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, Southern California Public Radio-KPCC, Texas Public Radio, KPBS-San Diego, WUSF-Tampa, and North Country Public Radio.



Caption: Army veteran Jesus Medina says exercising with his punching bag helps him release energy. Medina says he's still dealing with grief from his time in the military., Credit: Emily Elena Dugdale / American Homefront
The University of California, Irvine study found that combat exposure is almost as likely to cause grief as it is to lead to PTSD.

Bought by KPBS and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Dec 03, 2019
  • Length: 03:50
  • Purchases: 2
Caption: Andrew Garcia, 22, plays 'Call of Duty: Modern Warfare' at the Localhost Denver Arena during an October Army recruiting event., Credit: Taylor Allen / Colorado Public Radio
The Army has embraced esports as a recruiting tool to reach young adults, who are drawn to the fast-paced action of military-themed games.

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

  • Added: Nov 25, 2019
  • Length: 03:25
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Spc. Afeez Amusan of the Texas Army National Guard, right, inspects a tractor-trailer alongside a U.S. Customs and Border Protection agent at the U.S.-Mexico border in Pharr, Tex., Credit:  Jon Soucy / National Guard Bureau
National Guardsmen who respond to domestic missions - such as providing disaster assistance or working along the southern U.S. border - may not qua...

Bought by Colorado Public Radio, KPCC, WUSF, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WOUB and more

  • Added: Nov 18, 2019
  • Length: 03:27
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Runners participate in an Oct. 17 domestic violence awareness event at Ft. Hood, Tex., Credit:  Kelvin Ringold / U.S. Army
The Defense Department Inspector General found that the military handles domestic violence on base inconsistently, leading to fewer prosecutions an...

Bought by KPBS, WUSF, WRST-FM Oshkosh, Colorado Public Radio, and WOUB

  • Added: Nov 11, 2019
  • Length: 03:54
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Service members attend a briefing on STIs at McConnell Air Force Base, Kansas., Credit:  Alexi Myrick / U.S. Air Force
Military health officials say troops are engaging in more high-risk sexual behavior, and part of the reason might be the popularity of smartphone d...

Bought by WAMC, KPBS, Texas Public Radio, Colorado Public Radio, and WOUB

  • Added: Nov 04, 2019
  • Length: 03:57
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: The military abandoned the Naval Air Facility Adak in 1997, and many of its buildings remain standing in disrepair. Some residents of the remote Alaska town hope a revived military interest in the Arctic will bring the military back., Credit:  Zachariah Hughes / Alaska Public Media
The Pentagon is preparing for potential missions in newly navigable Arctic seas, raising hopes the military will reinhabit a long-abandoned Navy ba...

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

  • Added: Oct 28, 2019
  • Length: 03:58
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The first phase of the Los Angeles columbarium expansion has capacity for more than 10,000 veterans and their spouses., Credit: Libby Denkmann/American Homefront
For the first time in decades, veterans and local military families have access to a final resting place alongside fellow servicemembers in the cit...

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, WAMC, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WUSF and more

  • Added: Oct 22, 2019
  • Length: 03:43
  • Purchases: 7
Caption: The Chapel at the United States Air Force Academy is closed for at least four years for extensive repairs., Credit: Dan Boyce / American Homefront
The famous structure and popular tourist site will undergo a renovation project that's expected to last almost four years.

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, WUSF, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and Texas Public Radio

  • Added: Oct 10, 2019
  • Length: 03:52
  • Purchases: 5
Caption: Soldiers at Fort Benning, Ga. use immersion troughs filled with ice and water to cool off during training in this 2018 photo., Credit:  Patrick A. Albright / U.S. Army
The Pentagon says reported cases of heat exhaustion jumped nearly 50 percent between 2014 and 2018.

Bought by WUSF, KPBS, Colorado Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, WOUB and more

  • Added: Oct 07, 2019
  • Length: 03:56
  • Purchases: 6
Caption: Shawn Campbell helps Justin Herris get back on the boat after a dive at the Circle of Heroes military memorial off the coast of Clearwater, Fla., Credit: Stephanie Colombini/American Homefront
A growing number of programs try to treat PTSD by getting veterans into nature, even deep under the sea. But there's little scientific evidence tha...

Bought by KPBS, WOUB, Texas Public Radio, WRST-FM Oshkosh, and Colorado Public Radio

  • Added: Sep 26, 2019
  • Length: 03:41
  • Purchases: 5