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Coming back to civilian life brings new challenges, new opportunities and new stories of remarkable courage and accomplishment.

Public media tells those stories to help communities understand the veteran experience. And, through Veterans Coming Home, public media supports and engages veterans as they transition to civilian life.

Learn more about efforts in key communities.

Engaged Communities


See what's happening in key communities.

Look At This: What Do Homeless Vets look like?

Alexander Morales, who served in the Army in the 1970s, with his family: wife Roberta; Elvia, 7, Elena, 8, and Elvira, 7 (in front), and Ruben Verdugo, 13, and Aaron D. Huerta, 17 (in back). Morales' family has been going for years to the Stand Down event in San Diego, where veterans receive assistance. Photo Credit David Gilkey/NPR.

If you ask them, homeless veterans might tell you they only have a vague idea of what they look like, or how they got to where they are. At least that was true of the few we met in San Diego.

Homeless veterans, though, may not see themselves as "homeless veterans" at all. If you passed one on the street, you might not even know it. Read 9 conversations from a pop-up photo studio in San Diego by Claire O’Neill and portraits by David Gilkey at NPR.

Homeless Vets: They're Not Just Single Men Anymore

Overall, there are fewer homeless veterans these days. But that good news is tempered by the growing number of homeless vets with families, including many women. Read more at NPR.org.

Homeless Vet's Story Illustrates Challenge In Getting Off The Street

The White House has vowed to end chronic homelessness among veterans by 2015. NPR profile one vet in San Diego whose odyssey illustrates why it's so hard to get vets off the street. Read more at NPR.org.

Hear more stories about Veterans at NPR.

Connect to Services

National Call Center for Homeless Veterans

The National Call Center for Homeless Veterans is a free 24/7 hotline intended to assist homeless veterans and their families with accessing assistance in their community.

HUD Exchange: Resource for Homeless Veterans

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development provides several resources for veterans looking for housing.

The American Legion Homeless Veteran Help

The American Legion provides public and private sector agencies and organizations that aid homeless veterans and their families.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Resources for Veterans, family and the general public to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

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, 18002738255 press 1

24 hours a day,
7 days a week,
365 days a year.

Get help NOW Call or Text 838255

KQED | Life After War: California Veterans

Life After War takes viewers to Los Angeles' Skid Row, where women vets struggle with homelessness in the transition to civilian life. This special is a co-production of KQED and The Center for Investigative Reporting and is part of a multi-media series that takes an in-depth look at the challenges faced by members of the armed forces when they return home and the different organizations providing services that can save lives.

Connect to Services

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).

Military Skills Translator

Want to figure out how your military skills translate to civilian skills?  Try U.S. Tech Vets translator.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

24 hours a day,
7 days a week,
365 days a year.

Get help NOW Call or Text 838255

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