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Airman 1st Class Jack Pepper (with goggles) attempts a maneuver on a simulator while Lt. Col. Paul Vicars looks on. Pepper is among the first participants in Pilot Training Next, which uses off-the-shelf virtual reality technology.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Facing a shortage of pilots, the Air Force is experimenting with ways to make training programs faster and less expensive.

Aleta Nims has lived in Potsdam, N.Y. for a year. She's still working to get re-licensed as a mental health counselor.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

When military families move, the careers of service members' spouses may grind to a halt because they lack a professional license in their new state.

Maximo Purisima Young, 97, displays photographs from his military service. He helped transport supplies and troops in World War II, then fought as a guerilla alongside American soldiers.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

During World War II, more than a quarter million Filipinos fought alongside American soldiers. Many are still awaiting the recognition promised to them.

The first Navy sailors to participate in the MAVNI program take their oath of citizenship in this 2010 file photo. MAVNI has been controversial since it began in 2008.
Scott Thornbloom / U.S. Navy

From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged without explanation.

During an Army training exercise, Capt. Fazari Mutalib demonstrates a laser system that tests aviators' abilities to avoid detection.
Michael Strassner / U.S. Army

Under the Trump administration, the military is shifting its strategy back towards more traditional warfare.

Angelina Gabriel's family surrounds her as she's promoted to the rank of Navy Chief Petty Officer in a September ceremony. Gabriel's husband also is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy.
Anthony N. Hilkowski / U.S. Navy

About 84,000 service members are married to another member of the military, and some find it hard to balance their marriages with their careers.

Congress mandated the card in 2015, but provided no funding. So the VA struck a deal with Office Depot.

Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier appeared at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Cal. as part of her nationwide tour for "Rifles and Rosary Beads."
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

For her new album, Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with veterans to write songs about war, service, and life after the military.

A nuclear bomb and its parachute rest in a field near Goldsboro, N.C. after falling from a B-52 bomber in 1961. If it had detonated, it could have instantly killed thousands of people.
U.S. Air Force

During the Cold War, U.S. planes accidentally dropped nuclear bombs on the east coast, in Europe, and elsewhere. "Dumb luck" prevented a historic catastrophe.

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