VA staff and volunteers screen patients, employees, and visitors at the entrance to the Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The VA Is Screening For Coronavirus, But Not Everyone At The Agency Feels Prepared

Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities are now screening patients, employees, and visitors for coronavirus. But some are questioning the agency's responce to the pandemic.

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From left, Gen. John DeGoes, Brig. Gen. Laura Lenderman, and Chief Master Sgt. Chris Lantagne listen to a speaker at a virtual townhall meeting at Joint Base San Antonio.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The coronavirus pandemic is affecting every aspect of American life - including military life.

National Guard Specialist Joshua Smoak, a camera operator, sits inside a Mobile Video Surveillance System Truck in Rio Grande City, Texas.
DeJon WIlliams / Texas Air National Guard

For military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, including National Guard troops, it's an unusual assignment. Many are quartered in hotels, and their families are allowed to visit.

Michael Rodriguez, left foreground, president of a group that wants to build a 'Global War on Terrorism' memorial, shows the proposed site to several supporters after a Nov. 2019 sunrise run on the National Mall.
Caitlin Kim / Colorado Public Radio

Normally, Congress waits at least ten years after a war ends to authorize a monument. But supporters say a proposed "Global War on Terrorism" memorial should be built now.
 

Veterans Jim Romero (left) and Ronnie Reyes practice yoga as part of their treatment at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care Center in Las Vegas. The newly opened center is the second inpatient gambling treatment facility in the VA system.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

The Las Vegas center is the VA's second inpatient treatment facility for veterans, who are at higher risk of gambling addiction.

Gene Popiolek, 68, (left) visits his father Bernie, 95, at an assisted living facility outside Baltimore. Bernie, a WWII veteran, pays to live here with help from the VA's Aid and Attendance benefit.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help some vets and spouses pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care. But the application process is often long and complicated.

Drs. Andrew Borkowski (left) and Stephen Mastorides analyze slides under a microscope to spot cancer in tissue samples. They trained a computer to do the same thing.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Researchers at the Tampa veterans' hospital are training computers to diagnose cancer. It's one example of how the Department of Veterans Affairs is expanding artificial intelligence development.

Robert Hernandez (left) poses with Joe Augirre, as Augirre holds an award for fixing another veteran's mobile home.
Alyssa Jeong-Perry / American Homefront

The peer-counseling programs, which have become common in many cities, may improve mental health, self esteem, and social functioning for veterans who are returning to civilian life.

Seojun Lee stands outside an Army recruiting station near Phoenix. Lee signed up for the Army more than four years ago, but hasn't been allowed to serve.
Josie Huang / American Homefront

The MAVNI program allowed non-U.S. citizens to enlist in the armed services if they had foreign language skills or other special expertise. But the program is now at a standstill.

A Ukrainian and American soldier talk through a potential battlefield scenario with the help of an interpreter at the Combat Training Center in Yavoriv, Ukraine. The Wisconsin National Guard is helping train Ukraine's military.
Levi Bridges / American Homefront

While the impeachment case centers on President Trump's handling of military aid to Ukraine, U.S. troops deployed in Ukraine say their mission hasn't changed.

Television commericals in the Army's 'What's Your Warrior' campaign feature researchers in lab coats as well as soldiers in uniform.
U.S. Army

The campaign, which launched in November, emphasizes Army careers in technology, medicine, and other non-combat jobs.

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