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
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