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Upcoming Events


The Wall That Heals SponsorUnityPoint Health - Trinity


Opening Ceremony
July 27, 2017

On Two Fronts Screening
July 27, 2017

Military Kids Day
July 28, 2017

Veteran's History Project Day
July 29, 2017

Closing Ceremony
July 30, 2017

The Wall That Heals Coming in July

The Wall That Heals

This July, WQPT-Quad Cities PBS will be hosting The Wall That Heals along with a series events, including Veterans History Project, televised screenings, Military Kids Day and more.

The Wall That Heals is mobile half-scale replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial (The Wall) in Washington, D.C., accompanied by a Mobile Education Center.

The Wall That Heals exhibit is an outstanding educational tool. It also provides veterans who have been unable to cope with the prospect of facing The Wall to find the strength and courage to do so within their own communities, thus allowing the healing process to begin. The Wall that Heals allows the souls enshrined on the Memorial to exist once more among family and friends in the peace and comfort of familiar surroundings.

The Mobile Education Center features memorabilia left at the The Wall in Washington, D.C. along with personal letters and information about the conflict in Vietnam.

The Wall That Heals exhibit will be available to view at the Western Illinois University-Quad Cities campus, located at 6600 334th Avenue, Moline. Additional information regarding events and other activities will be posted as it becomes available.

WQPT is looking for volunteers (sign up now) and sponsor (contact us) for these events.






Letters Home to Hero Street Curriculum
Produced for PBS LearningMedia

Letters Home to Hero Street is now available to teachers nationwide through PBS LearningMedia, (LINK) which provides access to thousands of free, innovative, standards-aligned and curriculum-targeted digital resources. The curriculum was created with the help of Illinois Public Media.

Produced by WQPT and Fourth Wall Films, Letters Home to Hero Street earned a Mid America EMMY nomination, as well as awards at the Cedar Rapids Independent Film Festival. Letters Home to Hero Street explores the story of Frank Sandoval, one of the Hero Street Eight. Sandoval was born in 1920 and grew up on Second Street in Silvis, Illinois.


Sesame Street Launches New Resources
for Military Families

Sesame Street for Military Families: Transitions is latest effort in Sesame Workshop's 11-year commitment to support the needs of military families. Previous Sesame Street initiatives have addressed milestones and life changes such as deployments, homecomings, injuries, and even grief. Now Elmo and Rosita present new resources for families transitioning from active duty to civilian life. Developed through extensive research and recommendations from parents, caregivers, as well as childcare and military advisors, this initiative features the lovable Elmo and Rosita who offer encouragement and helpful tips for military families as they plan to leave the military. Read more

Share Your Story of Service


Featured Events & Activities

Honor Flights Planned

May 4, June 8, and August 31

The public is invited to attend the Honor Flight welcome home starting at 10:00pm on May 4. Honor Flight of the Quad Cities asks that veterans do not call, but wait to be called. Veterans are assigned slots in order of date that applications were received, with WWII and Korean veterans being given priority.

Read more

Blue Devil Raider Challenge

Saturday, May 13 | 6:00am–3:00pm
Brady Street Stadium, Davenport

The Davenport Central HS Army JROTC "Blue Devil" Battalion is sponsoring the 10th Annual Blue Devil Raider Challenge, which will feature the JROTC Raider teams from five Midwest schools competing in physical fitness events and adventure training chal-lenges. The public is welcome.

Trout Fishing Outing for Veterans and Families

Saturday, May 13

The "Blue Devil" Battalion is sponsoring the 10th Annual Blue Devil Raider Challenge, which will feature the JROTC Raider teams from five Midwest schools competing in physical fitness events and adventure training chal-lenges. The public is welcome.

Register online & learn more


Find other events online at Hooah Quad Cities.

Featured WQPT Program

Coming on April 30 The Great War

In conjunction with the 100th anniversary of America’s entry into the war on April 6, 1917, The Great War, a six-hour documentary presented over three nights, explores how World War I changed America and the world. Drawing on the latest scholarship, including unpublished diaries, memoirs and letters, The Great War tells the rich and complex story of the conflict through the voices of nurses, journalists, aviators and the American troops who came to be known as "doughboys." The series explores the experiences of African-American and Latino soldiers, suffragists, Native American "code talkers," and others whose participation in the war to "make the world safe for democracy" has been largely forgotten.

Sunday, April 30 at 8:00pm. Explore more




Watch Online

Featured Program  

Veterans Coming Home: Valor Has No Gender

"Many have made the ultimate sacrifice, including more than 150 women who have given their lives in Iraq and Afghanistan – patriots whose sacrifices show that valor has no gender." President Barack Obama, Jan. 24, 2013. Nancy Lacore, USN Reservist and mother of six embarks on a 160 mile run, honoring the 160 US military women who died in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Watch now     Duration: 7:41


Veteran Resources

Veterans Coming Home

Coming back to civilian life brings new challenges, new opportunities and stories of remarkable courage and accomplishment. Public media tells stories that help communities understand the veteran experience. And through Veterans Coming Home, public media connects veterans to resources and services for a successful transition to civilian life.

