Public Media. Compelling Stories. Trusted Resources.

Coming back to civilian life brings new challenges, new opportunities, and compelling stories of courage and accomplishment.

Public media tells those stories so community members can better understand the veteran experience. And, through Veterans Coming Home, public media supports and engages veterans as they transition to civilian life.

Learn more about the kinds of support and resources available.

Engaged Communities

communities

See what's happening in key communities.

In Our Community - KLRN

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.

Click here to watch episodes of Coming Home San Antonio.

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.

Support & Resources Near You


Compelling stories about war in Iraq

The Center for Medical Humanities & Ethics, in cooperation with the Libraries of the University of Texas Health Science Center…(more)

Statewide Hiring Fair

Join the Texas Workforce Commission and Workforce Solutions Alamo for the 3rd Annual Hiring Red White and You Job Fair…(more)

Manufacturing Technician Training

Alamo Colleges in San Antonio, Texas, is offering no-cost, state-funded training for veterans. Earn manufacturing certificates for skills that include…(more)

Hear what veterans are saying

Hear veterans open up about their experiences and challenges, in video clips from an event held by KLRN public television…(more)


Featured Local Stories

Coming Home San Antonio | Eric Alva

Coming Home San Antonio | Eric Alva

close

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.

Visit the Site

Coming Home San Antonio | Donna Engeman

Coming Home San Antonio | Donna Engeman

close

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

Visit the Site

Brian Posten

Coming Home San Antonio | Brian Posten

close

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.

Visit the Site

Makers: Women in War

More than 15 percent of the military's active duty forces today are female, and never before have so many women served in combat roles as they have in recent conflicts. Track American women's increasing participation in war as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats, and spies. Find out why some women serve— and lead — and hear directly from them about their experiences and challenges.

Find Support & Resources


Center for Women Veterans

A new site that provides outreach to female service members and female veterans who have questions about health care, benefits information, and more.

The Mission Continues

Empowering veterans facing the challenge of adjusting to life at home to find new missions. They redeploy veterans in their communities, so that their shared legacy will be one of action and service.

Team Rubicon

Enriching the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

24 hours a day,
7 days a week,
365 days a year.

Get help NOW Call or Text 838255

See More Stories Like This

Image from Invisible War

The Invisible War

close

The Invisible War exposes one of the United States's most shameful and best-kept secrets: the epidemic of rape within the military. Today, a female soldier in Iraq and Afghanistan is more likely to be raped by a fellow soldier than killed by enemy fire.      

Visit the Site

portraits by David Gilkey at NPR

What Do Homeless Vets look like?

close

Homeless veterans, though, may not see themselves as "homeless veterans" at all. If you passed one on the street, you might not even know it. Read 9 conversations from a pop-up photo studio in San Diego by Claire O’Neill and portraits by David Gilkey at NPR.

Visit the Site

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) and her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L)

StoryCorps – Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar

close

Tech Sgt. MaCherie Dunbar (R) was deployed twice to Iraq in 2007-2008. At StoryCorps, MaCherie told her girlfriend, Barb Maglaqui (L), about one of the hardest things she had to do while overseas. MaCherie is an Air Force reservist and lives in Fairbanks, Alaska. She is hoping to retire from the Air Force this year because of PTSD.

Visit the Site

NPR America's Women Warriors

NPR Series – America’s Women Warriors

close

A six-part NPR series on women in the military; from MST to combat to transitioning home. This series specifically focuses on the unique challenges women face in the military.

Visit the Site

A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home

Google Map of Maine

Story by Quil Lawrence. Map data provided by Google Maps.


Veterans in some rural areas have to travel hundreds of miles on empty interstates to get health care, losing a day of work or sometimes two. A new program lets them see nearby doctors instead.


Military Women Combat Challenges in Service

NPR honors five women who have fought for our country. All five are also authors. Hear how they hope to encourage a new generation of women in the military. (Note: Originally aired on Veterans's Day 2013.)



Hear more stories about Veterans at NPR.org.

Find Support & Resources

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.

Find Your County Veterans Service Officer

Start by connecting with your County Veterans Service Officer (CVSO).

Volunteer Locally to Help Veterans

There are many different ways you can help a disabled veteran. Volunteering is one of them.

Veterans Crisis Line, 18002738255 press 1

24 hours a day,
7 days a week,
365 days a year.

Get help NOW Call or Text 838255


Explore some of the best resources and opportunities for veterans