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The number of North Carolina veterans who fought in World War II is declining. But last week, four of them got an official thanks from a country they helped liberate.

Speaking at the National Press Club Nov. 6, Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin said he considered Texas shooter Devin Kelley a criminal, not a veteran.
National Press Club

This month’s mass shooting at a Texas church has raised questions of whether the military does enough to help former service members with bad conduct discharges. They're not eligible for veterans' mental health care.  

The crew of an Amphibious Assault Vehicle waits on Red Beach in California during an October exercise.
Beverly Woodworth / KPBS

During a San Diego training exercise, the Marine Corps tried out some new tools to enhance its amphibious landings.

An hour of storytelling about life on and around Fort Bragg, N.C.  Recorded live at the Airborne and Special Operations Museum in Fayetteville, N.C.

Actors Patrick Schwarzenegger (left) and Jon Beavers crouch in position on set of "The Long Road Home."
Van Redin / National Geographic

The National Geographic mini-series depicts the true story of an ambush that killed eight Americans and hundreds of Iraqis.

The city of Goldsboro, N.C. is spending $6 million to build a new multi-sport recreation park on land owned by Seymour Johnson Air Force Base.
Goldsboro, N.C. Parks and Recreation Dept.

Though the federal government has no current plans to downsize the number of military bases, local communities aren't taking any chances.

Patients wait for medical care at a temporary hospital tent outside the VA hospital in Ponce, Puerto Rico. The main building is unusable after Hurricane Maria.
Angel Valentin / American Homefront

A month and a half after hurricane Maria, the VA Caribbean Healthcare system is delivering care in unconventional ways. And it's helping veterans whose PTSD was triggered by the storm.

Sgt. Gary Wyckoff (left) helps residents fill containers with drinkable water in Utuado, Puerto Rico. Troops from Fort Bragg are using a filtration system to purify the water.
Angel Valentin / American Homefront

Many residents are making daily visits to distribution sites, where the Army has set up portable water purification systems.

Swamp Apes Joe 'Mojo' Detre and Tom Aycock dig a hole on the side of a levee looking for Burmese python nests.
Niall Macaulay

Removing pythons helps the ecology of the Everglades - and helps veterans transition from the battlefield to civilian life.

Last week marked one month since Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico, and conditions remain primitive on much of the island. About one million people remain without running water and three million are without electricity.

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