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Report: VA's mental health efforts fall short now, won't keep pace in the future

WASHINGTON — Veterans Affairs officials will spend more than $7 billion and tens of thousands of hours of clinical time on mental health care this...

George and Rachel Needham and their family in an undated photo. Eight Needham boys served in the military. FAMILY PHOTO

An Army of brothers: N.C. couple sent eight sons to service

ASHEBORO, N.C. — An Oscar-nominated movie from 1954 had a catchy title: “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.”

A film based on the history...

Chamorro comfort soup

Chalakilis brings back happy, precious memories of Sunday gatherings with my family and mom (Charo) proudly cooking for her children.

Aside...

Walk-in Tricare help centers may be cut in US, but would continue overseas

WASHINGTON — The Defense Department is weighing an option to save money by closing Tricare customer service centers at stateside military...

Veterans Day: Honoring our nation's veterans

"Under the most demanding of circumstances and in the most dangerous corners of the earth, America's veterans have served with distinction. With...

Sergeant Major of the Army Raymond F. Chandler III talks to soldiers at Fort Shafter, Hawaii, November 7, 2013. FROM A PENTAGON CHANNEL VIDEO

Army weighs new Pacific deployment strategy

The U.S. Army in the Pacific said it is exploring a new deployment concept for exercises and engagements with foreign nations that would have...

From left, Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jonathan Greenert, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Welsh testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee on budget cuts to the military. CHIEF MASS COMMUNICATION SPECIALIST PETER D. LAWLOR/U.S. NAVY

Fewer troops, less gear: Service chiefs lay out specifics of budget crunch

WASHINGTON — The 26 senators who oversee the U.S. armed forces heard an old message with new urgency Thursday from the four service chiefs about...

Ariana Klay, a former Marine officer and military sexual assault survivor, speaks in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 6, 2013, as Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY, (background) looks on. Gillibrand is leading a bipartisan push calling for military sexual assault cases to be removed from the military chain of command. C.J. LIN/STARS AND STRIPES

As scrutiny grows, reports of military sexual assault rise sharply

WASHINGTON — Reports of sexual assault in the military jumped 46 percent from the same point in 2012, new Pentagon figures show.

There...

A tribute to tuba juice

Ah, tuba juice, when freshly extracted from a young, healthy coconut tree and chilled, is absolutely delicious.

Once fermented, you have...

Chairman Alphonso Maldon Jr. and members of the Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission listen to testimony about servicemembers pay and benefits during a hearing in Arlington, Va., on Tuesday. (Photo by Leo Shane III/Stars and Stripes)

Military pay and benefits panel begins hearings

ARLINGTON, Va. — Efforts to reform troops’ pay and retirement could mean sweeping changes to every aspect of military life: fewer housing moves,...

John Russell is a new comic hero created by a team of veterans and Hollywood heavyweights for the graphic novel "Vindicated Inc." COURTESY OF KISSELL STUDIOS

Forget Kryptonite and superpowers - PTSD, soldier's life color the hero in 'Vindicated'

America’s next comic book hero could be a member of the elite Delta Force who lost his legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.

Created by...

A U.S. Military HIV Research Program scientist at work in 2010. U.S. ARMY

Navy opens more assignments to HIV-positive sailors, Marines

SASEBO NAVAL BASE, Japan —The Navy says it has begun assigning HIV-positive sailors and Marines to overseas and large-ship-platform assignments....

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