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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Patients wait for medical care at a temporary hospital tent outside the VA hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The main building is unusable after Hurricane Maria.
Angel Valentin / American Homefront

A month and a half after hurricane Maria, the VA Caribbean Healthcare system is delivering care in unconventional ways. And it's helping veterans whose PTSD was triggered by the storm.

Sgt. Gary Wyckoff (left) helps residents fill containers with drinkable water in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Troops from Fort Bragg are using a filtration system to purify the water.
Angel Valentin / American Homefront

Many residents are making daily visits to distribution sites, where the Army has set up portable water purification systems.

Swamp Apes Joe 'Mojo' Detre and Tom Aycock dig a hole on the side of a levee looking for Burmese python nests.
Niall Macaulay

Removing pythons helps the ecology of the Everglades - and helps veterans transition from the battlefield to civilian life.

Last week marked one month since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and conditions remain primitive on much of the island. About one million people remain without running water and three million are without electricity.

Santa Isabel, Puerto Rico mayor Enrique Questell Alvarado shows 105th Engineer Battalion Lt. Col. Cale Moody a road washed out by Hurricane Maria.
Angel Valentin / American Homefront

A North Carolina-based engineering battalion is making slow progress repairing roads that were blocked or damaged in Hurricane Maria. But months of work lies ahead.

Kevin Ziober says he was illegally fired because he served in Afghanistan. His employer is forcing him to take his complaint to binding arbitration, rather than to court.

The USS Fitzgerald sits in dry dock in Yokosuka, Japan after a June 17 collision with a merchant vessel.
Christian Senyk / U.S. Navy

Human error is likely to be among the causes of two separate collisions involving Navy destroyers. The accidents killed 17 sailors.

Lt. Cmdr. Valerie Greenaway conducts a Navy training session in December 2016, when an Obama-era policy allowed transgender service members to serve openly. Now, President Trump has ordered a ban on transgender recruits.
Erwin Jacob V Miciano / U.S. Navy

President Trump's directive prohibits transgender people from joining the military and bans the military from paying for gender reassignment surgery. But it doesn't address what will happen to transgender people currently serving.

Pilots from the 45th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron fly a C130 to evacuate patients from St. Croix.
Julio Ochoa / WUSF Public Media

More than a week after Hurricane Maria, the Air Force continues daily medical evacuation flights from St. Croix. Patients are heading to South Carolina, Georgia, and elsewhere.

Humanitarian flights to the islands of St. Croix and Puerto Rico are continuing in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria.

Crews based at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Friday loaded a cargo plane with supplies and headed for St. Croix, where patients from island hospitals were picked up and taken to a Columbia, South Carolina hospital

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