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Hampton Roads is home to over 217,000 veterans and each year 13,000 military personnel leave their respective branches of service and make the transition to civilian life. Though those numbers seem big, today, less than 1% of Americans have served, which is significantly down from 17% who served in World War II, and fewer and fewer civilians personally know someone in the military.

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Watching children experience the worth around them can warm your heart and bring a smile to your face. If you inquire about their dreams, there are so many fun and exciting things they’re eager share, but if you think that’s “all” that’s on their minds think again!

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Photo Credit: Virginian Pilot

In the span of just 48 hours, the fatal shooting of black men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and suburban St. Paul, Minn., by police officers -- and the murder of five police officers at a Dallas protest of those shame shootings, has tensions flared in cities all across America.

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Staff Sergeant Elizabeth Hash invited us to spend time with her family at home (and on the roller derby track) in Kansas City. We also spent time with her while she was on duty as an Army National Guard recruiter.

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Community Initiatives

Here's what we've currently got in the works to bring education, enlightenment, and inspiration to Hampton Roads.

American Graduate: Getting to Work initiative focuses on helping youth succeed in school, career, and life by exploring challenges to entering the workforce facing today's youth. Find out more


Hampton Roads is home to over 217,000 veterans. We're currently involved in these initiatives with them:

Veterans Coming Home

Veterans Coming Home explores "what works" for veterans as they return to civilian life sharing both the challenges and success stories of veterans who are making a difference in the workplace, on campus, and in their communities.

Wall of Faces

There are 1,307 names of Virginian Vietnam veterans listed on The Wall. WHRO is proud to spearhead a state-wide initiative and engage partners and community individuals to ensure every Virginian listed has a photo. Find out more

Race: Let's Talk About It

Stories and events that foster conversations about race relations in America. Find out more

Emerging Leaders Board

Young professionals passionate about public media and supporting its mission. Find out more

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