Veterans Day Around the Nation

BY Saskia de Melker  November 11, 2011 at 10:19 AM EDT

Soldiers from Ft. Lee, Virginia help mark Veterans Day ceremonies at the World War II Memorial November 11, 2011 in Washington, DC.(Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

President Obama praised the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq and impending handover in Afghanistan at a Veterans Day ceremony at Arlington Cemetery Friday, saying that “the tide of war is receding” and calling on American businesses to hire veterans returning from war.


We look at coverage of veterans’ issues from our public media partners from elsewhere around the nation:

KPBS’s Home Post reports on a recent Pew study showing that the millions of “wounded warriors” in America are not getting the government help they need to readjust after military service.

KUT talks with several veterans in Texas who are returning home and looking for jobs in the civilian world.

With 6.1 million veterans living in rural communities, Harvest Public Media reports on the opportunity for veterans to transition to careers in the farm field.

KPCC has created an interactive map to share stories of those who have served in the military. You can mark the place where you, your friends, family or loved ones have been stationed throughout the world.

A new traveling exhibit currently at the Minnesota History Center focuses on the year 1968, one of the most turbulent years in America’s history. MN Original of TPT features the exhibit which includes a replica of a Huey Helicopter from the Vietnam era assembled by a group of more than 20 veteran volunteers.

South Carolina’s ETV takes an in-depth look at Honor Flights, a non-profit group that gives veterans the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

Photographer Suzanne Opton photographed the young men and women who volunteer for military service. Her series of photos are featured on NPR’s website.

Where We Live of CPTV has a conversation about the transition from military to civilian life for the thousands of veterans who have and will return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

On Need to Know, documentarian Sebastian Junger proposes a way to help veterans who struggle with the painful memories of civilian deaths: a memorial to the victims of American wars.

U.S. Army Pvt. Sulala Thompson cheers as fellow soldiers arrive for a welcome home ceremony for troops returning from Iraq on November 10, 2011 in Fort Carson, Colorado.(Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)