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, KCUR-Kansas City, and WSHU-Fairfield, Conn.



Caption: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America erected this window display in New York City as part of a 2015 PTSD awareness campaign., Credit: IAVA
Fewer than 20 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, but most Americans think the disorder is far more common.

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  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:56
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Caption: With the help of Margaret Costantino of the Center for Refugee Services, a group of Afghans who have resettled in San Antonio fill out forms with the names of their family members in Afghanistan., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
Now that American troops have left Afghanistan, Afghans in the U.S. face long odds as they try to help their family members escape the Taliban.

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  • Added: Sep 15, 2021
  • Length: 03:22
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Caption: Alena Knauss stands in the laundry room of her North Carolina home, which she's been renovating and re-tiling. She placed the initials "R" and "A" in the tile for herself and her husband Ryan, who was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan August 26. , Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
More than 2,400 U.S. service members were killed in the Afghanistan war. The Pentagon said Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss - who died from injuries ...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, and KCUR

  • Added: Aug 31, 2021
  • Length: 03:49
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Caption: Kathi Dugan, 73, retired from the Navy after 30 years. Her parents are both buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but Dugan may not be able to join them if the Army proceeds with a plan to cut eligibility for in-ground burials., Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
Many former troops consider an Arlington burial their final veterans benefit. But space for in-ground burials is getting scarce, so some vets may b...

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

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 03:50
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Caption: A U.S. Air Force C-17 carries evacuates about 600 Afghan citizens from Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul Aug. 15., Credit: U.S. Air Force
Some Vietnam veterans say the Afghanistan withdrawal has triggered symptoms of post-traumatic stress, while others are voicing frustration and powe...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KCUR, KPBS, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 19, 2021
  • Length: 03:31
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Caption: English Professor Hilary Lithgow leads a discussion among about a dozen veterans and active-duty troops at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill during the Warrior-Scholar Project's 2021 "Academic Boot Camp.", Credit: Ira Wilder / UNC-Chapel Hill
The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project, a non-profit group that runs the camps at major universities aro...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPBS, KCUR, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 16, 2021
  • Length: 03:53
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Caption: Employees at the VA Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska take part in a December 2020 employee vaccination event. The VA now is ordering more than 100,000 of its health care workers to get vaccines by mid-September or risk losing their jobs., Credit: A Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
The Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health workers must get vaccinated by mid-September or they'll lose their jobs.

Bought by WRFA-LP, KCUR, KJZZ, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 03:41
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Caption: Former Marine Marcus Chischilly cares for his daughter at their San Diego home. Chischilly was a member of Darkhorse Battalion and lost his left leg in Afghanistan in 2010., Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
The Darkhorse Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, is the Marine unit which suffered the highest percentage of casualties during the 20 year war.

Bought by WRFA-LP, KJZZ, KCUR, KRPS, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 03:27
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Caption: Army veterans Emma Toops and Scott Weaver meet for drinks at a rooftop bar in Overland Park, Kansas. They both served in Afghanistan, and they say the legacy of the decades-long war legacy defies easy explanations., Credit: Anne Kniggendorf / American Homefront
Amid debate over President Biden's decision to withdraw American forces, veterans who served in Afghanistan say that the situation is hard to under...

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

  • Added: Jul 26, 2021
  • Length: 03:40
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Caption: Sesame Street characters Rosita, Elmo, and Wes perform in “Great Things,” a music video about how to process the emotions that can occur after experiencing bias., Credit: Sesame Workshop
As part of a special project targeted at military kids, Sesame Workshop and its Muppets are tackling the subjects of race, diversity, and discrimin...

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

  • Added: Jul 21, 2021
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 5