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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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Last Days in Vietnam

April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the American involvement in the Vietnam War, as the North Vietnamese Army closed in on Saigon, South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. City after city and village after village fell to the North while the U.S. diplomats and military operatives still in the country contemplated withdrawal. With the lives of thousands of South Vietnamese hanging in the balance, those in control faced an impossible decision—who would go and who would be left behind to face brutality, imprisonment, or even death.

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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.

VA eBenefits

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

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, 18002738255 press 1

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Reuben Gardner

Gardner Gets Drafted | WVAS FM

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Reuben Gardner was drafted into the United States Army in 1972. Like many others, his only choice was either joining the military or avoiding the draft and going to prison. He never engaged in direct combat and actually had a positive experience during his time in the Vietnam War. Gardner says the military is a great opportunity for young men and women.

George Murray, Vietnam Veteran

Back At Base | NPR Series

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NPR — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops where they live. We're calling the project "Back at Base." This is the first of a three-part series about veteran benefits. Hear more at Back at Base.

VA Data Show Disparities In Veteran Benefits Spending WBUR

Nationwide veteran benefits data show a huge variation in coverage from state to state, and even within states. In Massachusetts, access to VA services changes dramatically from Boston to Cape Cod.

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StoryCorps - The Last Viewing

StoryCorps Shorts: The Last Viewing

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Allen Hoe served as a combat medic during the Vietnam War, and his two sons continued his legacy of service. His oldest son, Nainoa, eventually became a first lieutenant infantry officer with the Army's 3rd Battalion. In January 2005, while leading his men through Mosul, Iraq, Nainoa was killed by sniper fire. He was 27. On Memorial Day that same year, Allen traveled to Washington to honor Nainoa's memory, and it was there that he had a chance encounter a stranger that brought them both unforeseen comfort. StoryCorps is proud to present "The Last Viewing" alongside "1st Squad, 3rd Platoon" and "The Nature of War" to honor Veterans Day 2014. The stories come from StoryCorps' Military Voices Initiative, which aims to bridge the gap between veterans and civilians. Told in the voices of veterans and their family members, these films honor the service and sacrifice of the military community and tells them that we—as a nation—are listening.

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Eugene Burks, Craft in America: SERVICE

Craft in America: Service

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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.

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Dick Cavett's Vietnam (Preview)

The impact of the Vietnam War is examined through interviews conducted by the iconic talk show host.

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Make the Connection Spirituality

Many find comfort and healing through their spirituality. Watch stories from veterans about how they found healing through their spiritual life.

Find Your County Veterans Service Officer

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

Veteran's Court

Find a veteran's court in your state. Veteran's court is modeled after drug treatment and/or mental health treatment courts. Typically, veteran mentors assist with the programs.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

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7 days a week,
365 days a year.

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