Airman 1st Class Jack Pepper (with goggles) attempts a maneuver on a simulator while Lt. Col. Paul Vicars looks on. Pepper is among the first participants in Pilot Training Next, which uses off-the-shelf virtual reality technology.
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These Air Force Trainees Spend Less Time In the Cockpit, More Time In Flight Simulators

Facing a shortage of pilots, the Air Force is experimenting with ways to make training programs faster and less expensive.

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Jamie Jones hugs her husband, Army veteran James Wallace, as they move into their new Winston-Salem duplex apartment.
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In several cities and states around the country, leaders say they've met the White House goal to end veteran homelessness.

Marine Corps veteran Clarence Moore is living in a transitional housing dorm in Los Angeles as he struggles to find a permanent home.
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Los Angeles officials say they're housing more than 300 veterans a month. Still, the city's homeless veteran population continues to grow.

Screenshot of video taken during oral arguments. Clockwise from top-left: Judge Ronald Gould, Judge Marsha Marsha Berzon, Judge George Steeh III, U.S. Attorney Sonia McNeil, and plaintiffs' attorney Marc Angelucci.
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has heard arguments about the constitutionality of a male-only draft — and whether or not a case challenging that policy should go to trial.

US Navy Photo by Johans Chavarro via Wikimedia Commons

Decades after Japanese bombs rained down on Pearl Harbor, the U.S. government is still working to bury those killed in the attacks — and provide closure for those who survived. 

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter has announced that he will end all remaining barriers to women serving in any role within the armed forces.
Department of Defence photo by Glenn Fawcett via Wikimedia Commons

For more than thirty years, men have been required to register for the Selective Service. Now, there's growing sentiment that women should be included, too.

The Army hopes changes in its dining facilities will simultaneously save money, make meals more nutritious, and persuade more soldiers to eat there.

Capt. Florent Groberg with Southern California high school students.
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Florent Groberg is in one of the smallest clubs in the military: he's a recipient of the Medal of Honor, a distinction earned by only ten living veterans of the war in Afghanistan.

Marine veteran John Knox arranges fall produce at the Growing Veterans farm stand at the VA Hospital in Seattle.
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As traditional veterans organizations like the American Legion and VFW lose members, younger vets are gravitating toward dozens of smaller, more specialized groups that offer a social outlet and opportunity to serve.

The VFW Hall in Hoquiam, Washington.
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As part of the American Homefront Project's look at the history and future of America's veterans groups, reporters Jay Price and Patricia Murphy talk with host John Hockenberry on PRI's The Takeaway.

For many veterans of World War II and Vietnam, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion posts were popular social gathering places to share stories of war experiences. And they were powerful lobbying voices in the political sphere.

But across the nation, participation in these organizations has declined. Veterans groups are making new efforts to recruit younger members.

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