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The Air Force Says Social Media Helped Prompt Action To Clean Up Mold In The Dorms

Aug. 28
Carson Fame/American Homefront

Mold has long been a problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. But when airmen started posting photos on Facebook, the Air Force stepped up its response.

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Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Some Military Bases Still Can't Drink Their Tap Water

Aug. 22
Dan Boyce/American Homefront

The military is spending millions of dollars to clean up water contamination around bases throughout the country. But people living with the contamination say the money has not gone nearly far enough.

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Atomic Veterans Offered Certificates For Their Sacrifice

Aug. 21
Frank Stasio, Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront

More than 500,000 American veterans were exposed to nuclear weapons tests from the 1940s to the early 1990s. Now the veterans who were exposed to the radiation from the weapons program will be offered a certificate marking their contribution.

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Congress May Expand Fertility Benefits For Injured Troops, But Some Religious Groups Are Objecting

Aug. 5
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The legislation requires the government to expand fertility coverage for service members and veterans who've suffered war-related reproductive injuries.

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In 1969, The Military Thought It Had Eliminated Racism In Its Ranks. Then Troops Began Rioting

Aug. 2
Jay Price/American Homefront

Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial policies.

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The National Guard Is Heading To The US-Mexico Border To Help Move Trucks Through Faster

July 26
Carson Frame/American Homefront

A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown — traffic jams that are slowing international commerce.

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A New Report Says The Pentagon Isn't Doing Enough To Protect Military Bases From Sea Level Rise

July 5
Jay Price/American Homefront

The Government Accountability Office says the military isn't doing enough to deal with the effects of climate change, after more than $9 billion in hurricane and flood-related damage to three bases in less than a year.

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The VA Is Using Video Games To Help Disabled Vets Recover And Reconnect

June 24
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

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Scientists Are Trying To Measure The Value Of Outdoor Service Work For Transitioning Veterans

June 20
Maria Bakkalapulo / American Homefront

Congress is considering legislation to encourage "outdoor therapy" for veterans with injuries or post-traumatic stress. Volunteer groups are already running similar programs in national parks.

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Roundtable: Plea Change In Hunter Corruption Case

June 14
By Bennett Lacy, Mark Sauer

The wife of Congressman Duncan Hunter pleads guilty in the couple’s corruption case, the military grants media access to its border mission in Texas, and San Diego State University plans to reform its scholarship system after millions of dollars were unawarded.

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Troops Keep A Low Profile Along The US-Mexico Border

June 13
By Steve Walsh

There have been a handful of incidents where troops have contact with migrants, but mainly soldiers and Marines have stayed away from close contact, according to the Army.

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A Fallen Vietnam Veteran Has Returned Home. The Water He Drank Helped Identify His Remains

June 10
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

Raul Guerra was adopted, so his DNA couldn't be matched to blood relatives. Scientists instead turned to an emerging technique that linked his bones to the drinking water in the places he grew up.

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LA's Coliseum, Built As A War Memorial, Is Getting A Corporate Sponsor. Some Veterans Are Protesting

May 22
Libby Denkmann/AmericanHomefront

Similar debates have played out elsewhere, as sports stadiums that were originally built as memorials to veterans take on new corporate names.

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While Trump's 'Space Force' Sits On The Launchpad, The Military Seeks A Home For Space Command

May 17
Dan Boyce/American Homefront

While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command.

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'Every Box Was Smashed': After Thousands Of Complaints, The Pentagon Is Reforming Military Moves

May 9
Carson Frame / American Homefont

The Pentagon is planning to hire a single private company to oversee the moving process for military families. The current system is plagued by delays, lost shipments, theft, and a lack of accountability.

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