veterans

Former servicemember Stephen Kennedy, pictured with his wife Catherine and four children, sued after he received an other-than-honorable discharge from the Army.
Courtesy Stephen Kennedy

If approved by a federal court, the legal settlement will force the Army to review the discharges of recent veterans with mental health issues.

Veteran Marc Session points to some of his Navy mementos on display in his Chula Vista, California home.
Steve Walsh / American Homefront

A VA Inspector General's report has found that the agency improperly denied benefits to thousands of veterans who couldn't see a doctor during the pandemic.

Curley Bonds, the Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, joins other state and county officials at a 2019 Suicide Prevention Month event.
Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

Some states and cities are trying to improve the quality of data on veteran suicide, which is often incomplete and years old.

Iraq War veteran Roberto Cruz said he realized he needed mental health treatment after he got sick with COVID-19 in July and spent weeks in isolation.
Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Months of physical distancing and pandemic anxiety has been especially tough on veterans who were already dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder and other combat-related injuries.

The National Native American Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. opened in November. The monument incorporates water for sacred ceremonies, benches, and lances where visitors can tie cloths for prayers and healing.
Ron Cogswell / Flickr

Native Americans join the military at a high rate, but some struggle with the military's role in displacing and subjugating Indigenous people throughout the nation's history.

The National Mall in Washington, D.C. is generally quiet these days, as the resurgent COVID-19 pandemic keeps people home and the Smithsonian museums shuttered.

Burnout is a common problem for family members who care for disabled veterans. And for many of them, the pandemic has made things even harder.

President Donald Trump speaks at a 2019 American Veterans Convention in Louisville, Ky. Former Vice President Joe Biden salutes a veteran at a 2019 Iowa town hall event.
Shealah Craighead / Official White House photo. Adam Schultz / Biden for President.

Veterans traditionally are more likely to vote for Republican candidates. But polls suggest their support for President Trump has eroded.

Medical personnel care for a patient in the parking garage of the  James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa. Much of the emergency department has been relocated outside.
Ed Drohan / James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital

Medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs are reopening at a slower pace than many civilian health systems. But the VA has recently started to expand in-person care.

Comedian Fernando Sanchez warms up attendees of American Legion Post 397's comedy night Oct. 10. The Monterey Park, Cal. post has turned to events like this to raise money during the pandemic.
Robert Garrova / American Homefront

American Legion posts across the country serve as a community hub for veterans and their families. But the pandemic has put the future of many posts in jeopardy.

The Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis is one of seeveral VA locations that have held small group sessions to help veterans deal with race and mental health.
Department of Veterans Affairs

A group of VA psychologists across the country have formed race-based stress and trauma support groups for veterans of color.

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