Veterans Veterans

U.S. Marines fire the Carl Gustav rocket system during live-fire training last October. With each firing, the shooter's brain is exposed to pulses of high pressure air emanating from the explosion that travel faster than the speed of sound. Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDS hide caption

toggle caption
Sgt. Aaron Patterson/3rd Marine Division/DVIDS

Report To Army Finds Blast From Some Weapons May Put Shooter's Brain At Risk

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/606142634/606990298" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

President Trump has always managed by instinct and gut, but the results don't always translate into a successful Cabinet confirmation or policies that can withstand judicial scrutiny. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

toggle caption
Susan Walsh/AP

Veterans in Murfreesboro, Tenn., enjoy a wheelchair tai chi class; other alternative health programs now commonly offered at VA hospitals in the U.S. include yoga, mindfulness training and art therapy. Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio hide caption

toggle caption
Blake Farmer/Nashville Public Radio

To Treat Pain, PTSD And Other Ills, Some Vets Try Tai Chi

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/594914429/598916590" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Former Vice President Joe Biden, shown at the White House in January 2017, didn't just give a handout to a man in need, but a hand of help. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images

Joe Biden And A Homeless Veteran Have A Very Human Moment

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/594421324/594537839" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Vanessa Flores (right) embraces another woman Friday after she leaves the locked-down Veterans Home of California in Yountville, Calif., during a hostage situation. Law enforcement officers found a gunman and three hostages dead after a lengthy standoff. Stephen Lam/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Stephen Lam/Getty Images

Earl Borges, now 70, conducted river patrols in the Navy during the Vietnam War. These days, he says, symptoms from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and ALS can intensify the anxiety he experiences as a result of PTSD. Courtesy of Shirley Borges hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Shirley Borges

Reverberations Of War Complicate Vietnam Veterans' End-Of-Life Care

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/569961321/572068677" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Democratic congressional candidate Jared Golden making his announcement speech last month in Maine. Steve Mistler/Maine Public Radio hide caption

toggle caption
Steve Mistler/Maine Public Radio

With An Eye On the House, Democrats Turn To Veterans For 2018 Races

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/549172533/550757812" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

A U.S. Marine from the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, Alpha Company looks out as an evening storm gathers above an outpost near Kunjak, in southern Afghanistan's Helmand province. Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking hide caption

toggle caption
Finbarr O'Reilly/Reuters/Viking

A Retired Marine And A Photojournalist Confront War's 'Invisible Injuries'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/545705213/545875405" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

In this 1945 image, test subjects enter a gas chamber for a U.S. military experiment that will expose them to mustard gas. Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of Edgewood Arsenal

Less than half of the 22 million veterans in the U.S. get their health care through the Veterans Affairs system. Many rely on Medicaid, which is slated for reductions under the health plan making its way through the U.S. Senate. bwilking/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
bwilking/Getty Images

Veterans Helped By Obamacare Worry About Republican Repeal Efforts

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/534671420/534671421" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Doc Todd's hip-hop album is called Combat Medicine. Hyperion Productions/Courtesy of Doc Todd hide caption

toggle caption
Hyperion Productions/Courtesy of Doc Todd

'Combat Medicine:' Afghanistan Vet Seeks To Help Others Through Hip-Hop

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/533792166/533844127" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript