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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.

Learn more about the kinds of support and resources available.

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A Call to Action: A Veterans Coming Home Special

WGBY’s Jim Madigan hosts “A Call to Action,” a town hall-style meeting as a panel of experts and an audience of veterans examine the concerns and struggles that veterans face when returning to civilian life.

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Soldier On is a private nonprofit organization committed to ending veterans homelessness. The organization provides homeless veterans and veterans who…(more)

Mass VetsAdvisor

Mass VetsAdvisor is a helpful website for anyone searching for benefits and programs for Massachusetts Veterans and their family members.

Bilingual Veterans Outreach Center

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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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Connecting Point: Social Integration

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Producer Tony Dunne and videographer Mark Langevin talk to area veterans about their struggles to return to civilian life after their time of service, the resources that helped them, and the problems that issues such as geography, education and circumstance play in that transition. Follow the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on twitter  @DeptVetsAffairs Dept. Of Veterans Affairs on Facebook More from WGBY's Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: PTSD

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Veterans Affairs Patient Service Coordinator & veteran Leigh Paz and US Army Iraq War veteran Andrew Bellizzi discuss their own battles with PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and the addiction problems and other difficulties that often accompany PTSD. Veterans Affairs website Follow the Dept. of Veterans Affairs on Twitter: @DeptVetAffairs The Dept. of Veterans Affairs on Facebook More from WGBY's Connecting Point

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Connecting Point: Military Sexual Trauma

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Jim Madigan takes a look at the new “Women’s Health Center” at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Leeds. At this center attention is being paid to what is known as MST: Military Sexual Trauma, including both sexual harassment and actual assaults, and it’s now being treated as one more very important component of the overall physical and psychological health needs of female veterans. Madigan talks with one Army veteran and three women who work at the Center in Leeds about this issue. Central Western Mass VA Central Western Mass VA on Facebook More from WGBY's Connecting Point

Vet-to-Vet Jenn | Wisconsin Public Television

"I think part of the reason why I wanted to be a therapist was because I wanted answers. I wanted to fix myself and I wanted to fix everybody else but I needed the answers. And I wanted the quick-fix way of how to do it and I just thought maybe if I read enough books I could find the answers. And that’s not true at all."

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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).

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.

Find Your County Veterans Service Officer

Start by connecting with your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).


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"I was a Fellow with The Mission Continues. They gave me something to do. They didn't just say, 'Take it easy. Decompress.' No, they said, 'You still have work to do. You don't have to wear stripes on your arms to go out and motivate people, to lead people, to make a change, to do something different."

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MAKERS: Women in War

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Track American women's increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies. Among those featured are Linda Bray, the first woman to lead troops into battle, and Valerie Plame Wilson, whose career was sabotaged after she was "outed" as a high-level spy. Viewers hear from war correspondents Molly Moore, Clarissa Ward and Christiane Amanpour about life on the battlefield. The film shares the stories of military leaders who have broken through gender barriers, like General Angela Salinas, at her retirement the highest ranking woman serving in the USMC, and Vice Admiral Michelle Howard, the highest-ranking woman in the history of the U.S. Navy.

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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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Vet to Vet David

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"I never want to pretend that I haven't gone through it; I've done way more self-destructive behaviors than I ever thought I was capable. One of the biggest blessings in my life has been the strength to be able to realize when I've needed help and when I've been able to ask for help."

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Monument Honors Vets Left With Scars, Physical Or Mental

American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial

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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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Make the Connection-Physical Injury

Recovering from physical injuries is difficult. Watch stories from veterans about what they did to overcome their challenges and get support.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

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

eBenefits

eBenefits is a central location for Veterans and their families to access and manage benefits and get service connected.



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