The Most Read Stories This Week on Military.com -- July 20, 2018
Here's a look at the most popular stories this week on Military.com.
Arrest in Vandalism of Monument Honoring MOH Recipient Michael Murphy
Police arrested a 14-year-old boy and charged him with vandalism on Friday after a memorial to a slain Navy SEAL.
Worker Injured in Blast at Army Depot in Pennsylvania Dies
The Army says one of five civilian employees injured in an explosion and fire at a military depot in Pennsylvania has died.
Trump to Award Medal of Honor to Marine for Hue City Heroism
A retired sergeant major credited with saving scores of troops during a Vietnam War's battle will receive the Medal of Honor.
A Hairy Issue: Sailors Tell the US Navy, 'We Want Beards'
Now that women in the Navy can wear ponytails, men want beards.
In Reversal, Pentagon Now Says it Backs GOP Measure on Birds
The birds have become flashpoints in an ongoing battle over whether they warrant federal protection that hinders mining.
Senators Continue Call for Family Suicide Data Release
Sens. Patty Murray and Tim Kaine sent a letter to the DoD asking why data on military family suicides has not been released.
General Views Taliban Cease-Fire with 'Cautious Optimism'
Gen. Joseph Votel said the cease-fire between Afghan forces and the Taliban may be a signal both sides are ready for peace.
VA Says New 'Forever GI Bill' Finally Ready for Launch Aug. 1 … Mostly
The delayed launch is coming next month despite glitches on housing allowances.
VA Firings Climb Under Trump; Dems Charge Low-Wage Workers Targeted
The VA rejects charges that expanded firing authorities have created a "climate of fear" in the workforce.
Hungry Alligator Found Lurking Near North Carolina Marine Barracks
Amphibious landings aren't uncommon at Marine Corps installations, but one prompted officials to issue a safety warning.
US Stance on Russia in Syria Remains Unchanged, General Says
The head of U.S. Central Command had few kind words Thursday for Russian forces operating in Syria.
Some GI Bill Transfer Changes Take Effect Immediately, Pentagon Says
Some of the newly announced Post-9/11 GI Bill changes have immediate effect, Pentagon officials said this week.
VA Watchdog Says 20K Veterans Subjected to Unwarranted Medical Exams
A VA watchdog has discovered the agency spent about $10 million in unwarranted medical exams for military veterans.
5-Year-Old Girl Was Sexually Molested at Travis Air Force Base: Family
An attorney is alleging that a 5-year-old was sexually molested by other minors at a Travis Air Force Base child care center.
Motorcycles and Wounded Warriors: Saving Lives on the Open Road
Veterans Charity Ride organizes an annual trip to Sturgis, ND. This year, we're going along for the ride.
'Good Morning, Vietnam' DJ and Air Force Veteran Adrian Cronauer Dies at 79
"If I did half the things [Robin Williams] did in that movie, I'd still be in Leavenworth," Cronauer once said.
4 Old School Problems Today's Troops Don't Have to Worry About
It's important to always remember and respect just how tough our brothers and sisters-in-arms had it way back in the day.
Congress Shocked by Number of Disabled Vets Due Tax Refunds
Number of disabled vets due refunds is 10 times more than originally thought.