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Upcoming Events

Stay tuned! We are currently working on our speakers and events for 2016. Check back soon for updated information.
Have an idea for an important speaker? Contact us online or call 309/764-2400.



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.

"We are grateful for the generous support of Bob Ontiveros, Matthew Casillas, LULAC Council No. 10 of Davenport and Darryl Morin for making funding available for the creation of the 'Letters Home' lesson plans," said Mary Pruess WQPT general manager. "We are also grateful to the Sandoval family for their assistance."


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 loveable 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


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

Escape from Firebase Kate

Sunday, May 15 at 8:00pm.
Thursday, May 19 at 8:00pm.


Heroes On Deck

Sunday, May 15 at 9:00pm.
Thursday, May 19 at 9:00pm.


Featured Program Featured Program

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam

Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm.
Thursday, May 26 at 8:00pm.


Music & Might

Sunday, May 29 at 7:00pm.

Featured Program Featured Program

Bring Home the Fallen

Sunday, May 29 at 8:00pm.


Hallowed Grounds

Sunday, May 29 at 9:00pm.

Featured Program Featured Program

Omaha Beach: Honor and Sacrifice

Sunday, May 29 at 10:00pm.


We Served Too

Sunday, May 29 at 11:00pm.


Watch Online

Featured Program  

Veterans Coming Home: Creativets

Richard Casper wanted to do something to assist other veterans transitioning from service to civilian life, so he founded Creativets. With the help of professional singer/songwriters, Richard uses music and arts as a means of therapy for veterans. Creativets takes veterans to Nashville, where they share their war time experience with talented musicians, who help them tell their story through song.

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Veteran Resources

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

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

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

Lutheran Social Services of Illinois

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


City of East Moline


Community Health Care Inc.

Congresswoman Cheri Bustos

Congressman Dave Loebsack

Dahl Ford

DES Employment Group

Edward Jones

Family Resources


Fontaine Consulting

Genesis Systems Group

Give an Hour

Hancock Management

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

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

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

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



Skip a Long Open Door

Society of American Military Engineers RIA Post

Soldiers Veterans Families Resources
of the Quad Cities (SVFR)

St. Ambrose Veterans Services

Steve Garrington

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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