Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Manuel Padilla, chief of the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, meet National Guard troops in Weslaco, Tex.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

National Guard Deployments Start Slowly At U.S./Mexico Border

Hundreds of troops have arrived to assist Border Patrol agents. But National Guard operations are not yet fully underway.

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Sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. raise a flag to recognize the station's success at retaining personnel. The Navy recognizes units that do a good job keeping sailors in the service.
Greg Mitchell / U.S. Navy

As the Navy plans to increase the number of ships, it's looking for new ways to keep sailors in the service, even allowing them to leave for a year and come back.

Army veteran Rosemary Salak performs exercises with physical therapist Barbara Springer as part of her participation in a study of the ReLoad app.
Paige Pfleger / American Homefront

The app uses music and audio to help amputees lessen the pain and discomfort of walking with a prosthetic leg.

Some veterans groups say they’re uncertain about the future of care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, after President Trump ousted Secretary David Shulkin and nominated White House physician Ronny Jackson to head the agency.

Cadets at St. Mary's University Army ROTC participate in a morning workout.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Since last year, the Army has required a fitness test before recruits start basic training.

With a camera attached to his helmet, Navy Specialist 1st Class Benjamin Lewis participates in a training exercise. Combat Camera photographers are trained to shoot both cameras and weapons to photograph military operations.
Tyler S. Dietrich / U.S. Marine Corps

The Navy blames cost-cutting for the elimination of its two Combat Camera units, which take photos and videos of naval operations.

Rhode Island resident Tom Peters regularly vacations at the MacDill Air Force Base RV park.
Capt. Jessica Brown / U.S. Air Force

Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation spots for thousands of former service members.

In this 1971 Army photo, a service member is vaccinated with a jet injection gun. The Army at the time called the gun "a fast, safe method for giving mass inoculations to troops."
U.S. Army Medical Department

Some veterans say they contracted hepatitis from the "jet gun" that was used to immunize them in the Vietnam era, but researchers haven't proven that link.

Marine Corps Master Sgt. David Lopez is a car enthusiast with 23 years in the military. He's learning to work on BMW engines as part of the inaugural class of the Military Service Technician Education Program at Camp Pendleton.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

BMW, Microsoft, and CVS are among the companies that conduct on-base job training for service members who will soon leave the military.

Bob Krafty was just out of his teens when he was offered temporary duty at Edgewood Arsenal in 1965.
Bob Krafty

Top secret Army experiments exposed thousands of veterans to potential chemical and biological weapons. Some are still waiting for follow up medical care.

Natural light floods the hallways and community spaces at the new Bay Pines VA Mental Health Center in Florida. The center houses a special inpatient unit for sexual trauma survivors.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Sexual trauma can be especially damaging for members of the military, where the perpetrator may be a commander and have access to weapons.

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