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Louisiana Veterans Back Home (2018)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2018-10-24

Duration: 00:57:51

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


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Levier, Cory Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Pollard, Dana Interviewee
  • Beaudoin, Rodney Interviewee
  • Durham, Dwayne Interviewee
  • Nutting, Stephen Interviewee
  • Boullion, Michelle Interviewee
  • Dorrington, Brandon Interviewee
  • Tete, Dylan Interviewee
  • Washington, Anne Interviewee
  • Gaines, Ivan Speaker
  • Breaux, Brandon Speaker
  • Andrews, B.J. Speaker
  • Lawrence, Angella Speaker
  • Comeaux, Byron Speaker
  • Watson, Emeric Speaker
  • Yarbrough, Andrew, Jr. Speaker
  • Hanson, Brandi Speaker
  • Townsend, Jaye Speaker
  • Oleson, Eric Speaker
  • Whitney, Tonya Speaker
  • Lawrence, Keith Speaker
  • Brewer, Jeremy Panelist
  • Payer, Julie Baxter Panelist
  • Sapp, Dexter Panelist
  • Boullion, Michelle Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from October 24, 2018, features Cory Levier leading a discussion between the audience members and panelists on the programs available to post-9/11 veterans in Louisiana to help them transition back to civilian life. A background report on the topic precedes the discussion. It highlights three programs: the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service’s therapy gardens at the VA Health Center in Pineville; the Louisiana Veterans Entrepreneurship program at LSU in Baton Rouge; and the Bastion Community of Resilience in New Orleans. The audience members then discuss the work of their veterans organizations. A panel of experts then joins the audience to answer their questions. The panelists are: Jeremy Brewer, the program director for the Bastion Community of Resilience; Julie Baxter Payer, the executive counsel for the Louisiana Department of Veterans Affairs; Dexter Sapp, the outreach coordinator for the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service; and Michelle Boullion, the administrator of the Louisiana Entrepreneurship Program. They discuss: success stories from their programs; services that offer alternative healing therapies and mindfulness training; the need for a comprehensive list of the resources available to veterans in Louisiana; homeless veterans; the special needs of women veterans; and legal assistance for veterans. This program is a part of the Veterans Coming Home initiative. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Cory Levier