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05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home
What challenges do our returning veterans face?
Soldiers returning from the Vietnam Conflict in many cases faced a hostile homecoming. Post-9/11 veterans, conversely, have been welcomed with open arms. Despite the different reception the American public gave them, both sets of soldiers have shared similar difficulties transitioning back to civilian life. Last year as part of the Veterans Coming Home public media initiative, we explored the challenges that returning veterans face and the numerous state resources that are available to them.
Louisiana Public Square explores these issues in a special town hall event.
Airs Wednesday, September 27, 9:00 pm on LPB.
Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Louisiana joins 11 other states with the second highest percentage of veterans aged 25 and under. The needs for these younger veterans as they return stateside are plentiful including securing civilian employment, obtaining healthcare and oftentimes housing, and addressing the mental rigors of transitioning from military to civilian life.
And with less than one-half of 1% of the U.S. population in the armed services today, reintegrating service members into communities whose understanding of war is gleaned largely from television may be as difficult as fighting a war. So, what challenges face our returning veterans; what resources are available to assist them and how do we bridge the “Military/Civilian Divide?” Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on a special town hall edition, “Louisiana Veterans Coming Home” aired Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.
This program is part of Veterans Coming Home, a public media effort to support veterans made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.
For more information on the Veterans Coming Home initiative and national and local stories, visit veterans.lpb.org
Louisiana Public Broadcasting is part of the national Veterans Coming Home initiative. Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and led by Wisconsin Public Television, Veterans Coming Home builds on public media’s strengths to address the needs of veterans in local communities.
Continued local support for Louisiana Veterans Coming Home is provided by Entergy. 10% of Entergy’s Louisiana workforce are military veterans…Entergy and Veterans…Together We Power Life.
Over the next several months, LPB will be producing content that focuses on the challenges that Louisiana’s returning veterans face in the areas of employment, healthcare, housing and mental stress. On May 25 at 7 p.m., LPB will air a special edition of Louisiana Public Square, “Louisiana Veterans Returning Home.” For more information on the Veterans Coming Home initiative and national and local stories, visit veteranscominghome.org and veterans.lpb.org
The following organizations offer counseling resources to veterans.
Lifeline for Vets
– (888) 777-4443 Connects callers to other veterans of America’s armed forces. This hotline is “vets serving vets” and provides needed help to veterans, their friends, and their families.
National Center for PTSD
– Provides resources to individuals seeking PTSD care for themselves or loved ones.
– (877) WAR-VETS (927-8387) Provides readjustment counseling to Veterans, active duty Service members and their families in a safe, confidential environment. Over 70% of VA’s Vet Center staff are Veterans of which the majority are combat Veterans.
Veterans Crisis Line
– (800) 273-8255 Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Vet¬erans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.
The Mission Continues
– Empowers veterans facing the challenge of ad-justing to life at home to find new missions.
The following organizations and programs offer resources to Louisiana’s veterans to help make their transition back into civilian life less challenging.
Transition Needs Survey
– 2014 Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation Veterans Transition Needs Study in collaboration with the La. Dept. of Veteran Affairs
American Legion, Department of Louisiana
/ State resources for the nation's largest wartime veterans service organization / http://www.lalegion.org/
Bastion Community of Resilience
/ A neighborhood intentionally designed for Louisiana’s returning warriors and families. http://joinbastion.org/
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
/ D.O.D. initiative promoting cooperation and understanding between civilian employers and National Guard & Reserve employees. / Frank Huff / 318-290-5246
Geaux Seven Blue Star Moms
Heroes on the Water
/ Paul Tullier / 985-630-7116
Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation
Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs
/ To provide comprehensive care and quality service to Louisiana’s Veterans and their families with regard to health care, education, disability benefits, long-term care and burial honors. http://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/
LSU Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Veterans with Disabilities
Louisiana Workforce Commission Veterans Program
/ Veteran services provides employment assistance and training opportunities to Veterans and other eligible persons. / http://www.laworks.net/WorkforceDev/VeteransServices/Vet_Main.asp
Magnolia Care Center
National Resource Conservation Service
Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System
/ V.A. healthcare facility located at 1601 Perdido Street New Orleans, LA 70112 /800-935-8387 / http://www.neworleans.va.gov
Team Red, White & Blue
Troops to Teachers
/ A national program funded by the Department of Defense that assists military soldiers and their spouses to transition into teaching at the K-12 public schools. / http://www.laartroopstoteachers.com
U.S.D.A. Farm Service Agency
/ FSA administers farm loans, commodity price support, disaster relief, conservation, and other available resources. To find your local FSA county office, visit http://offices.usda.gov
U.S.D.A. Rural Development
Committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America through loans and technical assistance. Clarence Hawkins, State Director / (318) 473-7920
Veteran Peer Support
Women Veterans of Louisiana
Wounded War Heroes
/ Louisiana-based hunting & fishing social club for veterans http://woundedwarheroes.org
The Mission Continues
/ The Mission Continues empowers veterans who are adjusting to life at home to find purpose through community impact. / missioncontinues.org
Soldier for Life
/ Online home for retired soldiers featuring map of resources in your area of the state. / https://soldierforlife.army.mil/
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
/ Caring for the families of fallen soldiers. / http://www.taps.org
Fort Polk Soldier For Life-Transition Assistance Program
/ Tami Culbreath, Transition Services Manager /(337) 531-4621/1591 / Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FortPolkSFLTAP/
Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change Program
/ A 2009 primetime special with Queen Latifah and John Mayer that highlights four military families and their stories of hope, courage and strength. http://www.pbs.org/parents/cominghome/
Coming Home: Military Families Cope with Change Resource
s / Activities from PBS KIDS for children going through the transition process as their veteran parent returns home. Includes Arthur, Clifford the Big Red Dog and Mr. Rogers. http://www.pbs.org/parents/cominghome/activities.html
Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions
/ Resource kits from Sesame Street for children in military families. http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/veterans#
We want to know your opinion! Leave your comments in the box below.
I just watched this program,thank you so much for highlighting this subject.I am a retired Air Force Master Sergeant,having given 29 years to the military. The problem with the program this evening was the Army was the only service represented. Louisiana has a Navy base, Coast Guard, Air Force, and the headquarters of the Marine Corps Reserve in the state. Not only is there active duty, but reserveists from all 5 services. Granted,it is impossible to cover all of the issues that need to be covered in 60 minutes. I do appreciate you trying. I believe a program should be done to focus on the problems of reservists coming home from deployments. Thank you again for this, people in Louisiana are the most compassionate and helpful. I am proud to live here.
MSgt USAFR Ret
Posted by Naomi Soliday on 05/25 at 08:15 PM
Well done very informative program. Brothers in arms here at the Alex VAMC thank you & staff.
Posted by Roger Surratt on 06/06 at 01:55 PM
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