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.



Caption: The first Veterans Community Project campus in Kansas City, Mo. features 49 tiny homes for homeless veterans. The organization hopes to have similar villages in eight cities by the end of 2022., Credit: Chris Haxel / American Homefront
In cities nationwide, groups addressing veteran homelessness by replacing the traditional shelter model with tiny homes.

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

  • Added: Jul 08, 2021
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Retired Army Sgt. Rigoberto Rosario from Long Island, N.Y. says he takes three medications to treat severe asthma. He developed the condition after breathing toxic fumes while he was deployed overseas., Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
More than three million service members were exposed to toxic smoke from burn pits. Some are now sick, and they're fighting for VA health and disab...

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

  • Added: Jul 06, 2021
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Staff Sgt. Ebony Rice (second from right) unfurls a map and explains to a group of young soldiers that they need to work together in order to succeed in a mock mission., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
The program has debuted at Fort Hood, Texas, where Spc. Vanessa Guillen's killing last year led to criticism of the base's culture and command clim...

Bought by North Country Public Radio, WRFA-LP, KMXT, and KPBS

  • Added: Jun 29, 2021
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Ali Rasouly, a former translator for U.S. Marines in Afghanistan, watches news from his homeland. He now lives in San Diego, Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
The White House and Congress are vowing to help thousands of Afghans who face retribution for working with the American military. Some have come to...

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

  • Added: Jun 24, 2021
  • Length: 03:39
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Members of the U.S. Naval Academy Class of 2021 take the oath of office to become Marine Corps second lieutenants during their May graduation and commissioning ceremony., Credit: Stacy Godfrey / U.S. Naval Academy
Advocates say more members of Congress should reach out to Black and Latino high school students and make them aware of opportunities at the elite ...

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

  • Added: Jun 07, 2021
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Richard Sobek, the Commander of American Legion Post 327 in Shawnee, Kansas, sits at the post's basement bar. The post is struggling to recover financially after being closed several months during the pandemic., Credit: Anne Kniggendorf / American Homefront
More than 12,000 American Legion posts closed for at least part of the pandemic. Those closures left some posts in financial trouble.

Bought by KMXT, KPBS, KPCC, KCUR, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Jun 01, 2021
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Staff Sgt. Antoine raises his head as a flight surgeon inspects his neck and face during a 2018 shaving waiver course at Beale Air Force Base in California., Credit: Colville McFee / U.S. Air Force
Some Air Force members say they're facing discrimination because it's hard for them to shave their faces daily. Many have a skin condition that's e...

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

  • Added: May 13, 2021
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Former Navy sailor Louis Miller stands on the deck of the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier. Miller was kicked out of the Navy in 1992 for being gay., Credit: Courtesy Louis Miller
Thousands of troops were expelled for being gay before Congress changed the law in 2011. Though many still don't qualify for federal veterans benef...

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

  • Added: May 10, 2021
  • Length: 03:35
  • Purchases: 8
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A group of female recruits completed Marine boot camp in San Diego this spring - the first time the Corps has trained women outside of Parris Islan...

Bought by KMXT, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and KPCC

  • Added: May 06, 2021
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Cars line up at a March food distribution event at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
A new report says military families are relying more on food banks and other emergency aid, partly because military spouses lost their jobs or had ...

Bought by KCUR, KPCC, North Country Public Radio, and KMXT

  • Added: May 03, 2021
  • Length: 03:11
  • Purchases: 4