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Featured Upcoming Events

The Civilian—Military Divide

Wednesday, January 14

The Civilian - Military Divide: Bridging The Gap - The Army is at War and America is at Walmart Retired Army Chaplain Scott Fluegel recently retired from active duty after 35 years of service which included deployment to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Korea. He also served as a Family Life chaplain providing Marriage and Family counseling for deployed soldiers and their families. His final assignment brought him to the Rock Island Arsenal with the Joint Munitions Command. According to Chaplain Fluegel, “Over the past decade America's long war in Iraq and Afghanistan has produced a gap of misunderstanding between those who serve in the military and the larger public. We’ll explore the clash of cultures that lies behind this crisis by viewing a film, The Civilian-Military Divide. This film explores the moral, strategic and personal reasons we are all part of the civil-military debate”.

Wednesday January 14 6:30–8:00pm. at Veterans Funeral Care at Trimble Pointe, 701 12th Street, Moline.


Special Screening: Letters Home to Hero Street

Thursday, January 15

Letters Home to Hero Street is a new documentary produced by WQPT and Fourth Wall Films which focuses on the letters sent home from one of the eight soldiers (whom died during World War II and the Korean conflict) who also all lived on 2nd Street in Silvis—now known as "Hero Street". The street was named in their honor.

We hope you'll join WQPT for the FREE Special Screening of the documentary on Thursday, January 15 at 6:00pm. Held at Our Lady of Guadalupe 800 17th Street, Silvis. Light refreshments will be served before and a question and answer period will follow the screening.



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

Featured WQPT Programs

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Generals at War

Thursday, January 1 at 9:00pm.

Street Vets

Monday, January 5 at 9:00pm.

Letters Home to Hero Street

Friday, January 16 at 7:00pm.

Veteran Resources

Military Workforce Symposium

Resources are available from WQPT's Military Workforce Symposium held in November including career building, volunteering and resources for human resource professionals.
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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:

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

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 2015. 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: 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.


Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Edward Jones

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

John Deere QC Military
Resource Group

Management Resource Association

MAVA Hero Street Chapter 4

Midwest Military Outreach, Inc.

Military Cost Cutters

National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Operation Life Preserver

Palmer College of Chiropractic

Peach Blossoms: Western Illinois
University's Veterans Club

Michel Pontarelli, Certified Career Coach

Putnam Museum

Quad City International Airport

QC Millwright #2158

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

Trinity College of Nursing
and Health Sciences


United States Coast Guard
MSD Rock Island

University of Iowa Quad Cites MBA-PM

Upper Iowa University

Jennifer Vondracek:
Mindfulness and Yoga Trainer

Women in Defense
Iowa/Illinois Chapter

Michael, Susan & Emma Wahlmann

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


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