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: Judy Beckett of Cornerstone Equine Therapy Center in Escondido, California is working with the Navy to help build resilience among sailors. She said being around horses can help service members work through a number of mental health issues, such as PTSD a, Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
Though military suicide has been a problem for decades, critics say the Pentagon hasn’t come to terms with the fact that anyone can potentially be ...

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

  • Added: Dec 07, 2022
  • Length: 03:42
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: 8 year old Victoria Thomas boards a bus to attend school outside of San Antonio, Texas. Victoria is nonverbal and relies on a motorized wheelchair and assistive communication devices., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
When service members move from base to base, they sometimes find it takes too long for their child's new school to begin providing special educatio...

Bought by KWMU St. Louis, KMXT, North Country Public Radio, WRFA-LP, KUT and more

  • Added: Nov 29, 2022
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Lisa Koroma and her family moved to this Colorado Springs subdivision after her husband was transferred to Fort Carson. She said their rental home here costs more than the monthly housing allowance her husband receives from the Army., Credit: Lisa Koroma
A recent study found military families are spending more time and money to find places to live when they change duty stations.

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

  • Added: Nov 17, 2022
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Army soldiers help themselves to free food in the USO lounge at Fort Bragg, N.C. The organization plans to close about 40 of its lesser-used lounges while opening 28 in places where it says troops are especially isolated or face high stress., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
The service organization is closing some of its centers, opening new ones, and expanding its online programs to respond to funding reductions and t...

Bought by KWMU St. Louis, KUT, North Country Public Radio, WRFA-LP, KRPS and more

  • Added: Nov 14, 2022
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Master Sgt. Blayne Ralston, right, speaks with Tracey Hall, installation voting program manager, and Michael Glover, Airman and Family Readiness Center causality assistance representative, during an Armed Forces Voting Week event at Hanscom Air Force Base, Credit: Todd Maki / U.S. Air Force
States are mailing absentee ballots sooner and - in a few places - letting troops cast ballots online. Still, voter turnout among military personne...

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

  • Added: Nov 01, 2022
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Air Force Capt. Dylan Rabbitt guides student pilots through a training scenario using virtual reality simulators at Laughlin Air Force Base in Texas., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
The Air Force is revamping the way it trains pilots so they can better respond to potential challenges from countries like China and Russia.

Bought by WRFA-LP and KWMU St. Louis

  • Added: Oct 25, 2022
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Three bronze panels were mounted on a West Point classroom building in 1965 to display key events in American History. One of the images depicts a hooded Ku Klux Klan member., Credit: Elizabeth V. Woodruff / U.S. Military Academy
The Defense Department is planning to eliminate Confederate names from bases and more than 1100 other things in the military. But it's not clear wh...

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

  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 03:33
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Harold Brown, member of World War II’s Tuskegee Airmen., Credit: Ronan Killeen
When he was 11 years old, Harold Brown decided he wanted to be a pilot. He flew 30 missions during World War II as one of the Tuskegee Airmen, the ...

Bought by KTEP, WTIP, KUT, Texas Public Radio, WVTF and more

  • Added: Oct 19, 2022
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7
Caption:  Brandon D. Anderson, veteran of the U.S. Army., Credit: Ben Bloodwell
Brandon Anderson spent nearly five years in the Army, deploying twice to Iraq between 2003 and 2008. But as a gay service member during the Don’t A...

Bought by KWMU St. Louis, KUT, RadioStPete Florida, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 18, 2022
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption:  Sergeant C.J. Scarlet, veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps., Credit: Ronan Killeen
Growing up as the daughter of a Marine, C.J. Scarlet dreamed of following in her father’s footsteps. When she enlisted in 1981, she was part of the...

Bought by KTEP, KWMU St. Louis, Texas Public Radio, WVTF, RadioStPete Florida and more

  • Added: Oct 18, 2022
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 7