About This Collection
In honor of the men and women who have served in all branches of the United States armed forces, WORLD Channel commemorates Veterans' Day with films by and about veterans. Listen to former soldiers of war, who are beginning to return to loved ones, and learning how to fit in and move forward. But this road to civilian life can be a difficult transition, even more so than being on the front line. These compelling stories allow us to understand the everyday challenges of vets and may help veterans coming home today.
Episodes In This Collection
Head Trauma at War
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBI, has received increasing attention especially among athletes and soldiers returning from combat in Iraq and Afghanistan. We examine the links between TBI and post-traumatic stress disorder, and the damage they can do, through the story of retired Army sergeant Andrew Reeves of Colchester, Vermont.
Ice Warriors - USA Sled Hockey
Sled hockey: a game of force, speed, and strategy, played by top athletes with sticks, sharp sled runners, and the serrated ice picks used to propel their sleds. Ice Warriors, a powerful, uplifting documentary, follows the U.S team as it trains and prepares to compete in a record-breaking performance at the 2014 Paralympic Winter Games.
A Gathering of Heroes
Recounting the touching and inspirational story of World War II veterans from Indiana who embarked on a cross-country trek to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorial which honors their sacrifice. On the 12-hour bus ride, the veterans reminisce about their war experiences, sharing their emotional tales of struggle and survival.
War Zone/Comfort Zone
The largely unknown yet groundbreaking story of military and civilian women banding together to open a home for homeless women veterans. War Zone/Comfort Zone is the portrait of two women and their journey to build this supportive environment for women who have returned home from war and are trying to regain a life of normalcy.
Diné warriors have served in the military, from Code talkers in WWII, to Army Rangers in Vietnam, to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. But their dedication and courage in battle does not protect them when they return home. Fortunately, many find help through strong women, traditional healing and western talk therapy to create a new normal.
Women Serving in War
From the war zone to life back home: Three generations of Minnesota's military women share their stories of service from World War II to Vietnam to Afghanistan. Produced with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs.
Craft in America: Service
From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary soldiers and veterans, Craft in America: Service documents the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal. Part of the PBS veterans initiative “Stories of Service."
Not Yet Begun to Fight
Retired Marine Colonel Eric Hastings remembers missions flying high above Vietnam. When he returned home, to a nation decades away from diagnosing PTSD, he went to the river, which he says healed him. Not Yet Begun to Fight provides an intimate look at the human cost of combat.
Reserved to Fight
In May 2003, Fox Company of Marine Reserve Unit 2/23 returned home from front-line combat in Iraq. Reserved to Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company through the post-war minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life, which proves to be as formidable a battle as the firefights they thought they had left behind.
Lest We Forget: A Survivor's Story
Tracing the life of WWII vet Gustav Potthoff, including his imprisonment in a Japanese slave labor camp. Potthoff survived the brutal conditions but remained haunted by his captivity in Thailand. Decades later, he began painting visceral yet spiritual scenes of POW camp life. The film conveys the historical and cultural value of Potthoff's work.
Bringing the Fallen Home
A film about real American heroes — the brave warriors who gave everything, and the brave families they left behind. Bringing the Fallen Home is the story of America's fallen warriors, their families and those charged with the solemn responsibility of ensuring dignity and honor to the fallen, and care and support to families of the fallen.
The Last Ridge
More than 60 years ago, the 10th Mountain Division did the impossible in the mountains of Italy, scaling a 2000 foot cliff on a cold winter night to knock the Germans from their impenetrable perch. Narrated by National Public Radio's Scott Simon, The Last Ridge recounts this remarkable World War II story.
Over 100,000 United States Veterans are homeless every year. Filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz's Street Vets is the culmination of a year-long chronicling of the life and times of ten men living in a transitional housing program aimed at assisting homeless Veterans into self-sufficiency.
Coming Back with Wes Moore: Coming Back
Wes Moore’s journey begins with Bonnie Collins, mother of Brian Collins, one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer. After getting married and beginning a new career, Brian abruptly took his own life. The questions surrounding this tragedy initiate Wes’ desire to learn more about why some can get on with their lives, while some cannot.
Coming Back with Wes Moore: Fitting In
Explore the notion of identity, how it’s altered during deployment and altered again on return home. Wes Moore explores the experience of coming back fundamentally changed by the experience of war, and the difficulty of fitting back in. Can you create a new life in your old world?
Coming Back with Wes Moore: Moving Forward
The final episode of Coming Back with Wes Moore explores the drive veterans often have of finding a new mission, to contribute, to be part of something bigger than themselves.
Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades
An unforgettable journey back to the site of one of the fiercest battles of WWII, Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades is the powerful and moving story of American and Japanese servicemen who came together 70 years later for a historic reunion. This battlefield is the only former combat zone where men who once were enemies return as friends.
Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History
Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability through interviews with prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and former Commander of Fort Belvoir, Gregory Gadson.
PTSD: Bringing the War Home
An examination of what has become all too common among U.S. veterans returning home from combat zones. Spotlighting those affected by war-related PTSD: a devastating injury pushes a former soldier into the dark; the family of a Navy Seal tells his tragic story; a woman rebuilds her post-war life; and a program committed to rehabbing veterans.