About

“American Homecomings, ” is a project from Digital First Media that will chronicle the lives of returning veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, and offer vets news, information about support services and a place to share their photos and memories.

Eight soldiers from around the country have agreed to let reporters and photographers follow them for a year, shedding light on the challenges they face  upon returning from the battlefield. Some have incurred brutal injuries or psychological scars, some
have broken marriages, some have no jobs and some very intact lives. A new chapter in a veteran’s life will be posted here every Monday.

This site also features a searchable database for national veteran services such as
counseling and job placement. The database was built by Warrior Gateway, which is partnering with Digital First Media on this project.

“This is a very important story to tell, one we thought was the perfect subject for our first company-wide journalism project,” said Jim Brady, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media.
“Individually, our newspapers and web sites have very strong voices in their
communities, but we felt that we could even more powerfully tell this story by
combining efforts across the country. ”

Content for American Homecomings is produced by Digital First newspapers in partnership with Warrior Gateway’s GI Network and the University of Colorado’s Digital News Test Kitchen.

Seven Digital First properties were involved in finding soldiers willing to have their stories told: the Denver Post; the Oakland (Mich.) Press; the Salt Lake Tribune; the New Haven Register; the Chico (Calif.) Enterprise Record; the Contra Costa Times; and the York (Pa.)  Daily Record.

About Digital First Media

 Digital First Media  is headquartered in New York City and jointly manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company. Digital First Media reaches 57 million Americans each month through more than 800 multi-–platform products across 18 states.

For Information about sponsorship of American Homecomings contact Kirk MacDonald, Executive Vice President of Advertising, Marketing and Digital Sales at 303-954-2355.

 

 

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  • Robert

    I am not trying to say that our soilders did not lay down their lives in combat. I guess what I am trying to say is what about us, who gave away our lives in Vietnam and other police conflicts. I mean what are we just chopped liver. Forevery one of us that comes home from either Iraq or Afghanistan there are still hundreds of us that people have turn their eyes to.  We were soilders too.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1660898045 Michele Rooney

      Robert, Thank you sir for your Service and Sacrifice to our Nation. May Our Vietnam Veterans forgive us for how the people of this Nation treated them, they have HONORABLY SERVED Our Nation. We are Land of the FREE Because of the BRAVE! THANK YOU and Welcome Home. Please see the Home Story “A Hero’s Welcome” You are NOT chopped Liver. Again thank you, Sharon Hyland’s and Wayne Lutz’s vision to ensure this NEVER happens again.

      • disgusted

        how about the vietnemese people try to forgive the murderers of america? you cant try to force on to people your beliefs, so tell me what the fuck was america doing in vietnam?

    • disqus_cxl3q5yHIX

      and how about the NSO’s ?
      seems like nothing made it to the 201 since it ” never happened “

  • George

    Robert, I believe  this project is to document the lives of veterans as they come home and make the transition back to civilian lives. It doesn’t seem to me as it take away from Vietnam veterans or the veterans of any other conflict. If this project is successful it will be something that future generations can look back to. It is a unique opportunity to follow these veterans and tell their story, if it was done at a later time a lot of the story would be gone forever.

  • Randy Wilson

    I want to tell veterans  that there is a free education program called Veterans Upward Bound that helps veterans prepare, academically, to enter college.  We help with academics, admissions applications, financial aid applications, career decision making and more.   As I said, we are free, sponsored through the U. S. Department of Education and housed at Weber State University.  http://www.weber.edu/vetsupwardbound/ 

  • Randy Wilson

    I want to tell veterans  that there is a free education program called Veterans Upward Bound that helps veterans prepare, academically, to enter college.  We help with academics, admissions applications, financial aid applications, career decision making and more.   As I said, we are free, sponsored through the U. S. Department of Education and housed at Weber State University.  http://www.weber.edu/vetsupwardbound/ 

  • Steve

    I’m a veteran of Afghanistan and currently on active duty. I think it would be good to represent a story of a soldier who returned without conflict or problems. As a combat arms vet, I think the public should learn that not all veterans are “damaged goods.” PTSD and physical and emotional issues are real problems many veterans have to deal with. With that said, there are just as many veterans who aren’t struggling with the terms of their service. The public needs to learn of these stories too.

  • not needed

    jesus fucking christ what about the hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians dead, mamed and dying that american forces have caused? there no heroes of vietnam, only brutal disgusting war crimes caused by so called heroes from the land of freedom, look at iraq, now they protest in the masses to get america the fuck out of there, before it ravages the nations natural recsourses and sells the country back to itself people for a healthy fucking profit, i accept veterans get a tough fucking time but this is an illegal war that should have never happened. are there no americans left that aren’t brainwashed by a false justification and glorification of justice?

    • disqus_cxl3q5yHIX

      boils down to do you pay taxes that support what the gov does ?