Homecoming: The Impact on Nebraska Veterans

Homecoming: The Impact on Nebraska Veterans

What’s the impact of a homecoming on a soldier – even decades after he or she returns from war?  NET News reports on the effect not just war can have on veterans, but also the way they were treated when they returned home from war. 

We come home, people were throwing rocks at us, beer bottles, cans, spitting at us, calling us baby killers, women killers.  We was – we was treated worse than you’d treat dirt.
Ed Reinhardt / Vietnam War Veteran

From World War II veterans to those returning from more modern conflicts like Iraq and Afghanistan, those homecomings changed through the years as did our understanding of the impact they can have on veterans. 

I think it is the potential kicking off to something that could be very good for them and restorative.  Or if done badly, could cause pain for decades.
Dr. Krista Krebs / PTSD Specialist

NET News talks with veterans from different wars, as well as military experts and a psychologist to examine the issue.  We also look at a second homecoming some 60 years in the making for Nebraska Korean War veterans. 

I truly cannot remember other than maybe a very few of my friends and my family that really recognized that I’d been gone.  And no one, I can just tell you, absolutely no one said, “Lloyd, thank you for your service.”
Lloyd Hinkley / Lincoln Veteran

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The first Nebraska Korean War Veterans Heartland Honor Flight took place on October 29, 2013.  The day started around 3:30 a.m. on a wet, chilly fall morning as 135 Korean War veterans boarded buses outside an Omaha hotel.  For... more››
The second Nebraska Korean War Veterans Heartland Honor Flight took place on March 25, 2014.  Nearly 600 Korean War veterans from the state filled three large airplanes for the trip.  The goal was to allow these veterans to see... more››

Homecoming Segments

NET News talks with veterans from different wars, as well as military experts and a psychologist to look at the impact of a... more››
St. Mary's School in Lincoln makes an extra effort to honor Nebraska veterans on the 2014 Korean War Honor Flight. They studied... more››
Bill and Evonne Williams of Omaha have organized Nebraska's honor flights to bring World War II and Korean War veterans to... more››
Nebraska Korean War veterans talk about the homecoming they received after returning to Nebraska and the impact that has had on... more››
Nebraska Korean War veterans travel to Washington D.C. to visit the memorial created in honor of their service. As part of the... more››
Soldiers returning home to Nebraska will find services available to help them with the transition. Many aren't either aware of... more››
Several thousand people turned out at the airport in Omaha late on a weeknight to welcome home veterans returning from Washington... more››
Bill and Evonne Williams' project "Remembering The Fallen" honors servicemen and women across the nation killed in wars or... more››
Lloyd Hinkley, a Lincoln, Nebraska veteran, adopted a Korean boy he met while serving in the Korean War. That boy remains in the... more››