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: 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: 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
Caption: President Biden signs a Jan. 25 order repealing the military transgender ban, as Vice President Harris, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Mark Milley (left), and Defense Secretary Llyod Austin watch., Credit: Adam Schultz / White House photo
Though President Biden signed an executive order allowing transgender people to serve in the military, would-be recruits are waiting for the Pentag...

Bought by North Country Public Radio, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, Texas Public Radio, and KPCC

  • Added: Feb 08, 2021
  • Length: 03:40
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Kristen Christy poses with her husband Don in a 2005 photo. Don, an Air Force lieutenant colonel, died by suicide in 2008., Credit: Kristen Christy
New federal laws seek to improve mental health care for veterans and their families. But advocates say it will take time for local communities to f...

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

  • Added: Jan 25, 2021
  • Length: 03:30
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Veteran Marc Session points to some of his Navy mementos on display in his Chula Vista, California home., Credit: Steve Walsh / American Homefront
A VA Inspector General's report has found that the agency improperly denied benefits to thousands of veterans who couldn't see a doctor.

Bought by Texas Public Radio, KMXT, and KPCC

  • Added: Jan 12, 2021
  • Length: 03:28
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Curley Bonds, the Chief Medical Officer for the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health, joins other state and county officials at a 2019 Suicide Prevention Month event., Credit: Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health
Some states and cities are trying to improve the quality of data on veteran suicide, which is often incomplete and years old.

Bought by Texas Public Radio, KPBS, and KMXT

  • Added: Dec 31, 2020
  • Length: 03:29
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: Manuel Bernal, president of East LA Community Corporation, stands in front of what remains of the Nuevo Amanecer complex, which had 30 units for homeless veterans., Credit: Robert Garrova / American Homefront
Some of Los Angeles County's 3900 homeless veterans had been lined up to move into the complex under construction. After the fire, many will remain...

Bought by KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, and WUSF

  • Added: Dec 14, 2020
  • Length: 03:20
  • Purchases: 3