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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

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 multi-media project, Arizona PBS (KAET-TV, Phoenix) will align station and community partner resources to showcase veterans’ accomplishments, catalyze the abilities of veterans through education and support, and enhance their resilience. To create opportunities for veterans for career development, education and empowerment, the project will include video segments featuring veterans’ stories, call-in programs with experts, and live events to drive conversation among veterans, medical professionals, military leaders, legislators, families, educators, and community members.

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Cincinnati

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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Kansas City, MO

Through local events, radio, a digital news website and television, KCPT will share stories about local veterans, shedding light on issues like poverty, moral injury and suicide while also celebrating programs that are successfully addressing these and other issues. Local work will culminate at the “Celebration at the Station,” a live outdoor Memorial Day concert KCPB co-produces and broadcasts, honoring veterans and those currently serving. The event draws 50,000 to 75,000 attendees and thousands more watch at home. The event will incorporate KCPT’s local segments and offer opportunities for collecting veterans’ stories. Partners include Greater Kansas City United Way Veterans Alliance, RezVets, Leavenworth Command and General Staff College, and Kansas City VA Medical Center.

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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 five veteran profile stories and a statewide-broadcast town hall meeting, Louisiana Public Broadcasting (LPB) will help civilians connect with returning veterans as fellow Louisianans who face similar obstacles and aspirations. Planned for the week before Memorial Day, the town hall meeting will convene and engage citizens in a discussion with local experts, using at least one of the locally-produced stories as a conversation starter. LPB will collaborate with the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs, Women Veterans of Louisiana, and other relevant local organizations.

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plattsburgh

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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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

In collaboration with local organizations, WHRO will produce radio, television, and online content connecting veterans with services that address eight critical issues and will attract volunteers to assist organizations working on a broad spectrum of veterans’ causes. Partners include the Hampton Roads Community Blueprint, the Virginia Wounded Warrior Project, the Military Career Transition Program of the Darden College of Education, Old Dominion University’s Center for Military and Veterans Education, Tidewater Community College, and Naval Fleet and Family Services.

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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

Central Florida is home to over 1 million veterans from all branches of service and Florida has been called the "most veteran-friendly" state in the nation. WUCF TV is working to engage and support Florida veterans and provide them with research, education, job opportunities and more as an active community partner.

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Tampa, FL

Tampa, FL

Through partnerships with programs at the University of South Florida related to veterans' reintegration, rehabilitation, and resilience, WUSF Public Media will build on existing online and on-air reporting about local military and veterans affairs to share stories that better inform a community with one of the highest concentrations of veterans in the United States. In addition, the station will work with the Student Veterans of America to hold an event that informs Tampa Bay area veterans about available services, especially educational and career building opportunities, and connects veterans with local resources to support their successful transition to civilian life.

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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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