Coronavirus

Spc. Trent Bostic of the North Carolina National Guard examines and sorts produce at a Food Bank.
Hannah Tarkelly / U.S. Army National Guard

In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

Air Force retiree Berthienna Ogden uses the VA's Video Connect telehealth service as part of a 2019 VA demonstration.
Department of Veterans Affairs

Use of the Veterans Health Administration's telehealth platform has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the agency's infrastructure has struggled to keep pace.

Members of the support group Merging Vets and Players (MVP) hold an online meeting. The group says 35 percent of its members have lost jobs because of the pandemic.
Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront

While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

Sailors have their temperatures taken as they prepare to board the USS Theodore Roosevelt May 1, 2020 after an off-ship quarantine in Guam.
Nathan Carpenter / U.S. Navy

Military recruiting and training has slowed down because of the pandemic. So the Navy is trying other ways to maintain the size of the force.

Disruptions to everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic are putting a strain on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are seeking help virtually.

Marine Corps veteran Travis Holt has been doing his schoolwork in a makeshift office in his spare bedroom. His internet connection at home isn't great, which can make getting online assignments done difficult.
Courtesy Travis Holt

The transition from classroom to virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many student veterans, and the worries won't end with the spring semester.

Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, (left) washes dishes aboard the ship on Thanksgiving 2019.  Crozier was relieved of his command after urging the Navy to take stronger action to combat a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship.
D.J. Schwartz / U.S. Navy

More than two weeks after Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of command of the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, friends and former shipmates are voicing their support.

Air Force cadets sit 8 feet apart from each other during their graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. Spectators were not allowed, and cadets didn't march on stage to receive their diplomas.
U.S. Air Force Academy

Vice President Mike Pence addressed the cadets in person, but parents and others were limited to watching the ceremony online.

Sailor John Arkulary from Marshfield, Wis. salutes the flag aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles April 13.
Luke Cunningham / U.S. Navy

The Navy hospital ship Mercy is in Los Angeles to relieve the burden on the area's medical facilities. But it’s dealing with a growing number of coronavirus cases among members of its crew.

Laura White of San Diego's Support The Enlisted Project helps distribute supplies to military families who are suffering financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Nick McVicker / KPBS

Deployments, job losses, and the Pentagon's "stop movement" order are among the factors contributing to financial stress for troops and their families.

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