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More than 30 states have asked the National Guard to help safeguard the 2020 election from cyber threats.

Sgt. Nick Harrison
Courtesy of Lambda Legal

Service members living with HIV will be in court in early August. They’re suing the military for discrimination over a longstanding policy that prohibits them from deploying or commissioning as officers.


The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advocates.

The Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

Ryan Karnoski, a transgender man who wants to serve in the Army.
Lambda Legal

Groups challenging the military’s ban on transgender service are encouraged by a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that protects many LGBTQ employees from discrimination. The ruling doesn't directly affect the ban, but it could support lawsuits against it.


Soldiers gather for a 2019 awards ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C.
JOSHUA COWDEN / U.S. ARMY

Originally published on June 22, 2020 11:20 am

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington - and outside of it - of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington - and outside of it - of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.

Service member walking out of a hospital to applause from doctors and nurses in scrubs.
Petty Officer 3rd Class Omar N Rubi / U.S. Navy

Some doctors and nurses with the U.S. Air Force Reserves are warning the public not to underestimate the continued threat posed by the coronavirus. They were among thousands of military personnel who deployed to New York City during the height of its COVID-19 pandemic.


Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

Veteran Harry Stapleton (right) does a video chat with his sister Maria Mishkind and her husband John.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Like many long-term care facilities, VA nursing homes haven't allowed in-person visitation since early March. The separation has been hard on veterans and their families.

For some veterans, the demonstrations against police violence are a chance to find their voice.

The stones, engraved with swastikas, mark the graves of German POWs who died in the United States during World War II.

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

The coronavirus pandemic has led groups around the country to cancel or scale back commemorations of America's war dead.

Use of the Veterans Health Administration's telehealth platform has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the agency's infrastructure has struggled to keep pace.

KC-135 Stratotanker at MacDill Air Force Base
Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Planes from MacDill Air Force Base will fly over a dozen Tampa Bay area hospitals on Friday to pay tribute to health care workers fighting the spread of COVID-19.


While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

Disruptions to everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic are putting a strain on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are seeking help virtually.


Man in military uniform using a computer
Kemberley Groue / U.S. Air Force

The transition from classroom to virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many student veterans, and the worries may not end with the spring semester.


The Navy hospital ship Mercy is in Los Angeles to relieve the burden on the area's medical facilities. But it’s dealing with a growing number of coronavirus cases among members of its crew.

Deployments, job losses, and the Pentagon's "stop movement" order are among the factors contributing to financial stress for troops and their families.

The coronavirus pandemic has brought big changes to one of the defining aspects of military life -- boot camp. But some people question if the changes are adequate to protect trainees.

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of American life - including military life.

Normally, Congress waits at least ten years after a war ends to authorize a monument. But supporters say a proposed "Global War on Terrorism" memorial should be built now.

 

The Las Vegas center is the VA's second inpatient treatment facility for veterans, who are at higher risk of gambling addiction.

Gene Popiolek (l) and his father Bernie sit in an assisted living facility bedroom.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help some vets and spouses pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care. But the application process is often long and complicated.

Clinical Contact Center employee Ruth Banilbo stands at her work station with a headset on for answering calls
VA Sunshine Healthcare Network (VISN 8)

Thousands of veterans are getting VA health care from the comfort of their homes.


The campaign, which launched in November, emphasizes Army careers in technology, medicine, and other non-combat jobs.

Researchers at the Tampa veterans’ hospital are training computers how to diagnose cancer. It’s one example of how the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding artificial intelligence development.

  

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.

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