Alabama nonprofit unites PTSD-afflicted vets, military dogs for shared healing

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A June 22 post on the Alabama news blog Yellowhammer by Elizabeth Beshears profiles an initiative by an area organization to help veterans with PTSD adopt former service dogs suffering from the canine version of the condition to help each other recover. Read the story, which tackles a nationwide military health issue and localizes it through the lens of a local business’ endeavor – as well as sheds light on the more obscure issue of military-dog health – here.

Kentucky photographer uses family photos to give back to active-duty military

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A June 23 multimedia package from Lexington, Kentucky-based Lex18.com profiles the work of Tara Baldwin, a photographer from Jessamine County who has made it a mission to provide free photo-shoots to active-duty military families while the servicemen and women are home on leave. Find out more about this innovative exercise in giving back to U.S. military members via the video and text stories, which do a great job of telling a soft news story without sacrificing any audience impact, here.

Texas military moms create online haven for parents of children in uniform

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A June 22 multimedia package by Karla Castillo of KBTX.com in College Station, Texas tells the story behind a Facebook support group built by local military moms to help families dealing with separation from their children in uniform. It excels at uniting quality local storytelling with a widespread human issue, resulting in a story that hits home for military parents the world over. Check out the video and print stories here.

Female veterans, Maryland natives transition to life after active duty

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In a May 8 piece for Southern Maryland Newspapers Online published on SoMdNews.Com, staff writer Sara K. Taylor tells the stories of two female veterans’ journeys from active-duty military careers (in the Navy and Air Force) to college students. The story does a stellar job of tackling the issue of veteran education as well as the unique challenges faced by female veterans transitioning into civilian life, through a local lens.

Read it here.