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: Janine Lutz displays her Memorial Wall, which she built with photos of veterans who killed themselves. She said the VA's policy shunning medical marijuana is leading to needless deaths., Credit: Julio Ochoa/American Homefront
Though medical marijuana is legal in most states, the Department of Veterans Affairs will neither recommend nor prescribe it because of a longstand...

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

  • Added: Sep 04, 2018
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: U.S. Defense Department forensic anthropologists in Wonsan, North Korea examine the contents of boxes containing the possible remains of U.S. MIAs July 27, 2018., Credit: David Marshall / U.S. Army
Families hope advances in DNA technology and thawing U.S./North Korean relations will help the government recover and identify long-missing remains...

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

  • Added: Aug 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Participants in Oxnard Family Circle's Adult Day Healthcare program get transportation to and from home on weekdays., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
The number of veterans in the VA healthcare system who are 70 or older is expected to grow 30 percent in the next eight years.

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

  • Added: Aug 21, 2018
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Airman 1st Class Jack Pepper (with goggles) attempts a maneuver on a simulator while Lt. Col. Paul Vicars looks on. Pepper is among the first participants in Pilot Training Next, which uses off-the-shelf virtual reality technology., Credit:  Carson Frame / American Homefront
Facing a shortage of pilots, the Air Force is experimenting with ways to make training programs faster and less expensive.

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

  • Added: Aug 07, 2018
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 5
Caption:  Aleta Nims has lived in Potsdam, N.Y. for a year. She's still working to get re-licensed as a mental health counselor., Credit: Sarah Harris/American Homefront
When military families move, the careers of service members' spouses may grind to a halt because they lack a professional license in their new state.

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

  • Added: Aug 02, 2018
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Maximo Purisima Young, 97, displays photographs from his military service. He helped transport supplies and troops in World War II, then fought as a guerilla alongside American soldiers., Credit: Dorian Merina/American Homefront
During World War II, more than a quarter million Filipinos fought alongside American soldiers. Many are still awaiting the recognition promised to ...

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

  • Added: Jul 30, 2018
  • Length: 07:44
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The first Navy sailors to participate in the MAVNI program take their oath of citizenship in this 2010 file photo. MAVNI has been controversial since it began in 2008., Credit:  Scott Thornbloom / U.S. Navy
From 2009 to 2016, the Defense Department recruited more than 10,000 non-citizens into the armed forces. Now some say they're being discharged with...

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

  • Added: Jul 24, 2018
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Angelina Gabriel's family surrounds her as she's promoted to the rank of Navy Chief Petty Officer in a September ceremony. Gabriel's husband also is a Chief Petty Officer in the Navy., Credit:  Anthony N. Hilkowski / U.S. Navy
About 84,000 service members are married to another member of the military, and some find it hard to balance their marriages with their careers.

Bought by North Country Public Radio, KPCC, KMUD, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Texas Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jul 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The VA is now mailing ID cards to veterans who apply for them online. The cards include the logo of Office Depot, which is paying the cost to print and distribute them through 2020.
Congress mandated the card in 2015, but provided no funding. So the VA struck a deal with Office Depot.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, KPCC, KMUD, North Country Public Radio and more

  • Added: Jun 28, 2018
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier appeared at McCabe's Guitar Shop in Santa Monica, Cal. as part of her nationwide tour for "Rifles and Rosary Beads.", Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
For her new album, Nashville singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier collaborated with veterans to write songs about war, service, and life after the milit...

Bought by WUSF, KMUD, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 13, 2018
  • Length: 04:03
  • Purchases: 5