One percent of America’s population bears a large burden: military service. Who is in the military? How do their families cope and connect? In the stronghold of the 10th Mountain Division, we are developing a model to get inside groups that live and work within a closed loop.
Homefront: Fort Drum explores how people build their lives in a place that many will never visit. Thousands of people who have served in our country’s wars live here with their families.
Discover how that singular fact shapes a community. Homefront: Fort Drum will seek to capture their triumphs, love stories, and struggles.
Independent producer Meredith Turk will spend the next nine months living in Watertown, NY, and reporting the stories of military service members and their families at Fort Drum in collaboration with NCPR.
This is part of a national project from the Association of Independents in Radio and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting called Localore: Finding America.
“What does “finding America” mean? It assumes that something is lost or hidden. When it comes to life in a military community, there is a growing gap between the families of those who serve and those who do not. It’s not that we don’t know they are there, but we don’t have the opportunity to sit with the people who live that life every day. That’s my job.”