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This Connecting Point special features stories from WGBY’s Veterans Coming Home series, focusing on supporting veterans in their successful transition back to civilian life.

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Connecting Point: Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center

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Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) in Gardner, MA is the first and only facility in the United States to serve afflicted veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families by combining housing, physical therapy, counseling, training programs, and college courses for PTSD, TBI, amputees and burn patients. Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center More from WGBY's Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: Businesses Hiring Veterans

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We talk via Skype with Lindsay Moran, Boston-based Program Manager for National Partnerships at Liberty Mutual Insurance, about that company’s commitment to recruiting and hiring veterans. Also joining us in studio is Linda Candage, Veterans Assistance Specialist at Career Points and FutureWorks Career Centers, to learn about the programs and help they have for military veterans re-entering the job market. FutureWorks Liberty Mutual More from WGBY's Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: Military Sexual Trauma (Part 2)

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Military sexual trauma, or MST, is the term used by the VA to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that a veteran experienced during his or her military service. National data reveals that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond “yes,” when asked if they experienced MST when screened by their VA provider. Recently we talked to two women veterans who experienced MST. They talked about the difficulty in getting someone to listen and what they did to get the help they needed.

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A Veterans Coming Home Connecting Point Special

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This Connecting Point special features stories from WGBY's Veterans Coming Home series, focusing on supporting veterans in their successful transition back to civilian life.  

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Team River Runner | WHRO

Two veterans teamed up with Team River Runner where they learned the skills needed to become champion paddlers with a whole new outlook on life.

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Team Red, White, and Blue

Enriching the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

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Helping thousands of returning service members and recent veterans readjust to life at home through powerful wilderness courses that draw on the healing benefits of teamwork and challenge through use of the natural world.

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Improving the health and wellness of healing heroes worldwide by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.

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Amputees Get Their Shot At Competitive Boxing

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In San Antonio amputees who aspire to be serious boxers are getting in the ring and competing. Texas became the first state to sanction competitive amputee boxing.

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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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ICE WARRIORS follows the U.S sled hockey team on their road to the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games. The team includes military veterans wounded in action.      

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Dwayne Parker Learning to Adapt | WHRO

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While serving his country in Saudi  Arabia, Airman Dwayne Parker lost vision in his right eye. Like thousands of  our servicemen and women wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dwayne returned home to a life filled with challenges. For Dwayne, frustration and depression soon followed.  It wasn’t until he got involved with Adaptive Sports that things started to turn around.  Now he has his own non-profit to help other wounded warriors learn new skills and gear up for competition.

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From War In The Desert To 'Murder Ball On Ice'

Sled hockey may be the fastest sport in the Paralympics. Photo credit David Gilkey/NPR.

Sled hockey may be the fastest sport in the Paralympics. Photo credit David Gilkey/NPR.

Aired: MARCH 07, 2014 "It's just a blast out there," Army veteran Rico Roman, a member of the the men's U.S. Paralympic Sled Hockey team says, "I love the toughness, the hitting. I love the speed of the game. I love the lingo — 'saucing the pass,' 'nasty dangles' ... these are all terms only a hockey player would know.".

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Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors

Social Security disability benefits for wounded warriors receive priority processing and are separate, distinct and in addition to VA benefits.

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).

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The Mission Continues empowers veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. They redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.



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