COVID-19

Navy spouse Kellie Kopec lived in an RV with her husband and seven month old daughter as they waited for a waiver that would allow them to complete their move from California to Virginia.
Andrea Dukleth / KPBS

The military issued a "stop movement" order in March in response to the pandemic. While the ban has been loosened, some service members and their families still can't relocate to new bases.

Hillsborough, Fla. County Circuit Judge Michael Scionti presides over a virtual Veterans Treatment Court session on Zoom.
Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida

The pandemic is posing challenges for the more than 460 veterans treatment courts across the country. The courts seek to rehabilitate veterans charged with nonviolent crimes, rather than put them behind bars.

Makayla Montz and Marc Jules Ocampo of the California National Guard medical support team prepare to work at a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, Cal.
Jason Sanchez / California National Guard

As overwhelmed health departments call for help, National Guard members have been deployed to help run COVID19 testing sites and assist nursing homes.

Former Air Force medic Lisa Thompkins is among the veterans living at the West L.A. VA's tent encampment.
Matt Tinoco / KPCC

The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advocates.

Army recruits take their Oaths of Enlistment at Fort Lee, Va. June 22.
Patrick Buffett / U.S. Army

The Army is holding its first nationwide virtual recruiting campaign, after the COVID-19 pandemic forced it to scale back face-to-face interactions and revealed gaps in its digital outreach strategy.

Service members receive thanks from the hospital staff at Jacobi Medical Center in New York, where  they helped treat COVID-19 patients.
Xavier Navarro / U.S. Air Force

Some doctors and nurses with the Air Force Reserves are warning the public not to underestimate the continued threat posed by the coronavirus. They were among thousands of military personnel who deployed to New York City during the height of its pandemic.

Members of the California Army National Guard assemble emergency food kits at the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank.
Jason Sanchez / U.S. Air National Guard

Even as members of the Guard and Reserve are seeing longer and more frequent deployments, they don't always receive the same retirement, education, and housing benefits as active duty troops.

Maria and John Mishkind video chat with Maria's brother, Army veteran Harry Stapleton, who is a resident at the Orlando VA Community Living Center.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Like most long-term care facilities, VA nursing homes haven't allowed in-person visitation since early March.

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.

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