05/16 - Louisiana Veterans Coming Home

What challenges face our returning veterans?

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” airing 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.



Backgrounder

Louisiana Public Broadcasting is now 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.

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

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