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, Puget Sound Public Radio-KUOW, and Southern California Public Radio-KPCC.



Caption: Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (left) and Manuel Padilla, chief of the Rio Grande Valley Border Patrol Sector, meet National Guard troops in Weslaco, Tex. , Credit: Carson Frame/American Homefront
Hundreds of troops have arrived to assist border patrol agents. But National Guard operations are not yet fully underway.

Bought by WUSF

  • Added: Apr 18, 2018
  • Length: 03:36
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sage Decker, an Army veteran with 16 years of experience fighting wildfires, leads a training session put on by Team Rubicon and the Bureau of Land Management., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
The Bureau of Land Management has partnered with Team Rubicon - a veterans group - to train former service members to fight wildfires.

Bought by KMUD

  • Added: Apr 12, 2018
  • Length: 03:31
  • Purchases: 1
Caption: Sailors at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Fla. raise a flag to recognize the station's success at retaining personnel. The Navy recognizes units that do a good job keeping sailors in the service., Credit: Greg Mitchell / U.S. Navy
As the Navy plans to increase the number of ships, it's looking for new ways to keep sailors in the service, even allowing them to leave for a year...

  • Added: Apr 06, 2018
  • Length: 03:39
Caption: Army veteran Rosemary Salak performs exercises with physical therapist Barbara Springer as part of her participation in a study of the ReLoad app., Credit: Paige Pfleger/American Homefront
The app uses music and audio to help amputees lessen the pain and discomfort of walking with a prosthetic leg.

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

  • Added: Apr 03, 2018
  • Length: 03:32
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Dr. Ronny Jackson, seen here at a January 2018 White House press conference, is President Trump's nominee to head the Department of Veterans Affairs.
Some veterans groups say they’re uncertain about the future of care at the Department of Veterans Affairs, after President Trump ousted Secretary D...

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, WOUB, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 29, 2018
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 4
Caption: Cadets at St. Mary's University Army ROTC participate in a morning workout., Credit:  Carson Frame / American Homefront
Since last year, the Army has required a fitness test before recruits start basic training.

Bought by WUSF, KPCC, KPBS, KRZA, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 26, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: With a camera attached to his helmet, Navy Specialist 1st Class Benjamin Lewis participates in a training exercise. Combat Camera photographers are trained to shoot both cameras and weapons to photograph military operations., Credit:  Tyler S. Dietrich / U.S. Marine Corps
The Navy blames cost-cutting for the elimination of its two Combat Camera units, which take photos and videos of naval operations.

Bought by KRZA and KMUD

  • Added: Mar 20, 2018
  • Length: 03:37
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Rhode Island resident Tom Peters regularly vacations at the MacDill Air Force Base RV park., Credit: Bobbie O'Brien/American Homefront
Military retirees can camp, golf, and fish at hundreds of military bases. It costs less than civilian resorts, making the bases popular vacation s...

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

  • Added: Mar 15, 2018
  • Length: 03:47
  • Purchases: 3
Caption: In this 1971 Army photo, a service member is vaccinated with a jet injection gun. The Army at the time called the gun "a fast, safe method for giving mass inoculations to troops.", Credit: U.S. Army Medical Department
Some veterans say they contracted hepatitis from the "jet gun" that was used to immunize them in the Vietnam era, but researchers haven't proved th...

Bought by WUSF, Texas Public Radio, KPBS, KRZA, KMUD and more

  • Added: Mar 13, 2018
  • Length: 03:51
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Marine Corps Master Sgt. David Lopez is a car enthusiast with 23 years in the military. He's learning to work on BMW engines as part of the inaugural class of the Military Service Technician Education Program at Camp Pendleton., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
BMW, Microsoft, and CVS are among the companies that conduct on-base job training for service members who will soon leave the military.

Bought by KPBS, Texas Public Radio, Bandon Community Radio, and North Country Public Radio

  • Added: Mar 09, 2018
  • Length: 03:49
  • Purchases: 4