As we announced in August, NPT is part of a new nationwide project called Veterans Coming Home. The project includes a new digital series and broadcast spots, community discussions, a dedicated website at Veterans.wnpt.org and a social media campaign at veterans.wnpt.org/welcomewall.
We released our first video on August 18, “What War Feels Like.” Today, we release our second. In “Courage Beyond,” veteran Zachary Bell shares his experience getting out of the military and adjusting to civilian life.
Producer Will Pedigo shared these thoughts:
Veterans Coming Home is showing us that there are many challenges veterans face as they transition to civilian life. Some challenges are related to the isolation veterans experience as they lose touch with their fellow soldiers; others struggle to find a new purpose and career outside of the world where they thrived. Zachary Bell talked honestly about both of these issues in his interview. In this piece, he shares how a moment of loss motivated him to find a job working with veterans and families like his own. It’s a good thing that we have folks like Zachary Bell out there making a difference for those that have served all of us.
Today, Bell is an Outreach Specialist for Courage Beyond, part of Centerstone of America. Courage Beyond provides confidential, no-cost or low-cost programs and services to warriors and their loved ones facing post-traumatic stress disorder and other invisible wounds of military service. Learn more at couragebeyond.org or if you need support now, call 866.781.8010.