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 Bob Woodruff Foundation and 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: During an Army training exercise, Capt. Fazari Mutalib demonstrates a laser system that tests aviators’ abilities to avoid detection., Credit: Michael Strassner/U.S. Army
Under the Trump administration, the military is shifting its strategy back towards more traditional warfare.

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

  • Added: Jul 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:34
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Caption: Angelina Gabriel's family surrounds her as she's promoted to the rank of Navy Chief Petty Officer in a September ceremony. Gabriel's husband also is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy., Credit:  Anthony N. Hilkowski / U.S. Navy
About 84,000 service members are married to another member of the military, and some find it hard to balance their marriages with their careers.

Bought by North Country Public Radio, KPCC, KMUD, WAMC, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jul 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
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Caption: The VA is now mailing ID cards to veterans who apply for them online. The cards include the logo of Office Depot, which is paying the cost to print and distribute them through 2020.
Congress mandated the card in 2015, but provided no funding. So the VA struck a deal with Office Depot.

Bought by KPBS, KPCC, KMUD, North Country Public Radio, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:25
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Caption: President Donald Trump shakes hands with acting Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie after announcing he will nominate him to lead the department during an event on prison reform in the East Room of the White House, Friday, May 18, 2018., Credit: Evan Vucci / AP
As the Senate considers Robert Wilkie's nomination for VA secretary, veterans groups worry that the agency's leadership gap has slowed its work.

Bought by WUSF, Texas Public Radio, and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
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Caption: Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier appeared at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Cal. as part of her nationwide tour for "Rifles and Rosary Beads.", Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
For her new album, Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with veterans to write songs about war, service, and life after the milit...

Bought by WUSF, KMUD, WAMC, Texas Public Radio, and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 04:03
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Caption: A nuclear bomb and its parachute rest in a field near Goldsboro, N.C. after falling from a B-52 bomber in 1961. If it had detonated, it could have instantly killed thousands of people. , Credit: U.S. Air Force
During the Cold War, U.S. planes accidentally dropped nuclear bombs on the east coast, in Europe, and elsewhere. "Dumb luck" prevented a historic c...

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

  • Added: Jun 05, 2018
  • Length: 04:10
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Army veteran Adam John Halvorsen and his girlfriend, Angela Del Castillo, were the first participants in a Safe Parking Program on the West Los Angeles VA campus., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
In the first program of its kind in the nation, the West Los Angeles VA has opened its campus to veterans who sleep in their cars. Officials say it...

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

  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:26
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Caption: A bugler plays Taps at Bay Pines National Cemetery as veterans stand at attention for their fellow former service members who died without close relatives., Credit: Bobbie O'Brien/American Homefront
Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who died in military service. But a group of military veterans in Florida works all year to commemorate...

Bought by KBBI, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, North Country Public Radio, and KMUD

  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Members of the Cal. National Guard stand silently as the backdrop for a news conference in El Centro, Cal. by the local head of Customs and Border Protection, Gloria Chavez., Credit: Steve Walsh/American Homefront
In California - a state with strong differences with the White House on immigration policy - about 400 troops are on border duty. But they're keepi...

Bought by KMUD, WUSF, Texas Public Radio, KRZA, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Vietnam-era veteran Diane Fike selects vegetables at the Austin, Tex. VA food pantry. Studies have found a growing number of veterans are food insecure, including many who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
More than 1.4 million veterans of all ages rely on government food assistance, but food insecurity is disproportionately common among post 9/11 vet...

Bought by WUSF, KPBS, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 3