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October 2018 - 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.

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.


Resource Links

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 | http://joinbastion.org

Heroes on the Water Southwest Louisiana Chapter | Veteran social group that organizes fishing and kayaking events for veterans. | Josh Droddy | https://heroesonthewater.org/c...

Louisiana Armed Forces Foundation | A statewide veterans’ assistance organization founded by post 9/11 veteran, Jaye Townsend. | https://www.facebook.com/Louis...

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 | 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 | https://www.nrcs.usda.gov/wps/...

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 | 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 | https://ourhome.vet/

Women Armed Forces Action Committee | A newly-created Louisiana service organization focused on women veteran issues. | Angella Lawrence | 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 | https://www.facebook.com/Louis...

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 | https://woundedwarheroes.org/

Our Panelists:

Our panelists include:

Cory Levier, post-9/11 veteran, is guest moderator along side Beth Courtney, CEO of Louisiana Public Broadcasting.

  • Michelle T Boullion, Louisiana Veteran Entrepreneurship Program
  • Jeremy Brewer, Bastion: A Community of Resilience
  • Dexter Sapp, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS)
  • Julie Baxter Payer, Louisiana Department of Veteran Affairs

View Louisiana Stories on veteranscominghome.org here.


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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