El Paso County, Col. resident Liz Rosenbaum spends about 70 dollars per month on bottled drinking water rather than drink from her tap.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

Despite A Massive Cleanup Effort, People Near Some Military Bases Still Can't Drink Their Tap Water

The military is spending millions of dollars to clean up water contamination around bases throughout the country. But people living with the contamination say the money has not gone nearly far enough.

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Black and white Marines served side by side during the Vietnam War, as seen in this 1966 photo of a firefight with the Viet Cong. But racial tension was not uncommon throughout the armed services.
U.S. Marine Corps

Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial policies.

Trucks line up to pass through a checkpoint at the U.S./Mexico border in Pharr, Tex. Truckers say the immigration crackdown has led to waitimes as long as six hours to cross the border.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown -- traffic jams that are slowing international commerce.

Commander David McKinney, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Academy, stands alongside a sinkhole on the Severn River waterfront, where the Academy plans to build a new seawall to better withstand flooding.
Jay Price / American Homefront

The Government Accountability Office says the military isn't doing enough to deal with the effects of climate change, after more than $9 billion in hurricane and flood-related damage to three bases in less than a year.

The remains of Private First Class William H. Jones of Nash County -- known as "Hoover" to his family -- were flown from a military identification lab in Hawaii to RDU, and met on the tarmac by the family and a military honor guard on Thursday.

Thousands of military personnel were deployed to the U.S.-Mexico border in the fall of last year. At the time President Donald Trump said their purpose was to bolster security and help reduce illegal border crossings.

Veterans and their families demolish a wooden foot bridge in Biscayne National Park.
Niall Macaulay / American Homefront

Congress is considering legislation to encourage "outdoor therapy" for veterans with injuries or post-traumatic stress. Volunteer groups are already running similar programs in national parks.
 

As he takes part in the 75th anniversary commemoration of the Normandy invasion, Ray Lambert of Moore County, N.C. worries that his generation's values have eroded.

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.

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