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Bob Krafty was just out of his teens when he was offered temporary duty at Edgewood Arsenal in 1965.
Bob Krafty

Top secret Army experiments exposed thousands of veterans to potential chemical and biological weapons. Some are still waiting for follow up medical care.

Army Maj. Jason Moncuse sat at a table in a makeshift headquarters with an Afghan actor playing the role of a commander from that nation's army. Through a Dari-speaking interpreter they traded small talk.

"Oh, and if you could, also submit this tourist visa to the U.S.," the commander said.

"Oh, so you want a tourist visa?" said Moncuse.

The chatting wasn't aimless, though. The Army is essentially weaponizing chitchat.

The Tomahawk Ground Launched Nuclear Cruise Missile -- now displayed at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona - was an important part of the U.S. arsenal during the Cold War.
Kelly Michals / Flikr

As part of a recently released plan, the Trump Administration is proposing an increase in the U.S. nuclear arsenal. 

A charity called 'Homes for Our Troops' is building an accessible home for veteran Ryan Wilcox in upstate New York.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

When veterans with war injuries need accessible housing, they often have few options.

Movers unpack a van at Sarah Taranto's house in May 2017. Many of the Tarantos' possessions arrived damaged, while other had been stolen during the moving process.
Sarah Taranto

The average military family moves every two to three years. Their household goods are supposed to move with them, but that doesn’t always happen ... and some families say the military doesn't do much to help.

Mary Junell / U.S. Army National Guard

The Trump Administration wants to grow the Army substantially, even as potential recruits get harder to find. That's putting more pressure on recruiters than they've seen in years.

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

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.

California has become the eighth state to legalize recreational marijuana.  But using the drug can still end a military career.

Artist Dru Blair shows his painting of a 1952 CIA operation in China that killed two pilots.
Jay Price / American Homefront

"The Secret Ops of the CIA" calendars spotlight an unusual art genre: meticulous paintings of spy missions.

San Antonio's VFW Post 76 is a popular hangout for veterans, who often prefer to socialize with each other rather than with non-veterans.
Tim Hipps / U.S. Army

Fewer than one percent of Americans are in the military, compared with about nine percent during World War II. Researchers say that's helped create a divide between veterans and non-veterans.

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