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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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Civilian Jobs

Veterans Coming Home: CivilianJobs.com

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Hampton Roads has long had a commitment to making sure that our military and veterans have an opportunity to find jobs. Here, they really understand that veterans offer a unique source of trained and motivated workers, with proven ability to step into an organization and contribute immediately. In July, CivilianJobs is holding a military job fair to help with this transitioning. The event provides the military-experienced candidate effective ways for their experience and skills to be presented to potential employers.  

 CivilianJobs.com provides the following services:

  • Post your resume to present your background and skills to the top military-friendly employers
  • Apply for job opportunities directly online
  • Attend a job fair at one of our nationwide locations
  • Review articles and advice at our Career Information Center - you will find a link to an online version of our job seeker publication as well as other valuable resources including information related to careers, job searching, relocation, transition assistance and more
  • Gain potential referral opportunities to our affiliates - candidates indicating specific skills may benefit from a recruiting specialist handling your transition or career change
  • Benefit from our unequalled customer service for all candidates
  • Backed by more than 15 years of military-placement experience from parent company Bradley-Morris, Inc. (BMI), the largest military-focused placement firm in the U.S.
http://youtu.be/LOMa4Z8ifno?list=UUbTYB_l43OkvJ0-1QIsjQHA For more information about the groups listed in this video: CivilianJobs 866-801-4418 | Online   Production Credits Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Lisa Godley Camera: Eric Simon, Brandon Nance Editor: Brandon Nance

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

Discover How Art Eases the Transition Home for Veterans

For many civilians, the realities of war are just images on the local news from far-off lands in upheaval. In Telling: San Antonio, a dozen local vets from all walks of life presented their stories and shared their experiences.

Telling: San Antonio

KLRN's Telling: San Antonio

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Veterans Artist Program (VAP)

Veterans Artist Program (VAP) takes veteran artists and propels their works and careers into the mainstream creative arts community.

Combat Paper Project

Participants use the transformative process of papermaking to reclaim their uniforms as art and express their experiences with the military.

The Telling Project

The Telling Project is a performing arts non-profit that employs theater to deepen our understanding of the military and veterans’ experience.

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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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Connect with Healing Stories and Resources for Veterans and Their Families

Zachary Bell shares his experience separating from the military and adjusting to civilian life. He talks about what led him to work with other veterans facing similar challenges.

Zach Bell and Family

Zachary Bell and daughters

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Make the Connection-Family & Relationships

See veterans and their families sharing stories about how they helped each other and find resources for veterans.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Resources for Veterans and their families to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

Veterans Crisis Line

Connects Veterans in crisis, their families and friends with qualified, caring DVA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text.

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