A Salute to Veterans
Tom Axtell, General Manager
The history of our country is very much the history of the brave men and women who have fought to protect our rights and our safety. This month, Vegas PBS shares their stories with several powerful broadcast programs as well as special community outreach and school events. In the coming months, Vegas PBS will be rolling out additional resources to serve veterans and their families throughout Southern Nevada, including grant-funded career testing, veterans’ job fairs, family reunification resources and, in cooperation with DETR partners, many tuition-assisted online civilian career certification programs to assist veterans as they re-enter the workforce.
Our featured cover story is Coming Back with Wes Moore, a new three-part series executive produced by best-selling author and U.S. Army veteran Wes Moore. “Coming Back” tells the story of Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. His journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different solders as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities, and – for many – find a new mission.
Additionally, Vegas PBS received a station grant for community outreach around this series, allowing us to bring Wes Moore to Las Vegas for several events on Monday, April 28, including a middle school visit and a preview screening of the series followed by a panel discussion of the issues facing local veterans “Coming Back” to Southern Nevada, as well as community resources available to veterans and military families.
The centerpiece of this month’s programming is the National Memorial Day Concert, which has truly become an American tradition, honoring the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform, their families at home, and all those who have given their lives for our country. This year promises to deliver another outstanding television event on the eve of Memorial Day with the return of co-hosts and acclaimed actors Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise. Later this month, we’ll follow a unique collaboration among military historians, archaeologists and specialist divers to survey the underwater wreck sites bordering the D-Day beachheads in NOVA: D-Day’s Sunken Secrets. Your support of public television provides a unique opportunity to pay tribute to the profound heroism of all who served and sacrificed for our country and to raise awareness for the complex issues facing the members of our military and their families.