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KPTS-Channel 8 is hosting its premier Veterans Coming Home Salute on-air program in November to honor local veterans who have demonstrated outstanding service to their country, fellow veterans, and their community.

With our Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Awards, KPTS will honor local heroes in the categories of Citizenship, Service, and Business.

Only ONE Veteran will take home the treasured Senator Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award.

Nominate a Veteran

The Veterans who are recognized in the program are nominated by YOU. Please nominate a Kansas veteran that you think is worthy of recognition based on those who are making a difference in the workplace, at home and in their communities. Veterans with service in any military branch are eligible for this award. Nominees do not have to have been engaged in wartime conflict. Nomination deadline is Sept. 26. Download the nomination form here.

Sponsor the Veterans Coming Home Salute

Sponsorships are available! Join us by paying tribute to these outstanding Kansas veterans and be recognized in the on-air program and the many multi-media promotions we have planned. Contact Terri Brooks, KPTS Director of Development, at tbrooks@kpts.org or call 316-838-3090 ext. 221.

Nomination Contact

Lynn Woolf, KPTS Special Events & Volunteer Manager, lwoolf@kpts.org or 316-838-3090 ext. 218

Thank you to this year’s sponsors!

Program Keynote

Major General David A. Weishaar

Major General David A. Weishaar was appointed the Adjutant General of Kansas on April 1, 2020.

As the Adjutant General, he leads the 7,000 Soldiers and Airmen of the Kansas Army and Air National Guard and is the principal military advisor to the Governor. General Weishaar also serves as the Governor’s Homeland Security Advisor, where he is responsible for the development and implementation of homeland security strategies for Kansas. Finally, he serves as the Director of Emergency Management for the state of Kansas, where he formulates Kansas emergency management approaches and coordinates the efforts of 105 county emergency managers to ensure the protection of life and property within the state.

General Weishaar joined the Air Force in 1981 as an aircraft maintenance specialist. In 1985, he transitioned to the Kansas Air National Guard, holding various positions in the aircraft maintenance arena, rising from the lowest enlisted rank of E-1, Airman Basic to E-8, Senior Master Sergeant. In 1996, he was commissioned a Second Lieutenant after graduating as a Distinguished Graduate from the Air National Guard’s Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

As an officer, Weishaar has a wide variety of experience and commands, to include Commander of the 184th Communications Flight, Commander of the 127th Command and Control Squadron, Commander of the 299th Network Operations Security Squadron, Commander of the 184th Intelligence Wing’s Mission Support Group, and Wing Commander of the 184th Intelligence Wing.

Prior to his appointment as Adjutant General, Major General Weishaar was assigned as the Assistant Adjutant General – Air, Kansas Air National Guard, where his Airmen provided daily intelligence, cyber, computer networking, air control, air refueling, and Joint Tactical Air Controller support to America’s warfighters across the globe.

General Weishaar has a bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Friends University. He is a graduate of Air Command and Staff College, Air War College, Joint Combined Warfighter School and numerous other civilian and military courses.

Major General Weishaar and his wife Mary reside in Topeka, KS. They have three sons and eight grandchildren.

Congratulations to the Previous KPTS Veterans Coming Home Salute Award Recipients!

2019
KPTS Robert J. Dole Distinguished Service Award recipient - John Remy

KPTS “Can Do Attitude” Award recipient - Herb Duncan

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Guy F. Bower
  • Gene McCreight
  • Brian Coleman

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient - Team RWB

2018
KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award recipient - David M. Kennedy

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Terry Kasperek
  • Raymond V. Miller

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipients - Vet-to-Vet Support Command and Veteran Providers Coalition of Sedgwick County

2017
KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award recipient - James D. Denison

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Service Award recipients:

  • Barbara Bulger
  • Gary Rogers
  • Stephan F. Gonzales

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient -
Alpha One Drop Zone

2016
KPTS Robert J. Dole Award Distinguished Service Award - Bob Rogers

KPTS Distinguished Veterans Coming Home Business Award recipient - Kansas Honor Flight

2015
Robert J. Dole recognized at the first Veterans Coming Home Salute.

KPTS Veterans Salute

KPTS Veterans Salute - Gene McCreight

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Jon Remy

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Brian Coleman

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Chris Norgren

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Guy Bower

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Jay Erwin

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Wayne Borman

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Veteran Banners

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Herb Duncan

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.

KPTS Veterans Salute - Submarine Veterans Ceremony

KPTS salutes our veterans. Brought to you by FH Kaysing and the Lattner Family Foundation.