Brig. Gen. Walter Duzzny, the Deputy Commanding General of United States Army North, speaks to a group of border patrol agents after a press conference in Sunland Park, New Mexico, June 6.
Christina Westover / U.S. Army

For Troops At The Border, Encounters With Migrants Are Rare

During the eight months they've been deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border, military personnel have had little direct contact with the people at the center of the mission.

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52 years after he died in a Vietnam plane crash, Raul Guerra's memorial service was held at Risher Mortuary in Montebello, Cal.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

Raul Guerra was adopted, so his DNA couldn't be matched to blood relatives. Scientists instead turned to an emerging technique that linked his bones to the drinking water in the places he grew up.

Air Force veteran Thom O'Shaughnessy opposes the renaming of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. 'You don't see the name of a corporation in front of Valley Forge or Gettysburg,' he said.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

Similar debates have played out elsewhere, as sports stadiums that were originally built as memorials to veterans take on new corporate names.

Staff Sgt. Eric Proctor of the 50th Security Forces Squadron is responsible for the security and protection of Air Force Space Command assets on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.
Krystal Ardrey / U.S. Air Force

While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for its existing Space Command.

Christopher and Andrea Cacho's wedding picture was among the many possessions damaged when the Army moved them from Kentucky to Virginia.
Andrea Cacho

The Pentagon is planning to hire a single private company to oversee the moving process for military families. The current system is plagued by delays, lost shipments, theft, and a lack of accountability.

Concertina wire installed by U.S. Marines remains on the beach near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

President Trump is considering sending a new round of troops to the southern border. The military withdrew some service members from the border in December, after they laid miles of concertina wire – large steel coils with razor-sharp teeth.

Marine Corps veteran Judi Robinson 'loves' VA care, but had an unpleasant experience waiting for a referral to the Choice program last year.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

The VA Mission Act hopes to improve upon the Choice program, which ran over budget and didn't do much to reduce wait times for many veterans.

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

The policy bans transgender recruits and prevents current troops from transitioning to another sex unless they were diagnosed with gender dysphoria before April 12.

Andrew Heaton runs the medical marijuana dispensary WTJ MMJ Supply in Colorado Springs. He said he believes legal recreational marijuana in the city could deter active duty soldiers from using pot.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

Recreational marijuana use is now legal in ten states, but it remains off-limits to service members ... and some military communities don't want it to be sold anywhere near bases.

Therapist Keith Smith demonstrates virtual reality equipment at the University of Central Florida. Smith uses virtual reality to help treat veterans' post traumatic stress disorder.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The University of Central Florida is using virtual reality to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It's worked well enough that the Pentagon will fund similar programs elsewhere.

Wildlife biologist Kory McLellan shoots off pyrotechnics to scare birds away from the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa.
Mariette Adams / U.S. Air Force

Fireworks, drones, and habitat relocation projects are among the ways that Air Force biologists are fighting the expensive and potentially deadly problem of bird strikes.

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