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: In an August ceremony, Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signs a law that makes it easier for military spouses to get professional licenses. The bill signing ceremony took place at Naval Submarine Base New London in Connecticut., Credit: Office of Gov. Ned Lamont
Spouses who work in professions that require state licenses often hit roadblocks when they move to a new state. A few states are trying to streamli...

Bought by KUT and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 11, 2021
  • Length: 03:24
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: 17-year-old Matthew Oh, whose father is in Army intelligence, has moved eight times. He said his family's latest move to South Korea was "a very dark time.", Credit: Sarah Oh
The study of military dependents found more than 40 percent reported low mental well-being, often because of separations and a lack of connections ...

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

  • Added: Oct 07, 2021
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: At a Sept. 14 virtual town hall meeting, Fort Bragg Curator and Archeologist Linda Carnes-McNaughton, Retired Major General Rodney Anderson, and Fort Bragg Garrison Commander Scott Pence listen to comments from citizens about possible new names for the ba, Credit: City of Fayetteville, N.C. via Facebook Live
A federal commission is soliciting ideas to rename Fort Bragg, Fort Hood, Fort Rucker, Fort Lee, and several other military posts named for Confede...

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

  • Added: Oct 01, 2021
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Karockas Watkins of the Huntsville/Madison Chamber of Commerce talks with the local board and staff of BancorpSouth in Hunstville, Alabama in 2020. Watkins heads the chamber's task force on diversity, equity. and inclusion., Credit: Courtesy Karockas Watkins
A survey found widespread concern from Black, Latino, and Asian military families about inequality in cities where bases are located.

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

  • Added: Sep 27, 2021
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America erected this window display in New York City as part of a 2015 PTSD awareness campaign., Credit: IAVA
Fewer than 20 percent of veterans suffer from PTSD, but most Americans think the disorder is far more common.

Bought by KRPS, KLCC, KCUR, KPBS, WRFA-LP and more

  • Added: Sep 23, 2021
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: Alena Knauss stands in the laundry room of her North Carolina home, which she's been renovating and re-tiling. She placed the initials "R" and "A" in the tile for herself and her husband Ryan, who was killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan August 26. , Credit: Jay Price / American Homefront
More than 2,400 U.S. service members were killed in the Afghanistan war. The Pentagon said Army Staff Sgt. Ryan C. Knauss - who died from injuries ...

Bought by WRFA-LP, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, and KCUR

  • Added: Aug 31, 2021
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Kathi Dugan, 73, retired from the Navy after 30 years. Her parents are both buried at Arlington National Cemetery, but Dugan may not be able to join them if the Army proceeds with a plan to cut eligibility for in-ground burials., Credit: Desiree D'Iorio / American Homefront
Many former troops consider an Arlington burial their final veterans benefit. But space for in-ground burials is getting scarce, so some vets may b...

Bought by WRFA-LP, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, KBCS 91.3 FM Community Radio, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Aug 25, 2021
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: English Professor Hilary Lithgow leads a discussion among about a dozen veterans and active-duty troops at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill during the Warrior-Scholar Project's 2021 "Academic Boot Camp.", Credit: Ira Wilder / UNC-Chapel Hill
The Department of Veterans Affairs has partnered with the Warrior-Scholar Project, a non-profit group that runs the camps at major universities aro...

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

  • Added: Aug 16, 2021
  • Length: 03:53
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Employees at the VA Medical Center in Grand Island, Nebraska take part in a December 2020 employee vaccination event. The VA now is ordering more than 100,000 of its health care workers to get vaccines by mid-September or risk losing their jobs., Credit: A Nebraska-Western Iowa Health Care System
The Department of Veterans Affairs said its frontline health workers must get vaccinated by mid-September or they'll lose their jobs.

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

  • Added: Aug 05, 2021
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Former Marine Marcus Chischilly cares for his daughter at their San Diego home. Chischilly was a member of Darkhorse Battalion and lost his left leg in Afghanistan in 2010., Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
The Darkhorse Battalion, based at Camp Pendleton, is the Marine unit which suffered the highest percentage of casualties during the 20 year war.

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

  • Added: Aug 02, 2021
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 5