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Ryan Goss couldn't have dreamed of the type of education he would receive in college. After arriving on campus as a sheltered teen, Ryan found himself through the world of improv humor and connecting to veterans.

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While serving his country in Saudi  Arabia, Airman Dwayne Parker lost vision in his right eye. Like thousands of  our servicemen and women wounded in action in Iraq and Afghanistan, Dwayne returned home to a life filled with challenges. For Dwayne, frustration and depression soon followed.

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Dan Hallock's journey took this veteran from drug abuse and homelessness to complete restoration.  Dan attributes much of his turn around to his relationship with VetsHouse and Executive Director of the Virginia Beach Program, William "Smitty" Smith.

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The inclusive Fine Arts Magnet Program in York County Schools offers students from kindergarten to graduation multiple opportunities to engage in the arts, whether it's dance, theater, music, or literature.

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Connected to the Community

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

Emerging Leaders Board

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

Past Community Initiatives

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

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