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Featured Upcoming Events

A televised special event: THE VIETNAM WAR tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film. Airing in September on WQPT. Learn more

Featured Military Program


Featured Events & Activities

Rock Island National Cemetery Open House

October 4 | 3:00pm–6:00pm.

The public is invited to attend the Rock Island National Cemetery Open House. Featuring historical tours will be given of the cemetery established in 1863.
For more information, call Chris Hickey at 309/782-2094.

RIA Military Retiree Appreciation Day

October 14

Military Retirees from throughout the Quad Cities and beyond are invited this special event hosted on Rock Island Arsenal. Keynote speaker at this year's event is retired Lt. Col. Shane Ostrom, Deputy Director for Financial Information of the Military Officers Association of America.
Call 563/508-5123 for more information.

RIA Military Retiree Appreciation Day

November 1

The public is invited to attend the Honor Flight welcome home starting at 10:00pm on June 8. Veterans are assigned slots in order of date that applications were received, with WWII and Korean veterans given priority. The intention is to honor our local and regional heroes who were selfless in their military duty with a free trip to visit their memorials. Learn more


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Featured WQPT Program

Featured Military Program

Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.

Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides—Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam. Learn more

Ten years in the making, the series includes rarely seen and digitally re-mastered archival footage from sources around the globe, photographs taken by some of the most celebrated photojournalists of the 20th Century, historic television broadcasts, evocative home movies, and secret audio recordings from inside the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixon administrations. Learn more

Episode Guide:

Déjà Vu






The Veneer of Civilization


Riding The Tiger



This is What We Do



The History of
the World



The Weight of Memory


The River Styx



Things Fall Apart



A Disrespectful





Watch Online

Featured Program  

Team Red, White & Blue
Lifelong Leaders

Veterans are leaders within our community. Team Red, White & Blue utilizes veterans’ abilities to create an organization lead by impassioned volunteers. Together with their civilian counterparts the veterans create events for their local members to participate in, and in doing so are able to reengage their sense of leadership.

Watch now     Duration: 2:10


Veteran Resources

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
Military Workforce Symposium

Resources are available from WQPT's Military Workforce Symposium offer career building, volunteering and other resources. Plus resources for HR professionals.
Learn more

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 2016. 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: Connecting our military community to resources; Fostering an understanding of military life; Examining the societal perception of soldiers and the wars they fight; Highlighting local QC veterans and their stories; and Promoting the accomplishments of the Rock Island Arsenal to our region.

Through on-air programming, events, and collaborations with like-minded organizations WQPT hopes 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 2016.

Financial Partners

Davenport Guns & Shooting Club

East Moline—Silvis Rotary

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois

The Machine Shed Restaurant

Rock Island Arsenal Welcome Club

Association of the United States Army CBS4 QC Online Hooah! Quad Cities Jason's Box Mediacom WILL WLLR WOC 1420 WVIK QC Theatre Workshop USO Veterans Funeral Care Moline Public Library Veterans History Project

Collaborative Partners


Supporting Partners

Adonai Community Support Services



Alcoa Veterans Affinity Group

American Legion Davenport
Post #26

American Red Cross
of the Quad Cities Area

Army One Source

Association of the United States Army
Rock Island Chapter

(The) Berta Law Firm

Bi-State Regional Planning Commission

Black Hawk College Veterans Center

Bridging the Gap for
Homeless Veterans

Care Animal Center


City of East Moline


Community Health Care Inc.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Congressman Dave Loebsack

Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Driftwood Pub

Edward Jones

Family Resources


Fontaine Consulting

Fresh Blends

Genesis Systems Group

Give an Hour

Hancock Management

Happy Joe's Pizza - Moline

Hola! America

Home Base Iowa

Honor Flight
of the Quad Cities

HJ Press and Associates


Iowa Representative
Linda Miller

Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities

Jim's Place

John Deere QC Military
Resource Group

JTM Concepts

Leisure Lanes

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Management Resource Association

Mandus Group

MAVA Hero Street Chapter 4

Midwest Military Outreach

Midwest Writing Center

Military Cost Cutters

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Necker’s Jewelers

Operation Life Preserver

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Peach Blossoms: Western Illinois
University's Veterans Club

Pendulum Resources

Michel Pontarelli
Certified Career Coach

Putnam Museum

Quad City International Airport

QC Military Affairs Council

QC Millwright #2158

Quad City Theater Workshop

R & R Sports, Inc

Ray'z Barber Shop

Rhythm City Casino

Rivermont Collegiate

Rock Island Arsenal
Development Group

Rock Island Arsenal
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

Rock Island Economic
Growth Organization


Scott County Veterans Affairs


Skeffington’s Formal Wear


Skip a Long Open Door

Smooth Cool Treats

Society of American Military Engineers RIA Post

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

St. Ambrose Veterans Services

Steve Garrington

Stuff Etc.

Team Red, White & Blue


Tri City Building and Construction
Trades Council

Trimble Funeral Home
and Crematory

Trinity College of Nursing
and Health Sciences

True North Family Chiropractic


University of Dubuque
VET Center

University of Illinois Extension

University of Iowa
Quad Cites MBA-PM

Upper Iowa University

VA Homeless Outreach Center
Rock Island


Vet Center

Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter #299

Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter #776

Jennifer Vondracek:
Mindfulness and Yoga Trainer

Women in Defense
Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Michael, Susan & Emma Wahlmann

WILL Interactive

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 WQPT at 309/764-2400
or use our online contact form.

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