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

More Than Shows: Today's USO Is Working To Bridge The Divide Between Service Members And Civilians

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.

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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.

Maureen Sevilla, Chief of the Epidemiology and Disease Control Clinic on Fort Bragg, hosts a game of 'STI Jeopardy' for a small group of soldiers. It's one way health officials are trying to make STI prevention training more relatable for young troops.
Krystle Burns / Fort Bragg Department of Public Health

Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone dating apps.

The military abandoned the Naval Air Facility Adak in 1997, and many of its buildings remain standing in disrepair. Some residents of the remote Alaska town hope a revived military interest in the Arctic will bring the military back.
Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media

The Pentagon is preparing for potential missions in newly navigable Arctic seas, raising hopes the military will reinhabit a long-abandoned Navy base on an Alaskan island.

The first phase of the Los Angeles columbarium expansion has capacity for more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

For the first time in decades, veterans and local military families have access to a final resting place alongside fellow servicemembers in the city of Los Angeles.

The Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy is closed for at least four years for extensive repairs.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

The famous structure and popular tourist site will undergo a renovation project that's expected to last almost four years.

Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. use immersion troughs filled with ice and water to cool off during training in this 2018 photo.
Patrick A. Albright / U.S. Army

The Pentagon says reported cases of heat exhaustion jumped nearly 50 percent between 2014 and 2018.

Shawn Campbell helps Justin Herris get back on the boat after a dive at the Circle of Heroes military memorial off the coast of Clearwater, Fla.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

A growing number of programs try to treat PTSD by getting veterans into nature, even deep under the sea. But there's little scientific evidence that treatments like "scuba therapy" work.

Mark George (right), a chaplain at the Caldwell County Jail in Lockhart, Tx., shakes hands with VA clergy training instructor Larry Collins, while attendee Vernon Cooper looks on.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The Department of Veterans Affairs is training clergy members around the country to look for signs of psychological disorders and other issues among veterans in their congregations.

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