VA Secretary David Shulkin suggests he favors expansion of Agent Orange-related health care and disability compensation to new categories of ailing veterans but that factors like cost, medical science and politics still stand in the way.
The military holds evacuation exercises every spring and fall, involving mostly family members and civilian contractors. The plan to fly some participants all the way to the United States is believed to be a first for the drills.
An unauthorized vehicle crashed shortly after it gained access through the main gate at Travis Air Force Base in Northern California late Wednesday, fatally injuring the driver, according to a statement from the base public affairs.
The omnibus spending bill pending approval in Congress includes language that would explicitly ban U.S. troops and civilians working for the Defense Department from using government funding on expenses incurred in casinos or strip clubs.