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

Far Away From Washington, Impeachment Means Little To U.S. Troops Providing Military Aid To Ukraine

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.

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A screenshot from a July 23 Facebook post shows mold on a mattress at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Other photos posted by airmen showed moldy shoes, walls, and uniforms.
Air Force amn/nco/snco Facebook group

Mold has long been a problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. But when airmen started posting photos on Facebook, the Air Force stepped up its response.

More than 500,000 American veterans were exposed to nuclear weapons tests from the 1940s to the early 1990s. These so-called “atomic veterans” were not permitted to speak about their participation in the tests until 1996 when the Nuclear Radiation and Secrecy Agreements Laws were repealed. Now the veterans who were exposed to the radiation from the weapons program will be offered a certificate marking their contribution.

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

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.

Observers watch an explosion during Operation Hardtack in 1958. 35 nuclear tests were conducted in the Pacific, exposing troops to radiation.
Nevada National Security Site

The new certificate recognizes as many as 550,000 veterans who were exposed to nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1992. But the certificates leave a lot of atomic veterans underwhelmed.

Army veteran Jason Gibson and his wife Kara paid out of pocket for IVF treatments that resulted in the birth of their daughter Quinn. Gibson lost both legs in an IED explosion in Afghanistan.
Paige Pfleger / American Homefront

The legislation requires the government to expand fertility coverage for service members and veterans who've suffered war-related reproductive injuries.

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.

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.
 

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