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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5 Pieces

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.


Pieces

Caption: Around the country, groups are teaching wounded troops and veterans to fly fish. While there's not much research on the therapeutic benefits, some say the experience helps them heal., Credit: Studio Macleod
Around the country, groups are teaching wounded troops and veterans to fly fish. While there's not much research on the therapeutic benefits, some ...

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


  • Added: Nov 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: A member of the National Guard drives a school bus van in Chelsea, Mass. in October. Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker activated the Guard to address a shortage of drivers as the school year began., Credit: Jesse Costa / WBUR
The National Guard is being tasked with a growing number of missions, and critics argue that heavy deployments are straining the force.

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


  • Added: Nov 18, 2021
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Dignitaries - including Robert E. Lee's great grandson, Hanson E. Ely III (right) - unveil a portrait of the Confederate general in West Point's library in 1952. The portrait is one of several images of Lee that still are displayed at the military academy, Credit: From the 1952 book "The Sesquicentennial of the United States Military Academy: An Account of the Observance." / U.S. Military Academy
Congress ordered Confederate names and images to be removed from military installations. But what about portraits of Lee before he joined the Confe...

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


  • Added: Nov 09, 2021
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Army veteran Scot Pondelick said Venus, his PTSD service dog, has helped him feel more comfortable spending time in public and around groups of people., Credit: Chris Haxel / American Homefront
Congress has mandated a pilot program that will pay to train service dogs and place them in veterans' homes.

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


  • Added: Nov 02, 2021
  • Length: 03:19
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Real estate agent Leslie Alford said the housing market near Ft. Riley, Kansas has been "crazy" this year,” with “a whole lot less houses for sale, a whole lot more competition for them, and higher prices.”, Credit: Courtesy Leslie Alford
Troops and veterans sometimes are hurt by misconceptions about VA mortgages, or they encounter sellers who don't want their home to go through a VA...

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


  • Added: Oct 19, 2021
  • Length: 03:34
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Specialist Shoshana Johnson, veteran of the U.S. Army, Credit: Insignia Films
Shoshana Johnson was the first Black female prisoner of war in American history. The trauma of that experience has stayed with her for years.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KPBS, KGOU, RadioStPete Florida, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 12
Caption: Army veteran Nick Irving., Credit: Ben Bloodwell
Nick Irving earned a reputation as one of the deadliest Army Rangers in history. But civilian life was far less straightforward.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KGOU, North Country Public Radio, KPBS, KBBI Alaska and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 10
Caption: Private First Class Clifton Hicks, veteran of the U.S. Army., Credit: Amanda Lalezarian
After joining the Army in response to the 9/11 attacks, Clifton Hicks found the reality of war was nothing like the movies he’d grown up watching.

Bought by KPBS, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, RadioStPete Florida, KBBI Alaska, KUT and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: 1st Lieutenant Edie Meeks, veteran of the U.S. Army., Credit: Insignia Films
Serving as a nurse in Vietnam, Edie Meeks struggled to balance compassionate care for her patients with the anger she felt about the war.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KGOU, RadioStPete Florida, KBBI Alaska, KUT and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 8
Caption: Frank DeVita, veteran of the U.S. Coast Guard, holds a picture of himself in uniform when he served in World War II., Credit: Amanda Lalezarian
70 years after he worked a landing craft off the coast of France on D-Day, the memories of World War II still haunt Frank DeVita.

Bought by KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, KGOU, RadioStPete Florida, KBBI Alaska, KCNP and more


  • Added: Oct 17, 2021
  • Length: 04:00
  • Purchases: 8