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Coming back to civilian life brings new challenges, new opportunities, and compelling stories of courage and accomplishment.

Public media tells those stories so community members can better understand the veteran experience. And, through Veterans Coming Home, public media supports and engages veterans as they transition to civilian life.

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Richard Casper CREATIVETS

Richard Casper wanted to do something to assist other veterans as they transitioned from service to civilian life, so he founded Creativets. With the help of professional singer/songwriters, Richard uses music and arts as a means of therapy for veterans. Creativets allows veterans to travel to Nashville, as an example, where they share their war time experience with talented musicians, who help them tell their story through song.

 

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RiverRunner

Veterans Coming Home: Team River Runner | WHRO

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14% of America's Veterans struggle with depression and the reasons for it are many. Some, like Nik Miller and Laurie Wood, battled with depression after debilitating injuries forced them to transition from the life they'd always known to a brand new way of doing things.  The two veterans teamed up with Chuck Conley and Team River Runner where they learned the skills needed to become champion paddlers with a whole new outlook on life. For more information about the groups listed in this video: Team River Runner 123 Paddlehard Dr | Virginia Beach, VA 23455 Online   Production Credits: Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Lisa Godley, Brandon Nance Camera: Eric Simon, Chip Johnson Editor: Brandon Nance

LeCore

Veterans Coming Home: Valor Has No Gender | WHRO

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 "Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, including more than 150 women who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan - patriots whose sacrifices show that valor has no gender." President Barack Obama, Jan. 24, 2013. Nancy Lacore, USN Reservist and mother of six embarks on a 160 mile run, honoring the 160 US military women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.
For more information about the groups mentioned in this video: Wounded Wear 1220 Executive Blvd. | Chesapeake VA 23320 757-773-8079 | Email | Online Women in Military Service Dept. 560 | Washington, DC 20042-0560 703-533-1155 | Email | Online   Production Credits: Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Eric Simon Camera: Eric Simon, Brandon Nance, Neil Grochmal, Chip Johnson Editor: Eric Simon

Vethouse

Veterans Coming Home: Vetshouse | WHRO

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Dan Hallock's journey took this veteran from drug abuse and homelessness to complete restoration.  Dan attributes much of his turn around to his relationship with VetsHouse and Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Program, William "Smitty" Smith. For more information on Vets House P.O. Box 62963 | Virginia Beach, VA 23466 (757) 306-1000 | Email | Online   Production Credits: Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Lisa Godley, Robert Pitman Camera: Chip Johnson, Eric Simon Editor: Robert Pitman

Sharaya

Veterans Coming Home: Volunteer To Serve | WHRO

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Sharaya Martin is one of thousands of veterans who has successfully transitioned from serving her country to serving her community as a volunteer. For so many veterans, the mission to improve the lives of others continues each and everyday through volunteering. For more information on the Samaritan House and domestic violence Samaritan House 2620 Southern Blvd. | Virginia Beach, VA 23452 757-430-2120 | Email | Online Military Connection Center 1016 Student Success Center | Norfolk, VA 23529 757-683-7113 | Email | Online   Production Credits: Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Lisa Godley, Robert Pitman Camera: Neil Grochmal Editor: Robert Pitman

Coming Home Donna Engeman | KLRN

Army wife Donna Engeman shares the story of the day her life changed forever and how she found her voice.

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Vet Centers

Vet Centers offer counseling in a caring manner for Veterans and their families. Use this search to find a Vet Center near you.

Make the Connection-Family & Relationships

See veterans and their families sharing stories about how they helped and supported each other and find resources related to symptoms and conditions veterans may be experiencing.

Veterans Crisis Line

Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

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Invisible War

The Invisible War

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The Invisible War exposes one of the United States's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.      

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Vet to Vet: Jenn | Wisconsin Public Television

Vet to Vet: Jenn | Wisconsin Public Television

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"I think part of the reason why I wanted to be a therapist was because I wanted answers. I wanted to fix myself and I wanted to fix everybody else but I needed the answers. And I wanted the quick-fix way of how to do it and I just thought maybe if I read enough books I could find the answers. And that’s not true at all."

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NPR America's Women Warriors

NPR Series – America’s Women Warriors

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A six-part NPR series on women in the military; from MST to combat to transitioning home. This series specifically focuses on the unique challenges women face in the military.

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Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) and her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L)

StoryCorps – Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar

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Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) was deployed twice to Iraq in 2007-2008. At StoryCorps, MaCherie told her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while overseas. MaCherie is an Air Force reservist and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is hoping to retire from the Air Force this year because of PTSD.

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Sharaya Martin - Volunteer To Serve | WHRO

Sharaya Martin is one of thousands of veterans who has successfully transitioned from serving her country to serving her community as a volunteer. For so many veterans, the mission to improve the lives of others continues each and everyday through volunteering.

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Center for Women Veterans

A new site that provides outreach to female service members and female veterans who have questions about health care, benefits information, and more.

National Resource Directory

The NRD has information about thousands of services and organizations that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration.

The Mission Continues

The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions in their communities.

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