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'Burn pits' pose possible health risk for troops

Special IG for Afghanistan Reconstruction
| So-called "burn pits" were common at U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Legislation in the Senate would create a center to study the effects of breathing their smoke.

At 5K, veterans eye finish line and voting booth


Veterans and their families say they will go to the polls next Tuesday to vote for more benefits for veterans, including more housing and better counseling.

Update: Defaced Venice war memorial covered for now


The block-long memorial wall dedicated to service members missing in action during the Vietnam War has been tagged before, but not quite like this.

After 48 years, MIA airman's wife wants answers


As the nation commemorates Memorial Day, more than 1,600 service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. For the families of some of them, the search for answers has become a lifelong pursuit.

At capacity, veterans cemeteries take a new form


Right now, L.A.'s national veterans cemetery is basically full. The V.A. hopes building a columbarium will allow Los Angeles veterans to be buried in the city.

24-hour Memorial Day vigil honors Latino veterans


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?


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


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.