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: Air Force veteran Ronald West, 70, said he leaves his hospital room several times a day to smoke outside the Tampa VA property., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
The VA has eliminated the designated smoking areas at its hospitals, clinics, and other buildings. It's a difficult transition for some patients, v...

Bought by KPBS and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Dec 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Veteran David Wheaton said he's noticed his COPD has improved since he began playing the harmonica. He said he used to be able to exercise for only a few minutes, but now can work out longer., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
Some Florida veterans are putting on a holiday performance at their local VA, but not just to spread cheer. It’s part of a program that uses harmon...

Bought by KPCC, KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Dec 18, 2019
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Comedian Paula Poundstone performs at a USO show in Washington, D.C. , Credit:  Katie Lange / U.S. Department of Defense
For an organization that's still strongly associated with entertainers of the past, like Bob Hope, it's a constant challenge to stay relevant to to...

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

  • Added: Dec 12, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: John and Barbara Browning attended a Warrior to Soul Mate session to improve their marriage in light of the John’s PTSD symptoms and other health challenges. 'He never told me what he went through in Vietnam until he went to pieces,' Barbara said., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
The Department of Veterans Affairs is offering couples retreats to help former service members communicate with their spouses.

Bought by WAMC, WUSF, WOUB, KPCC, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Dec 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Army veteran Jesus Medina says exercising with his punching bag helps him release energy. Medina says he's still dealing with grief from his time in the military., Credit: Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront
The University of California, Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

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

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Andrew Garcia, 22, plays 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' at the Localhost Denver Arena during an October Army recruiting event., Credit: Taylor Allen / Colorado Public Radio
The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

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

  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Runners participate in an Oct. 17 domestic violence awareness event at Ft. Hood, Tex., Credit:  Kelvin Ringold / U.S. Army
The Defense Department Inspector General found that the military handles domestic violence on base inconsistently, leading to fewer prosecutions an...

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

  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Service members attend a briefing on STIs at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas., Credit:  Alexi Myrick / U.S. Air Force
Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone d...

Bought by WAMC, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, and WOUB

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The military abandoned the Naval Air Facility Adak in 1997, and many of its buildings remain standing in disrepair. Some residents of the remote Alaska town hope a revived military interest in the Arctic will bring the military back., Credit:  Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media
The Pentagon is preparing for potential missions in newly navigable Arctic seas, raising hopes the military will reinhabit a long-abandoned Navy ba...

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

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 7
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