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: A gravestone for a German POW in the San Antonio VA cemetery. The stone is engraved with a swastika and an inscription that references Adolf Hitler., Credit: Military Religious Freedom Foundation
The stones, engraved with swastikas, mark the graves of German POWs who died in the United States during World War II.

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  • Added: Jun 02, 2020
  • Length: 03:35
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Caption: Sailors and civilians at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard follow social distancing requirements as they attend a Memorial Day ceremony May 19. , Credit: Shelby West / Norfolk Naval Shipyard
The coronavirus pandemic has led groups around the country to cancel or scale back commemorations of America's war dead.

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  • Added: May 21, 2020
  • Length: 03:27
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Caption: Spc. Trent Bostic of the North Carolina National Guard examines and sorts produce at a Food Bank., Credit:  Hannah Tarkelly / U.S. Army National Guard
In some states, recruiters are reporting an uptick in the number of people who are expressing interest in joining the Guard.

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, WUSF, KMXT and more

  • Added: May 18, 2020
  • Length: 03:54
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Caption: Air Force retiree Berthienna Ogden uses the VA's Video Connect telehealth service as part of a 2019 VA demonstration., Credit: Dept. of Veterans Affairs
Use of the Veterans Health Administration's telehealth platform has exploded during the COVID-19 pandemic. But the agency's infrastructure has stru...

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  • Added: May 14, 2020
  • Length: 04:00
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Caption: Marine judge advocate Emma Shinn (left) takes her oath of office from Maj. Rebecca Harvey in 2019.
The UCLA study shows broad support among servicemembers for transgender people in the military. But the military still bans transgender people from...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, WUSF, KMXT and more

  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 03:44
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Caption: Members of the support group Merging Vets and Players (MVP) hold an online meeting. The group says 35 percent of its members have lost jobs because of the pandemic., Credit: Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront
While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

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  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 02:57
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Caption: Sailors have their temperatures taken as they prepare to board the USS Theodore Roosevelt May 1, 2020 after an off-ship quarantine in Guam., Credit: Nathan Carpenter / U.S. Navy
Military recruiting and training has slowed down because of the pandemic. So the Navy is trying other ways to maintain the size of the force.

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 03:35
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Caption: Yoga instructor Forest Spall with the Tampa-area nonprofit group Veterans Alternative hosts a virtual meditation session on the video chat service Zoom.
Disruptions to everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic are putting a strain on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are seek...

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

  • Added: Apr 28, 2020
  • Length: 03:36
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Caption: Marine Corps veteran Travis Holt has been doing his schoolwork in a makeshift office in his spare bedroom. His internet connection at home isn't great, which can make online assignments more difficult., Credit: Courtesy Travis Hold
The transition from classroom to virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many student veterans, and the worries won't ...

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

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 03:38
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Caption: Capt. Brett Crozier, commanding officer of the USS Theodore Roosevelt, (left) washes dishes aboard the ship on Thanksgiving 2019. Crozier was relieved of his command after urging the Navy to take stronger action to combat a COVID-19 outbreak on the ship., Credit: D.J. Schwartz / U.S. Navy
More than two weeks after Capt. Brett Crozier was relieved of command of the aircraft carrier USS Roosevelt, friends and former shipmates are voici...

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  • Added: Apr 21, 2020
  • Length: 03:34
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