Cpl. Fabian Purvis is leaving the Marines, and he's looking to land a job with the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Pentagon Strengthens Transition Program For Departing Troops

Traditionally, the military did little for departing troops except hand them discharge papers. But in recent years, it has enacted a mandatory program to help service members prepare for civilian jobs or go back to school.
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Navy Lt. Jessica Vaeth assists fellow sailors on the Navy assault ship USS Bonhomme Richard register for absentee ballots for the 2016 election.
Jeanette Mullinax / U.S. Navy

In 2000, the Florida ballots of overseas service members were a key point of controversy in the contested Bush vs. Gore election.  Now, 16 years later, little has changed for most overseas troops, who still vote absentee mostly through international mail.

Three members of the Owen family - Chandler, Emily, and Joshua - take a homeschool 'field trip' to Sunnyside Beach, Wash.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

Homeschooling is becoming more common, and studies suggest that military parents are more likely to homeschool their kids.

Fort Bragg wildlife biologist Jessie Schillaci holds baby woodpeckers, which the Pentagon and its partners are working to protect on and near the base.
Jay Price / American Homefront

The U.S. military has joined forces with environmental groups to preserve natural habitats. More than 400 threatened and endangered species are benefiting, and so is the Pentagon. 

Amid Controversy Over Gun Remark, Trump Holds Rally Near Ft. Bragg

Aug 10, 2016
At Donald Trump's Fayetteville rally, vendors sold clothing supporting Trump and opposing Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
Jay Price / American Homefront

In Fayetteville, N.C., Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump spoke mainly about the economy. But much of the media attention focused on a remark he made earlier in the day that critics say advocated violence against his opponents.

Navy Nurse Anesthetist Christine Maclan hangs an intravenous drip while preparing the operating room for surgery. While nurse anesthetists can work independently in the military, they must work under a doctor's supervision at the V.A.
James R. Evans / U.S. Navy

The Department of Veterans Affairs wants to allow specially trained nurses to do some things that doctors do now. That might reduce wait times for patients, but some doctors say it would worsen care for veterans.

Trump Promises VA Reforms in VFW Speech

Jul 26, 2016
Republican Presidential and Vice Presidential nominees Donald Trump and Mike Pence address the VFW convention in Charlotte.
Jay Price / American Homefront

A day after Hillary Clinton addressed the same group, Donald Trump received an enthusiastic response at the national convention of the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Clinton Pledges to Support Troops, Veterans In Speech to VFW

Jul 25, 2016
Attendees at the VFW convention take pictures of Hillary Clinton, whose image was displayed on a large video screen as she spoke.
Jay Price / American Homefront

Though she never mentioned him by name, Hillary Clinton repeatedly attacked Donald Trump's positions during her speech to the VFW. Trump will speak to the group Tuesday.

At the VFW convention, Ed Hendrickson of Norfolk, Va. stands beside a painting of troops killed in action.
Jay Price / American Homefront

This week, the major presidential candidates will continue a longstanding tradition of speaking to the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

Dr. Fatma Batuman, medical director of the women's health program, holds 1-month-old Nyia Yvette Cavanagh at the VA West Los Angeles Medical Center. Both of Cavanagh's parents are former Marines.
Maya Sugarman / KPCC

In an agency that was "built for men," VA leaders are working to add health care services for female veterans.

Performance Psychologist Meghan Halbrook of Fort Bragg's Comprehensive Soldier and Family Fitness Center shows a soldier how to use an ear sensor to monitor his stress level as he rests between sessions of machine gun training.
Jay Price / American Homefront

With biofeedback, breath control, and other mindfulness techniques, an Army unit hopes to help turn its paratroopers into more effective fighters.


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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