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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. 


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.

Lackland Gateway walkway
Eileen Pace / TPR

Unless action is taken to reduce heat-trapping emissions, Lackland Air Force Base could start seeing more than 100 days of extreme heat each year. That’s according to a study released Monday by the Union of Concerned Scientists. 


Carson Frame | TPR News

Thousands from Military City, U.S.A. — and beyond — lined the streets of downtown Saturday for a parade honoring Veterans Day. About 100 floats wound their way from Avenue E and Houston Street to Milam Park, where a small festival was held. 


Jonathan Ahl | The American Homefront Project

A recent report found that military law enforcement often mishandles domestic violence on base, leading to fewer prosecutions and ongoing danger for people who are abused. Some abused spouses complain that they’re not taken seriously and say the process favors the service member.


Photo courtesy Bianca Calvert / Prida-Rodriguez Studio

A San Antonio duo has created an altar in honor of military service members who have passed on. It will be featured at the Pearl's Día de los Muertos celebration on Nov. 1 and 2. 


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Families who lived at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph and Laughlin Air Force Base in Del Rio say they were exposed to mold and other toxins that made them sick. They’re now suing private housing contractor Hunt Military Communities for damages and mental anguish. 

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