Former combat medic Hector Bernal trains soldiers in tactical medicine at his center outside Bogotá. Bernal says he’s trained more than 20 soldiers who have gone to Ukraine recently.

Colombian army veterans join Ukraine’s army — motivated by financial need


Hundreds of Colombians have recently enlisted in Ukraine’s military, as it tries to replenish its forces after months of heavy losses on the frontlines. But many are not going for ideological reasons.

Four-year-old Lauren Lettner holds a sign

This military dad lost his son. Now, he’s trying to help other families battle against veteran PTSD and suicide.

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How working the land is helping US war veterans heal

The funeral service for World War II WASP pilot Elaine Harmon at Arlington National Cemetery on Sept. 7, 2016.

World War II pilot Elaine Harmon is finally laid to rest in Arlington National Cemetery

Man in front of crowd holds hand to heart, with woman standing next to him

Hillary Clinton wasn’t the only one to break barriers at the Democratic National Convention

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A prompt to get an art therapy session started.

A promising way to help vets, with poetry, painting, even latch hooking rugs


An art therapy program born out of the Veterans Administration in Boston has proven to be so successful among vets suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder that it will soon be rolled out nationwide.


Callie Crossley: Women in the military are still fighting the battle against invisibility

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The women who have served beside their fellow soldiers are still pretty much invisible in the public eye.

A NATO soldier stands at the site of a suicide car bomb blast in Kabul, on October 11th.  A suicide car bomber targeted a convoy of foreign troops in the Afghan capital during rush hour-traffic, flipping an armored vehicle on its side.  No fatalities were

What veterans think about President Obama extending the US military mission in Afghanistan


President Obama has announced that thousands of US troops will remain in Afghanistan through the remainder of his presidency — ending his plans to bring them home. Veterans are divided on the wisdom of the plan.

Sebastian Junger, director of the Oscar-nominated war documentary "Restrepo."

Sebastian Junger on PTSD: ‘It’s coming home that’s actually the trauma’


Veterans’ post-traumatic stress may have less to do with what fighters see on the battlefield and more with the kind of society the soldiers return to. That’s what veteran war correspondent Sebastian Junger believes after researching the topic and talking to veterans of America’s wars.

Brandon Ladner. Pelham, Alabama. Ladner's Marine Corps boots sit on a small shelf in his bedroom. Ladner was a US Marine Corps vereran who fought in Afghanistan's Helmand Province. He shot himself inside his living room, and thee bullet remains lodged in

The things they carried: War photographer marks last steps of vets at home


Longtime war photographer David Guttenfelder haunting images are part of Mission 22, an advocacy campaign to raise awareness about alarming suicide rates. His latest project: commemorating returning veterans by showing where those who killed themselves spent their lives.