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President Obama signs the 2010 law repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
Chuck Kennedy / White House

More than four years after the military’s discriminatory policies against gay and lesbian service members ended, veterans advocates say the Pentagon has not done enough to help the roughly 80,000 troops kicked out of the services for being gay since World War II.

Just six percent of California legislators have served in the military, one of the lowest percentages in the U.S.
David Monniaux / Wikipedia

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute shows there aren't many military veterans in California's state legislature, even though more vets live in the state than anywhere else.

A military veteran cuts the ceremonial ribbon opening UCLA's new Intensive Treatment Program, which aims to help vets and their families cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries.
KPCC/John Ismay

Retired Army General Pete Chiarelli speaks at the opening of UCLA's new Intensive Treatment Program, which aims to help vets and their families cope with post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Chiarelli himself served multiple tours in Iraq. John Ismay/KPCC

A new clinic at UCLA aimed at treating military veterans suffering from traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress will also extend treatment to patients' families.

Thor Ringler of the Department of Veterans Affairs interviews Korean War veteran Darrell Krenz for the 'My Life, My Story' project.
Department of Veterans Affairs

An initiative at several veterans hospitals adds something new to patients' medical records: their life stories.

As part of the American Homefront Project's look at eating disorders in the military, reporter Patricia Murphy talks with host John Hockenberry on PRI's The Takeaway.

63 years after the Korean War ended, remains of U.S. service members are being identified and returned to their families -- thanks to advances in DNA technology.

Christopher Yates(left) and  Jerry Tullos, unveil a new sign commemorating the Seal Beach weapons station’s 60th anniversary in 2004.
Eleno Cortez / U.S. Navy

As the U.S. Navy pivots its resources to the West Coast in an attempt to counter Chinese ambitions in the Pacific Ocean, an increasingly relevant weapons outpost in Orange County could get a major overhaul.

Michael Bullers at his new home in El Monte, Calif. Prior to moving in, Bullers had been homeless since being kicked out the Navy for drug use in 1993.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Service members with Other-Than-Honorable discharges receive no veterans benefits and are much more likely to become homeless. But the military has no consistent standards about who gets a dreaded "OTH."

Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

Nearly 83,000 U.S. service members are still listed as missing in action from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and other conflicts. Many of their families still hope their remains will be identified and returned home.

LaMarcus Miller (right) stars in 'Fallujah' as a young Marine who attempts suicide. Todd Strange portrays a fellow Marine who died in combat.
Keith Ian Polakoff / Long Beach Opera

One of the most intense episodes of the U.S.-Iraq conflict is the subject of a new opera premiering in Long Beach, California.

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