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, Texas Public Radio, KPBS-San Diego, St. Louis Public Radio, and WSHU-Fairfield, Conn.


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In commemoration of Veteran’s Day, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series "American Veteran" to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.

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In commemoration of Veteran’s Day 2021, the American Homefront Project collaborated with the PBS documentary series "American Veteran" to profile men and women who have served in the U.S. military.


Caption: Paul Farnan, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Army for Installations, Energy and Environment, talks with cadets after they presented their capstone projects in May 2023 at the military academy at West Point., Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
Under a new Army program, West Point students are working with the Defense Department to address climate challenges that could affect national secu...

  • Added: Jun 05, 2023
  • Length: 03:49
Caption: Days before Fort Bragg was officially renamed Fort Liberty, crews erect new signs at the base's main gate., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
A newly constructed historic march route will remember the base's former name and the soldiers who served there.

  • Added: Jun 02, 2023
  • Length: 03:38
Caption: Michael Partain (left) and Jerry Ensminger, long-time activists for people harmed by Camp Lejeune water, speak outside the Raleigh, N.C. federal courthouse after a hearing. Hundreds of thousands of plaintiffs are expected to join the case., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
Federal judges overseeing the massive litigation hope to keep cases from dragging on for years. As many as a million people were exposed to contami...

Bought by KRPS

  • Added: Jun 01, 2023
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Craig Brooks looks through a microscope for fractures on a metal part fastened to a hydraulic press in his company's shop in St. Louis. Brooks is the president of AP/ES Inc., which develops ways to determine how long aircraft fleets will last., Credit: Eric Schmid / St. Louis Public Radio
Smaller companies can offer unique solutions to problems the military faces, but they can struggle to break into a defense industry that can be fru...

Bought by KUT, KPBS, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: May 26, 2023
  • Length: 03:55
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: U.S. Undersecretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness Gilbert R. Cisneros Jr. signs a policy to implement the Brandon Act on May 5. Attending the signing were Patrick and Teri Caserta, the parents of Brandon Caserta, a Navy sailor who died by suicide, Credit: Jack Sanders / U.S. Air Force
The Pentagon has put in place "The Brandon Act" - named after a Navy sailor who died by suicide in 2018. It allows service members to go outside th...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KUT, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: May 22, 2023
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: David Cutshall, the command sergeant major of the 18th Field Artillery Brigade, examines a dirty vent in a Fort Bragg barracks room. It was dust rather than mold, and he told the soldiers who lived there to clean it and showed them where their air filter , Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
70,000 inspections yielded more than 2,100 findings of mold. Now, the Army has begun a service-wide initiative to detect and clean it up sooner.

Bought by WRFA-LP, KUT, North Country Public Radio, KPBS, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: May 15, 2023
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Crews change the lettering on a sign at Fort Hood, Texas in preparation for the May 9 renaming of the base to Fort Cavazos., Credit: U.S. Army Garrison Fort Hood
Fort Hood, the sprawling Army base in Central Texas, will be redesignated Fort Cavazos May 9. The new name honors the Army’s first Hispanic four-st...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KUT, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: May 03, 2023
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Military spouses meet prospective employers at the MilSpo Career Expo at Fort Bragg, N.C. in September 2022., Credit: Audra Satterlee / U.S. Army
The law’s backers say it will cut red tape so spouses can continue their careers without interruption. But it’s not clear yet exactly how the law w...

Bought by KTEP, KWMU St. Louis, KUT, WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: May 01, 2023
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 9
Caption: The Navy opened the Embedded Mental Health Clinic at Naval Base San Diego in October. Twenty providers work at the clinic, which serves thousands of sailors. , Credit: Andrew Dyer/American Homefront
After two deadly collisions and a cluster of suicides, the Navy is providing more mental health counseling to sailors where they work.

Bought by KUT, WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio, WHRV, and KMXT

  • Added: Apr 24, 2023
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Dustin Millado, a veteran who worked in the Army Criminal Investigation Division, is now a digital forensic examiner for Stop Soldier Suicide’s Black Box Project., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
The project is using artificial intelligence to analyze data from smartphones, laptops, and other devices of people who take their own lives.

Bought by RadioFreePalmer, WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio, KUT, KPBS and more

  • Added: Apr 18, 2023
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 7