veterans

The Veterans Administration got $2.5 billion to add more doctors, nurses and other staff. An NPR investigation finds that total staff didn't rise much more than it might have without that money. We examine reasons why it's hard to bring new medical personnel into the VA, including a cumbersome hiring process.

The Potter's Lane development in Orange County, Cal. will recycle shipping containers into 16 apartments. It welcomes its first residents in February.
Dorian Merina / American Homefront

A Southern California project is transforming steel shipping containers into apartments for homeless veterans. They're inexpensive, durable, and surprisingly attractive.

Jeff Lynch survived catastrophic injuries from his two deployments to Iraq, but they left him unable to have children naturally.
Brian Batista / American Homefront

Thousands of veterans have suffered combat injures that left them infertile. For the first time, the VA will pay for treatments to help them have children.

Veterans Courts Grow Quickly But Inconsistently

Nov 14, 2016
Three veterans stand before Judge Jacqueline L. Lee during their graduation ceremony from the Harnett County, N.C. Veterans Treatment Court
Jay Price / American Homefront

The number of special courts for military veterans who get in trouble with the law is increasing rapidly.

The first veterans treatment court opened eight years ago in upstate New York. Now there more than 300 of them across the country, and hundreds more are expected to open in the next few years.

Leonard Stevens is one of the last living World War II glider pilots.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

One of the last living World War II glider pilots lives in a modest home in Tampa, Florida, where he's developed a special bond with his neighbors.

Veteran Treatment Courts Help Vets Stay On Their Feet

Nov 2, 2016

More than 300 veteran treatment courts exist around the country to help former service members who have been charged with low-level crimes. The courts put veterans in counseling and rehabilitation programs for issues like post-traumatic stress disorder and substance abuse. 

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald testifies before a Senate committee in January 2016 on the VA's efforts to streamline the disability appeals process.
CSPAN

Veterans with denied disability claims wait an average of four to five years for appeals hearings. The VA predicts the delay will get worse if Congress doesn't streamline the process.

Cpl. Fabian Purvis is leaving the Marines, and he's looking to land a job with the San Diego Sheriff's Department.
John Ismay / American Homefront

Traditionally, the military did little for departing troops except hand them discharge papers. But in recent years, it has enacted a mandatory program to help service members prepare for civilian jobs or go back to school.

When asked in a room full of military veterans Monday whether he'd support a more holistic approach to mental health care for vets, Donald Trump said "yes." And then he made a comment that stirred outrage on social media.

"When you talk about the mental health problems, when people come back from war and combat, they see things that maybe a lot of the folks in this room have seen many times over. And you’re strong and you can handle it," Trump told a gathering of the Retired American Warriors PAC in Herndon, Virginia.

Despite what the sign on the fenceline says, hundreds of cars belonging to Santa Monica Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram sit on veterans' land in Westwood.
John Ismay / American Homefront

More than three years after a Federal judge said leasing land to for-profit companies on the West Los Angeles V.A. campus violated the rules under which the land was donated, a car dealership and school bus company continue to park hundreds of vehicles on three lots at the 388-acre campus.

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