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Veterans

Kyle Cope / U.S. Air Force

In response to a string of suicides in the Air Force, every base is holding a one day stand down, where airmen can learn and talk about mental health issues.

 

The U.S. Air Force is making an effort to combat rising rates of suicide in its ranks through a mandatory one day "stand down" at every base around the country.

Bonnie Petrie | Texas Public Radio

The Texas Veterans Commission gave out nearly $2 million to fund several San Antonio area organizations that support struggling veterans. About $200,000 of that will fund specialty courts that help veterans who have broken the law get their lives back on track. 


Federal law protects the civilian jobs of National Guard and Reserve troops when they deploy. But federal employees allege the government itself doesn't always follow the law.

Joey Palacios | Texas Public Radio

Five people – including two foreign nationals – face federal charges for stealing the identity of about 3,000 veterans from across the United States. The suspects face 14 charges, including wire fraud and aggressive identity theft.


Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial policies.

The new certificate recognizes as many as 550,000 veterans who were exposed to nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1992. But the certificates leave a lot of atomic veterans underwhelmed.

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.

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.

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