Josey Garcia, Pharaoh Clark, and Jourdyn Parks hold a banner as they march through San Antonio in July, shortly after Vanessa Guillen's body was found near Fort Hood.
Jolene Almendarez / American Homefront

Amid Continued Anger About Vanessa Guillen's Death, Critics Say The Army Often Ignores Sex Crimes

Following Guillen's killing, the Army launched an independent investigation into the climate of Fort Hood, but critics say the problems are systemic.

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Voting by mail is nothing new for military service members. Deployed worldwide at any of the nearly 800 foreign bases, military personnel are offered some exceptions during the elections. Some vote by fax from a battleship, and many sent their ballots weeks ago, after receiving them earlier than most voters, at least 45 days before the election. 

A soldier in Logar Province, Afghanistan reads about the capture of Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 issue of the Stars and Stripes.
Christopher Hall / Georgia National Guard

The 159-year-old military newspaper, which is published by the Department of Defense, has been targeted for elimination by some Pentagon leaders.

At General Clarence Tinker K-8 School on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., about four in five students are attending classes in person.
Danielle Quilla / U.S. Air Force

Most military children are used to moving and changing schools. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be especially hard to make friends and feel comfortable in a new place.

In a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Army ROTC cadets practice ambushing opposing forces.
Lindsay Grant / U.S. Army

Like many college classes, ROTC training is mostly online because of the pandemic. But some cadets have resumed limited in-person training.

Accompanied by members of Vanessa Guillen's family, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Cal.) unveils legislation to reform the military's response to sexual harassment and assault.
Rep. Jackie Speier

The newly introduced bill would make sexual harassment a crime under military law. The measure is a response to the killing of Fort Hood Army soldier Vanessa Guillen this summer.

Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey (left) speaks with Ensign Dimitri Foster aboard the USS Lake Champlain in 2018. Holsey - one of the Navy's few Black admirals - heads the One Navy Task Force
Craig Z. Rodarte / U.S. Navy

The One Navy Task Force is looking at why only a handful of African Americans reach top jobs. It's also examining discrimination in all aspects of Navy life.

The Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis is one of seeveral VA locations that have held small group sessions to help veterans deal with race and mental health.
Department of Veterans Affairs

A group of VA psychologists across the country have formed race-based stress and trauma support groups for veterans of color.

Tom Cruise returns to his role as Pete 'Maverick' Mitchell in the upcoming 'Top Gun' sequel.
Paramount Pictures

"Top Gun: Maverick" is scheduled for release next year. But perceptions of the military and warfare have changed since the original iconic movie premiered in 1986.

Navy spouse Kellie Kopec lived in an RV with her husband and seven month old daughter as they waited for a waiver that would allow them to complete their move from California to Virginia.
Andrea Dukleth / KPBS

The military issued a "stop movement" order in March in response to the pandemic. While the ban has been loosened, some service members and their families still can't relocate to new bases.

Hillsborough, Fla. County Circuit Judge Michael Scionti presides over a virtual Veterans Treatment Court session on Zoom.
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida

The pandemic is posing challenges for the more than 460 veterans treatment courts across the country. The courts seek to rehabilitate veterans charged with nonviolent crimes, rather than put them behind bars.

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