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Upcoming Events

FeaturePunt, Pass and Kick Competition
Saturday, August 23

Starting at 10:00am. Rock Island Arsenal Canon Flats

CYSS is hosting a local NFL Punt Pass and Kick competition for children aged 6–15. This is a FREE event for all children, military and civilian. Participants must register online (link) or stop at the School Age Center in Building 150 (on the Rock Island Arsenal) to fill out a paper form. The top finishers in each age group* will advance to a sectional competition. For more information, call 309/782-0511.


Would you like to have your veteran related events posted on our calendar? Simply contact us for information.

Featured WQPT Programs

Featured Program Featured Program

The Making of A Green River

Tuesday, August 5 at 8:00pm.

Rock Island Arsenal: Inside the Gates

Tuesday, August 5 at 8:30pm.


Veteran Resources

Veterans Coming Home

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

Visit veteranscominghome.org to browse the list of themes below:

Resources   Resources

Health Resources for Veterans

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

Family Resources for Veterans

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

Resources   Resources

Educational Resources for Veterans

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. Read more

Job Resources for Veterans

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.
Read more

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

About Embracing Our Military

Led by your regional PBS station, WQPT–Quad Cities PBS, the Embracing Our Military initiative raises awareness of important issues to the military community. It is an on-going community based dialog through 2015. Look for special events and programming each month that promotes this project. In cooperation with numerous community partners, we will continue to be a welcoming place for our military members, veterans and their families.

Initiative Goals: 1) increase the number of veterans connecting with local resources and 2) raise the visibility of the military community at the Rock Island Arsenal in the greater Quad Cities area. Through on-air programming, events, and collaborations with like-minded organizations WQPT is hoping 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 2015.

Embracing Our Military Collaborative Partners


Embracing Our Military
Supporting Partners

Adonai Community Support Services

American Legion Davenport Post #26

American Red Cross
of the Quad Cities Area

Association of the United States Army
Rock Island Chapter

Bi-State Regional Planning Commission

Black Hawk College Veterans Center

Bridging the Gap for
Homeless Veterans

City of East Moline

Community Health Care Inc.

Family Resources

Give An Hour—Tanja Duffey

Hola! America

Home Base Iowa

HJ Press and Associates

Illinois Procurement Technical
Assistance Center


Iowa Representative Linda Miller

Jewish Federation
of the Quad Cities

Management Resource Association

MAVA Hero Street Chapter 4

Midwest Military Outreach, Inc.

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Operation Life Preserver

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Peach Blossoms: Western Illinois
University's Veterans Club

Putnam Museum

Quad City International Airport

Rhythm City Casino

Rivermont Collegiate

Rock Island Arsenal
Sergeant Audie Murphy Club

Scott County Veterans Affairs

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

Tri City Building and Construction
Trades Council

Trimble Funeral Home
and Crematory

United States Coast Guard
MSD Rock Island

Michael, Susan & Emma Wahlmann


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 Jamie Lange at 309/764-2400 or e-mail: jl-lange2@wiu.edu.


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