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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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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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Telling: San Antonio

KLRN's Telling: San Antonio

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The Telling Project

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View intimate portraits of America's military families, with unprecedented access to soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen and women in the all-volunteer military. The revealing documentary tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.

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This Old House Veteran’s Special House Project

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THIS OLD HOUSE partners with Homes for Our Troops (HFOT) to build a house for an Army veteran and his family. A specially adapted home for SSG Matt DeWitt, whose injuries in Iraq resulted in the amputation of both arms, will be life-changing. Pictured: The THIS OLD HOUSE crew with the DeWitt family.

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In August 2005, Marine Lance Cpl. Travis Williams and his squad were sent on a rescue mission in Barwanah, Iraq. En route, their vehicle was hit by a roadside bomb. Of Travis' entire 12-person team, he alone survived. Here, Travis reflects on the hours and days after the explosion, as well as his life now, and pays tribute to the men he left behind.

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

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Military Children from WAMU's Breaking Ground project sheds light on the challenges of being the child of soldiers. Kavitha Cardoza/WAMU

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Zachary Bell shares his experience separating from the military and adjusting to civilian life. He talks about what led him to work with other veterans facing similar challenges.

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Connects Veterans in crisis, their families and friends with qualified, caring DVA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, or text.

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