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

The Air Force Is Trying New Strategies To Battle A Constant Problem: Birds On Airfields

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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Dave McLenachen, the director of the VA's Appeals Management Office, testifies at a December Congressional hearing on wait times for veterans' benefit appeals.
C-SPAN

The VA fully implemented the new law in February, hoping to clear up a backlog of appeals claims that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Duke University graduate engineering student Matt Hawkins volunteers for a demonstration of a nasal ventilation tube during a class called "Hacking for Defense."
Jay Price / American Homefront

To keep up with potential adversaries such as China, the Pentagon is teaming with civilian technological innovators and trying to adopt some of the practices of the private sector.

High school educators take part in a virtual firing range exercise as they tour Fort Carson, Col. Army leaders hope these tours will result in educators steering more students toward military service.
Dan Boyce / American Homefront

To increase interest in military service among teenagers, the Army is reaching out to some of the people who know them best: high school teachers and guidance counselors.

Charlotte Blackwell with a photo of her son, Air Force veteran Jermaine Petit. Petit was helped by a new program in Long Beach, Cal. that pairs law enforcement officers with VA counselors to help veterans in crisis.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

In a first of its kind program, the VA in Long Beach, Cal. is partnering with law enforcement to proactively reach military veterans with mental health issues.

In 1976, 13 Marines were jailed after they burst into a room at Camp Pendleton and attacked the men inside. The attackers thought they were confronting Ku Klux Klan members. But they had mistakenly entered the wrong room.

Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland and his wife, Laila, speak about transgender issues at the U.S. Air Force Academy in February 2018.
Julius Delos Reyes / U.S. Air Force

President Trump's restrictions on transgender troops moved a step closer to taking effect, even as several lawsuits challenging the policy remain unresolved.

Tony Sholar of the Marine Corps stands in the abandoned headquarters of a Marine unit at Camp Lejeune, N.C. The building was damaged in Hurricane Florence, and rainwater still pours through damaged roof.
Jay Price / American Homefront

The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect military readiness.

An encampment that served as a hub for Army and Border Patrol activity now sits vacant near the Donna Rio Bravo International Bridge. It was cleared out in late December.
Reynaldo Leanos, Jr. / American Homefront

Thousands of troops who were deployed to the border in the fall have left, but the Trump Administration may call for a second deployment of thousands more.

Chef Ellen Adams (right), an Air Force veteran, helps fellow veteran Linda Costello coat apples in chocolate.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A cooking program in upstate New York helps veterans find camaraderie in the kitchen.

76 year old Army veteran Robert Neilson writes notes of encouragement to fellow veterans who have contemplated suicide. He's struggled with mental health issues since he left the Army in the 1960s.
Matt Bowler / KPBS

Veterans are about twice as likely as non-veterans to die by suicide. But the majority of those suicides are among veterans aged 55 or older -- whose military service was decades earlier.

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