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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, North Park Lincoln & Southwest Metal Roofing System.

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

Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Perolio during a deployment.
Courtesy of AETC Public Affairs

A special warfare training instructor assigned to Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland received the nation’s third highest medal for gallantry Thursday. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Michael Perolio saved lives during an unexpected attack in eastern Afghanistan last year. 


Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront

Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

On a recent afternoon, 26 year-old Mike Monthervil sat in a small room filled with flatscreen TVs, virtual reality headsets, and squishy blue armchairs, He played the latest Need for Speed game on Xbox One.

He was visiting his recreation therapist Jamie Kaplan in his office at the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa.

A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown -- traffic jams that are slowing international commerce.

The Government Accountability Office says the military isn't doing enough to deal with the effects of climate change, after more than $9 billion in hurricane and flood-related damage to three bases in less than a year.

Jennifer Emerling | Arts in the Armed Forces

Arts in the Armed Forces is a non-profit founded by Adam Driver, an Academy Award-nominated actor and Marine. The program is coming to San Antonio on Saturday, June 29, for a one-time reading of Sam Shepard’s True West for the local military community.

Tickets are free of charge to all active military and veterans (including Guard/Reserves), their dependents and providers who work with service members and veterans.

During the eight months they've been deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border, military personnel have had little direct contact with the people at the center of the mission.

JULIANNE SHOWALTER | U.S. AIR FORCE

In late May, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill to help veterans exposed to open-air burn pits. It would create a state registry of health and exposure information and use it for outreach purposes. Now, advocates and state officials are wondering how — if at all — they’ll share that information with the Department of Veterans Affairs.


Congress is considering legislation to encourage "outdoor therapy" for veterans with injuries or post-traumatic stress. Volunteer groups are already running similar programs in national parks.

 

Brian Kirkpatrick | Texas Public Radio

A monument honoring all veterans in Bexar County was unveiled on June 6, D-Day, on the south side of San Antonio.

Updated at 10:05 a.m. ET

"The wartime generation — my generation — is resilient, and I am delighted to be with you in Portsmouth today," Britain's Queen Elizabeth II said Wednesday, as she kicked off a two-day commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Nazi-occupied France that reshaped World War II.

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