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Featured Upcoming Events

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

FeatureOur Lady of Guadalupe Church starting at 6:00 p.m.

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam examines the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working class youth.

Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home. Other stories deepen the narrative: in Greenlee County, Arizona, miners' children fought and died for their country in devastating proportions. Sisters and mothers took notice and action. A farmworker's son translated his military experience into a career before resigning in protest from his post on a local draft board. Learn more


WQPT Expands Stories of Service in Partnership with
the Library of Congress' Veterans History Project

Friday, October 23, 2015

Stories of Service

All veterans are invited to share their stories.

WQPT and our regional partners invite all veterans to share their own stories of their service to our nation. Individual stories help provide a deeper understanding of our nation's military history to current and future generations.
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Completed stories will be submitted to the Library of Congress for inclusion in the Veterans History Project. Learn more about Sharing YOUR Story.

Taping (of stories) will take place on Friday, October 23 at numerous locations throughout the Quad Cities. Veterans who are unable to attend on Friday, October 23, may tape their own video. All you need is a video camera or recorder. Interviews need to be at least 30 minutes in length. Learn more



Honor Flight QC
Screening and Discussion

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 | 6:00pm.
Quad City International Airport

Debt of Honor
Screening and Discussion

Wednesday, November 18 | 5:30pm.
Bettendorf Public Library



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

Featured WQPT Program

On Two Fronts: Latinos and Vietnam

Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a Prisioner of War (POW) and the other a protestor at home.

Airing Thursday, October 15 at 7:00pm.


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Featured Program  

Veterans Coming Home:
ODU Military Connection Center

Kendall Goodin's transformation from military service to college student had its challenges, but thanks to the Military Connection Center at Old Dominion University, Kendall was able to learn the ins and outs of college life. Kendall now helps other veterans as they transition from active duty to higher education.

Watch now     Duration: 1:03


Veteran Resources

Military Workforce Symposium

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

Financial Partners

Lutheran Social Services
of Illinois

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois

Women in Defense
Iowa/Illinois Chapter

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

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


City of East Moline


Community Health Care Inc.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Edward Jones

Family Resources


Fontaine Consulting

Give An Hour—Tanja Duffey

Hancock Management

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

JTM Concepts

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

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 Millwright #2158

Risha's Gifts & Accessories-
Celebrating Home

Rhythm City Casino

Rivermont Collegiate

Rock Island Arsenal
Development Group

Rock Island Arsenal
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

Rock Island Arsenal
Welcome Club

Rock Island Economic
Growth Organization


Scott County Veterans Affairs



Skip a Long Open Door

Society of American Military Engineers RIA Post

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

Spirited Life Coaching Services

St. Ambrose Veterans Services

Steve Garrington

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


United States Coast Guard
MSD Rock Island

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


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

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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