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Back From Broken and American Homefront Project to Host Virtual Event on Recovery from Military Trauma and Addiction

Denver, Colo. Oct. 2, 2020 - Back From Broken, a podcast about recovery from Colorado Public Radio, will host a free, virtual event in partnership with the American Homefront Project, titled “Soldiering On: A Military Man’s Addiction and Mental Health Recovery Journey.” On October 8, Back from Broken and CPR News host Vic Vela will interview military veteran John Evans before a live-streaming audience.

Back from Broken has explored substance abuse, mental health issues and gambling addiction, and with this live event, the show is taking a close look at struggles that many veterans face. In 2003, Evans was a combat medic serving in Iraq, an experience that traumatized his worldview. Once he came home, Evans became a heavy drinker, and eventually he was hospitalized due to suicidal thoughts, which were brought on by years of emotional suffering. Now sober and in recovery, Evans helps other veterans find resources for addiction and mental health treatment.

Vela will interview Evans about his courageous recovery journey. The audio is intended to be used as an episode of Back from Broken.

“Soldiering On” is sponsored by CU Anschutz and will be hosted live on the virtual events platform Shindig on October 8 at 6:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public, and the audience will be invited to participate in a Q&A. Those who share similar recovery experiences or are interested in veterans affairs are particularly encouraged to attend. RSVP here.


Back from Broken is a show about recovery, hosted by CPR News’ Vic Vela. Everyone knows someone who struggles with addiction, mental health issues or a physical ailment that has dramatically changed their life. This show is a place to regularly showcase courage and what it takes to come back.

The American Homefront Project is a reporting collaboration focused on military life and veterans’ issues. Public radio stations across the country are covering major policy issues at the Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs, and reporting on the family issues service members and veterans experience in their daily lives. Funding for the American Homefront Project comes from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and from public radio listeners.