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Disabled and waiting: Veterans' appeals can take 5 years or more

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| Veterans with denied disability claims wait an average of four to five years for appeals hearings. The VA predicts the delay will get worse if Congress doesn't streamline the process.

Pentagon ordered to stop taking back National Guard signing bonuses

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U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter on Wednesday ordered the Pentagon to stop its efforts to collect repayment from members of the California National Guard who had received enlistment bonuses for signing during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Congress members attack policy forcing veterans to repay bonuses

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Members of Congress are asking the California National Guard to stop telling soldiers to pay back enlistment bonuses used to sign up soldiers at the height of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.

How the military helps vets return to civilian life

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The Pentagon only started offering transition help in 1991, and it was a weak program. It's much stronger today, after Congress revamped it in 2011.

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New exhibit tells story of Westwood's Old Soldiers' Home

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The Santa Monica History Museum recounts the Home's history, dating to 1887. Today it's the site of the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus.

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To retain more women, military offers better work-life balance

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When a Pentagon official proposed flexible schedules at a town hall, "They actually laughed at me," she says. But the schedules went into place. The military also now allows 1 to 3 years off.

Trump's 'can't handle it' comment on mental health draws fire

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Trump suggested that some military veterans with mental health issues are not "strong" and "can't handle it." His campaign says the remark was taken out of context.

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New rules for transgender troops take effect

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New rules detail how military leaders must treat transgender service members. It's the latest step in the Pentagon's effort to integrate transgender people into the armed forces.

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