Lt. Colonel Eric Flake of Madigan Army Medical Center meets with Major Ruth Racine, whose 7 year old son is being treated for autism.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

Army To Open First Autism Center For Military Kids

The new center in Tacoma, Washington comes after years of complaints from service members that it’s nearly impossible to find autism therapy for their children.
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NPR photographer David Gilkey, right, and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on assignment in southern Afghanistan.
Monika Evstatieva / NPR via AP

American Homefront's Jay Price remembers the NPR journalist killed in Afghanistan and talks about the risks of covering war.

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Charlotte and Albert (Bruce) Chalcraft of Inverness, FL are keepers of Leo Chalcraft's legacy.
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, some American high school students are traveling to Normandy, France to make sure the victims of World War II aren't forgotten.

The northern half of Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood.
John Ismay / American Homefront

The V.A. is building columbariums at several veterans cemeteries, where there is no more space for traditional burials.

Ann Holland and her daughter Carolyn Gill are still trying to learn all the details of the 1968 disappearance of Air Force Tech Sergeant Mel Holland.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

As the nation prepares to commemorate Memorial Day, more than 1600 service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. For the families of some of them, the search for answers has become a lifelong pursuit.

Cdr. Mary Katey Hays (right) listens as the Officer of the Deck and the Junior Officer of the Deck run through the "underway checklist" on the USS Decatur.
John Ismay / American Homefront

While the Army and Marines are just now opening all combat jobs to female troops, women have been serving on -- and commanding -- Navy warships for years.

Marine Raiders navigate a Combat Rubber Raid Craft during a nighttime training exercise near Mobile, Alabama.
Joshua S. Higgins / U.S. Marine Corps

When it comes to the U.S. military's special operations forces, names like Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets probably come to mind. But the Marines have a unit that's not very well-known: the Raiders.

Navy Petty Officer First Class Mike Spittler already has a nautical scene tattooed on his right arm. Now, he's getting a new tattoo on his left.
Sophie McKibben / American Homefront

Beginning this month, tattoo enthusiasts who serve in the U.S. Navy can ink a lot more of their bodies. The new policy is designed to help recruit millennials, who sometimes have been turned away from military service because they have too much body art.

President Obama signs the 2010 law repealing 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell.'
Chuck Kennedy / White House

More than four years after the military’s discriminatory policies against gay and lesbian service members ended, veterans advocates say the Pentagon has not done enough to help the roughly 80,000 troops kicked out of the services for being gay since World War II.

Just six percent of California legislators have served in the military, one of the lowest percentages in the U.S.
David Monniaux / Wikipedia

A new report from the American Enterprise Institute shows there aren't many military veterans in California's state legislature, even though more vets live in the state than anywhere else.

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