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WQPT is leading the charge to capture veteran stories

Coming again, Summer 2017.


How to participate

If you are a veteran from any United States war or conflict, we invite you to share your story as part of the Veterans History Project.

Recording your story or the story of a friend or family member is easy. All you need is a video camera or recorder (you may check out and borrow equipment from WQPT). Interviews need to be at least 30 minutes in length. For more information. Read more about preparing.


How to sign up or learn more

Contact us online or call 309/764-2400.



About the project

The Veterans History Project of the American Folklife Center collects, preserves, and makes accessible the personal accounts of American war veterans so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand the realities of war.

You can search the database where more than 80,000 stories have been collected. Over 10,000 of those stories have also been digitized and are accessible online. Search now

The project collects first-hand accounts of U.S. Veterans. In addition, those U.S. citizen civilians who were actively involved in supporting war efforts (such as war industry workers, USO workers, flight instructors, medical volunteers, etc.) are also invited to share their valuable stories.

The goal of the project is to thank our veterans and remember our country's fallen soldiers, but also to ask the veterans in your life to record their stories. They serve as the most significant memorial we can possibly give to our nation's fallen and living veterans.
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About Stories of Service

"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." 

Watch regional stories now and watch PBS' Stories of Service.

Watch Regional Stories of Service

Here are some of our featured regional Stories of Service. To view all of the stories, visit us on YouTube.

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Joshua Ryan Brown

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Jackie Inman

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Marvin Strum

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Allan Ross

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Brian Layer

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Michael Weinrich

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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:

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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

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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

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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