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Featured Upcoming Events

Partner Muster (exclusively for Embracing Our Military Partners)

Thursday, August 13, 2015

4:00–5:15 p.m. CityView Celebrations at Trimble Pointe

An invitation-only opportunity extended to Embracing Our Military partners to share stories, successes, upcoming events, and network. Light snacks and beverages provided. Cash bar. RSVP by August 10.

Want to learn how to become a partner? Contact Jamie Lange at jl-lange2@wiu.edu or call 309/764-2400.

 

Letters Home to Hero Street Screening and Discussion with Actors

Monday, September 21, 2015

FeatureMoline Public Library starting at 6:00 p.m.

Letters Home to Hero Street tells the story of eight soldiers lost to war, all one-time residents of 2nd Street in Silvis, better known to many of us as Hero Street USA. Scheduled to appear include: actors: Eric Juarez, Maya Chavez, Cindy Ramos and Josh Wielenga; plus producers Lora Adams, Kelly Rundle and Tammy Rundle.

 

 

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 ServiceIn partnerships with local media organizations and businesses, WQPT will lead the charge to capture 50 veteran stories this fall. Read more

All veterans are invited to share their stories.

Completed stories will be submitted to the Library of Congress for inclusion in the Veterans History Project.

"The programs (and content) featured as part of Stories of Service tell the compelling stories of those who have served and provide a deeper understanding of our nation's military history,” said Paula Kerger, PBS President and CEO.

"As America's storyteller, we hope to spark conversations in communities and give the public an opportunity to share their personal or family story of service through local events and programs. Across the public television community, stations will be creating their own content and providing resources to returning veterans and their families.”  Learn more

Calendar

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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Trial By Fire: Lives
Re-Forged

Tuesday, August 4 | 9:00PM

 

Ted Bell and the Ridge

Tuesday, August 4 | 10:30PM

 

Frontline: The Rise of Isis

Wednesday, August 5 | 10:00PM

         
Featured Program   Featured Program    

Unsung Heroes (Part 1)

Tuesday, August 18 | 9:00PM

 

Unsung Heroes (Part 2)

Tuesday, August 25 | 9:00PM

 

 

 
 

Watch Online

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 held in November including career building, volunteering and resources for human resource professionals.
Learn more

 
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
 
USO
 
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

Sponsors
Sponsors
Sponsors

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

(The) Berta Law Firm

Bi-State Regional Planning Commission

Black Hawk College Veterans Center

Bridging the Gap for
Homeless Veterans

Chugach

City of East Moline

Community Health Care Inc.

Cobham

Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Edward Jones

Family Resources

Fluor

Fontaine Consulting

Give An Hour—Tanja Duffey

Hancock Management

Hola! America

Home Base Iowa

HJ Press and Associates

Illinois Procurement Technical
Assistance Center

IowaWORKS

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

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

SCORE

Scott County Veterans Affairs

Sentel

Skip-a-Long

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

TEKsystems

Tri City Building and Construction
Trades Council

Trimble Funeral Home
and Crematory

Trinity College of Nursing
and Health Sciences

True North Family Chiropractic

Tyson

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

Vectrus

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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