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, KCUR-Kansas City, 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.


Caption: Real estate agent Leslie Alford said the housing market near Ft. Riley, Kansas has been "crazy" this year,” with “a whole lot less houses for sale, a whole lot more competition for them, and higher prices.”, Credit: Courtesy Leslie Alford
Troops and veterans sometimes are hurt by misconceptions about VA mortgages, or they encounter sellers who don't want their home to go through a VA...

Bought by KRPS and KUT

  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Specialist Shoshana Johnson, veteran of the U.S. Army, Credit: Insignia Films
Shoshana Johnson was the first Black female prisoner of war in American history. The trauma of that experience has stayed with her for years.

Bought by Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Army veteran Nick Irving., Credit: Ben Bloodwell
Nick Irving earned a reputation as one of the deadliest Army Rangers in history. But civilian life was far less straightforward.

Bought by WRFA-LP

  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Private First Class Clifton Hicks, veteran of the U.S. Army., Credit: Amanda Lalezarian
After joining the Army in response to the 9/11 attacks, Clifton Hicks found the reality of war was nothing like the movies he’d grown up watching.

  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: 1st Lieutenant Edie Meeks, veteran of the U.S. Army., Credit: Insignia Films
Serving as a nurse in Vietnam, Edie Meeks struggled to balance compassionate care for her patients with the anger she felt about the war.

  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
Caption: Frank DeVita, veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, holds a picture of himself in uniform when he served in World War II., Credit: Amanda Lalezarian
70 years after he worked a landing craft off the coast of France on D-Day, the memories of World War II still haunt Frank DeVita.

Bought by Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: In an August ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs a law that makes it easier for military spouses to get professional licenses. The bill signing ceremony took place at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut., Credit: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont
Spouses who work in professions that require state licenses often hit roadblocks when they move to a new state. A few states are trying to streamli...

Bought by KUT and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 17-year-old Matthew Oh, whose father is in Army intelligence, has moved eight times. He said his family's latest move to South Korea was "a very dark time.", Credit: Sarah Oh
The study of military dependents found more than 40 percent reported low mental well-being, often because of separations and a lack of connections ...

Bought by KPBS, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, KCUR, KPCC and more

  • Added: Oct 07, 2021
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: At a Sept. 14 virtual town hall meeting, Fort Bragg Curator and Archeologist Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Retired Major General Rodney Anderson, and Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Scott Pence listen to comments from citizens about possible new names for the ba, Credit: City of Fayetteville, N.C. via Facebook Live
A federal commission is soliciting ideas to rename Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Rucker, Fort Lee, and several other military posts named for Confede...

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

  • Added: Oct 01, 2021
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Karockas Watkins of the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce talks with the local board and staff of BancorpSouth in Hunstville, Alabama in 2020. Watkins heads the chamber's task force on diversity, equity. and inclusion., Credit: Courtesy Karockas Watkins
A survey found widespread concern from Black, Latino, and Asian military families about inequality in cities where bases are located.

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

  • Added: Sep 27, 2021
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 4