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10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

10/18 - Louisiana Veterans Back Home

What are the programs and initiatives helping our veterans successfully transition to civilian life?

Since 2001, 2.6 million service men and women have been deployed to support operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Twenty-six percent of Louisiana’s veterans fought in these conflicts. The needs for these veterans are plentiful including securing employment and housing, and dealing with the mental rigors of transitioning from military back to civilian life.

Louisiana Public Square explores the unique programs and initiatives that are helping our state’s younger veterans successfully overcome these challenges on “Louisiana Veterans Back Home” Wednesday, October 24 at 7 p.m. on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE. (Recording Thursday, October 18.)

Veterans Coming Home is a collaborative, multi-platform public media project between Wisconsin Public Television and Kindling Group in partnership with local stations and other national organizations. Veterans Coming Home is made possible with support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

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2016 “Louisiana Veterans Coming Home” program. | View Online.


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LPB Louisiana Veteran Stories | Stories highlighting Louisiana veterans. | veterans.lpb.org

Bastion: A Community of Resilience | The country’s only intentionally designed neighborhood for veterans with lifelong rehabilitative needs and their families. | Dylan Tete, Founder .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | http://joinbastion.org

Heroes on the Water Southwest Louisiana Chapter | Veteran social group that organizes fishing and kayaking events for veterans. | Josh Droddy .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://heroesonthewater.org/chapters/southwest-louisiana/

Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation | A statewide veterans’ assistance organization founded by post 9/11 veteran, Jaye Townsend. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://www.facebook.com/Louisiana-Armed-Forces-Foundation-193809554037451/

LSU Innovation Park / Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program | The Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program (LVEP) is a statewide entrepreneurship “Boot Camp” program for veterans interested in running their own business. | Charles F. D’Agostino, Executive Director .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | www.lsu.edu/innovationpark

National Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) Louisiana | An agency under the U.S.D.A. that provides free agricultural advice as well as financial assistance to veterans through the Farm Bill. | Amy Dufour Robertson, State Public Affairs Specialist .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/portal/nrcs/site/la/home/

NextOp | NextOp provides employment assistance to post-9/11 veterans. They are currently housed on-site at Bastion in New Orleans. | Ben Armstrong, Louisiana Regional Manager .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | www.NextOpVets.org

Our H.O.M.E. | A Monroe, Louisiana service organization focused on providing service to fellow veterans. | Andrew Yarbrough Jr. President & Founder .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) ; .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://ourhome.vet/

Women Armed Forces Action Committee | A newly-created Louisiana service organization focused on women veteran issues. | Angella Lawrence .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | www.wafacvets.com

Women Veterans of Louisiana | The oldest Louisiana women veterans group in existence, is comprised of women from all branches of service and those who have served since WWII. | Tanya Whitney .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://www.facebook.com/Louisiana-Women-Veterans-683341718443459/

Wounded War Heroes | A Louisiana civilian created organization that provides hunting and fishing expeditions to veterans having 30% or greater disability assessment. | Emeric Watson, Civilian Founder .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) | https://woundedwarheroes.org/

Stand Down for Homeless Veteran Event – Saturday, October 27 at V.A. Health Care system in New Orleans
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Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs – Serves Louisiana’s 300,000+ veterans and their families | https://www.vetaffairs.la.gov/

Team Red, White & Blue – Veteran & Civilian Physical Activity Club | https://www.teamrwb.org/chapter-locator/

Magnolia Care Center Veterans Home - The only licensed private Veteran’s home in the State of Louisiana. Located in Baton Rouge | Byron Comeaux .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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

Veterans Crisis Line | https://www.veteranscrisisline.net/education/veteran-suicide
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     09/18 - Revisiting Reform

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended?
In 2017, Louisiana’s legislature passed the Justice Reinvestment Act, which sought to reduce the state’s highest-in-the-nation incarceration rate. The bill was championed by Democratic Governor John Bel Edwards and received bipartisan support including from community and business leaders. Now, just over a year later, the legislation has become a political football. State Attorney General Jeff Landry and Senator John Kennedy, both Republicans considering a run against Edwards in 2019, suggest that the reform package is a failure. They cite murders committed by two inmates released since the Act’s implementation.

Are the criminal justice reforms working as intended? Has the legislation put more residents in harm’s way or are plea deals part of the problem?

Louisiana Public Square looks for answers to these questions and more on “Revisiting Reform” Wednesday, September 26 at 7pm on LPB and in New Orleans on WLAE.

Our panelists are:
• E. Pete Adams, Executive Director, La. District Attorneys Association
• Alanah Hebert, ACLU of Louisiana & Justice Reinvestment Task Force
• Andrew Hundley, Louisiana Parole Project
• Sec. Jimmy LeBlanc, La. Department of Corrections

The program features interviews with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry; Rep. Terry Landry, D- New Iberia, with the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Council; Deputy Assistant Secretary Natalie Laborde, with the Louisiana Department of Corrections; and Stephanie Riegel, editor of the Baton Rouge Business Report.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney and professor Robert Mann with the LSU Manship School of Mass Communication host the show.

Louisiana Public Square can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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