Army veteran Russel Keyser shakes hands with his dog, Artemis, outside of his Ronkonkoma, NY home. Keyser says the dog helps him deal with the effects of PTSD.
Paige Pfleger / American Homefront

Can Service Dogs Help Veterans with PTSD? The VA Is Skeptical

A growing number of veterans are acquiring service dogs to help cope with PTSD. But the VA won’t pay for them and says their effectiveness hasn’t been scientifically proven.

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Mother's Day Can Be Difficult When Mom Is Deployed

May 11, 2017
Nicole Roldan hugs her children as she returns to Tampa after a seven month deployment in Afghanistan.
Roldan family photo

The Pentagon doesn't track how many deployed service members are mothers (or fathers). But being a parent while serving the country creates unique challenges.

"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

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

To help her cope with her responsibilities as a fulltime caregiver to her husband Ken, Patti Katter brings home flowers for herself. Ken - an Army and Marine veteran - returned from Iraq in 2007 with severe injuries.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

When service members return from the battlefield with lifetime disabilities, their spouses often become full-time caregivers.

Kara Dethlefsen, 27, an active duty Marine, attends the monthly food pantry at the Camp Pendleton Marine Corps Base near San Diego. Her husband is also a Marine and she said the food assistance helps them get ready for his transition to civilian life.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Thousands of military households rely on government food assistance programs, but the Pentagon doesn't track how many service members have trouble feeding their families.

Rashmi Patel is at the wheel of an electric-powered shuttle, but not for long. The vehicle is one of two shuttles making history at Fort Bragg as one of the Army’s first autonomous vehicles.

The founder of the private security firm Blackwater was allegedly involved in a secret meeting with a confidante to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength.

Air Force veteran B.J. Lange (left) leads the first improv class for veterans at Hollywood's Second City.
Dorian Merina/American Homefront

Improv comedy classes at Second City in Hollywood help veterans learn to perform, laugh, and build confidence.

Lt. Col. Carol Barkalow, now retired, was in the first class at West Point that included women.
Gustavo Sebran / U.S. Army

The Marine Corps photo scandal has disappointed some veterans who helped break down barriers for women in the military, but they say it shouldn't overshadow the progress of female service members.

Veterans seek employment at an Army Corps of Engineers career fair in Sacramento, Cal. in April 2016.
Randy Gon / U.S. Army

Racial and ethnic minorities make up an increasing share of the military, yet face added obstacles when seeking to access veterans benefits, according to a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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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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