Veterans Coming Home

Funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and led by Wisconsin Public Television, Veterans Coming Home builds on public media’s strengths to address the needs of veterans in local communities. KCPT participated in the Veterans Coming Home initiative in 2016 and created local stories and hosted events focused on bridging the military-civilian divide. Visit KCPT's Veterans Coming Home site or check out some of the stories below.
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KC Veterans Embark on 'Tiny' Mission

A group of Kansas City veterans are combating homelessness among fellow veterans with tiny houses. The Veterans Community Project plans to place 45 to 50 tiny houses on several acres in south Kansas City.

The Pen is Mightier... 

“We’ve all got mud on our boots, or worse,” is the way H.C. Palmer describes the low-key group of veterans who meet once a month at the KC Public Library to sharpen their writing skills. As these men and women hone their literary craft, they also grapple with the kinds of issues that often confront those who’ve returned from military service.

Kansas City Veterans By the Numbers 

The Kansas City metro area is home to approximately 152,000 veterans. As part of the Veterans Coming Home initiative we look KC veteran population by age and conflict.


A Place of Their Own for Homeless Veterans 

From details like haircuts to major changes like a permanent residence, St. Michael's of Kansas City works to combat homelessness among area veterans. But they have to want to be helped, they say.

This story is part of KCPT's project Veterans Coming Home, an innovative cross-platform public media campaign that bridges America’s military-civilian divide by telling stories, challenging

Veteran Voices | Veterans Coming Home | KCPT

Kansas City veterans share how their service has impacted them and their hopes for the community.


Project Healing Waters 

Project Healing Waters in Kansas City, MO serves veterans through a unique form of therapy. Ranging from those who served in Vietnam to Iraq and Afghanistan, Project Healing Waters brings veterans together to tie flies, wade into cool streams and find fellowship along the way.

A Higher Purpose: KC Veteran Opens Rock Climbing Gym

When Andrew Potter left the Army in 2014 he began a journey to take his passion for rock climbing and adventure and build a state-of-the-art rock climbing gym. That several-year journey became RoKC, which opened in April as a a community space serving a higher purpose.

In collaboration with the non-profit Warriors' Ascent, Potter uses RoKC to help fellow veterans and first responders

KC Marine on a Mission to restore Vietnam Memorial Fountain

Michael Focke is a Marine, who served in the Iraq War. Now he spends his days connecting fellow veterans to transition services in Kansas City. One day after talking with local Vietnam veterans he decided to visit the Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Fountain. He found trash and a need for major repairs. After regular community clean-up events, Focke is on a mission to raise the money necessary to