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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4 Pieces

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: Julianna Byron feeds lunch to children in October 2020 at the Navy's Sewells Point Child Development Center in Norfolk, Virginia. The Navy had just reopened the facility after a renovation., Credit: Marissa Vermeulen / U.S. Navy
The Navy is building more on-base childcare centers and launching new programs to help sailors and their families. But advocates and parents say it...

Bought by KUT and KRPS

  • Added: Mar 23, 2023
  • Length: 03:42
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Caption: Air Force Major Sharon Arana testified before a U.S. House committee in July 2022 about the challenged she faced as she sought an abortion in 2009 when she was stationed in Alabama. She is concerned that experiences like hers are becoming more common sinc, Credit: C-Span
The Pentagon policy reimburses service members for travel expenses and offers up to 21 days of leave for abortions and fertility treatment.

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

  • Added: Mar 17, 2023
  • Length: 03:37
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Caption: The Army's new ad campaign revives the marketing slogan that it used during the 1980s and 1990s. The rebranding also includes a redesign of the Army's "star" logo. The Army says the box around the star has been removed "to reflect the limitless possibilit, Credit: U.S. Army
The new marketing campaign is based around the tagline, "Be All You Can Be," which was originally featured in Army ads during the 1980s and 1990s.

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

  • Added: Mar 10, 2023
  • Length: 03:55
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Caption: U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin visits the Philippine Department of National Defense in Manila, Feb. 2, 2023. Austin announced an agreement to expand American military presence in the Philippines, calling the deal "especially important as the Peopl, Credit: Chad J. McNeeley / U.S. Department of Defense
The agreements with smaller countries are designed to expand American influence in the region, solidify existing relationships, and give the U.S. m...

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

  • Added: Mar 06, 2023
  • Length: 03:47
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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
Research into psychedelic drugs was halted in the 1960s amid concern about recreational use. Now, the VA is among dozens of medical providers resum...

Bought by KTEP, KPBS, WRFA-LP, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Feb 27, 2023
  • Length: 03:26
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Caption: A mobile surveillance camera vehicle operated by federally-deployed National Guard troops sits alongside Border Patrol trucks at Chimney Park RV Resort's boat launch in Mission, Texas., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
Some government watchdogs say the long-running mission is an inappropriate use of the Guard. Even the Pentagon has been looking for an off-ramp.

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

  • Added: Feb 17, 2023
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Marine Corps Lt. Gen. David A. Ottignon receives an Influenza vaccine and COVID-19 booster shot at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina in November 2022., Credit: Adam Scalin / U.S. Marine Corps
At issue: Should ex-troops continue to face consequences for refusing the vaccine order, even though the order has been rescinded?

Bought by WRFA-LP, KPBS, North Country Public Radio, KUT, KMXT and more

  • Added: Feb 07, 2023
  • Length: 03:25
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Caption: A sign indicates the presence of mines in Kherson Oblast, Ukraine in early December. , Credit: Cory Vaillancourt / American Homefront
The volunteers - some in their 70s - are helping educate Ukrainians about unexploded munitions and training Ukrainian forces to disarm them.

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

  • Added: Jan 31, 2023
  • Length: 03:49
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Caption: Recruiters and other Virginia National Guard soldiers talk with fans at a July 2022 minor league baseball game in Fredericksburg. Any Virginia resident can collect a finder's fee up to $750 for referring somebody who becomes a National Guard recruit., Credit: Virginia Guard Public Affairs
The referral bonuses are designed to boost recruiting at the National Guard, which fell thousands of troops short of its goal last year.

Bought by North Country Public Radio, WRFA-LP, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, KMXT and more

  • Added: Jan 19, 2023
  • Length: 03:11
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Caption: Matt Allen conducts a surfing lesson with 11-year-old Ray Goodson on the beach in Encinitas, Cal. At the age of 41, Allen is enlisting in the Navy under a new rule that raises the maximum age for Navy recruits., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
The Navy has raised its age limit from 39 to 41 - the oldest of any of the services. But the Navy’s national chief recruiter said data shows older ...

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

  • Added: Jan 12, 2023
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 5