Liza Rodewald works from home and co-founded Hire Mad Skills, a job site that places military spouses in remote jobs.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Career, Family, and Frequent Moves: Why Military Spouses Often Struggle to Find Work

Military families move a lot, and that makes it hard for service members’ spouses to hold steady jobs. About half of military spouses are either unemployed or underemployed – and that can take a toll on their families, their earning power, and the economy.

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PHOTOS: The 82nd Airborne Division Turns 100

Jun 1, 2017
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division simulate an assault of a compound under cover of smoke as part of the Airborne Review at Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone.
Matt Couch / American Homefront

As the Army's 82nd Airborne Division commemorates its 100th anniversary this year, its annual homecoming event was an opportunity to show off some of its capabilities.

Hannah Harris Green / American Homefront

A west coast group is using youth theater to tell the stories of an often forgotten group of children -- kids who grow up in military families.

Veterans and family members at Tampa's American Legion Post 5 participate in a special Memorial Day ceremony for troops who died by suicide.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Memorial Day can be especially difficult for relatives of service members who died by suicide. They often feel stigmatized, even around other military families.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (left) looks at a drone with soldiers from a Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Support Team at Fort Irwin, Cal.
Chuck Burden / U.S. Army

To prepare for sophisticated enemies, soldiers are learning to use and defend themselves against cyber weapons.

The American Homefront Project talks with service members and veterans about who they're remembering this Memorial Day.

Homeless Female Veterans: Undercounted and Underserved

May 16, 2017
Army veteran LouAnn Hazelwood was fleeing her second abusive marriage when she found one of the nation's few transitional programs for homless female veterans.
Rebecca Sheir / American Homefront

A growing number of homeless veterans are women. But there are few places that specialize in helping them get back on their feet.

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.

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