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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: Civilian Jobs | WHRO

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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 held a military job fair to help with this transitioning. The event provided the military-experienced candidate effective ways for their experience and skills to be presented to potential employers. 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

Blankets for the Homeless

Veterans Coming Home: Blankets For The Homeless | WHRO

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WHRO discusses the mission of Blankets for the Homeless, as they go out 4 nights a week delivering 50 blankets and more, to an ignored community. On any given night, the 501(c)(3) provides blankets, coats, hoodies, jeans, clothes, hats, gloves, shoes, back packs, tents, tarps, toiletries, etc., & lunches to the homeless. For more information about the groups listed in this video: Blankets for the Homeless 123 Paddlehard Dr | Virginia Beach, VA 23455 757-434543 | Online   Production Credits:

Executive Producer: Lisa Godley Producer: Brandon Nance Camera: Eric Simon, Brandon Nance Editor: Brandon Nance

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Sharaya Martin – Volunteer To Serve

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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  

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Michael Crockett – Involuntary Separation

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Michael Crockett is one of thousands of servicemen and women who've been asked to leave the military due to downsizing and sequestration.  Michael had hoped to dedicate 20 to 30 years of his life to serving his country, but like so many, his dream of retiring from military service will go unfulfilled. For more information about the groups listed in this video: Founding Law Partner 123 Paddlehard Dr | Virginia Beach, VA 23455 888-488-9316 | Online

Women Serving in War | TPT Co-Productions

From the war zone to life back home: Three generations of Minnesota's military women share their stories of service from World War II to Vietnam to Afghanistan.

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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.

Find Your County Veterans Service Officer

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

VA eBenefits

eBenefits is a central location for Veterans and their families to access and manage benefits and get service connected.

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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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Women Come Marching Home

Service: When Women Come Marching Home

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Service: When Women Come Marching Home portrays the courage of women in service and when they have left the military; the horrific traumas they faced, the inadequate care they often receive on return, and the accomplishments the women work mightily to achieve. Through compelling portraits, watch these women wrestle with prosthetics, homelessness, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and Military Sexual Trauma. The documentary takes the audience on a journey from Afghanistan and Iraq to Tennessee and New York City, from coping with the loss of two legs, to flashbacks, triggers and depression to ways to support other vets. The journey ends in Washington D.C. where vets meet with Congressional leaders to voice their concerns. Service honors the resilience of an amazing group of women who have overcome physical and emotional traumas with an unbroken spirit.

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Elizabeth Olson

StoryCorps – Veterans Crisis Line

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Elizabeth Olson and her colleagues at the Veterans Crisis Line talk about helping callers through their darkest hours.

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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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Makers: Women in War

Track American women's increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.

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Team Red, White, and Blue

Enriching the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

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.

My Next Move For Veterans

An interactive tool to help you learn about your career options. Search careers, industries, or translate your military job to civilian careers.


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