“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.