Debt of Honor included a panel discussion program, hosted by Geoffrey Riley from JPR’s Jefferson Exchange and featured guests from various local veterans’ resource providers. The local program was designed as a follow-up to the national premiere of Debt of Honor: Disabled Veterans in American History.
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SOPTV hosted filmmakers Daniel Egbert and Doc King in the studio for a special one-hour interview and discussion program (hosted by Geoffrey Riley) to draw attention to the national crisis and epidemic of Veteran suicides. After tragedy struck home, the two combat-wounded veterans set out to end the little-discussed epidemic of veteran suicide in America.
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Host and journalist Julie Akins joined representatives from local service organizations–ACCESS, Rogue Valley Veteran’s Community Outreach (RVVCO), Easter Seals, The ARC Moore Center, and the Veteran’s Administration–to learn what is being done to address the problem and how local residents can help. Veterans who are or have been homeless will share their stories. The program showed selected clips from the documentary Battlefield of the Mind.
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Host Julie Akins discussed the problems local military families face with documentary filmmaker Elena Miliaresis. Akins also talked with several local families who have experienced active duty firsthand and the stresses of having a family member far away while life goes on day in and day out thousands of miles from the battlefield.
The goal is to understand the issues brought up in the documentary from the perspective of local families who have gone through periods of deployment and separation outside the support of a military base. Local Focus explored the nature of that separation and what families need in terms of support.
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Host Julie Akins sits down with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick to discuss their monumental documentary film event, The Vietnam War, and also to hear from Oregon’s only four-star general, Merrick “Tony” McPeak, who graduated from Grants Pass High School and went on to serve our country in Vietnam and beyond. McPeak talks about Vietnam and describes working on the film. The filmmakers share what they discovered while making this epic 10-year project.
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