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Mario Martinez, 54, an Army veteran, is facing deportation after serving four years in California state prison. While serving in the Army in the 1980s, he was deployed to Germany as part of U.S. forces sent to guard the Berlin Wall.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Non-citizens are eligible to serve in the U.S. military. But even as veterans, they can still be deported if they commit crimes after they leave the service.

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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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.

Retired Army Lt. Col. Mo Bolduc shows the display of ribbons and flags that adorn the JROTC room and computer lab at his Florida high school.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Family traditions and popular culture are among the things that motivate today's teenagers to join the armed forces.

PHOTOS: The 82nd Airborne Division Turns 100

Jun 1, 2017
Paratroopers from the 82nd Airborne Division simulate an assault of a compound under cover of smoke as part of the Airborne Review at Fort Bragg's Sicily Drop Zone.
Matt Couch / American Homefront

As the Army's 82nd Airborne Division commemorates its 100th anniversary this year, its annual homecoming event was an opportunity to show off some of its capabilities.

Hannah Harris Green / American Homefront

A west coast group is using youth theater to tell the stories of an often forgotten group of children -- kids who grow up in military families.

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley (left) looks at a drone with soldiers from a Cyber Electromagnetic Activities Support Team at Fort Irwin, Cal.
Chuck Burden / U.S. Army

To prepare for sophisticated enemies, soldiers are learning to use and defend themselves against cyber weapons.

The American Homefront Project talks with service members and veterans about who they're remembering this Memorial Day.

Mother's Day Can Be Difficult When Mom Is Deployed

May 11, 2017
Nicole Roldan hugs her children as she returns to Tampa after a seven month deployment in Afghanistan.
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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.

New Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities in Fayetteville, Charlotte, and elsewhere have reduced wait times. But the VA concedes it must do more.

A new administrator at the Bay Pines Healthcare System is being credited by veterans for resolving a paperwork snafu that had some low income VA clients being billed for medications they should have gotten for free.

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