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Navy Petty Officer First Class Mike Spittler already has a nautical scene tattooed on his right arm. Now, he's getting a new tattoo on his left.
Sophie McKibben / American Homefront

Beginning this month, tattoo enthusiasts who serve in the U.S. Navy can ink a lot more of their bodies. The new policy is designed to help recruit millennials, who sometimes have been turned away from military service because they have too much body art.

Homelessness in Los Angeles County rose by nearly 6 percent to 46,874 people over the past year, according to the results of a new homeless census released Wednesday morning.

Max Uriarte, who created  Terminal Lance, a web comic wildly popular among military service members, is now enjoying mainstream success with his first graphic novel.

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.

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