Sham Hasan, an Iraqi, worked with American forces as an interpreter starting in 2010. He was part of efforts to rebuild and train the Iraqi Army and, after the U.S. withdrawal of forces, continued to work for an American contractor in Baghdad.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

After Push By Veterans, Iraqi Interpreters Allowed Entry

The interpreters, who were caught up in the Trump Administration's travel ban, aided U.S. troops during the Iraq war.

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The Veterans Administration got $2.5 billion to add more doctors, nurses and other staff. An NPR investigation finds that total staff didn't rise much more than it might have without that money. We examine reasons why it's hard to bring new medical personnel into the VA, including a cumbersome hiring process.

Army Sgt. Jerssy Toscano performs a sobriety test on a suspected drunk driver at Fort Irwin, Cal. in May 2016.
Spc. Adam Parent / U.S. Army

A new study suggests fear of punishment may keep soldiers from seeking substance abuse treatment.

VA Secretary nominee David Shulkin tours the Cinncinati VA medical center in July 2016.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Some vets question whether President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs -- a current VA Under Secretary -- will bring reforms to the agency.

The VA is giving more some nurse practitioners more autonomy to treat patients, but not all of them will be free from physician oversight.


In his Fayetteville, N.C. apartment, Sgt. Nathaniel Rivet prepares to pack his his gear for a nine-month deployment to Iraq.
Jay Price / American Homefront

More than 13,000 American troops remain deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and units continue to cycle in and out of the two nations as part of the continuing U.S. mission.

For many veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment options are limited to medication and therapy.

Researchers Study Injections As PTSD Treatment

Dec 12, 2016
Army doctor Jeffrey Tiede prepares to administer a Stellate Ganglion Block to Sgt. Randall Kimble at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Stacy Sanning / U.S. Army

A new study will test an unusual approach to treating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder: injecting a local anesthetic into nerve tissue in the neck.

Jeff Lynch survived catastrophic injuries from his two deployments to Iraq, but they left him unable to have children naturally.
Brian Batista / American Homefront

Thousands of veterans have suffered combat injures that left them infertile. For the first time, the VA will pay for treatments to help them have children.

Transgender veterans hoping the veterans administration would cover their sex reassignment surgery were dealt a setback after the administration dropped the plan.


Veterans Courts Grow Quickly But Inconsistently

Nov 14, 2016
Three veterans stand before Judge Jacqueline L. Lee during their graduation ceremony from the Harnett County, N.C. Veterans Treatment Court
Jay Price / American Homefront

The number of special courts for military veterans who get in trouble with the law is increasing rapidly.

The first veterans treatment court opened eight years ago in upstate New York. Now there more than 300 of them across the country, and hundreds more are expected to open in the next few years.

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Veterans attend a meetup of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in Seattle.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

An American Homefront Special: 'After the Uniform'

What does it mean to be a veteran in the 21st century? For the more than two million former service members who've returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, it can be challenging to transition back into civilian life.

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