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: Military and civilian officials attend a ceremonial groundbreaking at Camp Lejeune, N.C. for a major reconstruction effort that will make the base more resilient to the effects of climate change., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
Hurricanes caused catastrophic damage to East Coast military bases in 2018. Now, as it starts to rebuild, the Pentagon wants to make bases less vul...

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

  • Added: Apr 27, 2021
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: The Department of Veterans Affairs administers COVID-19 vaccines in a repurposed dining area at the Durham, North Carolina VA medical center., Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
Congress has told the Department of Veterans Affairs to offer COVID-19 vaccines to some 24 million people who don't usually get their health care t...

Bought by KPCC, KPBS, North Country Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, and KMXT

  • Added: Apr 12, 2021
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Chief Personnel Specialist Jennifer Johnston conducts an extremism stand down March 19 aboard the USS Gerald R. Ford. The Pentagon ordered all service branches to conduct the stand downs after the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection., Credit:  Angel Thuy Jaskuloski / U.S. Navy
After the January 6 Capitol insurrection, the Pentagon ordered all service branches to discuss extremism with the troops. But observers say that's ...

Bought by KMXT, KPCC, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Apr 07, 2021
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Amber Davila left the Army after she was sexually assaulted by a fellow soldier. A new study found sexual assault doubles the odds that a service member will leave the military within 28 months., Credit: Courtesy Amber Devila
The RAND Corporation study concluded that the cost of sexual assault and harassment extends beyond the victims. It's also causing troops to leave t...

Bought by KUCR 88.3 fm Riverside, Calif., WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPBS, North Country Public Radio, and KPCC

  • Added: Mar 29, 2021
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The first class of female recruits arrived at Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego this winter, ending almost a hundred years when the boot camp accepted only men., Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
The Marines have the fewest number of women of any of the services. Though the Corps has now integrated its two boot camps, that's just one of seve...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, and KPCC

  • Added: Mar 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Former servicemember Stephen Kennedy, pictured with his wife Catherine and four children, sued after he received an other-than-honorable discharge from the Army., Credit: Courtesy Stephen Kennedy
If approved by a federal court, the legal settlement will force the Army to review the discharges of recent veterans with mental health issues.

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

  • Added: Mar 16, 2021
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: A monument on the West Point campus states the military academy's honor code. More than 70 cadets were accused last year of cheating on an exam; most will be allowed to stay at West Point., Credit: U.S. Military Academy
The scandal is the largest at West Point in 40 years, and it has raised questions about honor among the men and women who will become the Army's fu...

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

  • Added: Mar 08, 2021
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: In a "Shark Tank" style event, 34 soldiers in the 18th Airborne Corps submitted proposals to improve the Army program that responds to sexual harassment and assault. The Corps has committed to implementing the concepts of seven finalists., Credit: Marygian D. Barnes / U.S. Army
Army leaders concede that a program designed to eliminate sexual harassment and abuse has not achieved its goal. So the 18th Airborne Corps held a ...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPCC, KPBS, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 01, 2021
  • Length: 03:13
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Romeo Pactores, Jr.'s 18 year military career is in jeopardy after a DUI that he said was prompted by service-related mental health issues., Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
The Marine Corps established Wounded Warrior Battalions to aid troops with the worst mental and physical injuries. But Marines in the battalions wh...

Bought by Texas Public Radio and KMXT

  • Added: Feb 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin talks with Army Maj. Gen. William J. Walker of District of Columbia National Guard outside the U.S. Capitol Jan. 29., Credit:  Erica Jaros / U.S. Army National Guard
Pentagon leaders were concerned about extremism in the military even before the Jan. 6 insurrection. But new Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said he...

Bought by Texas Public Radio, KPCC, and KMXT

  • Added: Feb 15, 2021
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 3