About this project

“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. ”

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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About Lee Ann Colacioppo

I am the Senior Editor/News at the Denver Post. I have been at The Post sincd 1999 in a variety of positions, including city editor and investigations editor. I previously worked at The Des Moines Register, Greenville, S.C., News and Kingsport, Tenn., Times-News. I'am a Denver native and graduate of Drake University in Des Moines. View all posts by Lee Ann Colacioppo →
  • Colorado Creswell

    I just returned from a Project Sanctuary Retreat in the mountains of Colorado.  The participants are all families affected by ‘coming home’. The retreat provides tools to help them and their families  -  http://projectsanctuary.us – A non-profit organization whose mission is to provide
    therapeutic, curative, supportive and recreational activities to
    veterans, active military personnel, their spouses and children in a
    leisure environment.

    • http://twitter.com/LAColacioppo Lee Ann Colacioppo

      Please send us a photo from the Project Sanctuary Reteat. We’d love to post it and something about your experience on our page devoted to “Share Your Story.”

  • Michigan Women’s Commission

    I hope that one of the eight veteran chosen is a woman. Let’s not forget that more than 11 percent of the forces deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan are female.  Many thanks to the the Oakland (Mich.) Press for participating in this important project.

  • Lee Ann Colacioppo

    We did not forget women. One of the stories up now features a female veteran along with her husband and we have another coming so definitely stay tuned

  • http://facesofwar.info/ Steve Conway

    I applaud your American Homecomings project. Several years ago I completed a project with Vietnam Veterans and put their stories on my web site
    http://facesofwar.info