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 cadets sit 8 feet apart from each other during their graduation ceremony in Colorado Springs, Colo. Spectators were not allowed, and cadets didn't march on stage to receive their diplomas., Credit: U.S. Air Force Academy
Vice President Mike Pence addressed the cadets in person, but parents and others were limited to watching the ceremony online.

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

  • Added: Apr 19, 2020
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Sailor John Arkulary from Marshfield, Wis. salutes the flag aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles April 13., Credit: Luke Cunningham / U.S. Navy
The Navy hospital ship Mercy is in Los Angeles to relieve the burden on the area's medical facilities. But it’s dealing with a growing number of co...

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

  • Added: Apr 14, 2020
  • Length: 03:00
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Laura White of San Diego's Support The Enlisted Project helps distribute supplies to military families who are suffering financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic., Credit: Nick McVicker / KPBS
Deployments, job losses, and the Pentagon's "stop movement" order are among the factors contributing to financial stress for troops and their famil...

Bought by KRZA, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPCC, Texas Public Radio, WOUB and more

  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: New Air Force recruits in basic training practice social distancing in their dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas., Credit: Sarayuth Pinthong / U.S. Air Force
The coronavirus pandemic has brought big changes to one of the defining aspects of military life -- boot camp. But some people question if the cha...

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

  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: VA staff and volunteers screen patients, employees, and visitors at the entrance to the Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities are now screening patients, employees, and visitors for coronavirus. But some are questioning the...

Bought by KGUA, KMXT, KPBS, WUSF, KPCC and more

  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill undergo training March 13 to teach their classes online. The university is one of many that have discontinued in-person classes., Credit: Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill
The VA informed student veterans they may become ineligible for GI Bill education and housing funds if their college transitions from in-person to ...

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

  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: National Guard Specialist Joshua Smoak, a camera operator, sits inside a Mobile Video Surveillance System Truck in Rio Grande City, Texas., Credit:  DeJon WIlliams / Texas Air National Guard
For military personnel at the U.S.-Mexico border, including National Guard troops, it's an unusual assignment. Many are quartered in hotels, and th...

Bought by WUSF, KRZA, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 09, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Michael Rodriguez, left foreground, president of a group that wants to build a 'Global War on Terrorism' memorial, shows the proposed site to several supporters after a Nov. 2019 sunrise run on the National Mall., Credit: Caitlin Kim / Colorado Public Radio
Normally, Congress waits at least ten years after a war ends to authorize a monument. But supporters say a proposed "Global War on Terrorism" memor...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, WUSF, and KPCC

  • Added: Mar 03, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Veterans Jim Romero (left) and Ronnie Reyes practice yoga as part of their treatment at the VA Southern Nevada Health Care Center in Las Vegas. The newly opened center is the second inpatient gambling treatment facility in the VA system., Credit: Steve Walsh/American Homefront
The Las Vegas center is the VA's second inpatient treatment facility for veterans, who are at higher risk of gambling addiction.

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

  • Added: Feb 25, 2020
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Gene Popiolek, 68, (left) visits his father Bernie, 95, at an assisted living facility outside Baltimore. Bernie, a WWII veteran, pays to live here with help from the VA's Aid and Attendance benefit., Credit: Stephanie Colombini / American Homefront
The VA Aid and Attendance benefit can help some vets and spouses pay for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and home health care. But the a...

Bought by KPBS, KPCC, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Feb 17, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 3