Kansas City veterans share how their service has impacted them and their hopes for the community.
As a partner in the national project, Veterans Coming Home, KCPT has created dynamic stories about Kansas City veterans in the community. This collaborative, multi-platform public media project works to tell complex stories about veterans, and bridge the military-civilian divide.
When Andrew Potter left the Army in 2014 he began a journey to take his passion for rock climbing and adventure and build a state-of-the-art rock climbing gym. That several-year journey became RoKC, a community space serving a higher purpose. Potter uses RoKC to help fellow veterans and first responders learn techniques to deal with post-traumatic stress disorder.
St. Michael’s Veteran Center seeks to empower veterans toward healthy reintegration with their families and communities by providing safe, permanent housing and supportive services. Born out of the dream of Art Fillmore, a Vietnam combat veteran, the center has built over 100 housing units for veterans with Phase I and II. Phase III of the project is already in the works, and even more housing units shall be built.
A group of Kansas City veterans are combating homelessness among fellow veterans with tiny houses. The Veterans Community Project plans to place around 30 tiny houses on several acres in south Kansas City.