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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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Puller

Veterans Coming Home: Puller Clinic – Assisting Veterans With Their Disability Claims | WHRO

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For the past six years, the Puller Clinic at the College of William and Mary Law School has assisted hundreds of veterans with their disability claims.   The story you’re about to see features the Clinic and the tireless efforts of the students and staff who work diligently  to make life better for the regions veterans.  As part of WHRO’s Veteran’s Initiative, WHRO is engaging the community to help support veterans as they transition to civilian life in Hampton Roads.   This story follows two Peninsula men who have utilized the clinic’s services since it opened in 2008.   Under the supervision of attorney’s,  law students the men have successfully filed and received the benefits that they so rightfully deserve. For more information about the groups listed in this video: Lewis B. Puller Veterans Benefits Clinic William & Mary law School | PO Box 8795 | Williamsburg, VA 23187 757-221-7443 |Online | Email   Production Credits Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Lisa Godley Camera: Eric Simon, Chip Johnson Editor: Brandon Nance, Robert Pitman

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

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

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

2015 National Memorial Day Concert

Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique program honoring the valor and patriotism of Americans who have served our country. The show pays tribute to their sacrifices, as well as those of their families and loved ones. This year's concert will be co-hosted by Tony Award winner Joe Mantegna and Emmy Award winner Gary Sinise.

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National Resource Directory

The NRD has information about thousands of services and organizations that support recovery, rehabilitation and community reintegration. The NRD is a partnership among the Departments of Defense, Labor and Veterans Affairs.

Find Your County Veterans Service Officer

Start by connecting with your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).

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.

Volunteer Locally to Help Veterans

There are many different ways you can help a disabled veteran. Volunteering is one of them.

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Ramiro Gonzales and Son - THE HOMEFRONT

The Homefront

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View intimate portraits of America's military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

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The THIS OLD HOUSE crew with the DeWitt family.

This Old House Veteran’s Special House Project

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THIS OLD HOUSE partners with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house for an Army veteran and his family. A specially adapted home for SSG Matt DeWitt, whose injuries in Iraq resulted in the amputation of both arms, will be life-changing. Pictured: The THIS OLD HOUSE crew with the DeWitt family.

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StoryCorps -1st Squad 3rd Platoon

StoryCorps Shorts: 1st Squad, 3rd Platoon

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In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis' entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

‘Military Children': Coping With The Loss Of A Parent

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

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StoryCorps Shorts: The Last Viewing

Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son, Army 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, who died in Iraq.

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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.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Resources for Veterans, family and the general public to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

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.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

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