"I have grown in so many ways," said Marine Sgt. Kevin Hoffman, who suffered severe injuires from a bomb blast in Afghanistan.
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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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A U.S. recovery team has returned to a remote part of India to try to retrieve the remains of troops killed in World War II. Family members say a border dispute between India and China has delayed recovery efforts for years.


There are signs that transgender people could serve openly in the United States military within the next year.
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WUNC's Frank Stasio talks with KUOW military reporter Patricia Murphy about the ongoing Pentagon effort to accommodate transgender service members.


Capt. Jennifer Peace walks into the room, a tall, thin woman in crisp uniform, with minimal makeup and trim brown hair.

But when soldiers call her ma’am, she has orders to correct them. They must call her sir.

A Theater of War performance at Columbia University in 2011.
Theater of War

Veterans perform tragic Greek plays for audiences of that include military combat veterans.


Veterans advocates, protesters, and even President Obama have cited the statistic that 22 veterans a day kill themselves. But the reality is complex, and the number can be misleading.

UNC-Chapel Hill becomes the 11th public university in North Carolina to open a  campus veterans center.

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Hundreds of thousands of service members leave the military each year — some with a black mark on their records that'll prevent them from getting the benefits veterans usually receive.


Former paratrooper Adrian Carrillo with his five year old daughter Adrea. Carrillo has spent months searching for affordable housing in Southern California.
Lori Garland

A federal program provides housing vouchers to help veterans pay their rent. But in cities with expensive housing markets, many landlords won't accept them.


Veterans now have shorter waits for disability claims through the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Frank Stoltze/KPCC

The Veterans Administration has made progress reducing a backlog of disability claims, though veterans still have to wait several months for benefits.

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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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