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Louisiana Veterans Coming Home (2016)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2016-05-25

Duration: 00:57:50

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | Military | Veterans | Civil-military relations | Employment | Iraq War, 2003-2011 | Afghan War, 2001-


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Mann, Bob Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Zahn, Christopher Interviewee
  • Pollard, Dana Interviewee
  • Suldo, Jonathan Interviewee
  • Choate, Rylan Interviewee
  • LeBlanc, Scottie Interviewee
  • Gibson, Ken Interviewee
  • Sapp, Dexter Interviewee
  • Gibson, Stella Interviewee
  • Davis, James Speaker
  • Choate, Rylan Speaker
  • Pugh, John Speaker
  • Furr, Linda Speaker
  • Yaggy, Erin Oliver Speaker
  • Watson, Emeric Speaker
  • Droddy, Josh Speaker
  • Leger, Al Panelist
  • Huval, Angela Panelist
  • Athey, David "Gregg" Panelist
  • Hou, James Panelist
  • Allen, Bryan Speaker
  • Levier, Cory Speaker
  • Norton, Kevin Speaker
  • Townsend, Jaye Speaker
  • Tete, Dylan Speaker
  • Whitney, Tanya Speaker
  • Comeaux, Byron Speaker
  • Lee, Donna Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from May 25, 2016, features Bob Mann leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the challenges facing post-9/11 Louisiana veterans as they transition back to civilian life. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. The audience members, including veterans, discuss the challenges facing veterans and the work of several military support organizations from around the state. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Assistant Secretary Al Leger of the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs; Captain Angela Huval, a behavioral health officer with the Louisiana National Guard; Colonel David “Gregg” Athey, the Garrison Commander at Fort Polk; and James Hou, the Louisiana employment coordinator with the U.S. Department of Defense’s Hero2Hired program. They discuss: transitioning challenges; the military-civilian divide; the need to connect military personnel with the available resources before the transition; employment issues; self-employment opportunities, including agriculture; the organizations bridging the military-civilian divide; the importance of peer support; the unique challenges facing women veterans; connecting veterans with support organizations; and dealing with benefit claims. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Bob Mann