Jonathan AhlRolla, Missouri Correspondent - St. Louis Public Radio
Jonathan Ahl reports from the Rolla Bureau for St. Louis Public Radio. Before coming to St. Louis Public Radio in November of 2018, Jonathan was the General Manager for Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois. He previously was the News Director at Iowa Public Radio and before that at WCBU in Peoria, Illinois. Jonathan has also held reporting positions in central Illinois for public radio stations.
States are mailing absentee ballots sooner and - in a few places - letting troops cast ballots online. Still, voter turnout among military personnel lags the general population.
The Army suicide rate is at its highest level in years. Plans to reduce it are getting mixed reviewsSoldiers are dying by suicide at the highest level since 9/11, and while some bases are trying do more to help prevent suicide, critics say its not enough.
The military is having a tough time finding new recruits, and one factor may be its heavy reliance on families of those who’ve served.
Labor shortages exacerbated by the pandemic have left facilities around the country with empty beds, even though veterans are on waiting lists hoping to move in.