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

A Challenge For Military Moms: Breastfeeding And Pumping On Duty

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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Veteran John Sherer doesn't drive and relies in part on DAV transport to access medical care.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Approximately 5 million veterans live in rural America, and almost sixty percent of them rely on VA healthcare. But accessing that care can be a challenge.

Alex Hill, who was in the Army Airborne, started a business selling fresh coconut water to tourists along the Florida coast.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Around the country, state governments and other agencies are trying to promote entrepreneurship among military veterans.

Former Marine Josh Onan talks with George Kevin Flood, a staff psychiatrist at the San Diego VA. Onan is taking advantage of a year-old program that makes VA care available to people with less-than-honorable military discharges.
Katie Schoolov / KPBS

Last year, the VA began offering mental health treatment to vets who don't normally qualify for V-A care. Since then, fewer than 200 people have used the program.

Janine Lutz displays her Memorial Wall, which she built with photos of veterans who killed themselves. She said the VA's policy shunning medical marijuana is leading to needless deaths.
Julio Ochoa / American Homefront

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., pictured in this 2013 photo, is one of three operated by the VA.
Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA has opened more call centers and hired hundreds of additional responders after complaints that some callers experienced long hold times or were sent to voicemail.

U.S. Defense Department forensic anthropologists in Wonsan, North Korea examine the contents of boxes containing the possible remains of U.S. MIAs July 27, 2018.
David Marshall / U.S. Army

Families hope advances in DNA technology and thawing U.S./North Korean relations will help the government recover and identify long-missing remains of service members.

Congressional candidates MJ Hegar (right) and Gina Ortiz Jones speak at the LBJ Presidential Library in June. Both are military veterans seeking their first political office.
Jay Godwin / LBJ Library

Veterans now make up less than 20 percent of Congress, compared with about 75 percent in the 1960s. Some high-profile candidates are trying to reverse that trend.

Participants in Oxnard Family Circle's Adult Day Healthcare program get transportation to and from home on weekdays.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

The number of veterans in the VA healthcare system who are 70 or older is expected to grow 30 percent in the next eight years.

Midshipmen from the Naval Academy depart the USS Higgins after a recent training exercise.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

The Navy is rolling out its latest plan to manage wildlife in its ocean training grounds from Southern California to Hawaii. But environmentalists worry the Navy is backsliding in its efforts to protect marine life.

Families of U.S. troops who went missing during the Korean War gathered in Washington D.C. last weekend with a renewed sense of optimism

55 boxes that may contain remains of service members killed during the war were recently repatriated from North Korea, and advances in science may help experts identify who those remains belong to. Almost 8,000 U.S. troops who went missing during the Korean War are still unaccounted for.

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