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Ribbon cutting at VA complex
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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.

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Editor's note: On Thursday, June 30, the Pentagon announced that is has lifted its ban on transgender people serving openly in the military. That's big news for Capt. Jennifer Peace whom we profiled in this story from January.

Capt. Jennifer Peace is a tall, thin woman in a crisp uniform, with minimal makeup and shiny brown hair. But when soldiers call her ma’am, she has orders to correct them.

They must call her sir.

Dawn Barrett works with a veteran inquiring about housing at the Seattle Stand Down.
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Shortly after Barack Obama became President in 2009, he announced an ambitious goal -- to end homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015. Now, at the deadline, results are mixed.

Jamie Jones hugs her husband, Army veteran James Wallace, as they move into their new Winston-Salem duplex apartment.
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In several cities and states around the country, leaders say they've met the White House goal to end veteran homelessness.

Marine Corps veteran Clarence Moore is living in a transitional housing dorm in Los Angeles as he struggles to find a permanent home.
John Ismay/American Homefront

Los Angeles officials say they're housing more than 300 veterans a month. Still, the city's homeless veteran population continues to grow.

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

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments about the constitutionality of a male-only draft — and whether or not a case challenging that policy should go to trial.

US Navy Photo by Johans Chavarro via Wikimedia Commons

Decades after Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government is still working to bury those killed in the attacks — and provide closure for those who survived. 

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that he will end all remaining barriers to women serving in any role within the armed forces.
Department of Defence photo by Glenn Fawcett via Wikimedia Commons

For more than thirty years, men have been required to register for the Selective Service. Now, there's growing sentiment that women should be included, too.

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