Jonathan Ahl

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Caption: An electric vehicle owned by the Army recharges at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. The base plans to eventually have hundreds of electric vehicles to comply with a Pentagon mandate that all military branches convert their fleets of non-combat vehicles from, Credit:  Jonathan Ahl / St, Louis Public Radio

The military is converting to electric vehicles on bases, but charging them remains a challenge (03:19)
From: American Homefront Project

In order to comply with a Pentagon mandate to electrify its non-tactical vehicles, one base in Missouri is outsourcing the charging stations to the local utility co-op.
Caption: A participant in a trial at Washington University in St. Louis. relaxes after receiving a dose of psilocybin, a psychedelic drug., Credit: Josh Siegel / Washington University

After decades of reluctance, the VA is studying psychedelic drugs for PTSD and other disorders (03:26)
From: American Homefront Project

Research into psychedelic drugs was halted in the 1960s amid concern about recreational use. Now, the VA is among dozens of medical providers resuming that work.
Caption: Master Sgt. Blayne Ralston, right, speaks with Tracey Hall, installation voting program manager, and Michael Glover, Airman and Family Readiness Center causality assistance representative, during an Armed Forces Voting Week event at Hanscom Air Force Base, Credit: Todd Maki / U.S. Air Force

Under pressure from Congress, some states are making it easier for overseas troops to vote (03:43)
From: American Homefront Project

States are mailing absentee ballots sooner and - in a few places - letting troops cast ballots online. Still, voter turnout among military personnel lags the general population.
Caption: Malia Nemetz, an Army retiree who is now Fort Leonard Wood’s Suicide Prevention Manager, gives a mini-presentation to soldiers, family members, and civilian employees during the base’s Resiliency Fair, part of the effort to improve mental health and reduc, Credit: Jonathan Ahl / American Homefront

The Army suicide rate is at its highest level in years. Plans to reduce it are getting mixed reviews (03:22)
From: American Homefront Project

Soldiers are dying by suicide at the highest level since 9/11, and while some bases are trying do more to help prevent suicide, critics say its not enough.
Caption: Military and community leaders, including Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (second from left), applaud new military recruits at a "Community Salute to Service" May 11 at Waynesville, Mo. High School., Credit: Dawn Arden / U.S. Army

Most military recruits come from families of people who served. Experts say that's not sustainable. (03:27)
From: American Homefront Project

The military is having a tough time finding new recruits, and one factor may be its heavy reliance on families of those who’ve served.
Caption: Amanda Eldridge, a certified occupational therapist assistant, works with a veteran at the state-run St. James Veterans Home in St. James, Missouri., Credit: Brian Munoz / St. Louis Public Radio

Underfunded and understaffed, some state veterans homes are turning residents away (03:32)
From: American Homefront Project

Labor shortages exacerbated by the pandemic have left facilities around the country with empty beds, even though veterans are on waiting lists hoping to move in.