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Bridging the Military-Civilian Divide

In Our Community

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Transitioning from Military to Civilian Life

See how photography helped veteran Lechon Kirb transition to civilian life and how he's now helping other veterans.

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Horses And Heroes

Veteran Therapy & Counseling

Horses are being put to work to help military veterans battling PTSD and a variety of injuries. See how the University of Central Florida's Horses and Heroes program and the Camaraderie are using therapy to help military veterans and their families.

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UCF - Veterans Academic Resource Center

Veterans Education & Employment

See how education and employment are crucial to veterans transitioning to civilian life, and see how the University of Central Florida is playing a key role with the VARC program.

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The Mission Continues - Orlando

The Mission Continues in Central Florida

See how The Mission Continues is changing lives of Central Florida military veterans as they transition back to civilian life.  

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2016 Invictus Games

Invictus Games 2016

“Invictus” means “unconquered.” For veterans who have been injured while serving their country, sport can provide an invaluable holistic healing process. Host Diane Trees discusses the importance of the Invictus Games with a competitor and an organizer of the 2016 Games, which will be held in Orlando and will include athletes from 15 countries. Opening Ceremony Photo Gallery:

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Invictus Games

Navy swimmer from Oviedo recovers to compete in Invictus Games

Former Navy rescue swimmer Michael Roggio recovered from a major injury to compete in the 2016 Invictus Games in Orlando.

Thousands of friends, family and fans welcome more than 500 competitors representing 14 nations at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort.
Roggio joined the Navy in 2006 to see the world and to right some of the wrongs he experienced growing up. During his naval career, he particularly enjoyed working on drug and human trafficking enforcement missions, as well as executing rescues. In 2009, shortly after returning home from deployment, he was injured in the aircraft hangar at Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron Light 46 (HSL-46). He could not stand up or move his legs after his injury, and was later diagnosed with spinal cord damage and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). He spent years rehabilitating and recovering the full use of this limbs. In 2009 he earned a Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal. Roggio retired from the Navy in 2013. He is currently focused on his recovery, hoping to reach a point where he can be independent of a caregiver. He said adaptive sports have been a very positive influence throughout that process. “I am an athlete that never gives up. I was given a dismal chance at recovery and that did not stop me. I rebuilt my life from the ground up and I want to motivate others to fight the odds and find quality in life again,” said Roggio.

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J.P. Ledet

Stories of Service – J.P. Ledet

World War II veteran J.P. Ledet talks about his experience when the Atomic bomb was dropped.

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Daila Espeut-Jones

Stories of Service – Daila Espeut-Jones

First Sergeant Daila Espeut-Jones U.S. Army Retired, talks about why the military is important to her life.

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Dennis Joyner

Stories of Service – Dennis Joyner

On June 26, 1969, after only 32 days in Vietnam, U.S. Army PFC Dennis Joyner lost his left arm and both of his legs in an explosion.

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Mark-Lundstrom

Stories of Service Mark Lundstrom

TSgt Mark Lundstrom - U.S. Air Force Retired, tells his stories of service.  

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Stay In Step

Romy Camargo: Stay In Step

As a chief warrant officer for the Green Berets in 7th Special Forces Group, Camargo helped train Colombian troops to fight drug traffickers and survived deadly firefights, rocket-propelled grenades, mortars and roadside bombs in Afghanistan.
Then came the shot that did not miss.

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Horses and Heroes.

Horses and Heroes

A look at how horses in Osceola County are helping to heal veterans returning home from war.

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A WWII B-29 bomber flies the skies above Orlando.

The B-29 Superfortress

The B-29 Superfortress was a World War II bomber that was instrumental in the U.S. campaign against Japan. Close to 4,000 were built during the war, but today only ONE still flies. Harry Boswell is a 92-year-old veteran who flew B-29s in the war...and he boarded her for a memorable flight from Orlando to DeLand. Our camera was there to record this grand reunion.

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Steve Piscitelli, a sculptor from Central Florida, uses his experiences from the Vietnam War as inspiration to create his art.

Art Therapy for Veterans

Steve Piscitelli, a sculptor from Central Florida, uses his experiences from the Vietnam War as inspiration to create his art. He found that his art also helps him heal emotionally from the images he saw in combat.

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Tuskegee Airmen

Tuskegee Airmen

Three special World War 2 veterans were honored recently at the Orlando Science Center at the groundbreaking of a new monument to celebrate the Tuskegee airmen...the first all African American military airmen. They had to overcome racial discrimination and segregation of the 1940s just to be able to join the Army Air Forces. The pilots talk about their experiences as young black men just trying to do their part for their country.

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Helping Central Florida's returning Veterans.

Metro Center Outlook – Returning Veterans

For many of our veterans coming back from war, adjusting to civilian life can certainly have its challenges.  In this episode we'll hear about the surprising magnitude of the problems that face our veterans. Two Central Floridians talk about addressing the life-altering challenges that face our veterans when they return home.

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