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.
Learn more about the kinds of support and resources available.
See how public media stations across the nation are honoring veterans.
By Lisa Godley 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.
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
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BcAJEtd2Ltc&feature=youtu.be Chuck Rotenberry's scars are invisible to the average person, but they are very real to Chuck and his family. Like millions of veterans, Chuck suffers with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Chuck was serving in Afghanistan as a military working dog handler in 2011. During a clearance operation his fellow Marine misstepped, causing a hidden IED to explode. The Marine’s legs were blown off and Chuck suffered shrapnel in his neck, face and eardrum. Liz, his wife, knew something was wrong when she’d find her husband in a back room having an emotional breakdown and frustration filling his face as he tried to interact with his four children. Debilitating headaches made it difficult to complete small tasks, and sudden noises were almost unbearable. One day his kids were playing with balloons when one popped. ‘I immediately had to throw up. I couldn’t help it,’ Chuck recalls. Chuck came home with PTSD. Chuck had been to specialists on base and they prescribed an array of pills that had helped. But he still felt like he was ‘carrying a refrigerator on his head and shoulders.’ After hearing about HBOT Treatments provided by Harch Hyperbarics in New Orleans, Liz felt this may be the answer. A scan of his brain confirmed that there were spots that did not have ANY blood flow. The areas where all your emotions and short term memory live were completely dark. HBOT treatments have completely turned things around for Chuck and his family. Chuck was hoping to just get off of at least one pill but now no longer needs any for his headaches. It has brought him back to life. With PTSD there aren’t always visible scars. People don’t understand – invisible wounds are just as serious. Chuck's story is one of many you'll see in the coming months as WHRO and the Center for Public Broadcasting explore "Veterans Coming Home." This project is a public media effort to support veterans in their successful transition to civilian life.
The Virginia International Tattoo – A Scottish Tradition with American Spirit - comes to your home Veteran’s Day - Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 8pm.
WHRO and The Virginia Arts Festival have teamed up to bring you the 2014 Virginia International Tattoo, a new one-hour special airing on WHRO TV15 on November 11th. Each year, the Tattoo attracts international participation as eight nations gather and share their unique music, dance and culture.
A signature event of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration, the 2014 Tattoo honors our Vietnam War veterans and their families. More than 30,000 people attended the show in April 2014, and now you can see all the wonder and spectacle from your home.
The Virginia International Tattoo is renowned for presenting the traditional sounds of the massed pipes and drums. This special feature also includes military bands, drill teams, veterans and their stories, singers and dancers – all to honor our nation’s heroes.
“This was one of the most exhilarating shows that I ever had the pleasure of watching,” said Edward Foulke, a first time attendee. “Words cannot do justice to the music selections, choreography, lighting, sound, and the overall presentation of the many talented people that put on the show. The pageantry was breath-taking."
Originally created in 1997, the Virginia International Tattoo thrills audiences each spring with an all-new show. More than a performance, the Tattoo is an experience, creating cheers, tears, and standing ovations among the tens of thousands of patrons who travel to Norfolk each year to see this amazing display of music and might.
"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."
If you or someone you care for is a disabled veteran, learn more about how to get help at Disabled American Veterans (DAV).
Social Security disability benefits for wounded warriors receive priority processing and are separate, distinct and in addition to VA benefits.
Start by connecting with your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).
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"I was a Fellow with The Mission Continues. They gave me something to do. They didn't just say, 'Take it easy. Decompress.' No, they said, 'You still have work to do. You don't have to wear stripes on your arms to go out and motivate people, to lead people, to make a change, to do something different."
Track American women's increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.
Craft In America: Service honors military men and women through an unexpected prism: craft. From the origins of the Army Arts and Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary artists and veterans, the series celebrate the artists and techniques of American craft, documenting the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.
"I never want to pretend that I haven't gone through it; I've done way more self-destructive behaviors than I ever thought I was capable. One of the biggest blessings in my life has been the strength to be able to realize when I've needed help and when I've been able to ask for help."
Released on Oct. 5th. The Department of Veterans Affairs says there are more than 3 million veterans living with disabilities today. A new memorial pays tribute to servicemen and women permanently wounded in the line of duty. Visit the American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial website.
Recovering from physical injuries is difficult. Watch stories from veterans about what they did to overcome their challenges and get support.
Resources for Veterans, family and the general public to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.
eBenefits is a central location for Veterans and their families to access and manage benefits and get service connected.
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