Mike Bernicchi (left), who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, records his oral history with interviewer Martin Medart at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, Fla.
Cathy Carter / American Homefront

An Oral History Boom: Hundreds of Groups Are Recording Veterans' Stories

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In 1976, 13 Marines were jailed after they burst into a room at Camp Pendleton and attacked the men inside. The attackers thought they were confronting Ku Klux Klan members. But they had mistakenly entered the wrong room.

Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland and his wife, Laila, speak about transgender issues at the U.S. Air Force Academy in February 2018.
Julius Delos Reyes / U.S. Air Force

President Trump's restrictions on transgender troops moved a step closer to taking effect, even as several lawsuits challenging the policy remain unresolved.

Tony Sholar of the Marine Corps stands in the abandoned headquarters of a Marine unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The building was damaged in Hurricane Florence, and rainwater still pours through damaged roof.
Jay Price / American Homefront

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

An encampment that served as a hub for Army and Border Patrol activity now sits vacant near the Donna Rio Bravo International Bridge. It was cleared out in late December.
Reynaldo Leanos, Jr. / American Homefront

Thousands of troops who were deployed to the border in the fall have left, but the Trump Administration may call for a second deployment of thousands more.

Chef Ellen Adams (right), an Air Force veteran, helps fellow veteran Linda Costello coat apples in chocolate.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A cooking program in upstate New York helps veterans find camaraderie in the kitchen.

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

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.

A VA cemetery crew lifts a steel casket from the ground containing remains of an unknown U.S. service member, more than six decades after it was buried.
Jay Price / American Homefront

Using DNA and other new technology, scientists hope to identify the remains of more than 600 U.S. service members buried in a Hawaii veterans cemetery.

At a medical foster home near San Antonio, caregiver Tiffany Graves (left) sets out art supplies for Rose Witherspoon, a World War II veteran.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

For thousands of elderly veterans, long term care means living in a nursing home or institutional care setting. But some have found a much homier option.

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.

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