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Hurricanes caused catastrophic damage to East Coast military bases in 2018. Now, as it starts to rebuild, the Pentagon wants to make bases less vulnerable to future storms.

Congress has told the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer COVID-19 vaccines to some 24 million people who don't usually get their health care through the VA.

After the January 6 Capitol insurrection, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to discuss extremism with the troops. But observers say that's only a first step toward eliminating extremist behavior.

Colorado governor Jared Polis signed into law the Restoration of Honor Act in April, expanding state veterans' benefits to former service members who were expelled for being gay.
Jeronimo Anaya-Ortiz

Gay and lesbian military members have been able to serve openly since 2011, when the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed. But for some who were expelled for being gay before the repeal, their less than honorable discharge status means they can’t access vital veterans benefits. Now, states are passing laws to expand benefits to LGBT veterans.

Stephen Kennedy of Fairfield, Conn., received an honorable discharge from the Army after filing multiple upgrade applications and then, a lawsuit against the Army.
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Tens of thousands of former soldiers with less than honorable discharges from the Army might get upgrades soon. This month, a federal judge is expected to approve a nationwide class action settlement that would force the Army to reevaluate and possibly upgrade those discharges to honorable if there’s evidence of a mental health condition.