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: The first phase of the Los Angeles columbarium expansion has capacity for more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
For the first time in decades, veterans and local military families have access to a final resting place alongside fellow servicemembers in the cit...

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

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy is closed for at least four years for extensive repairs., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
The famous structure and popular tourist site will undergo a renovation project that's expected to last almost four years.

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

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. use immersion troughs filled with ice and water to cool off during training in this 2018 photo., Credit:  Patrick A. Albright / U.S. Army
The Pentagon says reported cases of heat exhaustion jumped nearly 50 percent between 2014 and 2018.

Bought by WUSF, KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WOUB and more

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Shawn Campbell helps Justin Herris get back on the boat after a dive at the Circle of Heroes military memorial off the coast of Clearwater, Fla., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
A growing number of programs try to treat PTSD by getting veterans into nature, even deep under the sea. But there's little scientific evidence tha...

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mark George (right), a chaplain at the Caldwell County Jail in Lockhart, Tx., shakes hands with VA clergy training instructor Larry Collins, while attendee Vernon Cooper looks on., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
The Department of Veterans Affairs is training clergy members around the country to look for signs of psychological disorders and other issues amon...

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

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Contruction crews renovate the kitchen and dining room of a home on Fort Bragg, N.C., Credit: U.S. Army
The $325 million dollar plan is funded by private companies and is expected to result in renovations to 16,000 homes on seven Army posts.

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

  • Added: Sep 17, 2019
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Members of the 52nd Fighter Wing gather at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany for a one-day stand down to discuss mental health issues., Credit:  Kyle Cope / U.S. Air Force
In response to a string of suicides in the Air Force, every base is holding a one-day stand down, where airmen can learn and talk about mental heal...

Bought by WUSF, Texas Public Radio, and WOUB

  • Added: Sep 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Retired Drug Enforcement Administration agent Mark Coast says the agency discriminated against him and other agents because they served in the military., Credit: Andrea Dukleth / KPBS
Federal law protects the civilian jobs of National Guard and Reserve troops when they deploy. But federal employees allege the government itself do...

Bought by North Country Public Radio, WOUB, WUSF, WAMC, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Aug 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: A screenshot from a July 23 Facebook post shows mold on a mattress at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Other photos posted by airmen showed moldy shoes, walls, and uniforms., Credit: "Air Force amn/nco/snco" Facebook group
Mold has long been a problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. But when airmen started posting photos on Facebook, the Air Force stepped...

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

  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:22
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: El Paso County, Col. resident Liz Rosenbaum spends about $70 per month on bottled drinking water rather than drink from her tap., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
The military is spending millions of dollars to clean up water contamination around bases throughout the country. But people living with the contam...

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3