Sarah Harris

Based in upstate New York, Sarah Harris reports on military and veterans issues in the area around Fort Drum. She's worked in a variety of roles at North Country Public Radio,  first covering the Champlain Valley in Vermont and New York, and now covering St. Lawrence County.

Sarah's work has aired nationally on Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Here & Now, and other programs. Her writing has been published in The American Prospect and Slate. She reported on cement production in Chanute, Kansas through the Middlebury Fellowship in Environmental Journalism and contributed to the award-winning NPR/Center for Public Integrity collaborative series "Poisoned Places." Sarah taught the first session of the Transom Story Workshop in fall 2011.

She lives with her partner Joe, a cat named Louie, and soon, two llamas.

Ways to Connect

Chef Ellen Adams (right), an Air Force veteran, helps fellow veteran Linda Costello coat apples in chocolate.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A cooking program in upstate New York helps veterans find camaraderie in the kitchen.

Veterans sign the movie poster for "Black Hawk Down: The Untold Story" at an October screening at Fort Drum.
Mike Strasser / U.S. Army

The 2001 Hollywood blockbuster movie "Black Hawk Down" portrayed the story of the Battle of Mogadishu. Now, a new documentary hopes to change the narrative.

Kristin Backlund, whose husband is an Air Force ROTC instructor, holds her Alaska absentee ballot. She says obtaining and completing it was a complicated process.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

A new study suggests military spouses vote much less than servicemembers, and they may not be getting the help they need to cast their votes.

Veteran John Sherer doesn't drive and relies in part on DAV transport to access medical care.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Approximately 5 million veterans live in rural America, and almost sixty percent of them rely on VA healthcare. But accessing that care can be a challenge.

The Department of Veterans Affairs National Call Center in Canandaigua, N.Y., pictured in this 2013 photo, is one of three operated by the VA.
Department of Veterans Affairs

The VA has opened more call centers and hired hundreds of additional responders after complaints that some callers experienced long hold times or were sent to voicemail.

Aleta Nims has lived in Potsdam, N.Y. for a year. She's still working to get re-licensed as a mental health counselor.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

When military families move, the careers of service members' spouses may grind to a halt because they lack a professional license in their new state.

During an Army training exercise, Capt. Fazari Mutalib demonstrates a laser system that tests aviators' abilities to avoid detection.
Michael Strassner / U.S. Army

Under the Trump administration, the military is shifting its strategy back towards more traditional warfare.

More than sixty percent of the students at Indian River Central School in Philadelphia, New York, are from military families.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Kids in military families average six to nine moves before they graduate high school. That means navigating new schools, finding new friends, and catching up in classes ... over and over again.

A charity called 'Homes for Our Troops' is building an accessible home for veteran Ryan Wilcox in upstate New York.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

When veterans with war injuries need accessible housing, they often have few options.

Homeless veterans and other homless people live in this encampment near the Saratoga Springs, New York train station.
Sarah Harris / American Homefront

Homelessness often looks different for veterans living in rural communities: Rather than living in the streets, they may be couch-surfacing, sleeping in their cars, or camping in the woods.

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