunting battle has begun: to bring Iraq’s second-largest city back from the dead.


Lawmakers move toward agreement on funding for nearly bankrupt VA program

House and Senate lawmakers came to a compromise Wednesday that would keep the Veterans Choice Program funded, while authorizing leases for new Department of Veterans Affairs clinics and research locations.


Honolulu plagued by glut of vehicles abandoned by departing servicemembers

The Hawaii Department of Customer Services currently holds more than 400 vehicles that belong to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who abandoned them when they left Hawaii, either because they left the service or were transferred to another duty station.



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Mattis targets mandatory training in effort to become more lethal

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has ordered a Pentagon review of the mandatory training and administrative requirements his troops face each year that cut into time that they could be spending to prepare for combat.


Concerns raised over military presence, nukes stored in Turkey

The strained relationship between the U.S. and Turkey, a NATO ally, has steadily deteriorated in the wake of an attempted mutiny against the Ankara government in July 2016. Critics say Turkey is now behaving more like an adversary than an ally.


North Korean missile worries grow on eve of armistice anniversary

Concern about North Korea’s rapidly advancing nuclear weapons program rose Wednesday as officials prepared to mark the 64th anniversary of the armistice that ended the Korean War.



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Connecticut governor to state armed forces: No transgender discrimination

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order on Wednesday directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.


Honolulu plagued by glut of vehicles abandoned by departing servicemembers

The Hawaii Department of Customer Services currently holds more than 400 vehicles that belong to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who abandoned them when they left Hawaii, either because they left the service or were transferred to another duty station.


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Putin defies Trump on North Korea

Economic ties between Russia and North Korea, though beleaguered, are becoming a point of tension between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.


Russia: Don't blame Syria for chemical attack without visit

Russia says the United States and its Western allies rushed to judgment and blamed the Syrian government for using sarin nerve gas in an attack on an opposition-held town in Syria without ever visiting the site and ignoring two witnesses presented by Damascus.


2 Germans peacekeepers dead in helicopter crash in Mali

A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter crashed Wednesday in the desert in northern Mali and two German citizens are unaccounted for, U.N. officials said.


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Connecticut governor to state armed forces: No transgender discrimination

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order on Wednesday directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.


Honolulu plagued by glut of vehicles abandoned by departing servicemembers

The Hawaii Department of Customer Services currently holds more than 400 vehicles that belong to soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen who abandoned them when they left Hawaii, either because they left the service or were transferred to another duty station.


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Putin defies Trump on North Korea

Economic ties between Russia and North Korea, though beleaguered, are becoming a point of tension between President Vladimir Putin and his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump.


Russia: Don't blame Syria for chemical attack without visit

Russia says the United States and its Western allies rushed to judgment and blamed the Syrian government for using sarin nerve gas in an attack on an opposition-held town in Syria without ever visiting the site and ignoring two witnesses presented by Damascus.


2 Germans peacekeepers dead in helicopter crash in Mali

A U.N. peacekeeping helicopter crashed Wednesday in the desert in northern Mali and two German citizens are unaccounted for, U.N. officials said.



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Shulkin to meet with New Hampshire VA whistleblowers

Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin plans to meet next week with doctors who have alleged substandard care at the Manchester VA Medical Center.



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Body of fallen Marine returns home to Dallas for burial

Sgt. Joshua Snowden, one of 15 Marines killed in a military plane crash earlier this month, will be laid to rest Friday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.


Coast Guard clears Lady Washington to sail after grounding

The Coast Guard has completed its inspection of the Lady Washington, a full-scale replica of the 18th-century sailing ship, and cleared it to resume operations.


Connecticut Guard's flying mission settles in with C-130s

State and Guard officials held a ceremony to mark the opening of a new, federally funded, $14.3 million maintenance facility for the aircraft stationed at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby.


Connecticut governor to state armed forces: No transgender discrimination

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order on Wednesday directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.


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Body of fallen Marine returns home to Dallas for burial

Sgt. Joshua Snowden, one of 15 Marines killed in a military plane crash earlier this month, will be laid to rest Friday at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery.


Coast Guard clears Lady Washington to sail after grounding

The Coast Guard has completed its inspection of the Lady Washington, a full-scale replica of the 18th-century sailing ship, and cleared it to resume operations.


Connecticut Guard's flying mission settles in with C-130s

State and Guard officials held a ceremony to mark the opening of a new, federally funded, $14.3 million maintenance facility for the aircraft stationed at the Bradley Air National Guard Base in East Granby.


Connecticut governor to state armed forces: No transgender discrimination

Connecticut Gov. Dannel P. Malloy signed an executive order on Wednesday directing the Connecticut National Guard not to discriminate against transgender people.



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Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker is honored by Marine Corps

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was honored by the U.S. Marine Corps Monday night before his team faced the Milwaukee Brewers on the third of five "branch days" sponsored by the Nationals during the 2017 season.


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Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker is honored by Marine Corps

Washington Nationals manager Dusty Baker was honored by the U.S. Marine Corps Monday night before his team faced the Milwaukee Brewers on the third of five "branch days" sponsored by the Nationals during the 2017 season.



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