veterans

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

To help her cope with her responsibilities as a fulltime caregiver to her husband Ken, Patti Katter brings home flowers for herself. Ken - an Army and Marine veteran - returned from Iraq in 2007 with severe injuries.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

When service members return from the battlefield with lifetime disabilities, their spouses often become full-time caregivers.

New research suggests that post-traumatic stress disorder among veterans can lead to increased appreciation of life and enhanced inner strength.

Air Force veteran B.J. Lange (left) leads the first improv class for veterans at Hollywood's Second City.
Dorian Merina/American Homefront

Improv comedy classes at Second City in Hollywood help veterans learn to perform, laugh, and build confidence.

Veterans seek employment at an Army Corps of Engineers career fair in Sacramento, Cal. in April 2016.
Randy Gon / U.S. Army

Racial and ethnic minorities make up an increasing share of the military, yet face added obstacles when seeking to access veterans benefits, according to a report from the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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