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 Is Again Expanding Its Private Healthcare Options, But Many Veterans Remain Skeptical

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.

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A military vehicle enters an encampment in Donna, Texas, just inside the U.S. border with Mexico.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

Active-duty troops are now at the U.S. border with Mexico, two weeks after President Trump ordered the deployment in response to a large group of migrants headed north from Central America.

The Holcombe family, which lost nine members in the Sutherland Springs shooting, has filed a wrongful death claim against the Air Force.
Joey Palacios / Texas Public Radio

Before Devin Kelley killed 26 people at a Texas church, the Air Force failed to enter his criminal history into the FBI's background check system. Several victims' families are suing.

Kristin Backlund, whose husband is an Air Force ROTC instructor, holds her Alaska absentee ballot. She says obtaining and completing it was a complicated process.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A new study suggests military spouses vote much less than servicemembers, and they may not be getting the help they need to cast their votes.

Jesus Guzmán (right) and fellow Higher Ground veterans participate in a team-building exercise during a hike in Big Bear, Cal.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

At "recreational therapy" camps, outdoor activities and mindfulness help veterans with PTSD, sexual trauma, and other issues.

Navy veteran Whitney Hardin, 24, enters her home with help from her mother, Joy.
Carson Frame / American Homefront

The VA says 8500 requests for wheelchairs, artificial limbs, and other equipment have waited more than 30 days. That's down from 64,000 requests last year.

Tomás Sandoval, Sr. (bottom right) served in Vietnam. He stars in the play, "Ring of Red: A Barrio Story," which was written by his son, Tomás Summers Sandoval.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

"Ring of Red: A Barrio Story" relies on oral histories to tell the rarely heard stories of Mexican-American veterans.

Staff Sgt. Melishia Francis prepares her breast pump in a lactation room at Lackland Air Force Base's Wilford Hall Medical Hospital.
Daniel J. Calderon / U.S. Air Force

Inflexible work schedules and lack of support can make it tough for new mothers in the military to keep breastfeeding their children.

Army veteran Robert Galang participated in a clinical trial to manage the side effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment at the Long Beach, Cal. VA.
Libby Denkmann / American Homefront

An agency pilot program aims to bypass regulations that can make it hard for veterans to get cutting-edge medical treatment.

Veteran John Sherer doesn't drive and relies in part on DAV transport to access medical care.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Approximately 5 million veterans live in rural America, and almost sixty percent of them rely on VA healthcare. But accessing that care can be a challenge.

Alex Hill, who was in the Army Airborne, started a business selling fresh coconut water to tourists along the Florida coast.
Bobbie O'Brien / American Homefront

Around the country, state governments and other agencies are trying to promote entrepreneurship among military veterans.

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