Widowed while pregnant with their second son, Gloria Grijalva shares pictures of her husband, U.S. Army veteran Charlie Grijalva, who committed suicide in December 2014. KPBS hide caption

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VA Hospitals Still Struggling With Adding Staff Despite Billions From Choice Act

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Hundreds Of Veterans Courts See Success But More Are Needed

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Jeff Lynch (left) and his wife, Christy, sought fertility treatments after Jeff returned home from his two deployments to Iraq, which left him unable to have children naturally. Brian Batista/American Homefront hide caption

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New Law Provides Fertility Treatment Benefits To Wounded Veterans

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VFW Recruits On College Campus To Bring Young Vets Into The Fold

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Sgt. Nathaniel Rivet will deploy for his third time after a visit home for the holidays. Jay Price/WUNC hide caption

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In Preparation For The Holidays, Some Troops Start Packing For Deployment

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Inside the Ord Community Commissary in California's Monterey Bay area. The commissary sets prices at just over cost, so that commissaries around the world maintain consistent pricing no matter where troops are stationed. Krista Almanzan/KAZU hide caption

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With More Big-Box Stores In Reach, Are Commissaries Still Needed?

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Lt. Col. Alan Brown stands in his garage, filled with boxes that will be sent to the family's new home in New York. In the background is Lucy, the family's Schnauzer. Zachariah Hughes/Alaska Public Media hide caption

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As Military Moving Costs Rise, It's Difficult For Officials To Keep Track

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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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