Resources for Veterans

Resources   Resources

Health Resources

Getting help is a good thing. Find select county, state and federal resources for taking action, from getting service connected to managing benefits. Learn more

Family Resources

Reintegrating to family life can be extremely challenging. Get tools that can help veterans, spouses and kids navigate the rough spots.
Learn more

Resources   Resources

Educational Resources

There are numerous educational incentives and resources for veterans seeking degrees or job training. Access a GI Bill comparison tool or get connected with student veterans groups and other useful educational resources. Learn more

Job Resources

Find tools for translating military experience to civilian job skills and other resources for transitioning to the civilian workplace or for helping employers understand veterans.
Learn more

Hooah! Quad Cities
Veteran's Crisis Line
Military Families
Jason's Box
Stories of Service
Military Workforce Symposium

Resources are available from WQPT's Military Workforce Symposium offer career building, volunteering and other resources. Plus resources for HR professionals.
Learn more

About Embracing Our Military

Led by WQPT–Quad Cities PBS, the Embracing Our Military initiative raises awareness of important issues to the military community. Embracing Our Military is an on-going community-based dialog through 2016. Look for special events and monthly programming that supports and educates the region about this important topic to citizens in our region. In cooperation with numerous community partners, we will continue to be a welcoming place for our military members, veterans and their families.

Initiative Goals: Connecting our military community to resources; Fostering an understanding of military life; Examining the societal perception of soldiers and the wars they fight; Highlighting local QC veterans and their stories; and Promoting the accomplishments of the Rock Island Arsenal to our region.

Through on-air programming, events, and collaborations with like-minded organizations WQPT hopes to create a region-wide dialogue about the essential contributions the military and veterans population make toward the prosperity of its community. Started in November 2013, the initiative will continue through December 2016.

Financial Partners

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois

The Machine Shed Restaurant

Association of the United States Army CBS4 QC Online Hooah! Quad Cities Jason's Box Mediacom WILL WLLR WOC 1420 WVIK QC Theatre Workshop USO Veterans Funeral Care Moline Public Library Veterans History Project

Collaborative Partners


Supporting Partners

Adonai Community Support Services



Alcoa Veterans Affinity Group

American Legion Davenport
Post #26

American Red Cross
of the Quad Cities Area

Army One Source

Association of the United States Army
Rock Island Chapter

(The) Berta Law Firm

Bi-State Regional Planning Commission

Black Hawk College Veterans Center

Bridging the Gap for
Homeless Veterans

Care Animal Center


City of East Moline


Community Health Care Inc.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Congressman Dave Loebsack

Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Driftwood Pub

Edward Jones

Family Resources


Fontaine Consulting

Fresh Blends

Genesis Systems Group

Give an Hour

Hancock Management

Happy Joe's Pizza - Moline

Hola! America

Home Base Iowa

Honor Flight
of the Quad Cities

HJ Press and Associates


Iowa Representative
Linda Miller

Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities

Jim's Place

John Deere QC Military
Resource Group

JTM Concepts

Leisure Lanes

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

Management Resource Association

Mandus Group

MAVA Hero Street Chapter 4

Midwest Military Outreach

Midwest Writing Center

Military Cost Cutters

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Necker’s Jewelers

Operation Life Preserver

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Peach Blossoms: Western Illinois
University's Veterans Club

Pendulum Resources

Michel Pontarelli
Certified Career Coach

Putnam Museum

Quad City International Airport

QC Military Affairs Council

QC Millwright #2158

Quad City Theater Workshop

R & R Sports, Inc

Ray'z Barber Shop

Rhythm City Casino

Rivermont Collegiate

Rock Island Arsenal
Development Group

Rock Island Arsenal
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

Rock Island Arsenal
Welcome Club

Rock Island Economic
Growth Organization


Scott County Veterans Affairs


Skeffington’s Formal Wear


Skip a Long Open Door

Smooth Cool Treats

Society of American Military Engineers RIA Post

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

St. Ambrose Veterans Services

Steve Garrington

Stuff Etc.

Team Red, White & Blue


Tri City Building and Construction
Trades Council

Trimble Funeral Home
and Crematory

Trinity College of Nursing
and Health Sciences

True North Family Chiropractic


University of Dubuque
VET Center

University of Illinois Extension

University of Iowa
Quad Cites MBA-PM

Upper Iowa University

VA Homeless Outreach Center
Rock Island


Vet Center

Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter #299

Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter #776

Jennifer Vondracek:
Mindfulness and Yoga Trainer

Women in Defense
Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Michael, Susan & Emma Wahlmann

WILL Interactive

Wordsy Woman

Get Involved

You can be a part of this community effort to supportive of active duty, retired military, veterans and their families in our region.

To become a supportive, collaborative, media or financial partner, please contact WQPT at 309/764-2400
or use our online contact form.

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