Army veteran Hector Barajas stands outside the Deported Veterans House in Tijuana. The House has a database of 350 deported veterans, but Barajas estimates the numbers could be much higher.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Deported Veterans Hope To Return To Nation They Fought For

Hundreds of veterans - who served in the U.S. military as non-citizens - were later deported for committing civilian crimes.

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Mario Martinez, 54, an Army veteran, is facing deportation after serving four years in California state prison. While serving in the Army in the 1980s, he was deployed to Germany as part of U.S. forces sent to guard the Berlin Wall.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Non-citizens are eligible to serve in the U.S. military. But even as veterans, they can still be deported if they commit crimes after they leave the service.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Mo Bolduc shows the display of ribbons and flags that adorn the JROTC room and computer lab at his Florida high school.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Family traditions and popular culture are among the things that motivate today's teenagers to join the armed forces.

UNC-Chapel Hill is waiting for the federal government to release money awarded by the Obama Administration. Nobody is sure if it will ever come.

PHOTOS: The 82nd Airborne Division Turns 100

Jun 1, 2017
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division simulate an assault of a compound under cover of smoke as part of the Airborne Review at Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone.
Matt Couch / American Homefront

As the Army's 82nd Airborne Division commemorates its 100th anniversary this year, its annual homecoming event was an opportunity to show off some of its capabilities.

Hannah Harris Green / American Homefront

A west coast group is using youth theater to tell the stories of an often forgotten group of children -- kids who grow up in military families.

Veterans and family members at Tampa's American Legion Post 5 participate in a special Memorial Day ceremony for troops who died by suicide.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Memorial Day can be especially difficult for relatives of service members who died by suicide. They often feel stigmatized, even around other military families.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (left) looks at a drone with soldiers from a Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Support Team at Fort Irwin, Cal.
Chuck Burden / U.S. Army

To prepare for sophisticated enemies, soldiers are learning to use and defend themselves against cyber weapons.

The American Homefront Project talks with service members and veterans about who they're remembering this Memorial Day.

Homeless Female Veterans: Undercounted and Underserved

May 16, 2017
Army veteran LouAnn Hazelwood was fleeing her second abusive marriage when she found one of the nation's few transitional programs for homless female veterans.
Rebecca Sheir / American Homefront

A growing number of homeless veterans are women. But there are few places that specialize in helping them get back on their feet.

Mother's Day Can Be Difficult When Mom Is Deployed

May 11, 2017
Nicole Roldan hugs her children as she returns to Tampa after a seven month deployment in Afghanistan.
Roldan family photo

The Pentagon doesn't track how many deployed service members are mothers (or fathers). But being a parent while serving the country creates unique challenges.

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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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