Veterans Day Programming 2013

News Release Date: 
November 4, 2013

For Immediate Release

Veterans Day Programming on NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (Nov. 4, 2013) -- Celebrating the service of all U.S. military veterans, NET Television will present special programming in recognition of Veterans Day.  All programs will air in CT on NET2 World.

Easy Company, the 2nd Battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, widely known as the "Screaming Eagles," remains one of the most revered combat units in U.S. military history. In “A Company of Heroes,” airing Thursday, Nov. 7, at 10 a.m., those same veterans -- along with the families of three deceased others -- recount the horrors and the victories, the bonds they made, the tears and blood they shed, and the friends they lost.

Airing Friday, Nov. 8, at 5 p.m., repeating Saturday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. and 3 p.m., “We Served Too: The Story of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots,” is the story of a group of young, determined and courageous women during World War II who broke through barriers and shattered stereotypes…the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASPs).

From the deserts of Afghanistan to rural Tennessee, from Iraq to New York City, “Service: When Women Come Marching Home” follows women veterans wrestling with prosthetics, homelessness, post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. The documentary, airing Friday, Nov. 8, at 6 p.m., repeating Saturday, Nov. 9, at 7 a.m. and Sunday, Nov. 10, at 8 a.m., is told through their voices as they speak from their kitchens, bedrooms, grocery stores and therapy sessions.

Women account for roughly 14 percent of the active-duty U.S. military and more than 24 percent of the National Guard, yet they often receive less than a hero's welcome upon their return to civilian life. Many face poverty, homelessness and joblessness and deal with the psychological and physiological effects of post-traumatic stress disorder. “War Zone/Comfort Zone” uncovers the plight of these veterans through the intense and personal stories of four women veterans coping with life after their military service.  The program airs Friday, Nov. 8, at 7 p.m., repeating Saturday, Nov. 9, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Airing Sunday, Nov. 10, at 11 a.m., “Fly Boys: Western Pennsylvania’s Tuskegee Airmen” tells the story of struggle and the ultimate triumph of the brave African-American soldiers who served their country during World War II. The film chronicles the “Tuskegee Airmen” program, a controversial military initiative designed to measure African-Americans' competence for flying the engines of war.

Hosted and narrated by Academy Award-winning actor Louis Gossett Jr., “The Marines of Montford Point: Fighting for Freedom” profiles the first African-American recruits in the United States Marine Corps, beginning with their experiences at Montford Point Base, a segregated boot camp in the heart of the Jim Crow South. All-black battalions from Montford Point loyally served their country (some as officers) in three major conflicts-- World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War -- while fighting for their civil rights back home. The program airs Sunday, Nov. 10, at 10 p.m., repeating Monday, Nov. 11, at 10 a.m.

Exploring the impact of wartime post-traumatic stress disorder, “Long Road Home,” airing Monday, Nov. 11, at 6 p.m., repeating Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 1 p.m., offers compelling stories of Pittsburgh-area military veterans of Iraq, Vietnam, Korea and World War II still coming to terms with the emotional wounds of war.

Witness the journey of five men, hurt in Iraq and Afghanistan, to Montana and toward recovery on “Not Yet Begun to Fight,” airing Monday, Nov. 11, at 7 p.m., repeating Tuesday, Nov. 12, at 8 a.m. and 2 p.m.  A Vietnam veteran brings five men, severely injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, to the rivers of Montana. He teaches them to fish. And to hope. Experience a frank, sometimes hilarious, sometimes heartbreaking look at the impact of war and the journey to recovery.

NET2 World is part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET’s Web site (netNebraska.org/television).

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org

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