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: Trucks line up to pass through a checkpoint at the U.S./Mexico border in Pharr, Tex. Truckers say the immigration crackdown has led to waitimes as long as six hours to cross the border., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
A thousand National Guard troops from Texas will try to address one of the unintended results of President Trump’s immigration crackdown -- traffic...

Bought by Colorado Public Radio and WUSF

  • Added: Jul 10, 2019
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Commander David McKinney, a spokesman for the U.S. Naval Academy, stands alongside a sinkhole on the Severn River waterfront, where the Academy plans to build a new seawall to better withstand flooding., Credit: Jay Price/American Homefront
The Government Accountability Office says the military isn't doing enough to deal with the effects of climate change, after more than $9 billion in...

Bought by KSFR, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, KRZA, Colorado Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jun 25, 2019
  • Length: 04:05
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Army veteran Mike Monthervil (left) uses an adaptive controller to play video games as his VA recreational therapist Jamie Kaplan watches., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

Bought by Colorado Public Radio and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Army Brig. Gen. Walter Duzzny speaks to border patrol agents in Sunland Park, N.M. during a June media event at the U.S. Mexico border., Credit:  Christina Westover / U.S. Army
During the eight months they've been deployed at the U.S.-Mexico border, military personnel have had little direct contact with the people at the c...

Bought by KSFR, Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, WUNC, and WUSF

  • Added: Jun 13, 2019
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Veterans and their families demolish a wooden foot bridge in Biscayne National Park., Credit: Niall Macaulay / American Homefront
Congress is considering legislation to encourage "outdoor therapy" for veterans with injuries or post-traumatic stress. Volunteer groups are alread...

Bought by KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, WUSF, Texas Public Radio, and KPCC

  • Added: Jun 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:55
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: 52 years after he died in a Vietnam plane crash, Raul Guerra's memorial service was held at Risher Mortuary in Montebello, Cal., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
Raul Guerra was adopted, so his DNA couldn't be matched to blood relatives. Scientists instead turned to an emerging technique that linked his bone...

Bought by KPBS, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, WUSF, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: May 29, 2019
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Air Force veteran Thom O'Shaughnessy opposes the renaming of the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. "You don't see the name of a corporation in front of Valley Forge or Gettysburg," he said. , Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
Similiar debates have played out elsewhere, as sports stadiums that were originally built as memorials to veterans take on new corporate names.

Bought by North Country Public Radio, KPBS, WUSF, Texas Public Radio, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: May 20, 2019
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Staff Sgt. Eric Proctor of the 50th Security Forces Squadron is responsible for the security and protection of Air Force Space Command assets on Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado., Credit: Krystal Ardrey / U.S. Air Force
While President Trump pushes Congress to create a new military branch called the Space Force, the Pentagon is about to choose a permanent home for ...

Bought by North Country Public Radio, WUSF, KPBS, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: May 14, 2019
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Christopher and Andrea Cacho's wedding picture was among the many possessions damaged when the Army moved them from Kentucky to Virginia., Credit: Andrea Cacho
After years of complaints, the Pentagon is trying to reform the way it manages the moving process for military families. The current system is plag...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, WAMC, WUSF, WRST-FM Oshkosh, KPBS and more

  • Added: May 02, 2019
  • Length: 03:48
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Concertina wire installed by U.S. Marines remains on the beach near the U.S.-Mexico border fence in San Diego., Credit:  Steve Walsh / American Homefront
President Trump is considering sending a new round of troops to the southern border. The military withdrew some service members from the border in ...

Bought by KSFR, Texas Public Radio, WUSF, KRZA, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Apr 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 5