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

ROTC Cadets Are Gradually Resuming Some In-Person Training

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

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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.

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.

Risha Grant, an inclusion and bias expert, holds a closed-door discussion with leaders at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. June 30. Throughout the summer, the Air Force has been holding town halls and trainings about racial injustice.
Sarah Brice / U.S. Air Force

Advocates are calling attention to statistics that show Black airmen are brought up for punishment more often than their white counterparts. The Air Force says it's trying to figure out why.

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.

Members of the Colorado National Guard help monitor network traffic and advise the Secretary of State's office during the Nov. 2018 election. The Guard is once again helping protect elections against cyberattack in 2020.
Darin Overstreet / Colorado National Guard

More than 30 states have asked the National Guard to help safeguard the 2020 election from cyber threats.

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.

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