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 Affecting Veterans Courts, Making It Harder For Vulnerable Vets To Get Treatment

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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Makayla Montz and Marc Jules Ocampo of the California National Guard medical support team prepare to work at a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, Cal.
Jason Sanchez / California National Guard

As overwhelmed health departments call for help, National Guard members have been deployed to help run COVID19 testing sites and assist nursing homes.

Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Harrison is one of several service members challenging the military policy that prevents HIV positive troops from deploying or becoming officers.
Lambda Legal

Service members with HIV are suing the military over a longstanding policy that prohibits them from deploying or commissioning as officers.

Former Air Force medic Lisa Thompkins is among the veterans living at the West L.A. VA's tent encampment.
Matt Tinoco / KPCC

The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advocates.

Female service members and veterans attend a Veterans Affairs Women's Health Transition Training event at Fort Carson, Col. in February. The training program now has moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Neysa Canfield / U.S. Army

Women are the fastest growing subgroup among veterans. But many view the VA Health System as a place only for men.

Army recruits take their Oaths of Enlistment at Fort Lee, Va. June 22.
Patrick Buffett / U.S. Army

The Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

Protesters opposed to the Trump Administration's military transgender ban march in Washington, D.C. in a July 2107 demonstration.
Ted Eytan / Wikimedia

The recent Supreme Court decision on LGBTQ job discrimination doesn't directly affect the military's transgender service ban, but people opposed to the ban say it may help their own court fight.

 Soldiers gather for a 2019 awards ceremony at Fort Bragg, N.C. The base is one of 10 that Pentagon leaders say they are open to renaming.
Joshua Cowden / U.S. Army

With the call for changing the names of 10 Southern military bases gaining momentum in Washington, the question is starting to arise in Washington - and outside of it - of what names might replace those of the Confederate generals they now bear.

Members of the California Army National Guard assemble emergency food kits at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Jason Sanchez / U.S. Air National Guard

Even as members of the Guard and Reserve are seeing longer and more frequent deployments, they don't always receive the same retirement, education, and housing benefits as active duty troops.

Members of the Georgia National Guard stand in formation as gas is used to dispurse crowds in downtown Atlanta on May 31, 2020.
Tori Miller / U.S. Army National Guard

Some members of the National Guard are facing consequences because they refused orders to deploy to major cities during this month's protests.

Maria and John Mishkind video chat with Maria's brother, Army veteran Harry Stapleton, who is a resident at the Orlando VA Community Living Center.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Like most long-term care facilities, VA nursing homes haven't allowed in-person visitation since early March.

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