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U.S. plans big military expansion at Iraq's al Asad air base

In addition to personnel, the U.S. will install new technology allowing for more night operations.

Obama hopeful national anthem protests spark a conversation

Asked by a service member to weigh in on some NFL players kneeling during the national anthem, Presi…

New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 -…

After 170 years, remains of U.S. troops return from Mexico

Remains thought to be those of U.S. troops who died in the Mexican-American War have been flown to a…

Best for Vets: Places to Live 2016 — new rankings of 125 cities

For many people, Hawaii and sunny Southern California are dream vacation destinations. For you, coul…

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U.S. military commanders are 'pissed off' about the mission creep in Syria

The deal for U.S. military cooperation with Russia would expand the current mission in Syria far bey…

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Congress approves fertility services for wounded veterans but no funding

The Veterans Affairs funding bill allows VA to pay for fertility treatment and adoption services but…

Budget deal avoids government shutdown, finalizes next year's VA budget

The spending plan keeps government programs running through the election, and sets almost $177 billi…

Pentagon: U.S. airstrike kills 9 militants in Somalia

The Pentagon says a U.S. airstrike targeted and killed nine al-Shabab militants in Somalia on Wednes…

Russian military says it's ready to talk to U.S. about Aleppo

The Russian military said Wednesday it's ready to resume contacts with its U.S. counterparts over th…

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Fight over privatizing veterans care moves from campaign trail to House

A key House Democrat on Wednesday offered a resolution that opposes the privatization of Veterans Af…

Trump and Clinton clash over ISIS, Iraq in first presidential debate

About one-third of the event was devoted to national security issues, but both candidates made refer…

Clinton, Trump to meet separately with Israel PM Netanyahu

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are expected to meet separately with Israel's Prime Minister Benjam…

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Congress approves fertility services for wounded veterans but no funding

The Veterans Affairs funding bill allows VA to pay for fertility treatment and adoption services but…

New veterans cemetery in Omaha opens with memorial service

A new national cemetery for veterans in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa has opened with a service…

Celebrities, political leaders raise awareness for military caregivers

Star-studded Washington event calls attention to those who help wounded troops, vets

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Troops and their families can expect cuts to pools, libraries and other MWR programs

Budget cuts to morale, welfare and recreation programs will close some facilities and reduce operati…

Significant interest from the private sector in running commissaries

A “significant number” of organizations have expressed interest in the idea of privatizing commissar…

Commissary savings compared to outside the gates: Will customers get answers?

Officials to start local price comparisons

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New bank lending rules to protect troops will be enforced starting Oct. 3

Troops and their families will have stronger protections against predatory lenders starting Oct. 3 -…

Flu shots required for all students at Defense Department schools

Children attending the Department of Defense Education Activity schools must get flu shots by Dec. 1…

For those with the often solitary task of caring for disabled vets, help is on the way

More than 1 million Americans care for ill or injured Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. This new progra…

Military failed to conduct background checks on civilians in base housing, putting troops at risk

Military officials have been taking an “unnecessary safety and security risk to military personnel,…

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Fresh words for forever wars — 19 new books from Belleau Wood to Wall Street to Washington

Here’s your guide, listed by category and in order of reading satisfaction and relevance, to the sea…

Air Force beats Utah State 27-20 in Mountain West opener

Jacobi Owens scored on a 1-yard TD run with 5:06 left in the fourth quarter and Air Force opened the…

Buffalo comes back to beat Army 23-20 in OT

In 30 years of coaching, Lance Leipold had never been part of an overtime game before. Adam Mitcheso…

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