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Georgia lawmakers are traveling around the state, visiting military bases. Their goal is to make sure the bases here are in good shape, so that if more bases around the country are closed, Georgia's remain open.

The federal government has closed bases in the state recently. About ten years ago, Georgia lost a few, including Fort McPherson and Fort Gillem in the Atlanta area.

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Tuesday on "Closer Look with Rose Scott and Jim Burress":

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Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has said he wants to modernize the Veterans Administration, and he's raised millions of dollars for nonprofits that support vets.

As Georgia Republicans gather Friday in Augusta for their state convention, Democrats took the opportunity to attack Trump's plans for the military and veterans.

Georgia State University researchers have published a study that finds children are being used more frequently as soldiers in the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and Syria or ISIS.  

The study, funded by the Department of Defense, looked at the period between January 2015 and 2016 and found that the number of children who died in suicide operations doubled last month compared to the same time last year.

Virtual reality headset
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Virtual reality is being used in a lot of new ways.

At Emory University, researchers are using virtual reality to treat veterans who suffered sexual abuse in the military and now have posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Inside a dark room, patients wear a head-mounted display, headphones, hold a joystick in their hands and sit on a chair where they can feel vibrations.

As they move their heads, they can see anything above them – like the sky, if they look down, they can see their feet.

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