76 year old Army veteran Robert Neilson writes notes of encouragement to fellow veterans who have contemplated suicide. He's struggled with mental health issues since he left the Army in the 1960s.
Matt Bowler / KPBS

Most Veterans Who Kill Themselves Are 55 Or Older. The VA Is Trying to Learn Why.

Veterans are about twice as likely as non-veterans to die by suicide. But the majority of those suicides are among veterans aged 55 or older -- whose military service was decades earlier.

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A citrus worker in Plymouth, Fla. grades oranges in this 1942 photo.
Florida Citrus Exchange, McKay Archives, Florida Southern College

An effort to prevent scurvy in U.S. troops led to the growth of the orange juice industry, popularizing what had been a relatively obscure beverage.

Marines string concertina wire at the San Ysidro pedestrian crossing.
Steve Walsh / KPBS

More than 5000 troops have been deployed to the border, mainly to build barriers to harden points of entry. Most troops are scheduled to leave the border within weeks.

Veterans sign the movie poster for "Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story" at an October screening at Fort Drum.
Mike Strasser / U.S. Army

The 2001 Hollywood blockbuster movie "Black Hawk Down" portrayed the story of the Battle of Mogadishu. Now, a new documentary hopes to change the narrative.

A military vehicle enters an encampment in Donna, Texas, just inside the U.S. border with Mexico.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Active-duty troops are now at the U.S. border with Mexico, two weeks after President Trump ordered the deployment in response to a large group of migrants headed north from Central America.

The Holcombe family, which lost nine members in the Sutherland Springs shooting, has filed a wrongful death claim against the Air Force.
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Before Devin Kelley killed 26 people at a Texas church, the Air Force failed to enter his criminal history into the FBI's background check system. Several victims' families are suing.

Kristin Backlund, whose husband is an Air Force ROTC instructor, holds her Alaska absentee ballot. She says obtaining and completing it was a complicated process.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A new study suggests military spouses vote much less than servicemembers, and they may not be getting the help they need to cast their votes.

Jesus Guzmán (right) and fellow Higher Ground veterans participate in a team-building exercise during a hike in Big Bear, Cal.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

At "recreational therapy" camps, outdoor activities and mindfulness help veterans with PTSD, sexual trauma, and other issues.

Navy veteran Whitney Hardin, 24, enters her home with help from her mother, Joy.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The VA says 8500 requests for wheelchairs, artificial limbs, and other equipment have waited more than 30 days. That's down from 64,000 requests last year.

Tomás Sandoval, Sr. (bottom right) served in Vietnam. He stars in the play, "Ring of Red: A Barrio Story," which was written by his son, Tomás Summers Sandoval.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

"Ring of Red: A Barrio Story" relies on oral histories to tell the rarely heard stories of Mexican-American veterans.

Staff Sgt. Melishia Francis prepares her breast pump in a lactation room at Lackland Air Force Base's Wilford Hall Medical Hospital.
Daniel J. Calderon / U.S. Air Force

Inflexible work schedules and lack of support can make it tough for new mothers in the military to keep breastfeeding their children.

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