Military Bases Serve As Safe Haven For Endangered Species

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Psychologist Diane Adams devotes a portion of her private practice in Renton, Wash., to veterans. But she said the bureaucracy involved in the Veterans Choice program has proved frustrating and veterans have had a hard time getting approval to see her. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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For Doctors And Patients, 'Veterans Choice' Often Means Long Waits

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Navy veteran Amanda Wirtz looks through her correspondence with the Veterans Choice program. After the VA couldn't get her an appointment with a specialist, it sent her to the Choice program. But she still was unable to get an appointment for several months. Courtesy of KPBS hide caption

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How Congress And The VA Left Many Veterans Without A 'Choice'

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"Some days I wake up and go, 'Am I wasting time, when I could be on chemotherapy or getting a surgery?' " asks Tony Lapinski, a Montana veteran who worries about what is causing his severe back pain. Michael Albans for NPR hide caption

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Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting Even Longer To See Doctors

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Steve and Janet Singleton, both Navy veterans, have lived in Clarksville, Tenn., for about a year. Steve couldn't get into the local VA clinic last spring, so now they have to drive to the Nashville clinic or pay out of pocket for medical care. Emily Siner/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

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Overcrowding Forces Tennessee VA Clinic To Stop Accepting New Patients

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David Cline places the portrait of his uncle Sgt. Robert Dakin into a box with other memorabilia. Dakin was declared missing 65 years ago in Korea. It wasn't until recently that his remains were identified, and this past December, they were returned to his family. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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Remains Of Korean War Soldier Reunite A Family

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Irvin Bishop Small at his home in York, Pa. Quil Lawrence/NPR hide caption

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For The VA's Broken Health System, The Fix Needs A Fix

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Inmate and Vietnam veteran Ed Munis works on his computer at the Veteran Service Office in California's Soledad Correctional Training Facility, which he helped start more than a decade ago. Krista Almanzan/KAZU hide caption

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Inmate-Run Program Helps Vets Behind Bars Navigate VA Maze

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Hull stands in a room of his home decorated with photos of movie star John Wayne. "He was the only hero we had growing up. No one beats the Duke. You never heard about the Duke giving up," Hull says. Gordon King for NPR hide caption

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After Overpayment Of Benefits, VA Wanted $38,000 Back

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VA Program Helps Incarcerated Veterans Transition Back Into Society

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Prisons Experiment With Programs To Help Incarcerated Veterans

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Defying Stereotypes, Number Of Incarcerated Veterans In U.S. Drops

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Veterans groups, like the American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, are struggling to recruit and engage younger veterans who served in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. Annette Elizabeth Allen/NPR hide caption

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Established Veterans Groups Fight To Attract The Next Generation

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David Carlson served two tours in Iraq while in the military. Courtesy of David Carlson hide caption

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Behind Bars, Vets With PTSD Face A New War Zone, With Little Support

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President Barack Obama signs the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans Act, named for a Marine Corps combat veteran who struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and who killed himself in March 2011 at the age of 28. The bill calls for evaluation and expansion of existing Veterans Affairs mental health and suicide prevention programs. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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The Number 22: Is There A 'False Narrative' For Vet Suicide?

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New National Guard Cyber Units May Help Retain Troops

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As Cemetery Building Booms, Veterans Hope To Be Buried Close To Home

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The Naval Posgraduate School's Timothy Chung stands with the unmanned aerial vehicles his team attempted to swarm in May, 2015. That day they were able to launch 20 into a swarm. After a second attempt in July, they got 30. Krista Almanzan/KAZU hide caption

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Follow The Leader: Drones Learn To Behave In Swarms

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A maintenance airman inspects an MQ-9 Reaper, a high-speed, high-altitude drone, in Afghanistan. National Guard units are beginning to pilot these unmanned aircraft that can conduct intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. U.S. Air Force hide caption

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National Guard Seeks More Drones For Domestic Missions

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Marine Lance Cpls. Julia Carroll (left) and Paula Pineda lift "Carl" — a 220-pound test dummy — during training in March in California. Female Marines have completed months of training and are now waiting to hear whether they will be allowed to serve in combat roles. David Gilkey/NPR hide caption

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They Survived Training, Now Female Marines Await Word On Ground Combat

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Sgt. Cassie McDole sits in an AAV. Arezou Rezvani/NPR hide caption

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On The California Shore, Sizing Up Female Marines' Combat Readiness

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Soldiers participate in close arm combative training during the Ranger Course at Ft. Benning. Spc. Nikayla Shodeen/U.S. Army hide caption

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Women Fight Their Way Through Army's Grueling Ranger School

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Col. Kenneth Trzepkowski, chief of palliative care at Madigan Army Medical Center, unfolds one of the handmade quilts donated to the hospital for the palliative care patients. Patricia Murphy/KUOW hide caption

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A Special Focus On Caring For Vets At The End Of Their Lives

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The remains of the battleship USS Maine, which was blown up in Havana Harbour, triggering the Spanish-American War. Henry Guttmann/Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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'Remember The Maine' — In Indiana!

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A memorial honors Staff Sgt. John Henry McCarthy on the corner of Commonwealth Avenue and Colborne Road in Boston. Jesse Costa/WBUR hide caption

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On Memorial Day, Learning The Story Behind The Markers

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