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: Marine judge advocate Emma Shinn (left) takes her oath of office from Maj. Rebecca Harvey in 2019.
The UCLA study shows broad support among servicemembers for transgender people in the military. But the military still bans transgender people from...

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  • Added: May 11, 2020
  • Length: 03:44
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Caption: Members of the support group Merging Vets and Players (MVP) hold an online meeting. The group says 35 percent of its members have lost jobs because of the pandemic., Credit: Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront
While support groups continue to meet with members by phone or teleconference, many are overwhelmed by veterans seeking help.

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  • Added: May 05, 2020
  • Length: 02:57
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Caption: Sailors have their temperatures taken as they prepare to board the USS Theodore Roosevelt May 1, 2020 after an off-ship quarantine in Guam., Credit: Nathan Carpenter / U.S. Navy
Military recruiting and training has slowed down because of the pandemic. So the Navy is trying other ways to maintain the size of the force.

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  • Added: May 01, 2020
  • Length: 03:35
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Caption: Yoga instructor Forest Spall with the Tampa-area nonprofit group Veterans Alternative hosts a virtual meditation session on the video chat service Zoom.
Disruptions to everyday life caused by the coronavirus pandemic are putting a strain on veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Some are seek...

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  • Added: Apr 28, 2020
  • Length: 03:36
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Caption: Marine Corps veteran Travis Holt has been doing his schoolwork in a makeshift office in his spare bedroom. His internet connection at home isn't great, which can make online assignments more difficult., Credit: Courtesy Travis Hold
The transition from classroom to virtual learning amid the COVID-19 pandemic has been challenging for many student veterans, and the worries won't ...

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

  • Added: Apr 23, 2020
  • Length: 03:38
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Caption: Sailor John Arkulary from Marshfield, Wis. salutes the flag aboard the hospital ship USNS Mercy in Los Angeles April 13., Credit: Luke Cunningham / U.S. Navy
The Navy hospital ship Mercy is in Los Angeles to relieve the burden on the area's medical facilities. But it’s dealing with a growing number of co...

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  • Added: Apr 14, 2020
  • Length: 03:00
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Caption: Laura White of San Diego's Support The Enlisted Project helps distribute supplies to military families who are suffering financial hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic., Credit: Nick McVicker / KPBS
Deployments, job losses, and the Pentagon's "stop movement" order are among the factors contributing to financial stress for troops and their famil...

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  • Added: Apr 09, 2020
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Caption: New Air Force recruits in basic training practice social distancing in their dormitory at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas., Credit: Sarayuth Pinthong / U.S. Air Force
The coronavirus pandemic has brought big changes to one of the defining aspects of military life -- boot camp. But some people question if the cha...

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  • Added: Apr 02, 2020
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Caption: VA staff and volunteers screen patients, employees, and visitors at the entrance to the Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital in San Antonio., Credit: Carson Frame / American Homefront
Department of Veterans Affairs medical facilities are now screening patients, employees, and visitors for coronavirus. But some are questioning the...

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  • Added: Mar 22, 2020
  • Length: 03:42
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Caption: Faculty at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill undergo training March 13 to teach their classes online. The university is one of many that have discontinued in-person classes., Credit: Jon Gardiner / UNC-Chapel Hill
The VA informed student veterans they may become ineligible for GI Bill education and housing funds if their college transitions from in-person to ...

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  • Added: Mar 19, 2020
  • Length: 03:21
  • Purchases: 6