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: President Donald Trump speaks at a 2019 American Veterans Convention in Louisville, Ky. Former Vice President Joe Biden salutes a veteran at a 2019 Iowa town hall event., Credit: Shealah Craighead / Official White House photo. Adam Schultz / Biden for President
Veterans traditionally are more likely to vote for Republican candidates. But polls suggest their support for President Trump has eroded.

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

  • Added: Oct 27, 2020
  • Length: 03:55
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Caption: Medical personnel care for a patient in the parking garage of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa. Much of the emergency department has been relocated outside., Credit:  Ed Drohan / James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs are reopening at a slower pace than many civilian health systems. But the VA has recen...

Bought by Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Comedian Fernando Sanchez warms up attendees of American Legion Post 397's comedy night Oct. 10. The Monterey Park, Cal. post has turned to events like this to raise money during the pandemic., Credit: Robert Garrova / American Homefront
American Legion posts across the country serve as a community hub for veterans and their families. But the pandemic has put the future of many post...

Bought by Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:08
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Josey Garcia, Pharaoh Clark, and Jourdyn Parks hold a banner as they march through San Antonio in July, shortly after Vanessa Guillen's body was found near Fort Hood., Credit: Jolene Almendarez / American Homefront
Following Guillen's killing, the Army launched an independent investigation into the climate of Fort Hood, but critics say the problems are systemic.

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

  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: San Diego County Registrar of Voters Michael Vu stands in a warehouse filled with supplies for the 2020 election., Credit: Mike Damron / KPBS
Military personnel have been voting by mail since the Civil War. This year, some polls suggest that troops' political preferences may be changing.

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

  • Added: Oct 15, 2020
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A soldier in Logar Province, Afghanistan reads about the capture of Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 issue of the Stars and Stripes., Credit: Christopher Hall / Georgia National Guard
The 159-year-old military newspaper, which is published by the Department of Defense, has been targeted for elimination by some Pentagon leaders.

Bought by WUSF, KPCC, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: At General Clarence Tinker K-8 School on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., about four in five students are attending classes in person., Credit: Danielle Quilla / U.S. Air Force
Most military children are used to moving and changing schools. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be especially hard to make friends and fee...

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

  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: In a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Army ROTC cadets practice ambushing opposing forces., Credit:  Lindsay Grant / U.S. Army
Like many college classes, ROTC training is mostly online because of the pandemic. But some cadets have resumed limited in-person training.

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

  • Added: Sep 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:22
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Accompanied by members of Vanessa Guillen's family, Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Cal.) unveils legislation to reform the military's response to sexual harassment and assault., Credit: Rep. Jackie Speier
The newly introduced bill would make sexual harassment a crime under military law. The measure is a response to the killing of Fort Hood Army soldi...

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

  • Added: Sep 16, 2020
  • Length: 03:50
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Caption: Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey (left) speaks with Ensign Dimitri Foster aboard the USS Lake Champlain in 2018. Holsey - one of the Navy's few Black admirals - heads the One Navy Task Force., Credit: Craig Z. Rodarte / U.S. Navy
A Navy Task Force is looking at why only a handful of African Americans reach top jobs. It's also examining discrimination in all aspects of Navy l...

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

  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 4