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24-hour Memorial Day vigil honors Latino veterans

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| This is the seventh year for the day-long vigil at cinco Puntos. "If you're a Latino veteran, this place is sort of hallowed ground for the region," Rick Coca says.

Why are there so many flags at gravestones on Memorial Day?

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At cemeteries this weekend, you might notice row after row of small American flags fluttering amid the gravestones. The history of that tradition dates back to the post-Civil War era.

For Memorial Day, 4 stories of veterans and service members

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Take another look at the men and women behind the uniforms, from a boundary-breaking Navy XO to a former Marine-turned-successful graphic novelist.

Women leaders no longer a rarity in today's Navy

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Having women command Navy warships is routine, but it wasn't always that way. And now the last restrictions keeping them from direct combat have been dropped.

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Some relatives of Filipino vets will be allowed to immigrate sooner

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Starting next month, immigration officials will let some adult children and siblings of elderly Filipino American vets wait for their immigrant visas in the United States instead of in the Philippines.

Sailors can get more ink under new Navy regulations

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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.

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Former Marine's graphic novel tackles life in the Corps

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Before Max Uriarte left the Marine Corps, he began a popular web-comic called Terminal Lance. His new graphic novel has now risen to the top of bestseller lists.

Navy secretary to Marines: Women in combat is irreversible

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On Tuesday, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus made his case for incorporating women into combat roles to Marines at Camp Pendleton.