Covering Veterans' Issues: What Happens When Soldiers Come Home

This Webinar was originally broadcast on:
May 02, 2012 Enroll Now
Watch and listen to the original one-hour Webinar in its entirety. This Webinar recording features the full presentation led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty including Q&A from the audience and resources from the presenter.

Course Overview

Covering Veterans' Issues: What Happens When Soldiers Come Home
Originally Broadcast On:
May 02, 2012
Time Estimate:
One hour and 15 minutes. Sometimes presenters stay longer to answer additional questions from participants.

Thanks to the support of our sponsor, the Robert R. McCormick Foundation, we are able to offer this $29.95 Webinar for just $9.95.

About Webinars

In this virtual classroom, participants can join in a seminar led by Poynter faculty and visiting faculty. This screencast includes live audio and a slideshow presentation in which participants can post questions and respond to poll questions posed by the host.

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.

This Webinar is associated with the McCormick Foundation's Specialized Reporting Institute about "Iraq/Afghanistan War Veterans -- Battle on the Homefront" in Boston on March 5-7, 2012.

Check out: Resources and training for "Covering Veterans' Issues -- Battle on the Homefront".

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.


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.

Technical Requirements:

This Webinar contains audio. Please adjust your headphones or speakers.
We strongly suggest viewing our Webinars with a wired connection.

  • Flash Player - Adobe® Flash® Player 10.1 or higher
  • Browsers - Mozilla Firefox 2 or higher; Safari 2 or higher; Google Chrome (any version)
    Windows users can also use Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher
  • Bandwidth - 256Kbps (512Kbps recommended)

Some networks, especially those that use a proxy server, may encounter difficulty connecting to our Webinar software. If this is your first Poynter NewsU Webinar, please test your connection.

Questions? Read our Webinar FAQ or contact us at