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Top 10 outrageous VA behaviors

In addition to covering up appointment wait time records and handing out undeserved bonus awards, misconduct within the Department of Veterans...

Kiyola Ohara, 8, prays for Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Elbert Luther Kinser Monday at Irei no Hi, an annual ceremony held in Itoman, Okinawa on June 23 to commemorate the dead from the Battle of Okinawa in 1945. Her family added prayer for Kinser to their mourning routine after meeting his family by chance on a trip to Florida in 2012. (MATTHEW M. BURKE/STARS AND STRIPES)

Thousands remember Japanese, Americans who died during Battle of Okinawa

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Kiyola Ohara left the shade of her mother’s umbrella and slowly knelt on the crisp green grass before the sea of black...

  Servicemembers below the rank of E-5 in Japan need to get to the party early, because they are not allowed to be off post after midnight due to curfew restrictions placed upon them after a string of incidents.   Eric Guzman/Stars and Stripes

Were GIs in fatal incidents afraid to get help while disobeying liberty rules?

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — It’s Friday night, and curfew is looming for U.S. servicemembers across Japan and South Korea.

Some are...

President Franklin D. Roosevelt signs the GI Bill on June 22, 1944.

Happy 70th birthday, GI Bill

PHILADELPHIA — As a turret gunner on a B-24 bomber during World War II, Joe Kiernan flew 35 combat missions, many aimed at taking out German...

Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. John F. Campbell  Joe Gromelski/Stars and Stripes

Army drawdown continues: 1,100 captains to be cut

WASHINGTON — The Army drawdown continues this week, when about 1,100 Army captains will receive word that their military careers are about to end...

Capt. Erin C. Stough and Lance Cpl. Anthony Chiccino, a military dog handler, stretch a German Sheppard's leg during a physical in the Combat Center Veterinary Treatment Facility on Dec. 4, 2013. (Charles Santamaria/U.S. Marine Corps)

Online veterinary service simplifies record-keeping for pets

The busy PCS season is here, and many military members moving to new assignments with a furry or feathered companion in tow may soon find they...

Okinawa governor to drop call to kick out U.S. air base

Okinawa Gov. Hirokazu Nakaima will not include a call to kick Futenma air base out of the prefecture at next week’s ceremony commemorating the...

U.S. Navy sailors man the rails aboard the U.S. 7th Fleet Flagship USS Blue Ridge as it pulls into port in Darwin, Australia, in June 2013 on a mission to build maritime partnerships and conduct security operations. Port calls by U.S. by U.S. ships are expected to increase under an agreement made by the leaders of the two countries last week. (Brannon Deugan/U.S. Navy)

Deal likely to bring more US military assets to Australia

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The U.S. military is expected to significantly increase the number of troops, ships and watercraft rotating through...

The transmitter site of Naval Communication Station Cam Ranh Bay, in a photo taken sometime between 1970 and 1971, shows a portion of the sprawling base used by tens of thousands of U.S. and South Vietnamese servicemembers during the Vietnam War. (COURTESY OF THE COLLECTION OF WILLIAM J. LONGHI/U.S. NAVY)

Changing times: Door may open to US military at former Vietnam War hub

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan — The United States flag once flew over 25,000 acres of airfield and port facilities at Cam Ranh Bay, one of the...

Retired Marine Corps Cpl. Kyle Carpenter smiles after receiving the Medal of Honor at the White House, June 19, 2014. (JOE GROMELSKI/STARS AND STRIPES)

Incredible survival, inspiring recovery: Carpenter receives his Medal of Honor

WASHINGTON — “Cpl. William ‘Kyle’ Carpenter should not be alive today,” President Barack Obama told those gathered at the White House Thursday to...

A desire to serve

Editor’s note: Michael Schaefer has always dreamt of serving his country, but that dream may never become reality. Below is his story followed...

Veteran shares his poetry from WWII

Editor’s Note: World War II veteran Joseph Errico recently reached out to Stripes because he had some poems he wanted to share with our...

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