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

U.S. Army Photo by Pfc. Nathaniel Gayle, 22nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment |

New York was one of the states in the country hit hardest by coronavirus, with hundreds of thousands of COVID-19 cases.

Two Army hospital centers, including the Javits Center, were set up at the pandemic’s outset to tamp down a hotspot in New York City.

Lt. Col. Guy Clifton of the 9th Hospital Center was there treating patients until May. The Brooke Army Medical Center surgical oncologist recently emerged from quarantine and spoke with TPR’s Carson Frame.

The coronavirus pandemic has led groups around the country to cancel or scale back commemorations of America's war dead.

Credit: UTSA Army ROTC Roadrunner Battalion

The University of Texas at San Antonio Army ROTC Roadrunner Battalion held its spring commissioning ceremony virtually on Friday. Thirty-four cadets took the oath to become commissioned officers — the largest class in the program’s history.  

They graduate in an unprecedented time, when remote leadership has become vital to the Army’s success.

The UCLA study shows broad support among servicemembers for transgender people in the military. But the military still bans transgender people from enlisting.

Thunderbird pilots fly next to the Tower of Americas in San Antonio.
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While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

A woman talks to her healthcare provider on a tablet.
Department of Veterans Affairs

The Veterans Health Administration is turning to virtual appointments to care for some patients who would otherwise be at risk for coronavirus. But the agency’s telehealth infrastructure has struggled to keep pace with the increasing traffic, causing providers and patients to get kicked off. 

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.

Photo courtesy of Sarah Taranto

The military has awarded a $7.2 billion contract to a single company to move families’ household goods. But advocates say the contract was rushed through — and worry it won’t fix a system plagued by delays and lost shipments.