Local Public Media Stations Honor America's Veterans

Nov 05, 2014

WASHINGTON, DC (November 5, 2014) – The Corporation for Public Broadcasting today announced that throughout November, as part of its Veterans Coming Home project, local public media stations will honor veterans and celebrate Veterans Day in their communities through local content and services designed to help returning veterans translate their military experience to jobs in the civilian workforce. Stations local content and events will be augmented by national programming from PBS, NPR and other content producers that highlights the stories, triumphs and challenges of veterans as they transition back to civilian life.

Through Veterans Coming Home, public media stations will present national programs from PBS’ Stories of Service and NPR alongside local productions and events highlighting the history of our nation’s military men and women and the personal stories and experiences common to all veterans nationwide. CPB-funded programs include: A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House (PBS, Nov 7 at 9:00 p.m. ET), Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey (PBS, Nov 10 at 10:00 p.m. ET), and public radio’s StoryCorps Military Voices Initiative and The Moth Radio Hour from PRX veterans special, as well as PRI’s Breaking Ground: Military Children, a radio special. In addition, on November 11 at 9:00 p.m. EST, PBS will air Navy Seals: Their Untold Story and WORLD Channel, in partnership with Veterans Coming Home, will commemorate Veterans Day with twenty-two films by and about veterans.

Local public media stations are working with partners in their communities to develop local stories, promote local services available to veterans, and facilitate dialogue about challenges that veterans are facing in their return to civilian life. Local highlights include:

  • WUSF in Tampa will participate in a University of South Florida (USF) Veterans Chili Cook-off today, and participate in the Veterans Legacy Summit hosted by the Patterson Foundation on November 14 and 15 where they will organize and record a panel discussion titled “The Veterans’ Transition: Opening Up Doors for Re-Entry.” The discussion will air as part of a future edition of Florida Matters, a WUSF public affairs program. WUSF also participated in the University of South Florida (USF) Veterans Expo yesterday where they distributed information about Veterans Coming Home, as well as provided opportunities for Veterans and their families to record their stories for the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
  • Nashville Public Television (NPT) will host an online screening of Ice Warriors: USA Sled Hockey on Friday, November 7, 1 p.m. EST/Noon CST.
  • Vegas PBS will record interviews with Gold Star members on November 8th, and will support training and job fairs for veterans, including the Goodwill Career Connections veteran job fair November 5 and the Nellis Air Force Base Airmen and Family Readiness tri-annual job fair November 6. The station is also working with Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve and Hero2Hired to co-plan the Southern Nevada Human Resource Association monthly breakfast on November 11.
  • WFYI in Indianapolis will broadcast veteran interviews as interstitials starting November 8 and post extended versions of the interviews online at http://wfyi.veteranscominghome.org/. WFYI will also partner with the Kurt Vonnegut Memorial Library on their Veterans Reclaim Armistice Day event, moderated b NPR correspondent Kelly McEvers, on November 8th at the Indianapolis Central Library. The event will feature WFYI-produced profiles of veterans Josh Bleill and Andrew Schneiders.
  • Detroit Public Television (DPTV) will participate in the metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition’s Detroit Veterans Day Parade and Vietnam War 50th Anniversary Commemoration on November 8. DPTV will record portions of the parade and ceremony for use online. In addition, DTPV is working with local partners to create video case studies for a veteran hiring and training curriculum and study guide. The station will preview the hiring videos at the Michigan Veterans Expo and Job Fair on Saturday, November 8.
  • WVAS-FM will host a 5K Freedom Run/Walk with veterans on November 8th in Montgomery with live reports on-air prior to the start. WVAS-FM will also participate in a Veterans Day event for veterans currently serving with the Alabama State University Department of Public Safety and Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office. The station has been airing long-form news stories about veterans and related issues, as well as interstitials with veterans speaking about their experiences.
  • Eight, Arizona PBS in Phoenix, will air a second installment of Ask An Arizona Expert program focused on veteran education issues and guidance. The previous installment focused on transition issues.
  • KLRN in San Antonio will broadcast Telling: San Antonio, a stage performance that highlights local veterans’ stories to help civilians better understand the veteran experience, on November 11, 8 p.m. CST.
  • WHRO in Norfolk, Virginia, will broadcast Virginia International Tattoo (http://www.whro.org/tattoo) in partnership with the Virginia Arts Festival on November 11, 8 p.m. EST. Recorded last April, the 2014 Tattoo was a signature event of the United States of America Vietnam War Commemoration and honors Vietnam veterans and their families. WHRO has also been recording and distributing veterans’ stories online (http://veterans.whro.org/stories/) and working with www.CivilianJobs.com on job fairs for veterans.
  • On November 11, Wisconsin Public Television, in partnership with the Wisconsin Historical Society and Wisconsin Department of Veterans Affairs, will participate in a Salute to Veterans History event in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and on the UW-Madison campus, WPT will screen a local Wounded Warriors documentary followed by a panel discussion with tribal veterans. WPT will also continue to premiere new episodes from an online series, Vet to Vet.
  • On November 11, WYSO-FM in Yellow Springs, Ohio, will broadcast interviews with veterans conducted by student veterans as part of a partnership with the Veteran and Military Center at Wright State University. The station and partners are conducting an oral history initiative that trains post 9-11 Veterans to captures stories from Veterans of other generations for broadcast on WYSO-FM.
  • WGBY in Massachusetts will host a live studio panel discussion on November 12, 8 p.m. EST, focused on local veterans’ issues, such as homelessness, unemployment, health care, social integration and unemployment. The studio discussion will be preceded and followed by an in-depth look at these issues locally, hearing local veterans share their powerful, yet positive, stories. Working with local partner organizations, WGBY will also offer veterans needed resources during this interactive community discussion.
  • Twin Cities Public Television (TPT) producer Luke Heikkila will be interviewed for the statewide Minnesota Military Radio Hour program, which will air on Sunday, November 16. Heikkila produced Crossing the Threshold, a thirty-minute local documentary about veteran homelessness in the Twin Cities that recently premiered on TPT. The program will also air on World Channel November 4 at 7 p.m. CST. and is available online. World Channel, TPT and Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V) will partner on an online screening and discussion of the program on November 10 at 7 p.m. CST. On November 9, TPT will broadcast two locally produced documentaries, Women Serving in War at 7 p.m. CST and Through a Soldier’s Eye at 7:30 pm CST. Both programs will air on World Channel on November 4 at 7:30 p.m. CST and 8 p.m. CST, respectively.

About Veterans Coming Home

Veterans Coming Home is a public media effort made possible by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) to help communities support veterans in a successful transition to civilian life. Through Veterans Coming Home, local public media stations tell veterans’ stories that help communities understand the veteran experience and help veterans connect with local services and other veterans to support their lives as civilians. National partners include Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF) at Syracuse University; The Mission Continues; Team Rubicon; USC Center for Innovation and Research on Veterans & Military Families; Make the Connection and Veterans Crisis Line at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government's investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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