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Covering Veterans' Issues: What Happens When Soldiers Come Home

About This Course

With thousands of soldiers headed home from Iraq and Afghanistan, the government “safety net” for veterans is being strained far beyond its capacity. Learn to evaluate how well local and federal programs are meeting the needs of veterans.

This Webinar will help you unravel the web of bureaucracies responsible for providing services to veterans, assess whether agencies are delivering on their promises and bring to light their successes and failures.

What Will I Learn?

  • How the Department of Veterans Affairs works and how to get crucial information
  • Who in Congress and the executive branch monitors the VA’s effectiveness
  • How to assess whether the VA is delivering the quality health care — especially mental health treatment — that returning soldiers need

Who Should Take this Course?

Reporters, producers, bloggers, freelancers and others who cover veterans, military, government, mental health and social issues.

Course Instructor

Joe Bergantino

Joe Bergantino is the co-founder, co-director and senior investigative reporter of the New England Center for Investigative Reporting. Bergantino has been a national and local investigative reporter for almost 30 years. He spent most of his career as the I-Team Reporter for WBZ-TV in Boston. He also did investigative reporting for WPLG-TV, the Washington Post-owned TV station in Miami, and spent five years as a correspondent for ABC News where he reported for World News Tonight, Nightline and Good Morning America.


The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering communities of educated, informed and engaged citizens. Through philanthropic programs, Cantigny Park and museums, the foundation helps develop citizen leaders and works to make life better in our communities. The foundation was established as a charitable trust in 1955, upon the death of Col. Robert R. McCormick, the longtime editor and publisher of the Chicago Tribune. The foundation is one of the nation's largest foundations, with more than $1 billion in assets.

This $30 course is free thanks to the generous support of the Robert R. McCormick Foundation.

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