Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Manuel Padilla, chief of the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, meet National Guard troops in Weslaco, Tex.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

National Guard Deployments Start Slowly At U.S./Mexico Border

Hundreds of troops have arrived to assist Border Patrol agents. But National Guard operations are not yet fully underway.

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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.

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.

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