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: The Department of Veterans Affairs in St. Louis is one of seeveral VA locations that have held small group sessions to help veterans deal with race and mental health., Credit: Department of Veterans Affairs
A group of VA psychologists across the country have formed race-based stress and trauma support groups for veterans of color.

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  • Added: Sep 03, 2020
  • Length: 03:47
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Caption:  Former Navy fighter pilot John Semcken was a technical advisor on the set of the first 'Top Gun' movie in 1986., Credit: Libby Denkmann / American Homefront
"Top Gun: Maverick" is scheduled for release next year. But perceptions of the military and warfare have changed since the original iconic movie pr...

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

  • Added: Aug 17, 2020
  • Length: 03:59
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Caption: Navy spouse Kellie Kopec lived in an RV with her husband and seven month old daughter as they waited for a waiver that would allow them to complete their move from California to Virginia., Credit: Andrea Dukleth / KPBS
The military issued a "stop movement" order in March in response to the pandemic. While the ban has been loosened, some service members and their f...

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

  • Added: Aug 13, 2020
  • Length: 03:53
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Caption: Hillsborough, Fla. County Circuit Judge Michael Scionti presides over a virtual Veterans Treatment Court session on Zoom., Credit: Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida
The pandemic is posing challenges for the more than 460 veterans treatment courts across the country. The courts seek to rehabilitate veterans char...

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  • Added: Aug 11, 2020
  • Length: 03:39
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Caption: Makayla Montz and Marc Jules Ocampo of the California National Guard medical support team prepare to work at a skilled nursing facility in Los Angeles County, Cal., Credit:  Jason Sanchez / California National Guard
As overwhelmed health departments call for help, National Guard members have been deployed to help run COVID19 testing sites and assist nursing homes.

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  • Added: Jul 31, 2020
  • Length: 03:07
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Caption: Risha Grant, an inclusion and bias expert, holds a closed-door discussion with leaders at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, N.J. June 30. Throughout the summer, the Air Force has been holding town halls and trainings about racial injustice., Credit: Sarah Brice / U.S. Air Force
Advocates are calling attention to statistics that show Black airmen are brought up for punishment more often than their white counterparts. The Ai...

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  • Added: Jul 28, 2020
  • Length: 03:49
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Caption: Army National Guard Sgt. Nick Harrison is one of several service members challenging the military policy that prevents HIV positive troops from deploying or becoming officers., Credit: Lambda Legal
Service members with HIV are suing the military over a longstanding policy that prohibits them from deploying or commissioning as officers.

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  • Added: Jul 24, 2020
  • Length: 03:40
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Caption: Members of the Colorado National Guard help monitor network traffic and advise the Secretary of State’s office during the Nov. 2018 election. The Guard is once again helping protect elections against cyberattack in 2020., Credit:  Darin Overstreet / Colorado National Guard
More than 30 states have asked the National Guard to help safeguard the 2020 election from cyber threats.

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  • Added: Jul 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:27
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Caption: Former Air Force medic Lisa Thompkins is among the veterans living at the West L.A. VA's tent encampment., Credit: Matt Tinoco / KPCC
The VA sanctioned encampment provides basic services to homeless veterans amid the COVID-19 pandemic. It's drawn mixed reactions from homeless advo...

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  • Added: Jul 13, 2020
  • Length: 03:32
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Caption: Female service members and veterans attend a Veterans Affairs Women's Health Transition Training event at Fort Carson, Col. in February. The training program now has moved online because of the COVID-19 pandemic., Credit: Neysa Canfield / U.S. Army
Women are the fastest growing subgroup among veterans. But many view the VA Health System as a place only for men.

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  • Added: Jul 06, 2020
  • Length: 03:46
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