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Far Away From Washington, Impeachment Means Little To US Troops Providing Military Aid To Ukraine

Jan. 20
Levi Bridges/American Homdefront

While the impeachment case centers on President Trump's handling of military aid to Ukraine, U.S. troops deployed in Ukraine say their mission hasn't changed.

Air Force veteran Ronald West, 70, said he leav...

The VA's New Smoking Ban Is Sparking Complaints From Some Veterans And Employees

Jan. 15
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The VA has eliminated the designated smoking areas at its hospitals, clinics, and other buildings. It's a difficult transition for some patients, visitors, and VA workers.

Rep. Duncan Hunter arrives at the federal court...

Roundtable: Duncan Hunter Resigns

Jan. 10
By Mark Sauer, Pat Finn

On Monday, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter will resign. There will be no special election for the 50th Congressional District. Local vets reveal their thoughts on the situation with Iran. And homelessness is spreading to the suburbs.

Comedian Paula Poundstone performs at a USO sho...

More Than Shows: Today's USO Is Working To Bridge The Divide Between Service Members And Civilians

Jan. 2
Austin Cross/American Homefront

For an organization that's still strongly associated with entertainers of the past, like Bob Hope, it's a constant challenge to stay relevant to today's service members.

Veteran David Wheaton said he's noticed his COP...

A Holiday Harmonica Concert Is Part Of The Therapy For Veterans With Lung Disease

Dec. 20, 2019
Stephanie Colombini/WUNC

On a recent afternoon, a dozen or so veterans sat around a table at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa preparing for a musical performance.

Army veteran Jesus Medina, who says exercising ...

A New Study Has Found That Grief Is Common But Rarely Recognized In Veterans

Dec. 5, 2019
Emily Elena Dugdale/American Homefront

The University of California, Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

Andrew Garcia, 22, plays 'Call of Duty: Modern ...

Army Recruitment Today Is Less 'Be All You Can Be' And More 'Call Of Duty'

Dec. 4, 2019
Taylor Allen / American Homefront

The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

Maureen Sevilla, Chief of the Epidemiology and ...

Rates of Many STIs Are Growing In The Military. Dating Apps Might Be Part Of The Reason

Dec. 3, 2019
Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront

Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone dating apps.

Runners participate in an domestic violence awa...

After A Report Found The Military Often Mishandles Domestic Violence, Reforms Are Happening Slowly

Nov. 27, 2019
Carson Fame/American Homefront

The Defense Department Inspector General found that the military handles domestic violence on base inconsistently, leading to fewer prosecutions and ongoing danger for the people who are abused.

The Adak U.S. Navy base is pictured in this und...

As The Navy Eyes A Thawing Arctic, A Remote Island Town Sees An Opportunity

Nov. 15, 2019
Zachariah Hughes/American Homefront

The Pentagon is preparing for potential missions in newly navigable Arctic seas, raising hopes the military will reinhabit a long-abandoned Navy base on an Alaskan island.

Troops set up concertina wire as a Customs and ...

Some National Guardsmen Don't Get Veterans' Benefits, Congress Is Trying To Change That

Nov. 11, 2019
By Steve Walsh

Not everyone in a military uniform will be considered a veteran when they leave the service, including some National Guard troops who have served along the border.

The Los Angeles columbarium is pictured in this...

As Veterans' Cemeteries Run Out Of Space, The VA Is Providing An Alternative To Burials

Nov. 4, 2019
Libby Denkmann/AmericanHomefront

For the first time in decades, veterans and local military families have access to a final resting place alongside fellow servicemembers in the city of Los Angeles.

Navy Special Operations Chief Edward Gallagher,...

Navy Looks At Reforming JAG In Wake Of Gallagher War Crimes Trial

Oct. 30, 2019
By Steve Walsh

The Secretary of the Navy is looking is looking at all aspects of the Navy and Marine Judge Advocate General programs.

The Chapel at the United States Air Force Acade...

After Years Of Water Damage, The Iconic Air Force Academy Chapel Is Closed For Repairs

Oct. 28, 2019
Dan Boyce/American Homefront

The famous structure and popular tourist site will undergo a renovation project that's expected to last almost four years.

Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. use immersion tro...

A New Center Is Escalating The Military's Fight Against Potentially Deadly Heat-Related Injuries

Oct. 11, 2019
Jay Price/American Homefront

The Pentagon says reported cases of heat exhaustion jumped nearly 50 percent between 2014 and 2018.

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