"I have grown in so many ways," said Marine Sgt. Kevin Hoffman, who suffered severe injuires from a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
Jim Greenhill / U.S. Army National Guard

A Surprising Finding About Psychological Trauma: In Some Ways, It's Beneficial

The debilitating effects of post traumatic stress are well documented. But studies suggest that surviving trauma might also lead to personal growth.

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It’s estimated the high tech industry will create more than 200,000 "new collar” jobs in the next three years. To fill those positions, IBM is tapping into a workforce that’s already well trained - veterans.

“We need to get people to hit the ground running and be productive,” said Tampa IBM executive Stuart Bean. “And you just can’t fill them unless you have people who are already disciplined, already trained, mature enough, (and) can hit the ground running.”

Sham Hasan, an Iraqi, worked with American forces as an interpreter starting in 2010. He was part of efforts to rebuild and train the Iraqi Army and, after the U.S. withdrawal of forces, continued to work for an American contractor in Baghdad.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

The interpreters, who were caught up in the Trump Administration's travel ban, aided U.S. troops during the Iraq war.

The Veterans Administration got $2.5 billion to add more doctors, nurses and other staff. An NPR investigation finds that total staff didn't rise much more than it might have without that money. We examine reasons why it's hard to bring new medical personnel into the VA, including a cumbersome hiring process.

The Potter's Lane development in Orange County, Cal. will recycle shipping containers into 16 apartments. It welcomes its first residents in February.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

A Southern California project is transforming steel shipping containers into apartments for homeless veterans. They're inexpensive, durable, and surprisingly attractive.

Army Sgt. Jerssy Toscano performs a sobriety test on a suspected drunk driver at Fort Irwin, Cal. in May 2016.
Spc. Adam Parent / U.S. Army

A new study suggests fear of punishment may keep soldiers from seeking substance abuse treatment.

VA Secretary nominee David Shulkin tours the Cinncinati VA medical center in July 2016.
Dept. of Veterans Affairs

Some vets question whether President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Veterans Affairs -- a current VA Under Secretary -- will bring reforms to the agency.

The VA is giving more some nurse practitioners more autonomy to treat patients, but not all of them will be free from physician oversight.


In his Fayetteville, N.C. apartment, Sgt. Nathaniel Rivet prepares to pack his his gear for a nine-month deployment to Iraq.
Jay Price / American Homefront

More than 13,000 American troops remain deployed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and units continue to cycle in and out of the two nations as part of the continuing U.S. mission.

For many veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, treatment options are limited to medication and therapy.

Researchers Study Injections As PTSD Treatment

Dec 12, 2016
Army doctor Jeffrey Tiede prepares to administer a Stellate Ganglion Block to Sgt. Randall Kimble at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany.
Stacy Sanning / U.S. Army

A new study will test an unusual approach to treating symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder: injecting a local anesthetic into nerve tissue in the neck.

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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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