veterans

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.

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.

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.

A Special Forces soldier from Tacoma killed in January has been awarded a Silver Star.  

Sfc. Matthew McClintock was killed trying to help a wounded teammate during an intense firefight in Marjah, Afghanistan. After McClintock’s death his unit nominated him for a Silver Star, the nation’s third-highest award for valor.

Theresa Larson, who's now a physical therapist in San Diego, struggled with eating disorders when she was in the Marines.
courtesy Theresa Larson

Thousands of service members suffer from anorexia, bulimia, or other eating disorders. At greatest risk: those who are young, female, and under combat stress.

A federal law caps the interest rates that lenders can charge military service members, but a new report says lenders don't always follow that law.

The report released today from the U.S. Department of Education’s inspector general suggests more service members are paying too much for their loans than the government had previously revealed.

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.

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.

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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