WHAT WORKS FOR VETERANS?

Engaged Stations

In key local communities, public television and radio stations are working with community-based partners to engage veterans and civilians, inspire greater dialogue around issues and solutions and facilitate veterans' transition to civilian life. Building on compelling national TV and radio programming, each of these stations has localized Veterans Coming Home to include relevant stories, resources and services in their communities. Learn more about each station's work.

Phoenix, AZ

Phoenix, AZ

Through a comprehensive multimedia project, Arizona PBS will highlight local examples of veterans who have successfully transitioned to civilian life along with partnerships that have been created to bridge the veteran-civilian divide and aid in support for veterans. Arizona PBS will create three digital-first media segments following local veterans and community members finding what works to help veterans who are struggling to get back on their feet, give them ways to express themselves and provide methods to help alleviate the stress and anxiety associated with PTSD. Each segment will also be promoted on Arizona PBS with an accompanying broadcast asset. The initiative will end with a Facebook Live Town Hall event, featuring veterans and leaders in the community that support veterans. Members of the community can come in person or watch the Town Hall online.

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Arkansas

AETN will focus on successful examples of veterans “finding what works” as they transition to civilian life: advancing their education, furthering their careers and contributing to their communities. AETN will convene local organizations, community leaders and engaged citizens to increase dialogue around “what works” for post 9/11 veterans’ reintegration. The events and social media engagement will launch over the summer and culminate in a digital series to premiere on Veterans Day, November 11, 2018.

Cincinnati, OH

In collaboration with local stakeholders and partner organizations, CET will produce local veterans’ stories and convene three public forums to explore key issues affecting veterans in the Greater Cincinnati region, such as unemployment, homelessness, mental health and re-engagement to civilian life. CET will work with local partners to identify issues and subjects for storytelling about veterans and their experiences in the region. Key partners include The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, Tristate Veterans Community Alliance, which coordinates local efforts and helps veterans connect with any of 2,300 local organizations that serve them.

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Detroit, MI

Detroit, MI

Detroit Public Television (DPTV) is working with the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency and five Detroit-based veterans service organizations to raise awareness of key developments in veteran employment assistance. By telling the stories of local veterans transitioning to civilian employment and building a video curriculum to help increase employer knowledge about veteran skills and capabilities, the station and its partners will support veterans in transitioning their skills to civilian employment. While focused on Southeast Michigan, DPTV will offer programming to public media stations across Michigan and to veteran organizations for their use.

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East Tennessee

East Tennessee PBS, the University of Tennessee and NPR member station, WUOT 91.9FM, are partnering for a regional initiative to make available stories of success from our post-9/11 veterans. Our task is to raise the narratives of today's veterans returning home to central Appalachian communities struggling with the opioid epidemic in a post-coal economy. Through local digital first productions, story sharing engagement events and a veterans recognition dinner, East Tennessee PBS is providing a unique perspective on veterans in mountain South and what it takes to stay here.

Kansas City, MO

Kansas City PBS is exploring how veteran-lead arts and education initiatives are improving the lives of veterans in the Kansas City region.

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San Antonio, TX

San Antonio, TX

KLRN will bring the Telling Project to South Central Texas, providing a stage for veterans to share their experiences at war with the community they have served. The goal of Telling: San Antonio is to connect veterans and their stories in an intimate setting with civilians who may not fully understand the military experience and the struggles many veterans face. In addition to the Telling Project, KLRN is working with the Military and Veterans Community Council (MVCC), a coalition that includes active involvement from more than 150 community stakeholders focused on reducing complexity for veterans. Online, KLRN and their partners will feature veterans-related content and provide information that connects veterans with local resources.

