Freedom Home and Electronics closed all its stores after being the target of state and federal investigations. It once had more than a dozen stores near military bases, including this one in Norfolk, Va.
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Young Service Members With Steady Paychecks: Frequent Targets of Consumer Scams

Since 2011, more than 30,000 service members have filed federal complaints about consumer scams. Regulators say troops are frequent targets of predatory lending schemes.

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Dawn Barrett works with a veteran inquiring about housing at the Seattle Stand Down.
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Shortly after Barack Obama became President in 2009, he announced an ambitious goal -- to end homelessness among military veterans by the end of 2015. Now, at the deadline, results are mixed.

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.
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Veterans attend a meetup of the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America in Seattle.
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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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