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: Service members attend a briefing on STIs at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas., Credit:  Alexi Myrick / U.S. Air Force
Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone d...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, and WOUB

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The military abandoned the Naval Air Facility Adak in 1997, and many of its buildings remain standing in disrepair. Some residents of the remote Alaska town hope a revived military interest in the Arctic will bring the military back., Credit:  Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media
The Pentagon is preparing for potential missions in newly navigable Arctic seas, raising hopes the military will reinhabit a long-abandoned Navy ba...

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

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. use immersion troughs filled with ice and water to cool off during training in this 2018 photo., Credit:  Patrick A. Albright / U.S. Army
The Pentagon says reported cases of heat exhaustion jumped nearly 50 percent between 2014 and 2018.

Bought by WUSF, KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WOUB and more

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Shawn Campbell helps Justin Herris get back on the boat after a dive at the Circle of Heroes military memorial off the coast of Clearwater, Fla., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
A growing number of programs try to treat PTSD by getting veterans into nature, even deep under the sea. But there's little scientific evidence tha...

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Mark George (right), a chaplain at the Caldwell County Jail in Lockhart, Tx., shakes hands with VA clergy training instructor Larry Collins, while attendee Vernon Cooper looks on., Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
The Department of Veterans Affairs is training clergy members around the country to look for signs of psychological disorders and other issues amon...

Bought by WRST-FM Oshkosh, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, WUSF, KPBS, WOUB and more

  • Added: Sep 23, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: A screenshot from a July 23 Facebook post shows mold on a mattress at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. Other photos posted by airmen showed moldy shoes, walls, and uniforms., Credit: "Air Force amn/nco/snco" Facebook group
Mold has long been a problem at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. But when airmen started posting photos on Facebook, the Air Force stepped...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, WOUB, KPBS, North Country Public Radio, WUSF and more

  • Added: Aug 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:22
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: El Paso County, Col. resident Liz Rosenbaum spends about $70 per month on bottled drinking water rather than drink from her tap., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
The military is spending millions of dollars to clean up water contamination around bases throughout the country. But people living with the contam...

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 09, 2019
  • Length: 03:59
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Observers watch an explosion during Operation Hardtack in 1958. 35 nuclear tests were conducted in the Pacific, exposing troops to radiation., Credit: Nevada National Security Site
The new certificate recognizes as many as 550,000 veterans who were exposed to nuclear weapons tests between 1945 and 1992. But the certificates le...

Bought by KRPS, KRZA, KPBS, KPCC, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Aug 05, 2019
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Black and white Marines served side by side during the Vietnam War, as seen in this 1966 photo of a firefight with the Viet Cong. But racial tension was not uncommon throughout the armed services., Credit: U.S. Marine Corps
Camp Lejeune, N.C. was the first of several bases to experience racial violence during the Vietnam War. It led to major reforms in military racial ...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, KPBS, WUSF, Colorado Public Radio, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Jul 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Army veteran Mike Monthervil (left) uses an adaptive controller to play video games as his VA recreational therapist Jamie Kaplan watches., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
Some VA medical centers have realized that helping vets get back in the game can also help with their recovery.

Bought by Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 19, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 3