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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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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

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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

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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

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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 Brian Posten | KLRN

Brian and Kim Posten have been through a lot. For Brian, an accident in Iraq left him with a traumatic brain injury. For his wife Kim, the accident left her with a husband who needed help finding a new purpose and direction in his post-military life.

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Make the Connection-Jobs & Employment

Veterans share stories about what they encountered searching for jobs, interviewing and on the job. A great resource to help affirm the veteran employment experience.

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.

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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Richard Bennett

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Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.

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Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bikes | WUSF

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Bringing together veterans’ service organizations to share ideas and create networks was one of the goals of The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit that concluded last weekend in Sarasota. It brought one veteran to Florida to share how he’s using his mechanical background to inspire kids on Chicago’s Southside. http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wusf/audio/2014/11/11-21_ONAIR_OTB-VCH_NoVetLeftBehind.mp3 Rob Walker was a mechanic on a nuclear submarine before he left the Navy and became a lawyer. He’d just finished a big case and was on hiatus when he heard an NPR story by David Schaper in March 2011. It detailed how the non-profit group, Leave No Veteran Behind, was providing safe passage to high school students on some of Chicago's more menacing streets. "I thought, you know what, I'm a Southside vet. I want to make my neighborhood better. I want to be part of the solution," Walker said. “So, I reached out to them (No Veteran Left Behind) and I started out on a 'Safe Passage' route just like everybody else." Education is part of the Leave No Veteran Behind initiative as is using each veteran’s assets and training to benefit the community. So eventually, Walker developed a new program. “Now, we’re doing a program where we’re teaching STEM or we like to call it STEAM where it’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics,” Walker said. “We’re taking these kids and we’re giving them skills they’re not getting from their typical education.” And Walker’s teaching tool is not typical, but it is plentiful supply. “We’re showing them how to take these abandoned, rusty bikes that are still all over our city and turn them back into state of the art machines with brand new componentry(sic),” Walker said. The Smart Bike design has several high-tech features. One, the NuVinci N360, makes shifting gears as easy as “turning the dial on your stereo.” It’s also tricked-out with a generator hub that powers an LED headlight and taillight as well as a USB port on the handlebars. So, once the bike is up to speed, you can charge your cell phone. “While teaching these kids, we often heard they don’t have a place to plug in their cell phones,” Walker said. “So, the kids wanted a place to charge their phones.” The promotional YouTube video, produced by Walker, touts that they teach more than science. They teach recycling “Southside style” and find potential anywhere. Walker came to the Veterans Legacy Summit in Florida to network with other veterans' organizations. He said the Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bike program could be expanded beyond Chicago. The only drawback is money. He said it can be expensive. The first Smart Bike cost $4000 to develop. But now that they have the prototype, Walker said the cost should drop by half. He has started a crowd-source campaign and produced the 2-minute YouTube video to promote the program.          

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StoryCorps – Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski

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Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.

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Nathan talks with Afghani man

Hell and Back Again

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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew? U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina and his devoted wife to fight pain, addiction, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home.

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Local, USA: Bringing the War Home

An examination of what has become all too common among U.S. veterans returning home from combat zones.

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Airborne Hazards and Local Burn Pit Registry

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