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Featured Upcoming Events

Friday, November 7

Military Workforce Symposium

WQPT's Military Workforce Symposium is an opportunity for all members of the military community including Active Duty, Guard, Reserve, Veterans, Retired Military and Military spouses to learn about education, training and employment within our community. The event includes Active Job Fair, education, resource booths and workshops on a variety of topics. Join is on Friday, November 7 starting at 10:00am - Western Illinois University—Quad Cities campus, 3300 River Drive, Moline. NO COST TO ATTEND. Learn more


Monday, November 10

Twice Purple Veterans Day Celebration

Join us on the campus of Western Illinois University-Quad Cities to celebrate our veterans with a ceremony honoring their service. A brief program and reception will be held at the Flag Court (west lot on campus). Begins at 12:15pm.


Tuesday, November 11

In Their Own Words: Voices of Our Veterans

On November 11 at 7:00pm, St. Ambrose radio station KALA will broadcast In Their Own Words: Voices of Our Veterans, a 90 minutes radio program featuring local vets of all eras from World War II on. Nine veterans will share their recollections of before, during and after military service - the challenges faced and memories gained from their experiences. The program is a joint project of the students and staff of the St. Ambrose University Communication Department, SAUtv & KALA, and the St. Ambrose University office of Veterans Recruitment and Services.

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Wednesday, November 12

Pointe of View Film Screening and Discussion

Long Road Home, hosted by Veterans Funeral Care, Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street in Moline. When Tony Canzonieri returned from his tour of duty in Iraq, he struggled with nightmares, flashbacks and alcohol. His marriage fell apart. He lost his job. But once Tony acknowledged the symptoms and was treated for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), his healing began and his life changed. Now in his role as director of Vets4Vets in Western Pennsylvania, Tony is helping other veterans who are now dealing with the problems he once faced. This documentary features compelling stories of military veterans of Vietnam, Korea, and World War II still coming to terms with the emotional wounds of war.


November 17-December 17

Operation Toy Soldier

Veterans Funeral Care and WaterMark Corners in Moline are collecting new toys for families where a parent is deployed this Christmas or for local military families in need. New, unwrapped toys will be collected in their lobbies between November 17-December 17 for local distribution before Christmas. Please stop by with a toy.


Would you like to have your veteran related events posted on our calendar? Simply contact us for information.

Featured WQPT Programs

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Not Yet Begun
to Fight

Thursday, November 6
at 9:00pm.


at War

Sundays in November
at 8:00pm.


Bringing the
Fallen Home

Tuesday, November 11
at 7:00pm.


The Making of
a Green River

Tuesday, November 11
at 8:00pm.



Tuesday, November 11
at 8:30pm.

Veteran Resources

Military Workforce Symposium

Resources are available from WQPT's Military Workforce Symposium held in November including career building, volunteering and resources for human resource professionals.
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Veterans Coming Home

Coming back to civilian life brings new challenges, new opportunities and stories of remarkable courage and accomplishment. Public media tells stories that help communities understand the veteran experience. And through Veterans Coming Home, public media connects veterans to resources and services for a successful transition to civilian life.

Resources for Veterans:

Resources   Resources

Health Resources

Getting help is a good thing. Find select county, state and federal resources for taking action, from getting service connected to managing benefits. Learn more

Family Resources

Reintegrating to family life can be extremely challenging. Get tools that can help veterans, spouses and kids navigate the rough spots.
Learn more

Resources   Resources

Educational Resources

There are numerous educational incentives and resources for veterans seeking degrees or job training. Access a GI Bill comparison tool or get connected with student veterans groups and other useful educational resources. Learn more

Job Resources

Find tools for translating military experience to civilian job skills and other resources for transitioning to the civilian workplace or for helping employers understand veterans.
Learn more

Hooah! Quad Cities
Veteran's Crisis Line
Military Families
Jason's Box
Stories of Service

About Embracing Our Military

Led by WQPT–Quad Cities PBS, the Embracing Our Military initiative raises awareness of important issues to the military community. Embracing Our Military is an on-going community-based dialog through 2015. Look for special events and monthly programming that supports and educates the region about this important topic to citizens in our region. In cooperation with numerous community partners, we will continue to be a welcoming place for our military members, veterans and their families.

Initiative Goals: 1) increase the number of veterans connecting with local resources and 2) raise the visibility of the military community at the Rock Island Arsenal in the greater Quad Cities area. Through on-air programming, events, and collaborations with like-minded organizations WQPT is hoping to create a region-wide dialogue about the essential contributions the military and veterans population make toward the prosperity of its community. Started in November 2013, the initiative will continue through December 2015.

Embracing Our Military Collaborative Partners


Embracing Our Military
Supporting Partners

Adonai Community Support Services

American Legion Davenport Post #26

American Red Cross
of the Quad Cities Area

Association of the United States Army
Rock Island Chapter

Bi-State Regional Planning Commission

Black Hawk College Veterans Center

Bridging the Gap for
Homeless Veterans

City of East Moline

Community Health Care Inc.

Dahl Ford

Edward Jones

Family Resources

Give An Hour—Tanja Duffey

Hola! America

Home Base Iowa

HJ Press and Associates

Illinois Procurement Technical
Assistance Center


Iowa Representative Linda Miller

Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities

John Deere QC Military
Resource Group

Management Resource Association

MAVA Hero Street Chapter 4

Midwest Military Outreach, Inc.

Military Cost Cutters

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Operation Life Preserver

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Peach Blossoms: Western Illinois
University's Veterans Club

Michel Pontarelli, Certified Career Coach

Putnam Museum

Quad City International Airport

Rhythm City Casino

Rivermont Collegiate

Rock Island Arsenal
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club


Scott County Veterans Affairs

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

Tri City Building and Construction
Trades Council

Trimble Funeral Home
and Crematory

United States Coast Guard
MSD Rock Island

University of Iowa Quad Cites MBA-PM

Jennifer Vondracek:
Mindfulness and Yoga Trainer

Women in Defense
Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Michael, Susan & Emma Wahlmann

Wordsy Woman


Get Involved

You can be a part of this community effort to supportive of active duty, retired military, veterans and their families in our region. To become a supportive, collaborative, media or financial partner, please contact Jamie Lange at 309/764-2400 or e-mail: jl-lange2@wiu.edu.


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