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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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Combat Veteran Josh Bleill finds peace in the art therapy process of dance despite losing both his legs in Fallujah.

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Families First

Strong families are the foundation of a healthy society. Families are the first nurturers, educators, protectors and caregivers. For most…(more)

Veterans Antiquities

Veterans Antiquities is the first company spawned by Veterans In Action (VIA), a non-profit organization dedicated to creating businesses run…(more)

Veterans@IUPUI – Student Veterans of America

Veterans@IUPUI is a student-run organization on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).  The mission of Veterans@IUPUI is to…(more)

HVAF of Indiana

At HVAF of Indiana we provide supportive housing to homeless veterans as well as case management, food and clothing, and…(more)


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Josh Bleill Profile

Josh Bleill Profile

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Combat Veteran Josh Bleill finds peace in the art therapy process of dance despite losing both his legs in Fallujah.

Andrew Schnieders Profile

Andrew Schnieders Profile

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After returning from 13 months in Iraq, Staff Sgt. Andrews Schnieders, navigates through emotional trauma by drawing.

Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. Profile

Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. Profile

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Neuroscientist Lukasz Konopka, Ph.D. explores the science behind art therapy for veterans suffering from PTSD and tramatic brain injury.

Q Artistry Profile

Q Artistry Profile

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Six veterans discover relief from PTSD through theater as their form of art therapy.

Sacred Journeys with Bruce Feiler "Lourdes"

In this preview, meet Cpl. Zach Herrick, a retired U.S. Army rifleman who was injured three months into his deployment to Afghanistan. Zach journeyed to Lourdes in search of healing.

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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.

Disabled American Veterans

If you or someone you care for is a disabled veteran, learn more about how to get help at Disabled American Veterans (DAV).

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

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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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Telling: San Antonio

Telling: San Antonio | KLRN

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In Telling: San Antonio, a performance piece organized by playwright Jonathan Wei, veterans and their families were given a voice to share their experiences. A dozen local vets from all walks of life practiced their monologues for weeks and presented their stories at the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. What they said will make you laugh, and make you cry.

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Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bikes | WUSF

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Bringing together veterans’ service organizations to share ideas and create networks was one of the goals of The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit that concluded last weekend in Sarasota. It brought one veteran to Florida to share how he’s using his mechanical background to inspire kids on Chicago’s Southside. http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wusf/audio/2014/11/11-21_ONAIR_OTB-VCH_NoVetLeftBehind.mp3 Rob Walker was a mechanic on a nuclear submarine before he left the Navy and became a lawyer. He’d just finished a big case and was on hiatus when he heard an NPR story by David Schaper in March 2011. It detailed how the non-profit group, Leave No Veteran Behind, was providing safe passage to high school students on some of Chicago's more menacing streets. "I thought, you know what, I'm a Southside vet. I want to make my neighborhood better. I want to be part of the solution," Walker said. “So, I reached out to them (No Veteran Left Behind) and I started out on a 'Safe Passage' route just like everybody else." Education is part of the Leave No Veteran Behind initiative as is using each veteran’s assets and training to benefit the community. So eventually, Walker developed a new program. “Now, we’re doing a program where we’re teaching STEM or we like to call it STEAM where it’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics,” Walker said. “We’re taking these kids and we’re giving them skills they’re not getting from their typical education.” And Walker’s teaching tool is not typical, but it is plentiful supply. “We’re showing them how to take these abandoned, rusty bikes that are still all over our city and turn them back into state of the art machines with brand new componentry(sic),” Walker said. The Smart Bike design has several high-tech features. One, the NuVinci N360, makes shifting gears as easy as “turning the dial on your stereo.” It’s also tricked-out with a generator hub that powers an LED headlight and taillight as well as a USB port on the handlebars. So, once the bike is up to speed, you can charge your cell phone. “While teaching these kids, we often heard they don’t have a place to plug in their cell phones,” Walker said. “So, the kids wanted a place to charge their phones.” The promotional YouTube video, produced by Walker, touts that they teach more than science. They teach recycling “Southside style” and find potential anywhere. Walker came to the Veterans Legacy Summit in Florida to network with other veterans' organizations. He said the Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bike program could be expanded beyond Chicago. The only drawback is money. He said it can be expensive. The first Smart Bike cost $4000 to develop. But now that they have the prototype, Walker said the cost should drop by half. He has started a crowd-source campaign and produced the 2-minute YouTube video to promote the program.          

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American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

Monument Honors Vets Left With Scars, Physical Or Mental

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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.

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StoryCorps Shorts: The Last Viewing

Allen Hoe tells the story of a chance encounter with a stranger who knew his son, Army 1st Lt. Nainoa K. Hoe, who died in Iraq.

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Make the Connection-Family & Relationships

See veterans and their families sharing stories about how they helped and supported each other and find resources related to symptoms and conditions veterans may be experiencing.

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

Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

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365 days a year.

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