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: Nassau County, N.Y. Executive Bruce Blakeman shows a video of the Israeli Memorial Day moment of silence. Blakeman is calling for a similar county-wide initiative on Long Island. , Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
Leaders in Long Island, New York want people to pull their cars off the road and stop what they're doing for two county-wide moments of silence to ...

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

  • Added: May 23, 2022
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Former Texas State Trooper LeRoy Torres reviews legal paperwork with his wife Rosie in their Robstown, Texas home in 2019. Torres resigned from his job after returning home from Iraq in 2008. He said the state refused to make job accommodations for a disa, Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
When National Guard members and reservists deploy, a federal law is supposed to preserve their civilian jobs and benefits. But in some states, gove...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KPBS, and KUT

  • Added: May 12, 2022
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Troops operate the Space Based Infrared System satellite constellation from Schriever Space Force Base in Colorado. The system enables service members to report ballistic missiles and space launches, nuclear detonations, and other data to the President, S, Credit: JT Armstrong / U.S. Space Force
The newest military service branch is responsible for protecting satellites and other objects in space, which it expects will be critical parts of ...

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

  • Added: May 05, 2022
  • Length: 03:55
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy visits the California Air National Guard’s 129th Rescue Wing at Moffett Air National Guard Base in Sunnyvale, Cal. in September 2021. The visit was part of a decades-long partnership between the California National , Credit: Duane Ramos / California National Guard
The State Partnership Program has quietly become a powerful tool for diplomacy and modeling U.S. values around the world.

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

  • Added: May 02, 2022
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Navy corpsman Maria Potts-Szoke performs a COVID-19 test on Camp Foster in Okinawa, Japan Jan. 24. The test was part of a study that's monitoring the long term health of Marines who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19., Credit: Alex Fairchild / U.S. Marine Corps
Little is known about COVID-19 cases in which symptoms persist for months. Affected service members may have trouble performing their duties or get...

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KUT, WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio, KPBS and more

  • Added: Apr 28, 2022
  • Length: 03:14
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Navy granted Petty Officer First Class Juwairiya Webb an accommodation under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to wear a hijab while on duty. Some attorneys worry that religious challenges to the military's COVID vaccine mandate may endanger futur, Credit: Carlos Castillo / KPBS
The military is taking a hard line on troops seeking religious exemptions to the COVID vaccine mandate. Lawyers say that could have consequences fo...

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

  • Added: Apr 25, 2022
  • Length: 03:38
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: A memorial honors the victims of a 2017 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. A federal judge ruled that Devin Kelley might not have been able to buy the weapon he used in the shooting if the military had reported his cri, Credit: David Martin Davies / Texas Public Radio
More than four years after a former airman killed 26 people at a rural Texas church, advocates say the military still needs to do more to prevent v...

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

  • Added: Apr 18, 2022
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Chandler Rand accepts her trophy at the 2018 All American Marathon at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Rand was the first female to complete the race., Credit:  Fort Bragg Family & MWR
A VA study concluded that veterans experience bulimia at about three times the civilian rate.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, KWMU St. Louis, KUT and more

  • Added: Apr 05, 2022
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: The following language must be included in any online post of this story, and the language is encouraged for on-air use:  "This story was produced by the American Homefront Project, a public media collaboration that reports on American military life and v, Credit: Eric Schmid / St. Louis Public Radio
Constant and sometimes sudden moves can disrupt military families' finances and cause challenges with their children’s schools and medical care.

Bought by KRPS, Texas Public Radio, KUT, North Country Public Radio, KPBS and more

  • Added: Mar 30, 2022
  • Length: 03:46
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: The Fort Meade, S.D. VA hospital, built in 1956, is among the facilities that would close under the VA restructuring plan. It would be replaced by a new hospital approximately 30 miles away in Rapid City., Credit: Department of Veterans Affairs
The VA wants to close and replace older hospitals. But there's opposition in some communities.

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

  • Added: Mar 17, 2022
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 5