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, Southern California Public Radio-KPCC, Texas Public Radio, KPBS-San Diego, WUSF-Tampa, and North Country Public Radio.



Caption: Wildlife biologist Kory McLellan shoots off pyrotechnics to scare birds away from the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa., Credit:  Mariette Adams / U.S. Air Force
Fireworks, drones, and habitat relocation projects are among the ways that Air Force biologists are fighting the expensive and potentially deadly p...

Bought by KPBS, KPCC, Colorado Public Radio, and KMXT

  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Gen. William J. Gothard (right) receives a spent shell casing as part of his 2014 retirement ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C. Gothard says his 36 years of service left him with hearing loss and tinnitus., Credit:  Shantelle Campbell / U.S. Army
The settlement with earplug manufacturer 3M has focused attention on service-related hearing loss, one of the most common health problems among vet...

Bought by WUSF, Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KPCC, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 5
Caption:  New Air Force recruits try on shoes from San Antonio Shoemakers, Propper Footwear, and New Balance. Since January, the Defense Department has been issuing the shoes free of charge., Credit:  Ruth A. Medina-Villanueva / U.S. Air Force
Under a law now taking effect, the military branches are issuing American-made running shoes, instead of giving recruits an allowance to buy whatev...

Bought by KRZA, WAMC, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Dave McLenachen, the director of the VA's Appeals Management Office, testifies at a December Congressional hearing on wait times for veterans' benefit appeals., Credit: C-SPAN
The VA fully implemented the new law in February, hoping to clear up a backlog of appeals claims that numbers in the hundreds of thousands.

Bought by WUSF, Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KRZA, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more

  • Added: Feb 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Duke graduate engineering student Matt Hawkins volunteers for a demonstration of a nasal ventilation tube during a class called "Hacking for Defense.", Credit: Jay Price/American Homefront
To keep up with potential adversaries such as China, the Pentagon is teaming with civilian technological innovators and trying to adopt some of the...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, WUSF and more

  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Mike Bernicchi (left), who served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria, records his oral history with interviewer Martin Medart at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, Fla., Credit: Cathy Carter / American Homefront
Encouraged by a Library of Congress initiative, volunteers and non-profit groups around the country are recording and preserving veterans' voices.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: High school educators take part in a virtual firing range exercise as they tour Fort Carson, Col. Army leaders hope these tours will result in educators steering more students toward military service., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
To increase interest in military service among teenagers, the Army is reaching out to some of the people who know them best: high school teachers a...

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Charlotte Blackwell with a photo of her son, Air Force veteran Jermaine Petit. Petit was helped by a new program in Long Beach, Cal. that pairs law enforcement officers with VA counselors to help veterans in crisis., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
In a first of its kind program, the VA in Long Beach, Cal. is partnering with law enforcement to proactively reach military veterans with mental he...

Bought by KPBS, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Staff Sgt. Logan Ireland and his wife, Laila, speak about transgender issues at the U.S. Air Force Academy in February 2018., Credit: Julius Delos Reyes / American Homefront
President Trump's restrictions on transgender troops moved a step closer to taking effect, even as several lawsuits challenging the policy remain u...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WUSF, WAMC, KPBS, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jan 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Tony Sholar of the Marine Corps stands in the abandoned headquarters of a Marine unit at Camp Lejeune. The building was damaged in Hurricane Florence, and rainwater still pours through damaged roof., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
The Marine Corps says Camp Lejeune, N.C. needs $3.6 billion in repairs, as scientists warn climate change will lead to more big storms and affect m...

Bought by KPBS, KRZA, WUSF, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Jan 15, 2019
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 4