A top Democratic lawmaker was first to announce on Thursday that 3,500 additional U.S. troops are deploying to the southwestern border amid official silence from the Pentagon.

Rep. Adam Smith (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, is "deeply troubled" that defense officials did not mention the upcoming deployment while testifying on Tuesday, Smith said Thursday in a statement.

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No one was going to be at Air Force veteran Joseph Walker's funeral on Monday, but after an appeal for people to attend went viral, Walker will not be alone when he is laid to rest.

The Texas Veterans Land Board alerted the media on Thursday asking people to attend the funeral for Walker, who served in the Air Force from 1964 and 1968. Since then, a story by KVUE in Austin has been retweeted by U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), CNN's Jake Tapper, the American Legion, and others.

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The commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard called the ongoing partial government shutdown "unacceptable" following reports that some Coast Guardsmen are relying on donations from food pantries while their regular paychecks remain on hold.

"We're five-plus weeks into the anxiety and stress of this government lapse and your non-pay," Adm. Karl Schultz said in a video message to service members. "You, as members of the armed forces, should not be expected to shoulder this burden."

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Veterans are pushing back against a Wall Street Journal op-ed, in which a woman with no military experience argued that women do not belong in combat units.

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An ISIS commander tried to record helmet-camera footage that probably would've made for a great propaganda video if his unit's attack was successful, but instead, he recorded himself getting smoked as his supposed "brothers" left him behind.

It's must-see TV, so grab the popcorn.

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