American Homefront Project

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The American Homefront Project is reporting on military life and veterans issues. We're visiting bases to chronicle how American troops are working and living. We're meeting military families. We're talking with veterans -- in their homes, on their jobs, at school, at VA hospitals -- to learn about the challenges they face.

Support for the American Homefront Project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, as part of CPB's ongoing effort to expand coverage of local, regional, and national issues. Additional support comes from our partner public radio stations -- North Carolina Public Radio-WUNC, Texas Public Radio, KPBS-San Diego, St. Louis Public Radio, and WSHU-Fairfield, Conn.


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In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series "American Veteran" to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

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5 Pieces

In commemoration of Veteran’s Day 2021, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series "American Veteran" to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.


Caption: Commander Robert Molinaro, Executive Officer of the USS Ramage, inspects the ship's sleeping quarters March 22, 2023.  Though the Ramage is back in port in Norfolk, Virginia, some sailors have to live on the ship because of a shortage of barracks space on, Credit: Adriones Johnson / U.S. Navy
A lack of barracks space - as well as poor living conditions in some barracks buildings - are contributing to complaints about sailors' quality of ...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KUT, KPBS, WHRV, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 20, 2024
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Sgt. Corey Briest (left) poses with his son Connor and wife Jenny, as Connor joins the South Dakota Army National Guard in Sioux Falls, March 11, 2022., Credit: South Dakota Army National Guard
Congress is considering whether to override a VA policy that says veterans who need financial fiduciaries may be reported to the FBI’s background c...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KPBS, WHRV, and KUT

  • Added: Feb 13, 2024
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Navy SEAL Bryce Henson, right, speaks into a bullhorn directed into the face of a pro-LGBTQ+ demonstrator at a rally in Orange, California, Sept. 7, 2023. , Credit: Courtesy of Kelly Stuart
The Navy stopped short of invoking the extremism rules against Bryce Henson, who has appeared at rallies alongside the Proud Boys and posted threat...

Bought by WRFA-LP, WHRV, KUT, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 07, 2024
  • Length: 03:57
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Caption: Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough (right) talks with VA social worker Art Akkerman at a June 2022 LGBTQ Pride event in Denver, Colorado., Credit: Elaine Buehler / U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
The Transgender American Veterans Association is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, two years after the department said it would provid...

Bought by KPBS, WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio, KUT, and WHRV

  • Added: Jan 25, 2024
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Chief Aviation Boatswain's Mate Ryan Cuppernall leads SafeTALK suicide training in Norfolk, Va. on Aug. 9, 2023. SafeTALK is a three-hour course that trains sailors and civilians how to prevent suicide., Credit: Jacqueline R. Ramos / U.S. Navy
About a quarter of all suicide deaths occur among troops caught up in legal or administrative battles - sometimes for minor infractions.

Bought by North Country Public Radio, KTEP, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, KUT and more

  • Added: Jan 09, 2024
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: At his office on Long Island, New York, Dr. Anthony Szema models the smart ring that tracks health data for veterans who were exposed to fumes from toxic burn pits overseas., Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
A long-term study hopes to shed light on an array of vague symptoms that can affect veterans who served in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bought by KTEP, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, WHRV, KUT and more

  • Added: Jan 02, 2024
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Kevin and Lisa Bushling - the parents of Joseph Bushling - take a break during a 2012 search for their son near Dugway, Utah. The search, conducted mainly by volunteers, was one of several unsuccessful attempts to find Kevin, who disappeared in 2011 and w, Credit: Tooele (Utah) Transcript Bulletin
After a string of high-profile deaths and disappearances, the Army is trying harder to find soldiers who fail to report for duty.

Bought by KTEP, KRPS, North Country Public Radio, KMXT, KUT and more

  • Added: Dec 12, 2023
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: At the newly-built childcare center on Marine Corps Station Miramar in San Diego, all of the classrooms open to outdoor age-appropriate playgrounds., Credit: Carlos Castillo / KPBS
Staffing shortages and a lack of facilities have contributed to the long waits for childcare, though the situation has improved somewhat since the ...

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  • Added: Dec 04, 2023
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Air Force recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland prepare to leave a classroom after listening to a lecture on resilience, which included tips on self-control, keeping a positive mindset, and relaxation., Credit: Vanessa Adame / U.S. Air Force
The new basic training curriculum aims to better prepare recruits for the uncertainties of war.

Bought by KMXT, KPBS, WRFA-LP, KRPS, WHRV and more

  • Added: Oct 30, 2023
  • Length: 03:56
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Caption: Retired Lt. Gen. Arthur J. Gregg stands in front of the newly named Gregg-Adams Club at the former Fort Lee, Virginia in April 2023. The club was off limits to Gregg and other Black Soldiers when he became an officer in 1950. Gregg now shares the new name, Credit: Terrance Bell / U.S. Army
Historians said the renamings – like the removal of many Confederate statues in recent years – are part of a more accurate understanding of the Con...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, Texas Public Radio, KRPS, WRFA-LP, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Oct 26, 2023
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 9