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.

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Caption: A nuclear bomb and its parachute rest in a field near Goldsboro, N.C. after falling from a B-52 bomber in 1961. If it had detonated, it could have instantly killed thousands of people. , Credit: U.S. Air Force
During the Cold War, U.S. planes accidentally dropped nuclear bombs on the east coast, in Europe, and elsewhere. "Dumb luck" prevented a historic c...

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


  • Added: Jun 05, 2018
  • Length: 04:10
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Army veteran Adam John Halvorsen and his girlfriend, Angela Del Castillo, were the first participants in a Safe Parking Program on the West Los Angeles VA campus., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
In the first program of its kind in the nation, the West Los Angeles VA has opened its campus to veterans who sleep in their cars. Officials say it...

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


  • Added: May 30, 2018
  • Length: 03:26
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: A bugler plays Taps at Bay Pines National Cemetery as veterans stand at attention for their fellow former service members who died without close relatives., Credit: Bobbie O'Brien/American Homefront
Memorial Day is set aside to remember those who died in military service. But a group of military veterans in Florida works all year to commemorate...

Bought by KGUA, KBBI, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, North Country Public Radio and more


  • Added: May 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Vietnam-era veteran Diane Fike selects vegetables at the Austin, Tex. VA food pantry. Studies have found a growing number of veterans are food insecure, including many who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
More than 1.4 million veterans of all ages rely on government food assistance, but food insecurity is disproportionately common among post 9/11 vet...

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


  • Added: May 17, 2018
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Lt. Col. Khallid Shabazz leads Friday prayer for the Muslim community of Joint Base Lewis-McChord. Shabazz is the Army's first division-level Muslim chaplain., Credit: Anna Boiko-Weyrauch / American Homefront
The military has made progress diversifying its chaplain corps. But it faces a shortage of chaplains of all faiths.

Bought by KRZA, WUSF, and KPBS


  • Added: May 07, 2018
  • Length: 06:55
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Deana Martorella Orellana's mother, Laurel Martorella (left), and Orellana's sister, Robin Jewell, hold her Marine Corps photo. Orellana killed herself a year after leaving the Marines. She had agreed to undergo counseling the day she died., Credit: Jay Price/American Homefront
Female veterans are nearly 2 1/2 times more likely than their civilian counterparts to kill themselves. Advocates say women's mental health challen...

Bought by KGUA, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WAMC, KRZA, WUSF and more


  • Added: Apr 23, 2018
  • Length: 07:41
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. raise a flag to recognize the station's success at retaining personnel. The Navy recognizes units that do a good job keeping sailors in the service., Credit: Greg Mitchell / U.S. Navy
As the Navy plans to increase the number of ships, it's looking for new ways to keep sailors in the service, even allowing them to leave for a year...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 03:39
Caption: In this 1971 Army photo, a service member is vaccinated with a jet injection gun. The Army at the time called the gun "a fast, safe method for giving mass inoculations to troops.", Credit: U.S. Army Medical Department
Some veterans say they contracted hepatitis from the "jet gun" that was used to immunize them in the Vietnam era, but researchers haven't proved th...

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


  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Bob Krafty was just out of his teens when he was offered temporary duty at Edgewood Arsenal in 1965., Credit: Bob Krafty
Top secret Army experiments exposed thousands of veterans to potential chemical and biological weapons. Some are still waiting for follow up medica...

Bought by KUER, Bandon Community Radio, KRZA, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, PRX Remix and more


  • Added: Mar 06, 2018
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 7