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Featured Upcoming Events

Operation Toy Solider

Through December 17

Veterans Funeral Care and WaterMark Corners in Moline are collecting new toys for families where a parent is deployed this Christmas or for local military families in need. New, unwrapped toys will be collected in their lobbies through December 17 for local distribution before Christmas. Please stop by Veterans Funeral Care and WaterMark Corners in Moline with a toy.

 

AUSA Rock Island Chapter's Army–Navy Game

Saturday, December 13

Join the AUSA at the Rock Island Arsenal Golf Club at 2:00pm. for the Army–Navy Game. The Army-Navy game is one of the most traditional and enduring rivalries in college football.
Cash bar and food available for purchase.
This American college football rivalry game between the teams of the United States Military Academy (USMA) at West Point, New York and the United States Naval Academy (USNA) at Annapolis, Maryland.

 

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.

Calendar

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Featured WQPT Programs

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Candy Bomber

Sunday, December 6
6:00pm.

 

Maggie’s War

Wednesday, December 17
8:00pm.

 

Globe Trekker

Wednesday, December 17
9:00pm.

 

Generals at War

Thursday, December 18
8:00pm.

 

Call to Service

Tuesday, December 30
9:00pm.

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.
Learn more

 
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
 
USO
 
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

Sponsors
Sponsors
Sponsors

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

IowaWORKS

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

SCORE

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

Tyson

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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