Courtesy Tyson Manker

In 2003, Tyson Manker was a 21-year-old Marine corporal leading an infantry squad during the invasion of Iraq. He saw combat, served under fire, and witnessed the indiscriminate violence of war first-hand.

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U.S. Army photo

Without any fanfare or announcement, the Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a new online wizard to help veterans seeking to upgrade their military discharges. Available on the VA’s Vets.gov benefits website, the interactive questionnaire walks former service members through the upgrade process’ many steps, tailored to their particular situation.

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AP Photo by Craig Fritz

Djoulou K. Caldwell’s conduct at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state certainly seemed crude.

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Photo by Spc. Terence Ewings

When you’re young, you do dumb things. When you’re young, and dumb, and in the military, the stakes are higher, but that just means your stories are a little crazier. Task & Purpose asked you, the readers, to share the dumbest things you did in the military, and most of the stories were disturbing, funny … or just plain incriminating.

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Associated Press photo by Jim Mone

A report released March 30 found that the Department of Veterans Affairs has been excluding post-9/11 veterans with bad paper discharges from earned benefits at unprecedented rates and suggests this may be in violation of the 1944 GI Bill of Rights.

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