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TPR/NPR's coverage of Military and Veterans' issues. The Military Desk at Texas Public Radio is made possible in part by Kinetico San Antonio, and North Park Lincoln.

For specific stories from the American Homefront Project, see also this special section, archived at this link.

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Leadership at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph has announced new measures to rein in Hunt Military Communities, a private housing contractor that manages some 300 homes there.

Medical providers, veterans’ advocates, law enforcement, local politicians and other residents came to a meeting in Kerrville to learn about the Together With Veterans program.
Carson Frame | TPR News

The Department of Veterans Affairs has started an outreach program to prevent suicide among rural veterans.  According to recent data from the Veterans Health Administration, suicide rates were elevated among people living in rural areas, due to factors like isolation.

In Kerr County — home of about 50,000 people — the VA is recruiting local officials to develop an action plan. 


The University of California, Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

A1C Stormy Archer / 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs

Eight military families who claim they were sickened by mold, vermin and other toxins while living in privately-managed housing at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Laughlin Air Force Base are now upping the ante in court. 

Taylor Allen / Colorado Public Radio

The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

The main source of light in this dim, warehouse-sized room in suburban Denver comes from rows of screens. Each panel shows fast-paced military action -- camouflaged soldiers swarming a city or special operations forces securing a target.

One of the figures hunched over a computer in the darkness huffs in disappointment.

"I've died like four times in three missions," said 17-year-old Gavin Gains.

Carson Frame | TPR News

The Department of Veterans Affair is now offering couples retreats to help former service members communicate with their spouses through PTSD and other life stressors. Veterans are more than 60% more likely to separate or divorce than non-veterans.


MSgt. Reynaldo Ramon Regional | Health Command Europr / http://bit.ly/2KP2xLQ

Defense Health Agency director Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Place said Thursday that those working within San Antonio’s Military Health System would not lose their jobs due to a restructuring mandated by Congress. 


Members of the 106th Signal Brigade perform a timed ruck march to test their physical capabilities during an air assault assessment at Joint Base San Antonio-Camp Bullis, Texas on Sept. 25.
Tristin English | 502nd Air Base Wing Public Affairs / https://www.dvidshub.net/image/5787205/air-assault-assessment

Joint Base San Antonio's Camp Bullis saw some unusual activity Thursday morning.

Jon Soucy / National Guard Bureau

National Guardsmen who respond to domestic missions - such as providing disaster assistance or working along the southern U.S. border - may not qualify for V-A benefits.

In April 2018, President Trump ordered 2,000 National Guard troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to aid Homeland Security.

During a tour on the border last October, Border Patrol spokesman William Rogers complimented the California National Guard troops who were working inside the Border Patrol station in San Diego, acting as dispatchers and monitoring cameras.

Krystle Burns / Fort Bragg Department of Public Health

Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone dating apps.

 

Dating apps are becoming more popular, and while plenty of people use them to find love, others opt for one-night stands.

Apps like Tinder allow users who "match" with one another to skip the small talk and potentially hook up immediately. And if they're over it, they can block the person and never see or hear from them again.

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