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Military personnel stock Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) at the Texas Department of Emergency Management warehouse in San Antonio.
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On Monday, President Trump reauthorized funding for the National Guard to assist Texas with its coronavirus response. 

U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Ryon Kumrow (right) and Jose Naranjo (left), advanced radiology technologists from Naval Hospital Pensacola, review training material during orientation at Valley Baptist Medical Center- Harlingen.
U.S. Army photo by Maj. Bonnie Conard | U.S. Army North Public Affairs

As of late July, there were more than 9,500 patients with COVID-19 in Texas hospitals — and more than 6,000 had died. Medical teams from the Army and Navy have deployed to help hospitals under stress. 

Advocates are calling attention to statistics that show Black airmen are brought up for punishment more often than their white counterparts. The Air Force says it's trying to figure out why.

Some doctors and nurses with the Air Force Reserves are warning the public not to underestimate the continued threat posed by the coronavirus. They were among thousands of military personnel who deployed to New York City during the height of its pandemic.

Here & Now’s Peter O’Dowd speaks with New York Times journalists Leslye Davis and Catrin Einhorn about their new Netflix documentary “Father Soldier Son,” which follows the lives of platoon sergeant Brian Eisch and his two sons for almost a decade.

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The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advocates.

U.S Army critical care nurses 1st Lt. Charles Gilcrist and 1st Lt. Lauryn Hudgins from Urban Augmentation Medical Task Force - 627 work to provide medical care to a COVID-19 patient alongside Baptist Hospital medical staff in San Antonio, July 10, 2020.
Luis A. Deya | U.S. Army

As Bexar County’s coronavirus caseload continues its rapid ascent, Army medical and support personnel are arriving in San Antonio to assist five local hospitals.

Photo courtesy BAMC Public Affairs

As coronavirus cases surge in Bexar County and hospitals near capacity, U.S. Representatives Lloyd Doggett and Joaquin Castro are urging Brooke Army Medical Center to do more to help.

The U.S. military is one of the many institutions facing the nation’s reckoning on racial injustice.

(U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Ashton Empty)

The U.S. Army is sending about 50 personnel to San Antonio to help local hospitals manage a surge in coronavirus patients. The city recently surpassed 15,000 coronavirus cases, and local leaders warn that hospitals may reach capacity in the next week.