We're reporting on the lives of American military personnel and veterans

The face of the American military is changing. Far fewer people serve in uniform today compared with a generation ago, and the percentage of Americans with military experience has fallen by more than half since 1980.

Meanwhile, the profile of those who serve is vastly different than it once was. Today's armed forces are more diverse and include more women, and the troops are older and better educated. They also face new challenges, both while they're in uniform and after they leave the service.  

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 their successes and their challenges. 

We cover major policy issues at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs, and we report on the family issues that service members and veterans experience in their daily lives. From the youngest military recruits to the veterans of World War II, we're reporting in-depth stories about Americans who serve.

Where to hear us

You can hear our reports on public radio. Our stories are broadcast on our partner stations -- North Carolina Public Radio (WUNC), Southern California Public Radio (KPCC), WUSF - Tampa, KPBS - San Diego, Texas Public Radio, and Colorado Public Radio.

Many of our stories also are heard nationally on NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered, or on other public radio programs, such as Here and Now and The Takeaway.

All of our work also is posted and archived on this website.

Our funders

Major 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.

Get in touch

Our reporters are based in Los Angeles; San Diego; Tampa; San Antonio; Durham, N.C., and Colorado Springs. You can reach us at americanhomefront@wunc.org.