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Coming Home San Antonio

Over the past five years, San Antonio has seen a sharp increase in the military community’s needs for services due to the drawdown of forces.

This number is expected to grow significantly – between 2014 and 2017, an estimated 40,000 veterans and their families will settle in San Antonio, straining existing resources. Many leave the military with a sense that they are alone – that much of their struggles happen outside the purview of the civilian population. They feel isolated and disconnected.

KLRN, the Emmy award-winning public television station serving South Central Texas, plans to address these connectivity and awareness problems by producing a 10-part online series called, Coming Home San Antonio, which will share the intimate stories of veterans and their families as they return from conflicts abroad. Through these personal stories, Coming Home will look at the issues and challenges veterans and their families face as they try to re-integrate as a family while building a new life as civilians.

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Coming Home San Antonio | Brian Posten

Brian and Kim Posten have been through a lot. For Brian, an accident in Iraq left him with a traumatic brain injury. For his wife Kim, the accident left her with a husband who needed help finding a new purpose and direction in his post-military life.

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Coming Home San Antonio | Eric Alva

Coming Home San Antonio | Eric Alva

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Staff Sergeant Eric Alva served in the Marine Corps for 13 years. On March of 2003 he stepped on a land mine and lost his right leg making him the first Marine injured in the Iraq war. Despite dealing with PTSD and loosing his leg Eric continues to be an active person, live life and looking forward to the future.

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Coming Home San Antonio | Donna Engeman

Coming Home San Antonio | Donna Engeman

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Army wife Donna Engeman shares the story of the day her life changed forever and how she found her voice.

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Brian Posten

Coming Home San Antonio | Brian Posten

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Brian and Kim Posten have been through a lot. For Brian, an accident in Iraq left him with a traumatic brain injury. For his wife Kim, the accident left her with a husband who needed help finding a new purpose and direction in his post-military life. Brian’s challenge to adapt to civilian life are mirrored by the 1.5 million of other veterans who will soon be transitioning out of the military.

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Coming Home Brian Posten | KLRN

Brian and Kim Posten have been through a lot. For Brian, an accident in Iraq left him with a traumatic brain injury. For his wife Kim, the accident left her with a husband who needed help finding a new purpose and direction in his post-military life.

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Make the Connection-Jobs & Employment

Veterans share stories about what they encountered searching for jobs, interviewing and on the job. A great resource to help affirm the veteran employment experience.

Vet Centers

Vet Centers offer counseling in a caring manner for Veterans and their families. Use this search to find a Vet Center near you.

Veterans Crisis Line

Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring Department of Veterans Affairs responders through a confidential toll-free hotline, online chat, or text.

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Richard Bennett

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Iraq War veteran Richard Bennett (R) talks with Craig Williams (L) about how they became unlikely business partners.

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Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bikes | WUSF

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Bringing together veterans’ service organizations to share ideas and create networks was one of the goals of The Patterson Foundation’s Veterans Legacy Summit that concluded last weekend in Sarasota. It brought one veteran to Florida to share how he’s using his mechanical background to inspire kids on Chicago’s Southside. http://cpa.ds.npr.org/wusf/audio/2014/11/11-21_ONAIR_OTB-VCH_NoVetLeftBehind.mp3 Rob Walker was a mechanic on a nuclear submarine before he left the Navy and became a lawyer. He’d just finished a big case and was on hiatus when he heard an NPR story by David Schaper in March 2011. It detailed how the non-profit group, Leave No Veteran Behind, was providing safe passage to high school students on some of Chicago's more menacing streets. "I thought, you know what, I'm a Southside vet. I want to make my neighborhood better. I want to be part of the solution," Walker said. “So, I reached out to them (No Veteran Left Behind) and I started out on a 'Safe Passage' route just like everybody else." Education is part of the Leave No Veteran Behind initiative as is using each veteran’s assets and training to benefit the community. So eventually, Walker developed a new program. “Now, we’re doing a program where we’re teaching STEM or we like to call it STEAM where it’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics,” Walker said. “We’re taking these kids and we’re giving them skills they’re not getting from their typical education.” And Walker’s teaching tool is not typical, but it is plentiful supply. “We’re showing them how to take these abandoned, rusty bikes that are still all over our city and turn them back into state of the art machines with brand new componentry(sic),” Walker said. The Smart Bike design has several high-tech features. One, the NuVinci N360, makes shifting gears as easy as “turning the dial on your stereo.” It’s also tricked-out with a generator hub that powers an LED headlight and taillight as well as a USB port on the handlebars. So, once the bike is up to speed, you can charge your cell phone. “While teaching these kids, we often heard they don’t have a place to plug in their cell phones,” Walker said. “So, the kids wanted a place to charge their phones.” The promotional YouTube video, produced by Walker, touts that they teach more than science. They teach recycling “Southside style” and find potential anywhere. Walker came to the Veterans Legacy Summit in Florida to network with other veterans' organizations. He said the Leave No Veteran Behind Smart Bike program could be expanded beyond Chicago. The only drawback is money. He said it can be expensive. The first Smart Bike cost $4000 to develop. But now that they have the prototype, Walker said the cost should drop by half. He has started a crowd-source campaign and produced the 2-minute YouTube video to promote the program.          

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Mark and Luke Radlinski

StoryCorps – Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski

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Navy Lieutenant Mark Radlinski speaks with his brother, Lieutenant Luke Radlinski, about Mark's deployment to Iraq and his homecoming.

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Nathan talks with Afghani man

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What does it mean to lead men in war? What does it mean to come home — injured physically and psychologically — and build a life anew? U.S. Marine Sergeant Nathan Harris, 25, leads his unit to fight a ghostlike enemy in Afghanistan. Wounded in battle, Harris returns to North Carolina and his devoted wife to fight pain, addiction, and the terrifying normalcy of life at home.

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Local, USA: Bringing the War Home

An examination of what has become all too common among U.S. veterans returning home from combat zones.

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Airborne Hazards and Local Burn Pit Registry

Exposure to airborne hazards may cause several health concerns for veterans returning from deployment. Fill out the questionnaire to help identify and track changes in your health.

PTSD: National Center for PTSD

Resources for Veterans, family and the public to help understand the signs and symptoms of PTSD.

Ride 2 Recovery

Improving the health and wellness of healing heroes worldwide by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.

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