"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

A Surprising Finding About Psychological Trauma: In Some Ways, It's Beneficial

The debilitating effects of post traumatic stress are well documented. But studies suggest that surviving trauma might also lead to personal growth.

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At Cargomatic in Venice Beach, California, Air Force veteran Blake Pickell uses his 'MBV' degree as a senior manager.
John Ismay / American Homefront

The University of Southern California is doing something unique -- offering a college degree called an MBV – a Masters of Business for Veterans.

NPR photographer David Gilkey, right, and translator Zabihullah Tamanna were killed on assignment in southern Afghanistan.
Monika Evstatieva / NPR via AP

American Homefront's Jay Price remembers the NPR journalist killed in Afghanistan and talks about the risks of covering war.

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Marine Lance Cpl. Richard Carmichael disposes of trash in a burn pit in Afghanistan in this 2013 photo.
Sgt Anthony L. Ortiz / U.S. Marine Corps

So-called "burn pits" were common at U.S. military outposts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Legislation in the Senate would create a center to study the effects of breathing their smoke.

Charlotte and Albert (Bruce) Chalcraft of Inverness, FL are keepers of Leo Chalcraft's legacy.
Bobbie O'Brien / WUSF Public Media

To commemorate the 72nd anniversary of the D-Day Invasion, some American high school students are traveling to Normandy, France to make sure the victims of World War II aren't forgotten.

The northern half of Los Angeles National Cemetery in Westwood.
John Ismay / American Homefront

The V.A. is building columbariums at several veterans cemeteries, where there is no more space for traditional burials.

Ann Holland and her daughter Carolyn Gill are still trying to learn all the details of the 1968 disappearance of Air Force Tech Sergeant Mel Holland.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

As the nation prepares to commemorate Memorial Day, more than 1600 service members remain unaccounted for from the Vietnam War. For the families of some of them, the search for answers has become a lifelong pursuit.

Cdr. Mary Katey Hays (right) listens as the Officer of the Deck and the Junior Officer of the Deck run through the "underway checklist" on the USS Decatur.
John Ismay / American Homefront

While the Army and Marines are just now opening all combat jobs to female troops, women have been serving on -- and commanding -- Navy warships for years.

Marine Raiders navigate a Combat Rubber Raid Craft during a nighttime training exercise near Mobile, Alabama.
Joshua S. Higgins / U.S. Marine Corps

When it comes to the U.S. military's special operations forces, names like Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets probably come to mind. But the Marines have a unit that's not very well-known: the Raiders.

Navy Petty Officer First Class Mike Spittler already has a nautical scene tattooed on his right arm. Now, he's getting a new tattoo on his left.
Sophie McKibben / American Homefront

Beginning this month, tattoo enthusiasts who serve in the U.S. Navy can ink a lot more of their bodies. The new policy is designed to help recruit millennials, who sometimes have been turned away from military service because they have too much body art.

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Veterans attend a meetup of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in Seattle.
Patricia Murphy / American Homefront

An American Homefront Special: 'After the Uniform'

What does it mean to be a veteran in the 21st century? For the more than two million former service members who've returned from Afghanistan and Iraq, it can be challenging to transition back into civilian life.

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