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Tomás Sandoval, Sr. (bottom right) served in Vietnam. He stars in the play, "Ring of Red: A Barrio Story," which was written by his son, Tomás Summers Sandoval.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

"Ring of Red: A Barrio Story" relies on oral histories to tell the rarely heard stories of Mexican-American veterans.

Staff Sgt. Melishia Francis prepares her breast pump in a lactation room at Lackland Air Force Base's Wilford Hall Medical Hospital.
Daniel J. Calderón / U.S. Air Force

Inflexible work schedules and lack of support can make it tough for new mothers in the military to keep breastfeeding their children.

Army veteran Robert Galang participated in a clinical trial to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the Long Beach, Cal. VA.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

An agency pilot program aims to bypass regulations that can make it hard for veterans to get cutting-edge medical treatment.

Alex Hill, who was in the Army Airborne, started a business selling fresh coconut water to tourists along the Florida coast.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Around the country, state governments and other agencies are trying to promote entrepreneurship among military veterans.

Former Marine Josh Onan talks with George Kevin Flood, a staff psychiatrist at the San Diego VA. Onan is taking advantage of a year-old program that makes VA care available to people with less-than-honorable military discharges.
Katie Schoolov / KPBS

Last year, the VA began offering mental health treatment to vets who don't normally qualify for V-A care. Since then, fewer than 200 people have used the program.

Janine Lutz displays her Memorial Wall, which she built with photos of veterans who killed themselves. She said the VA's policy shunning medical marijuana is leading to needless deaths.
Julio Ochoa / American Homefront

Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstanding federal law.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., pictured in this 2013 photo, is one of three operated by the VA.
Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA has opened more call centers and hired hundreds of additional responders after complaints that some callers experienced long hold times or were sent to voicemail.

U.S. Defense Department forensic anthropologists in Wonsan, North Korea examine the contents of boxes containing the possible remains of U.S. MIAs July 27, 2018.
David Marshall / U.S. Army

Families hope advances in DNA technology and thawing U.S./North Korean relations will help the government recover and identify long-missing remains of service members.

Congressional candidates MJ Hegar (right) and Gina Ortiz Jones speak at the LBJ Presidential Library in June. Both are military veterans seeking their first political office.
Jay Godwin / LBJ Library

Veterans now make up less than 20 percent of Congress, compared with about 75 percent in the 1960s. Some high-profile candidates are trying to reverse that trend.

Participants in Oxnard Family Circle's Adult Day Healthcare program get transportation to and from home on weekdays.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

The number of veterans in the VA healthcare system who are 70 or older is expected to grow 30 percent in the next eight years.

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