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Storied Camp Pendleton Marine Unit Examines Its Legacy In Afghanistan

July 30
By Steve Walsh

The Dark Horse Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, had the highest percentage of casualties of any unit in the war.

Army veterans Emma Toops and Scott Weaver meet ...

As US Troops Leave Afghanistan, Veterans Say The War's Legacy Is Complex

July 27
Anne Kniggendorf / The American Homefront Project

Amid debate over President Biden's decision to withdraw American forces, veterans who served in Afghanistan say the situation is hard to understand if you haven’t been there.

Pam and Pat O'Donohoe, parents of Justin O'Dono...

Afghan War Still Alive For San Diego Family

July 15
By Steve Walsh

Looking back at two decades of war, some San Diego families are not able to turn the page as the U.S. pulls out of Afghanistan.

The first Veterans Community Project campus in ...

Tiny Home Projects Are Expanding, Offering Homeless Veterans Independence And Security

July 13
Chris Haxel / American Homefront

In cities nationwide, groups addressing veteran homelessness by replacing the traditional shelter model with tiny homes.

Staff Sgt. Ebony Rice (right) briefs a group of...

A New Army Program Is Teaching Leaders To Be More Compassionate And Less 'Toxic'

July 6
Carson Frame/American Homefront

The program has debuted at Fort Hood, Texas, where Spc. Vanessa Guillen's killing last year led to criticism of the base's culture and command climate.

Ali Rasouly, a former translator for U.S. Marin...

Afghans Who Helped US Troops Say They're Running Out Of Time As They Await Visas

June 28
By Steve Walsh

The White House and Congress are vowing to help thousands of Afghans who face retribution for working with the American military. Some have come to the U.S. on special visas. But others are in danger of being left behind.

Norma Apodaca shows a photo of her brother Eras...

Deported Veterans Look To Biden Administration For Help

June 14
By Steve Walsh

Over the past several decades, hundreds or maybe thousands of U.S. military veterans have been deported after they committed crimes, sometimes decades after they left the service.

Members of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2021...

Amid A 'Stark' Racial Disparity In Military Academy Nominations, Should Congress Be Doing More?

June 11
Desiree D'Iorio/American Homefront

Advocates say more members of Congress should reach out to Black and Latino high school students and make them aware of opportunities at the elite schools.

Richard Sobek, the Commander of American Legion...

American Legion Posts Are Reopening, But Many Still Face A Financial Crisis

June 10
Anne Kniggendorf

More than 12,000 American Legion posts closed for at least part of the pandemic. Those closures left some posts in financial trouble.

Lynn Rolf Jr., a retired Army colonel, typicall...

The VA Is Lifting Restrictions At Cemeteries, But Memorial Day May Not Be Back To Normal

May 28
Chris Haxel / The American Homefront Project

Days before Memorial Day, the Department of Veterans Affairs is easing restrictions at the cemeteries it manages.

Staff Sgt. Antoine raises his head as a flight ...

A Skin Condition Makes It Hard For Some Black Men To Shave And Get Ahead In The Military

May 24
Carson Frame/American Homefront

Some Air Force members say they're facing discrimination because it's hard for them to shave their faces daily. Many have a skin condition that's especially common among Black men.

Former Navy sailor Louis Miller stands on the d...

Some States Are Doing What The Federal Government Won't: Giving Veterans Benefits To Gay Ex-Troops

May 18
Desiree Diorio / The American Homefront Project

Thousands of troops were expelled for being gay before Congress changed the law in 2011. Though many still don't qualify for federal veterans benefits, they now can receive state benefits in New York, Colorado, and other states.

First group of women complete the grueling Cruc...

Marines Still Under The Gun To Integrate Women Despite Success Of First Boot Camp Class

May 17
By Steve Walsh

Allowing one cycle of female recruits to graduate from traditionally all-male San Diego is only the first step to fulfilling a Congressional mandate.

Female recruit handed a weapon during the Boot ...

First Class Of Female Recruits In San Diego History May Be The Last For Now

May 5
By Steve Walsh

Female recruits went through Marine boot camp in San Diego for the first time this spring. As they are set to graduate, these new Marines say it's time for women to keep training on the West Coast.

Military and civilian officials attend a ceremo...

After Billions Of Dollars In Damage, The Military Is Trying To Protect Bases From Climate Change

May 4
Jay Price/American Homefront

Hurricanes caused catastrophic damage to East Coast military bases in 2018. Now, as it starts to rebuild, the Pentagon wants to make bases less vulnerable to future storms.

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