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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Caption: Lara Garey comforts her husband Tom in 2019. Tom served in the Air Force from 1989-1996 and was diagnosed with service related ALS in 2016.
Burnout is a common problem for family members who care for disabled veterans. And for many of them, the pandemic has made things even harder.

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


  • Added: Dec 02, 2020
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Demonstrators gather in San Antonio in July, shortly after Vanessa Guillen's body was found near Fort Hood., Credit: Jolene Almendarez / American Homefront
Advocates say the Army is too quick to write off soldiers as deserters when they don't show up for duty. That can delay searches when a service mem...

Bought by WAMC Northeast Public Radio, KPCC, Colorado Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, and WUSF


  • Added: Nov 19, 2020
  • Length: 03:45
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: 95-year-old World War II veteran Luther Hendricks poses with some of his military honors. He was a member of the Montford Point Marines, a group of African-American troops who trained at a segregated camp in North Carolina., Credit: Hendricks family
President Roosevelt opened all branches of the military to Black troops in 1941, but for African-American service members like Luther Hendricks, ra...

Bought by WUSF, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, KPBS, Texas Public Radio and more


  • Added: Nov 09, 2020
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Medical personnel care for a patient in the parking garage of the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital in Tampa. Much of the emergency department has been relocated outside., Credit:  Ed Drohan / James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital
Medical facilities run by the Department of Veterans Affairs are reopening at a slower pace than many civilian health systems. But the VA has recen...

Bought by Colorado Public Radio, KPBS, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 26, 2020
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Comedian Fernando Sanchez warms up attendees of American Legion Post 397's comedy night Oct. 10. The Monterey Park, Cal. post has turned to events like this to raise money during the pandemic., Credit: Robert Garrova / American Homefront
American Legion posts across the country serve as a community hub for veterans and their families. But the pandemic has put the future of many post...

Bought by KRZA, Texas Public Radio, WUSF, KPBS, and Colorado Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:08
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Josey Garcia, Pharaoh Clark, and Jourdyn Parks hold a banner as they march through San Antonio in July, shortly after Vanessa Guillen's body was found near Fort Hood., Credit: Jolene Almendarez / American Homefront
Following Guillen's killing, the Army launched an independent investigation into the climate of Fort Hood, but critics say the problems are systemic.

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


  • Added: Oct 20, 2020
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: A soldier in Logar Province, Afghanistan reads about the capture of Osama Bin Laden in a 2011 issue of the Stars and Stripes., Credit: Christopher Hall / Georgia National Guard
The 159-year-old military newspaper, which is published by the Department of Defense, has been targeted for elimination by some Pentagon leaders.

Bought by WUSF, KPCC, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: Oct 06, 2020
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: At General Clarence Tinker K-8 School on MacDill Air Force Base, Fla., about four in five students are attending classes in person., Credit: Danielle Quilla / U.S. Air Force
Most military children are used to moving and changing schools. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, it can be especially hard to make friends and fee...

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


  • Added: Sep 29, 2020
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: In a training exercise at Joint Base Cape Cod, Army ROTC cadets practice ambushing opposing forces., Credit:  Lindsay Grant / U.S. Army
Like many college classes, ROTC training is mostly online because of the pandemic. But some cadets have resumed limited in-person training.

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, Colorado Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, and KMXT


  • Added: Sep 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:22
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey (left) speaks with Ensign Dimitri Foster aboard the USS Lake Champlain in 2018. Holsey - one of the Navy's few Black admirals - heads the One Navy Task Force., Credit: Craig Z. Rodarte / U.S. Navy
A Navy Task Force is looking at why only a handful of African Americans reach top jobs. It's also examining discrimination in all aspects of Navy l...

Bought by WUSF, KPCC, Colorado Public Radio, and Texas Public Radio


  • Added: Sep 10, 2020
  • Length: 03:44
  • Purchases: 4