A Veterans Coming Home Connecting Point Special
A special Memorial Day encore presentation
This Connecting Point special features stories from WGBY’s Veterans Coming Home series, focusing on supporting veterans in their successful transition back to civilian life. For more information and to connecting with local & national resources, please visit Veterans Coming Home.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) states that the nation’s homeless veterans are predominantly male, with roughly 8% being female. The majority are single; live in urban areas; and suffer from mental illness, alcohol and/or substance abuse, or co-occurring disorders. About 12% of the adult homeless population are veterans. Produce Dave Fraser talks with several local Veterans and shares their stories of transitioning out of the US military and the challenges they faced.
Military Sexual Trauma (Part 2)
Military sexual trauma, or MST, is the term used by the VA to refer to experiences of sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that a veteran experienced during his or her military service. National data reveals that about 1 in 4 women and 1 in 100 men respond “yes,” when asked if they experienced MST when screened by their VA provider. Recently we talked to two women veterans who experienced MST. They talked about the difficulty in getting someone to listen and what they did to get the help they needed.
Northeast Veteran Training & Rehabilitation Center
Northeast Veteran Training and Rehabilitation Center (NVTRC) in Gardner, MA is the first and only facility in the United States to serve afflicted veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families by combining housing, physical therapy, counseling and college courses for PTSD, TBI, amputees and burn patients.
Art Therapy for Veterans
For many veterans, art therapy has been a valuable tool in their transition to civilian life. During our time at Soldier On we met a veteran in the women’s program who shared her story of how the discovery of art as therapy helped her, many years after she transitioned out of the military.