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LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE FOCUSES ON “LOUISIANA VETERANS COMING HOME” ON WED., SEPT. 27

Explore the challenges that returning veterans face and the numerous state and federal resources that are available to them.


LOUISIANA PUBLIC SQUARE FOCUSES ON “LOUISIANA VETERANS COMING HOME” ON WED., SEPT. 27 Louisiana Veterans Coming Home
Since 9/11 over two million soldiers have been deployed overseas. The needs for these younger veterans when they return stateside are plentiful, including securing employment, healthcare and addressing the mental rigors of transitioning from military to civilian life. With less than one-half of one percent of the U.S. population in the armed services today, veterans often times feel isolated and misunderstood.

Last year, Louisiana Public Square explored the challenges that these returning veterans face and the numerous state and federal resources that are available to them. Take a break from The Vietnam War series for an encore presentation of “Louisiana Veterans Coming Home” Wednesday, September 27 at 9PM on LPB and at 7PM on WLAE in New Orleans. The panelists are:
• Col. David "Gregg" Athey, Garrison Commander, Fort Polk
• James Hou, Hero2Hired; Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
• Capt. Angela Huval, Louisiana National Guard Behavioral Health Officer
• Alfred “Al” Leger, Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs

The program also features interviews with Dana Pollard, a clinical psychologist with the Alexandria V.A. Medical Center; Scottie LeBlanc, Veterans Program Coordinator with the Louisiana Workforce Commission; Dexter Sapp, NRCS Strike Force Coordinator and post-9/11 veterans Christopher Zahn, Ryan Choate, Jonathan Suldo, and Ken and Stella Gibson.

LPB CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Manship School of Mass Communication professor Robert Mann host the program. Visit http://www.lpb.org/publicsquare for more information including a list of resources for veterans.

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 times.

Published: September 22, 2017
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