COVER STORYLinking war and the brainThe California neuropathologist who discovered damage in the brains of former professional football players has found similar damage in the brain of a deceased Vietnam veteran — a potentially groundbreaking finding that suggests combat troops who suffer head trauma might be susceptible to a degenerative brain disease. • Story

On Guam, military’s roots run deepAt a deployment ceremony at Guam’s National Guard headquarters last week, Maj. Gen. Donald Goldhorn gave out his personal cell phone number. It’s the 27th time he’s done that for the families of the island’s Air and Army National Guard members. And it marked the 27th time a unit has deployed from the island since 2003. • StoryMilitary’s ‘large muscle’ capabilities critical for success in HaitiIn the immediate aftermath of the earthquake that devastated much of Haiti, aid groups from around the world lined up shipments of food, water and medical supplies. • Story

Europe-based NCOs mentor female troops in LiberiaArmy Sgts. 1st Class Shanwte Reynolds and Dedraf Blash and Marine Corps Staff Sgt. Veronica Soto have almost 40 years of service time among them — more than enough to have a good handle on what it’s like to be a woman serving in the military. •Story

Despite military efforts, troops still shy from seeking mental careThe Army staff sergeant knew something was seriously wrong when he still couldn’t sleep weeks after returning from Afghanistan. But he never considered going to Army psychiatrists. • Story

Weather team at Yokota to track stormsChasing a weather system brewing Tuesday night over the dark waters between Japan and Hawaii, a crew from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration completed the first of four missions to help predict how the soon-to-be storm will affect California this weekend. • Story

Spouse CallsA weekly column in Stripes' Scene magazine by Terri Barnes, a military wife and mother of three who lives and writes in Germany. • This week's column • Terri Barnes' blog

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