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San Diego, CA

In collaboration with So Say We All (SSWA), a San Diego non-profit that provides free writing workshops for veterans, KPBS will document an eight-week writing workshop series for local post-9/11 veterans, culminating with an event where participants will present their stories to a live audience of friends, family, station members and community members. KPBS will use footage from workshops, the final event and individual interviews to produce five digital media pieces and will also edit the stories for inclusion in next season’s radio series, Incoming. KPBS will also partner with the Rancho Santa Fe Foundation, which will co-host the presentation event.

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Wichita, KS

Wichita, KS

Wichita is home to McConnell Air Force base and Kansas is home to Fort Riley Army base. KPTS Channel 8 is proud to tell area Stories of Service for the heroes returning home.

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San Francisco, CA

In San Francisco, KQED will build on existing partnerships with a more than a dozen local agencies to conduct three listening tours that focus on women, the LGBT community and returning veterans. Through these events, community members will listen to and tell personal stories, interspersed with film clip screenings to generate reflection and discussion. KQED will produce intimate portraits for online distribution, exploring a range of diverse topics such as women in the military, LGBT, homelessness, disability, refugees and families.  Partners include Veterans Affairs offices in six communities, Veterans Service Centers in San Francisco, Oakland and four other communities, Service Women’s Action Network, StoryCorps and others.

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Through a series of three video segments and a statewide-broadcast town hall meeting, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will profile Louisiana post-9/11 veterans and highlight the programs that are helping them successfully transition back to civilian life. LPB will collaborate with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs and other relevant local organizations.

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Montana

Montana has one of the highest per capita Veteran populations in the U.S.—about one in 10 residents are Veterans. Montana Public Radio and MontanaPBS are teaming up to tell the stories of uniquely Big Sky programs to help veterans re-integrate into society including fly fishing, extreme sports and a special Veterans court.

Plattsburgh, NY

Mountain Lake PBS will convene and encourage military-civilian dialogue during a variety of events designed to encourage dialogue, raise awareness and build community understanding through facilitated conversation and camaraderie. Planned events include a studio forum for broadcast, a screening and discussion event, collaborative “coffee hour” events featuring brief screenings and facilitated conversation, and a local cookout event. Each event will include opportunities to collect and record relevant stories, interviews and candid moments with veterans, their families and civilians. Local partners include Clinton County Veterans Service Agency, St. Joseph’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Centers, Homeward Bound Adirondacks, and others.

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Nashville, TN

Nashville, TN

In partnership with a coalition of veterans’ service organizations, Nashville Public Television (NPT) will raise awareness in the region about the obstacles veterans face and guide them to resources that can help ensure their success in civilian life. Through a series of on-air spots, online content and engagement opportunities, NPT will educate the public about veterans and their needs, give veterans and their families information and access to resources that can guide them to successful civilian lives, and start a community-wide discussion about issues veterans face and how the community can help meet those needs. The project will target veterans living in the Middle Tennessee region, which is home to Ft. Campbell, one of the nation’s largest Army bases.

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Pittsburgh, PA

WQED will create content; facilitate community dialogue and host children’s events to highlight positive stories of local veterans and their families. Specifically, WQED will: produce digital vignettes on topics related to families of veterans successfully thriving; hold a panel discussion and screening of related WQED content and partner with two local libraries for kid-focused events celebrating parents and family members who are veterans.

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Quad Cities, IA

KALA-FM (Davenport, IA-Quad Cities) plans to showcase a local program utilizing visual arts as therapy for veterans. We are also interviewing a couple who met in the Navy, were married, and now attend St. Ambrose University together in Davenport, Iowa. KALA has a number of established relationships with area veteran organizations, but hope to foster new contacts through Veterans Coming Home.

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Rhode Island

Wife and mother. Soldier and veteran. How can these words describe the same person? Today, women are in combat. When they return, they face challenges their male counterparts do not. Integrating into pre-deployment family dynamics requires re-balancing and re-allocating roles and expectations. Rhode Island PBS will explore the stories of these women warriors, as well as the role of RIServes in overcoming fractured access and siloed delivery of veteran programs and services.

