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YDR contributing to national online project about veterans returning from war

It’s one of the biggest ongoing stories of the past decade or so: Military members are coming home from war and trying to make their lives return to normal. There are obstacles, failures and successes along the way.

The Daily Record/Sunday News is part of a nationwide online project to tell some of those stories, as well as provide news, resources and other information for returning veterans and their families.

“American Homecomings” launched this week. It’s led out of The Denver Post’s newsroom, and includes contributions from several newspapers across the country. It’s the first company-wide project for Digital First Media, which manages MediaNews Group and Journal Register Company properties that reach 57 million people each month on more than 800 platforms in 18 states.

“This is a very important story to tell, one we thought was the perfect subject for our first DFM-wide project,” said Jim Brady, editor-in-chief of Digital First Media, in a news release about the project. “Individually, our newspapers and web sites have very strong voices in their communities, but we felt that we could even more powerfully tell this story by combining efforts across the country. This will be the first of many projects we will produce this way, and we’re excited about it.”

The project features several video and text narratives of returning veterans that are scheduled to run over the course of one year. At the YDR, we’ll be following a local veteran, and the first installment of his story is scheduled to publish in June.

You’ll also see teasers to stories and other content on the AH site in our newspaper, and on our website. For example, an excerpt from one of the narratives ran in our Viewpoints section.

Check out the site. Let us know what you like and any suggestions you have for how it could be better.

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