Honoring and Serving Our Veterans

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Tom Axtell, General ManagerTom Axtell, General Manager

In 1954, President Eisenhower officially named November 11 as Veterans Day. Formerly known as Armistice Day to recognize the end of World War I, the renamed national holiday serves as a way to honor the commitment and recognize the sacrifices of military service members. The brave men and women who serve and protect our country are parents, children and grandparents. They are friends, neighbors and coworkers, and according the US Census, active military and veterans represent almost one of every seven households in our viewing area.

Each November, community leaders, businesses and military bases team up to recognize military families through special events and community activities. This month and throughout the year, Vegas PBS works with local service providers to assist job-seeking veterans, active duty, guard, reserves and their families with grant-funded services, including career planning and counseling, career certifications and training, employment search assistance and referrals, resume development and mock interview preparation.

Vegas PBS also partners with a number of organizations to provide quarterly hiring fairs for veterans and their families, limiting involvement to employers who have at least two open positions paying $15/hour or more. On November 19, we’ll be participating in the “Troops to Education” career fair for veterans and spouses at Eldorado High School from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. At this event, the school district plans to reach out to military families to fill hundreds of vacant teacher and support staff positions.

In order to facilitate our “high-tech, high-touch” video-based online educational career courses and specially targeted veterans’ outreach services, we rely on strong community partnerships with several organizations, including Goodwill, US Vets, Veteran Transition Resource Center, Work for Warriors NV, ESGR, NV Job Connect, Nellis and Creech Air Force Bases, and many more. In the last two years, we have provided direct services to more than 2,800 veterans and enrolled more than 560 in online career courses or assessments.

Throughout the month, Vegas PBS will broadcast a number of new military heritage programs to promote a greater level of appreciation and understanding of the role of our men and women in uniform and historic military operations. American Experience revisits the pivotal 1950 Korean War battle through eye witness accounts in Battle of Chosin. Bob Woodruff reports on medical advances and technology from the battlefield through the return home in Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield.

Pearl Harbor - USS Oklahoma explores what happened to the USS Oklahoma, the only battleship to capsize during the airstrike, followed by Pearl Harbor - Into the Arizona, which explores the USS Arizona with state-of-the art imaging technology to reveal the aftermath of the attack. We will also rebroadcast our popular local documentary, The Greatest Generation Goes to War: Las Vegans' Memories of WWII, giving voice to the stories of Las Vegas men who served with honor during WWII. Please refer to page 18 for more programming details.

This Veterans Day, we hope you’ll view the programming your membership makes possible on Vegas PBS with remembrance and reflection, attend some of the many community events and activities in Southern Nevada, and take a moment to thank the veterans and military families in your life for their service to our country.

Tom Axtell
General Manager

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