Honoring Veterans at SOPTV

This month our country will elect a new President and re-elect or send new representatives to Salem and Sacramento and to the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives. I hope you have found coverage by The PBS NewsHour, Washington Week, Frontline’s “The Choice,” and other special programs in our schedule informative as you exercise your right to vote for our leaders on November 8th.

Also this month we will observe Veteran’s Day on Friday, November 11. Many communities across our region hold parades and other events to honor Veterans. Please turn out to these local events and show your support. It means a great deal to Veterans to see that their community cares.
We are broadcasting a number of programs this month that honor Veterans and their service to our country — USO – For the Troops, Makers: Women in War, Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History, Pearl Harbor, and Expedition Pearl Harbor.

As you may know PBS announced a multi-year initiative entitled Stories of Service, which tells the stories of veterans who have given so much to our country. “Stories” will continue through calendar year 2017 right up to Ken Burns’ Vietnam next September.
Last spring SOPTV launched its own tribute to our veterans with My Story of Service. The initial series ran in summer of 2015 and was been repeated several times. We are currently working on more episodes and planning to present additional “Stories” about our local veterans in the next year.

In addition, we have gone beyond the PBS programs to bring you unique documentaries from new producers about the physical and mental rehabilitation of veterans as they return home, the high incidence of veteran suicides and homelessness, and the impact of active duty service on veterans’ families. We’ve “localized” these programs with Local Focus specials about our region’s veterans and services available to help veterans and their families. This month, we are proud to bring you Local Focus: Families at War in conjunction with the national documentary, While Time Stands Still.

Our thanks for the generous support of the Collins Foundation for our work with veterans and to our veteran’s advisory group, the regional agencies, and individuals who have worked with us to tell the stories of our veterans.

Mark Stanislawski
President & CEO

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