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military members have been able to serve openly since 2011, when the controversial “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy was repealed.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.

Lt. Gen. Darryl Williams, West Point's superintendent, told U.S. House members at a committee hearing this month that the cadets who cheated on a virtual calculus exam will be held accountable.
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Leaders at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, New York, will allow most of the students involved in a major cheating scandal to remain at the prestigious school.

Electric Boat submarine
Electric Boat

The $740 billion defense spending bill passed by Congress preserves funding for a Virginia-class attack submarine built in Groton, Connecticut. 

U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut
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U.S. Senator Chris Murphy of Connecticut has spoken out against a decision by the Trump administration to sell American arms including F-35 fighters to the United Arab Emirates.

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This year’s summer training at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut, had the highest retention rate in the past few years.