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Screenshot of video taken during oral arguments. Clockwise from top-left: Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Marsha Marsha Berzon, Judge George Steeh III, U.S. Attorney Sonia McNeil, and plaintiffs' attorney Marc Angelucci.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

A federal appeals court has allowed a lawsuit to go forward that seeks to force women to register for the military draft.

Capt. Laura Malone, a nutritionist, and Sgt. Maj. Ricky Gaines inspect the salad bar at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma, Washington.
Christopher Gaylord / Northwest Guardian

The Army plans to reduce the number of dining facilities and improve the rest, as it tries to persuade hungry soldiers to eat in the chow hall instead of gobbling down fast food.

Four F-15 Eagle pilots from the 3rd Wing walk to their respective jets at Elmendorf Air Force Base, Alaska
Tech. Sgt. Keith Brown / U.S. Air Force

Even though it's been 40 years since anyone has been drafted into the military in the US, young men are still required to register with the Selective Service when they enter adulthood. Now, top officers from the Army and Marine Corps say it's about time women register, too.

Sen. Claire McCaskill, right, meets with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. William B. Caldwell during a 2010 visit to Afghanistan.
NATO photo

Senator Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said Tuesday she's in favor of making young women register for the draft — and two top-level military officers agreed. 

Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald speaks at an event at UCLA, asking landlords to offer leases to homeless veterans.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Veterans Affairs Secretary Bob McDonald was in Los Angeles with a mission: convince area landlords to rent apartments to homeless military veterans.

Clay Hull has a stubborn sense of justice.

After an improvised explosive device blast in Iraq ended his time in the military, he fought the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs over the amount of compensation they awarded him for his injuries.

"If I'm in the wrong, I'll admit it. But I'm not going to let somebody just push me around, especially the VA," he says.

It was complicated and drawn out, but Hull now gets the maximum the VA pays for disability.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' West Los Angeles Medical Center.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Ann R. Brown has been named by the Department of Veterans Affairs as the new permanent director of the troubled Greater Los Angeles Veterans Healthcare System.

Ribbon cutting at VA complex
John Ismay / KPCC

The U.S. Senate has  authorized $35 million to create new housing for homeless military veterans on the Department of Veterans Affairs' campus in Westwood, California.

William Kerby was exposed to repeated blasts when he was deployed to Iraq as a Marine infantryman.

“For instance, we were setting off a charge on a door or a gate to blow it open, and there’s nowhere really to go, so you basically turn away from it within a few feet,” Kerby said. “You can feel that kind of concussion, that shockwave, as it goes through your body.”

The V.A. Medical Center in Long Beach, Cal. is one of roughly 1700 medical facilities where veterans are being asked for DNA samples.
Kelvin Kay, Wikipedia Commons

The nation's veterans are being asked to contribute DNA for the largest genetic research project in history.