The Pentagon is expected to announce that transgender individuals can openly serve in the military. Military officials have asked for more time to work out the details.
The latest efforts by US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to modernize the military bureaucracy focus on the promotion system, which currently has strict requirements for the attainment of higher rank within given timeframes.
The Chinese intercepted a US spy plane over the East China Sea, following a similar incident over the South China Sea in May.
The US Department of Veterans Affairs has been dogged by scandal in recent years, but this incident suggests that the VA's troubles may be more deeply rooted than bureaucratic red tape and funding woes.
To better prevent suicide attempts among US military personnel, researchers have identified indicators of the most at-risk soldiers.
Figures show that over the past five years, more than 4,000 American veterans have been wrongfully declared dead, resulting in their benefits being cut off.
The Project RECOVER find is one of many American aircraft downed over the island nation of Palau during World War II, while dozens still remain to be found.
A team backed by US Expeditions and Explorations scaled the world's tallest mountain to raise awareness and funding for veterans' services after returning from active duty.