A Ukrainian and American soldier talk through a potential battlefield scenario with the help of an interpreter at the Combat Training Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. The Wisconsin National Guard is helping train Ukraine's military.
Levi Bridges / American Homefront

Far Away From Washington, Impeachment Means Little To U.S. Troops Providing Military Aid To Ukraine

While the impeachment case centers on President Trump's handling of military aid to Ukraine, U.S. troops deployed in Ukraine say their mission hasn't changed.

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World War II veteran Gerry Bennett, 92, plays cards with Gloria Estrello, a volunteer with the Choose Home Senior Corps program.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The VA pilot program places federally-backed volunteers in the homes of veterans to help with cooking, cleaning and other low-skill tasks.

Congresswoman Jackie Speier, left, meets with Army Sergeant Richard Stayskal, center, his wife, Megan, and his attorney, Natalie Khawam, in Speier’s Washington office before an April 2019 subcommittee hearing on the Feres Doctrine.
U.S. House of Representatives

Congress has established an administrative process for service members to pursue malpractice claims. But they still can't sue in civilian court.

Air Force veteran Ronald West, 70, said he leaves his hospital room several times a day to smoke outside the Tampa VA property.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The VA has eliminated the designated smoking areas at its hospitals, clinics, and other buildings. It's a difficult transition for some patients, visitors, and VA workers.

Veteran David Wheaton said he's noticed his COPD has improved since he began playing the harmonica. He said he used to be able to exercise for only a few minutes, but now can work out longer.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Some Florida veterans are putting on a holiday performance at their local VA, but not just to spread cheer. It’s part of a program that uses harmonicas to help treat COPD.

Comedian Paula Poundstone performs at a USO show in Washington, D.C.
Katie Lange / U.S. Department of Defense

For an organization that's still strongly associated with entertainers of the past, like Bob Hope, it's a constant challenge to stay relevant to today's service members.

John and Barbara Browning attended a Warrior to Soul Mate session to improve their marriage in light of John's PTSD symptoms and other health challenges. 'He never told me what he went through in Vietnam until he went to pieces,' Barbara said.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering couples retreats to help former service members communicate with their spouses.

Army veteran Jesus Medina says exercising with his punching bag helps him release energy. Medina says he's still dealing with grief from his time in the military.
Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront

The University of California, Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

Andrew Garcia, 22, plays 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare'at the Localhost Denver Arena during an October Army recruiting event.
Taylor Allen / Colorado Public Radio

The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

Spc. Afeez Amusan of the Texas Army National Guard, right, inspects a tractor-trailer alongside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent at the U.S.-Mexico border in Pharr, Tex.
Jon Soucy / National Guard Bureau

National Guardsmen who respond to domestic missions - such as providing disaster assistance or working along the southern U.S. border - may not qualify for V-A benefits.

Runners participate in an Oct. 17 domestic violence awareness event at Ft. Hood, Tex.
Kelvin Ringold / U.S. Army

The Defense Department Inspector General found that the military handles domestic violence on base inconsistently, leading to fewer prosecutions and ongoing danger for the people who are abused.

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