WQPT Embracing Our Military

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Featured Events

1st Annual Patriot Derby Challenge

Saturday, March 12 | Camp Loud Thunder, 9906 175th Street West, Illinois City

Veterans of the United States Military will compete with one another and against Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts and Girl Scouts in a one-of-a-kind Pinewood Derby Race. Awards will be given for Most Patriotic, Best Workmanship, Best Paint Job, Most Unusual Shape, and Judges’ Favorite. Trophies will be given to the troop or pack with the highest placing scout, and the highest placing scout and highest placing veteran will also be awarded a trophy.

Weigh-In starts at 10:00am | Racing begins at 11:00am | Food and refreshments will be available

For more information, contact Shane Kern 309/755-3260 or shane.kern@va.gov



Regional Events

Marine Corps JROTC Trivia Night

Saturday, February 17

Reserve your table for the annual Marine Corps JROTC Trivia Night with amazing auction items to support the MCJROTC. $10 person/$80 table. Begins at 7:00PM. Pay at the door or make your reservation now at 563/370-5199. Knights of Columbus, Davenport

Veterans Conference

Tuesday, March 27

Eastern Iowa/Western Illinois Veterans Conference activities include Military Culture Training (a workshop for faculty, staff and employers), help with resumes, an Internships and Employment Career and Resource Fair, and a networking social.
Learn more

Fly the Flag
High Day

Thursday, June 14

A reminder of pride and patriotism. The span of the Master Sgt. Stanley Talbot Memorial Bridge, formerly known as the Centennial Bridge, will have approximately 385 U.S. Flags, unfurled 170 feet above the mighty Mississippi River, as proud Quad-City volunteer citizens hold them high.
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Featured WQPT Programs

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Fishing Behind the Lines

Mondays in February at 12:30PM


Searching for Augusta

Saturday, February 10 at 4:00PM

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Above and Beyond

Saturday, February 17 at 4:00PM


Navy Heroes of Normandy

Saturday, February 24 at 4:00PM


Stories of Service

Stephen Blake

Nathan & Annie Cox
Mark Hunt Julie Johnson
Allan Ross Chris Thodos
Michael Weinrich Alan Wilson

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

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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.
Learn more

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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
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 2018. 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 2018.

Financial Partners


National Defense Industrial Association Iowa/Illinois

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

Healing Heroes in the Heartland

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 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.

Sundance for Our Soldiers

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, contact Michael Carton at 309/764-2400 x.65026 or
use our online contact form.

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