Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War

California’s San Joaquin Valley is home to more than just farms and fields. It's also home to many of the state's veterans. In the special series, funded in part by Cal Humanities, Valley Public Radio will document the lives of local veterans from diverse backgrounds and communities. The series of radio features will air during Valley Edition and in a special in November 2014 on Veterans Day. The mini-documentaries will also be posted online at KVPR.org, as well as bonus audio and multimedia content.

The series will look at how these veterans, with remarkably different backgrounds and experiences, all share fundamental commonalities through their service. It will also explore the challenges and opportunities these men and women face as they return home to the San Joaquin Valley to begin a new chapter in their lives. Through first-hand accounts and sound-rich storytelling, the series will also seek to gain new insights into the lives of veterans, the San Joaquin Valley’s rural and urban communities, and our regional diversity. 

Support for this series comes from Cal Humanities, as part of the War Comes Home initiative. 

Community
1:12 pm
Tue December 16, 2014

Fresno Woman Helps Fellow Homeless Veterans Reclaim Their Lives

Anita Pascual walks by the apartment complex where the women veterans live. Her office is located in one of the apartments.
Credit Anita Pascual / Homefront

Many veterans struggle as they return home after serving this country. Among that group are women who may have a hard time making that transition, sometimes ending up on the verge of being homeless. As part of our series “Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War” FM89's Diana Aguilera reports on how a woman is determined to make a difference.

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Veterans
9:31 am
Tue November 11, 2014

A Veterans Day Love Story, From Sea To The Courtroom

Jason Trupkin is in his first semester of law school in Clovis, Calif.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

This report is the second piece in the Valley Public Radio series "Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War.Support for this series comes from Cal Humanities, as part of the War Comes Home initiative. 

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Valley Edition
3:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Can Veteran Homelessness End In Fresno By 2015?

Fresno Veterans Home. File Photo.
Credit Ezra David Romero / Valley Public Radio

In what may seem like a huge task, Fresno is looking to end veteran homelessness by 2015.  Last week the city announced its participation in a nationwide program - 25 Cities Initiative - to end veteran and chronic homelessness.

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Community
11:39 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Returning Home, Valley LGBT Veterans Fight Another War

John Coffee and his partner Brock Neely at the Rotary Veterans Park of Porterville, Calif.
Ezra David Romero Valley Public Radio

This report is the first in the Valley Public Radio series "Common Threads: Veterans Still Fighting The War.Support for this series comes from Cal Humanities, as part of the War Comes Home initiative. 

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