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Assistant U.S. Attorneys Mark Pletcher, left, and Robert Huie speak with reporters in San Diego after "Fat Leonard" Francis pleaded guilty to bribery charges in 2015.
Lenny Ignelzi / AP

28 people have been charged so far in the so-called "Fat Leonard" bribery scandal. While the Navy has beefed up its ethics training, it also faces longstanding cultural challenges.

Protesters demonstrate outside a U.S. Marine base on Okinawa. The U.S. plans to greatly expand the base in the rural fishing village of Henoko.
Sonia Narang / American Homefront

The United States and Japan have been allies and strategic partners since World War II, but an effort to move and expand a Marine Corps base in Okinawa is causing friction with locals.

Vietnam veterans James Lischer, left, and Bobby Lux get ready to surf at Del Mar. Since the 1960's, surfing has helped them open up about their experience in Vietnam.
Katie Schoolov / KPBS

For U.S. troops in Vietnam, the "China Beach" surfing spot provided a rare recreational outlet during the war. Some still seek healing from the waves.

Investigators Seek Cause of Worst Marine Crash Since 2005

Jul 12, 2017
Smoke and flames rise after a military transport plane crashed in a field near Itta Bena, Miss. Monday.
Jimmy Taylor / Via AP

Seven of the 16 victims were members of the Marine Special Operations Command at Camp Lejeune, N.C. Others were based in Newburgh, N.Y.

An Afghan interpreter (right) helps a U.S. soldier gather information from a local resident in this 2010 photo.
Corey Idleburg / U.S. Army

13,000 Afghans who helped American troops are waiting for special visas to come to the U.S. Their lives could be in danger as they wait.

A non-profit group started by a Navy Seal who was involved in one of the most famous incidents of the war in Afghanistan is about to start building a retreat for combat veterans and their families near Fayetteville.

Army veteran Russel Keyser shakes hands with his dog, Artemis, outside of his Ronkonkoma, NY home. Keyser says the dog helps him deal with the effects of PTSD.
Paige Pfleger / American Homefront

A growing number of veterans are acquiring service dogs to help cope with PTSD. But the VA won’t pay for them and says their effectiveness hasn’t been scientifically proven.

Jeh Johnson (third from left) - then Secretary of Homeland Security - speaks at the White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism in 2015.
Barry Bahler / Department of Homeland Security

The Department of Homeland Security will proceed with an Obama Administration grant program to counter violent extremism, but UNC-Chapel Hill  is among a handful of recipients that will be left out.

Army veteran Hector Barajas stands outside the Deported Veterans House in Tijuana. The House has a database of 350 deported veterans, but Barajas estimates the numbers could be much higher.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

Hundreds of veterans - who served in the U.S. military as non-citizens - were later deported for committing civilian crimes. 

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.

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