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: Therapist Keith Smith demonstrates virtual reality equipment at the University of Central Florida. Smith uses virtual reality to help treat veterans' post traumatic stress disorder., Credit: Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront
The University of Central Florida is using virtual reality to treat post-traumatic stress disorder. It's worked well enough that the Pentagon will ...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, North Country Public Radio, KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio and more

  • Added: Mar 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Wildlife biologist Kory McLellan shoots off pyrotechnics to scare birds away from the airfield at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa., Credit:  Mariette Adams / U.S. Air Force
Fireworks, drones, and habitat relocation projects are among the ways that Air Force biologists are fighting the expensive and potentially deadly p...

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  • Added: Mar 18, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Gen. William J. Gothard (right) receives a spent shell casing as part of his 2014 retirement ceremony at Fort Jackson, S.C. Gothard says his 36 years of service left him with hearing loss and tinnitus., Credit:  Shantelle Campbell / U.S. Army
The settlement with earplug manufacturer 3M has focused attention on service-related hearing loss, one of the most common health problems among vet...

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  • Added: Mar 11, 2019
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Duke graduate engineering student Matt Hawkins volunteers for a demonstration of a nasal ventilation tube during a class called "Hacking for Defense.", Credit: Jay Price/American Homefront
To keep up with potential adversaries such as China, the Pentagon is teaming with civilian technological innovators and trying to adopt some of the...

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  • Added: Feb 25, 2019
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: High school educators take part in a virtual firing range exercise as they tour Fort Carson, Col. Army leaders hope these tours will result in educators steering more students toward military service., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
To increase interest in military service among teenagers, the Army is reaching out to some of the people who know them best: high school teachers a...

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

  • Added: Feb 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 76 year old Army veteran Robert Neilson writes notes of encouragement to fellow veterans who have contemplated suicide. He's struggled with mental health issues since he left the Army in the 1960s., Credit: Matt Bowler / KPBS
Veterans are about twice as likely as non-veterans to die by suicide. But the majority of those suicides are among veterans aged 55 or older -- who...

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  • Added: Dec 13, 2018
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: At a medical foster home near San Antonio, caregiver Tiffany Graves (left) sets out art supplies for Rose Witherspoon, a World War II veteran., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
For thousands of elderly veterans, long term care means living in a nursing home or institutional care setting. But some have found a much homier o...

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  • Added: Dec 10, 2018
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Jesus Guzmán (right) and fellow Higher Ground veterans participate in a team-building exercise during a hike in Big Bear, Cal., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
At "recreational therapy" camps, outdoor activities and mindfulness help veterans with PTSD, sexual trauma, and other issues.

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  • Added: Oct 25, 2018
  • Length: 03:53
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Caption: Staff Sgt. Melishia Francis prepares her breast pump in a lactation room at Lackland Air Force Base's Wilford Hall Medical Hospital., Credit: Daniel J. Calderón / US Air Force
Inflexible work schedules and lack of support can make it tough for new mothers in the military to keep breastfeeding their children.

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  • Added: Oct 01, 2018
  • Length: 03:46
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Caption: Janine Lutz displays her Memorial Wall, which she built with photos of veterans who killed themselves. She said the VA's policy shunning medical marijuana is leading to needless deaths., Credit: Julio Ochoa/American Homefront
Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstand...

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

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 5