This post was written by guest contributor and deputy director for “Veterans Coming Home,” Cristina Hanson.
Today I’m excited for the launch of the first episode of Veterans Coming Home, an innovative digital-first series exploring the military–civilian divide from various perspectives of both veterans and civilians across the country.
This is a collaboration between Wisconsin Public Television and our national producing partners, Kindling Group, to produce digital shorts and a 10-part series in partnership with PBS Stories of Service. Veterans Coming Home aims to help veterans and communities understand the opportunities and challenges faced during the transition to civilian life and bridge the military-civilian divide. Veterans Coming Home is made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), with additional funding from Got Your Six.
The series explores themes common to veterans reintegrating to civilian life, including how veterans continue to seek the close bonds of a military unit after transitioning, the value of sharing and expressing their stories through art and comedy, and the notion of public and community service in civilian life. We’ve already previewed some stories from Wisconsinites:
In De Pere, Susan and Isaiah shared their experiences in healing and caring for one another more than a decade after Isaiah was injured by an improvised explosive device on a road in Iraq in 2003.
Or in Sussex, Katie – a seventh grader at Templeton Middle School – shared a profound perspective on the impact of war.
These are just a few of the many stories from the Veterans Coming Home team and communities across the country.