Santa Fe, NM

For The Veterans Coming Home Series KSFR will be focusing on Alroy Billiman, an Army Combat veteran from the Navajo Nation who has overcome his battle injuries through his own courageous efforts and with the help of the Santa Fe based Horses For Heroes, Cowboy Up! program. This program, which turns graduates into volunteers, works with post 9/11 veterans who were wounded or suffer from PTSD, as they adjust to being back home. KSFR will also be hosting a town hall meeting, job fair and information session November 8th on the Santa Fe Community College campus that will include our key partners: The New Mexico Department of Veteran Services, The Santa Fe Community College Veteran’s Resource Center, The Santa Fe Vet Center, Horses for Heroes-Cowboy Up! and others.

Tacoma, WA

With the fourth largest military base in the country plus Bangor naval base nearby, the economic and cultural impact of servicemen, servicewomen, veterans and their families defines our region. KBTC is working with an advisory committee of veterans and military service organizations to bring awareness to the issues facing veterans transitioning into the work force and highlight local success stories. We aim to do this through telling stories online and via social media that explore how organizations and communities are benefiting by capitalizing on veterans as assets and leaders.

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St. Paul, MN

Saint Paul, MN

In collaboration with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MACV) and the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs (MDVA), Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) will communicate to veterans, their families, and the broader community about the challenges faced by returning Iraq and Afghanistan veterans that, if not addressed, can ultimately lead to homelessness. TPT will serve the entire state of Minnesota through a social media campaign, a half-hour documentary, opportunities for in-person engagement with the community, and a web portal showcasing public media programming and connecting veterans with resources. The project will raise awareness of the issues and of MACV’s StandDown event, where veterans and their families can be connected with appropriate resources.

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Las Vegas, NV

Las Vegas, NV

Forty veterans will participate in Vegas PBS’ new Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL) workforce education program. Veterans enrolled in GOAL will begin with a scientifically-based Profiles JobFit™ assessment that measures aptitude, attitude, behavior skills, abilities, and education and then gives the veterans a job profile that matches them to existing jobs in the economy. The profile also gives them language to use in their resumes that local employers understand more readily than “military” language. Additionally, the project will use sponsored announcements and three-to-five testimonials featuring veteran graduates of the GOAL program to inspire thousands of Southern Nevada veterans to pursue continuing education through broadcast, online, and workforce training partnerships. Partners include Nevada’s Green Zone Network, a statewide access point for fellow veterans and veteran services; Veterans Village, a local veterans housing and support service provider; and Hero 2 Hired, the national initiative to link veterans to jobs through job fairs and other work-related support services.

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Indianapolis, IN

Indianapolis, IN

In partnership with Indianapolis’ Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library and Herron School of Art and Design Art Therapy Department, WFYI is developing and delivering a multimedia arts-focused awareness campaign.  By sharing veterans’ stories in their own voices and featuring local organizations that are supporting veterans’ transition and recovery, the campaign is designed to support local veterans and their families and connect them to local services, especially those veterans who may avoid traditional or government support services. The effort targets veterans in the metropolitan Indianapolis area and may also reach veterans statewide through digital distribution of locally produced content.

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Springfield, MA

Springfield, MA

WGBY is collaborating with local veterans and veterans’ organizations, including the Bilingual Veterans Association, Soldier On and others, to produce on-air programming that will communicate issues affecting local veterans. In addition, WGBY will convene its partners for a live, in-studio panel discussion and call-in show. All on-air segments will also be available online to help connect veterans with local veterans’ services organizations, resources and services.

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Norfolk, VA

Norfolk, VA

Hampton Roads is home to the largest Naval Station in the world and all five branches of the military with thousands of veterans transitioning from service each year in our region. Knowing women veterans face unique issues, and Virginia has one of the highest concentration of women veterans in the nation at 14 percent, WHRO will create a digital-first series featuring three local women veterans who have successfully transitioned highlighting challenges and “Finding What Works.”

