A top Democrat in Congress has vowed that lawmakers will block any attempt by the Trump administration to use U.S. service members to build a wall along the southwestern border with Mexico.

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Amid the ongoing national conversation around domestic violence and sexual assault, lawmakers are pushing the Department of Defense to better define domestic violence as a criminal offense under the Uniform Code of Military Justice to both punish abuse within the ranks and prevent future tragedies like the one that struck the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas, in November 2017.

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Defense Department / Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Daniel Hinton.

The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee is skeptical that the increases in defense spending proposed by President Donald Trump will actually make the United States any safer.

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Whenever Congress and the White House play a game of chicken that results in a government shutdown, the losers are the families of U.S. troops killed in combat and training exercises.

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As the Navy works to recover sailors’ bodies from flooded portions of the damaged U.S. destroyer John McCain in Singapore, a San Diego congressman is calling for a congressional investigation of the Navy’s string of deadly ship mishaps in the Pacific.

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As Defense Secretary James Mattis vacationed and President Trump took to his personal Twitter account this morning to announce a blanket ban on transgender people in the military, transgender veterans were understandably confused and freaked out. “We have so many people who have come out to their units, and they’re scared,” Laila Ireland, a transgender Army vet and activist told Task and Purpose.

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