Artwork in the office of Dr. Greg Serpa at the West Los Angeles VA includes toy army men in yoga poses.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

Teaching Veterans Kindness: VA Embraces Mindfulness, Whole Health

The VA hopes to roll out a national "whole health" program for veterans, offering them acupuncture, tai chi, yoga,and other alternative mental health therapies.

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The veterans group AMVETS distributed this early prototype of the VA's new veterans ID card in October. The VA has not released a final design, and it's not clear if the Office Depot logo will appear on the final card.
AMVETS

The new veterans ID cards were mandated by a 2015 law. But some veterans groups are raising questions about the possibility that the cards will include corporate branding.

Military retiree Scott Neil is overseeing construction of his new distillary in Florida. He decided to retire in the state in part because of its programs for veterans and retirees.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

States and cities around the country are ramping up their efforts to attract military retirees, whose presence can be good for the local economy.

When service members are discharged from the military, the degree to which they can receive benefits from Veterans Affairs depends largely on their characterization of service.

Clinical psychologist Miatta Snetter (right) speaks to Marine Corps veteran Sherry Pope at the Fullerton College Veterans Resource Center.  Snetter says woman sometimes feel uncomfortable around male veterans at the VA.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

A new program in Los Angeles is trying to provide female veterans with health care outside the VA, which some consider a male dominated environment.

Speaking at the National Press Club Nov. 6, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said he considered Texas shooter Devin Kelley a criminal, not a veteran.
National Press Club

This month’s mass shooting at a Texas church has raised questions of whether the military does enough to help former service members with bad conduct discharges. They're not eligible for veterans' mental health care.  

The crew of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle waits on Red Beach in California during an October exercise.
Beverly Woodworth / KPBS

During a San Diego training exercise, the Marine Corps tried out some new tools to enhance its amphibious landings.

An hour of storytelling about life on and around Fort Bragg, N.C.  Recorded live at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C.

Actors Patrick Schwarzenegger (left) and Jon Beavers crouch in position on set of "The Long Road Home."
Van Redin / National Geographic

The National Geographic mini-series depicts the true story of an ambush that killed eight Americans and hundreds of Iraqis.

The city of Goldsboro, N.C. is spending $6 million to build a new multi-sport recreation park on land owned by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Goldsboro, N.C. Parks and Recreation Dept.

Though the federal government has no current plans to downsize the number of military bases, local communities aren't taking any chances.

Pamela Richardson and her dog, Buttons.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

To commemorate Veterans Day, the American Homefront Project talked with former service members about their time in the armed forces ... and afterward.

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