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Philadelphia, PA

Working with Veterans Upward Bound program, Office of Veterans Programs, Penn State; Women Veterans Rock and other local organizations, WHYY will convene local communities through a series of three events in the region. Events will focus on themes and use content segments to stimulate community dialogue among partners, veterans and civilians. The station will produce stories for digital distribution and will also use the segments in WHYY’s weekly news magazine program First, or possibly repackage the segments into a half-hour broadcast special. Further, the station will produce audio stories to air on WHYY-FM’s award-winning nightly news program NewsWorks Tonight, with accompanying web stories and interactive social media activities.

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Wisconsin

Working with community-based partners, Wisconsin Public Television (WPT) is conducting a social media messaging campaign designed to leverage the power of straight talk from one veteran to another to motivate veterans to seek counseling services. Recognizing that veterans listen to other veterans, WPT is recording and distributing testimonials featuring a diverse range of veterans “talking straight,” in their own terms, about their own active-duty experiences, what they carried home with them, how they found help for mental health issues and how they’ve been better able to cope over the years. By sharing veterans’ stories and asking them to talk "veteran to veteran," WPT and partners will motivate veterans to connect with counseling and other services.

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New York, NY

Working with local partners, WNET will organize, attend and contribute to events that drive conversation among veterans and civilians, including intimate conversations with community members and a possible town hall conversation. WNET will tell the personal stories of how the city and its citizens played a role in veterans choosing to serve in the military after 9/11, where veterans find support, what issues impact them the most, and how the community has helped with their reintegration to civilian life. Stories will include diverse perspectives of veterans in New York City, including women, veterans experiencing homelessness or disability, and those pursuing academic or entrepreneurial success.

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Orlando, FL

WUCF and partners will engage the community to better understand local veterans issues and inform the station’s storytelling to capture diverse perspectives from veterans and civilians. After distributing the segments online, the station will re-package them in a 30-minute program focused on veterans issues in Central Florida. The station and their partners will host a series of community events to screen the content, convene panel discussions about the issues, and engage the community in a civilian-veteran dialogue. Partners include Heart of Florida United Way, UCF Restores, Goodwill Industries of Central Florida, City of Orlando’s Veterans Advisory Committee and many other organizations in the Orlando area.

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Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

WUSF Public Media in Tampa, Florida, will produce stories featuring veterans who have successfully transitioned to the civilian workplace – including interviews with retired officers who are now among Florida’s most recognized business leaders, a team of former Green Berets who are launching a distillery and restaurant, and veteran entrepreneurs participating in a “Battle of the Pitches.”

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Montgomery, AL

Montgomery, AL

WVAS-FM will communicate veterans' stories, particularly those of African-American and other minority veterans residing in the Black Belt and other counties in Alabama, through on-air long-form news reports, complementary online postings, and on-air content as part of its award-winning weekly interactive talk show, "90.7 Perspectives." WVAS-FM will collaborate with local veterans' service organizations to publicize local, regional and statewide services, particularly those related to housing. The station will also publicize other local initiatives that can positively impact veterans' lives and connect them, perhaps for the first time, with service organizations.

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Yellow Spring, OH

Yellow Springs, OH

In partnership with the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University, WYSO Public Radio is conducting an oral history initiative that connects pre-9/11 veterans with post-9/11 veterans and gets them talking across generations and experiences. Training current veterans to engage in oral history collection with other veterans and getting them talking about their experiences is the essential first step toward connecting them with local services that can support their transition to civilian life. Cross-generational relationships that will emerge among veterans will increase awareness of community resources available to veterans. WYSO will air the content that emerges from this oral history collection and work with Wright State to convene local events that bring veterans together and connect them with resources. As the project evolves, secondary community partners will include an array of local veterans-based organizations such as the VFW or American Legion and, ultimately, the Dayton VA Medical Center.

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