Navy Lt. Commander Jeff Raunig, a physician, weighs his options under the new military retirement system. 'Med school doesn't teach you that much about economics,' he said.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

Service Members Face New Retirement Options, But Some Feel Unprepared To Choose

About 1.7 million troops are eligible to switch from a traditional pension plan to a blended plan that works more like a 401(k). But some lack the financial skills to evaluate their options.

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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.

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.

Rashmi Patel is at the wheel of an electric-powered shuttle, but not for long. The vehicle is one of two shuttles making history at Fort Bragg as one of the Army’s first autonomous vehicles.

The founder of the private security firm Blackwater was allegedly involved in a secret meeting with a confidante to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength.

Air Force veteran B.J. Lange (left) leads the first improv class for veterans at Hollywood's Second City.
Dorian Merina/American Homefront

Improv comedy classes at Second City in Hollywood help veterans learn to perform, laugh, and build confidence.

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