Vegas PBS and CPB Expand Content and Resources to Support Local Veterans

Vegas PBS Offers Rich Pipeline of Programming for Deeper Understanding of Our Country’s Veterans and Military History

Las Vegas – Vegas PBS and CPB announced the launch of a new veterans’ initiative that features compelling stories of recent veteran experiences and local community engagement efforts to increase dialogue and solutions as our nation’s veterans transition to civilian life. The initiative includes a community engagement campaign funded by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB) called Veterans Coming Home, and national, multi-platform content on Vegas PBS under the banner of Stories of Service.

Vegas PBS is one of 13 high-need communities to be awarded a CPB station grant to work with community-based partners, inspire greater dialogue around issues and solutions, and facilitate veterans’ transition to civilian life. Vegas PBS will offer veterans a Profiles Pathway™ Assessment, which measures aptitude, attitude, behavior, skills, education and preferences, and provides occupational feedback on the jobs and careers most aligned to the veteran. The program provides assistance in writing a resume in civilian terms and seeking additional education or certification to qualify for those jobs identified through the assessment.  Vegas PBS will also offer educational training scholarships through its Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL) initiative.

Vegas PBS’ Stories of Service programming kicks off with the May 13 premiere of Coming Back with Wes Moore, funded by CPB. Spurred by the suicide of his friend and fellow officer, executive producer and host Wes Moore sets out to analyze the obstacles many face when adjusting to life after war. The series explores why some service members easily return to society while others struggle.

Vegas PBS recently held a free screening of Coming Back with Wes Moore, along with a panel discussion with several local veterans, in which they discussed issues they’ve faced during reintegration.  The event raised awareness for the issues facing veterans in our community – PTSD, job placement, reintegration into family and civilian life, suicide prevention – and addressed the resources available during their transition home.

More information can be found at www.VegasPBS.org/Veterans.

Upcoming veterans programming on Vegas PBS includes, but is not limited to, the following:

COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE

May 13, 20 and 27, 2014, 8:00-9:00pm

A three-episode series, executive produced by best-selling author and veteran Wes Moore and Joel Olicker of Powderhouse Productions, tells the story of Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back,” “Fitting In” and “Moving Forward.”

NATIONAL MEMORIAL DAY CONCERT (2014)

May 25, 2014, 8:00-9:30pm; rpt. 9:30-11:00 pm

Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise co-host the 25th anniversary broadcast of this night of remembrance 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.

DEATH AND THE CIVIL WAR: AMERICAN EXPERIENCE (encore)

May 26, 2014, 9:00–11:00pm

Based on Drew Gilpin Faust’s This Republic of Suffering, this acclaimed program by Ric Burns explores a critical aspect of the Civil War experience: the implications of the war’s staggering and unprecedented death toll.

D-DAY 360

May 27, 2014, 9:00-10:00pm

This film re-creates the landscape of D-Day, a logistical effort on a scale never seen before or since: 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 soldiers onto the beaches. Once on the shore, the troops had to negotiate two million mines buried in the sand and hundreds of miles of barbed wire, while dodging the shells and bullets fired by 40,000 German defenders.

NOVA “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets”

May 28, 2014, 9:00–11:00pm

NOVA joins an exclusive team as they carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary D-Day beachheads of Normandy, revealing the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses and ultimately liberate Europe from the Nazis.

MAKERS “Women & War”

September 2014

Women have been invisible players on the battlefield for decades, but the official ban on women in combat was only lifted in 2013. WOMEN IN WAR tells the real story of American women warriors: from nurses to war reporters, soldiers to spies.

CRAFT IN AMERICA “Service” (w.t.)

November 2014

Craft in America, the Peabody Award-winning series, continues to explore America’s creative spirit through the language and traditions of the handmade.  “Service” will honor our military men and women through an unexpected prism: craft.  From the origins of the Army Arts & Crafts Program and the G.I. Bill to contemporary artists and veterans Ehren Tool and Judas Recendez, the series continues to celebrate the artists and techniques of American craft, documenting the power of the handmade to inspire, motivate and heal.

About Vegas PBS

Dedicated to enriching the lives of those who call Southern Nevada home, Vegas PBS Channel 10 is one of America’s most watched PBS stations on a per capita basis.  Five additional channels are available over the air or on cable and satellite including Create, Vme, Worldview, Rewind and Jackpot!

Vegas PBS expands its television broadcast impact through supplemental materials on Vegas PBS.org, PBS.org, PBSKids.org, PBSParents.org, PBSTeachers.org and NextAvenue.org.  Vegas PBS also offers extensive online distance education for workforce development and economic diversification through Global Online Advanced Learning (GOAL).

Vegas PBS provides K-12 educational resources to teachers and students in public, private, charter and home schools including TeacherLine professional development courses; One Place, a curriculum-correlated online media service; the Described and Captioned Media Center (DCMC) containing materials for deaf, hard of hearing, blind and vision impaired individuals and those who assist them; and Ready To Learn literacy and health community workshops based on curriculum materials in daytime children’s programs.

For more information on programming and services, please visit VegasPBS.org, like us on Facebook at Facebook.com/VegasPBS, or follow us on Twitter at Twitter.com/VegasPBS.

About CPB

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting (CPB), a private, nonprofit corporation created by Congress in 1967, is the steward of the federal government’s investment in public broadcasting. It helps support the operations of more than 1,400 locally-owned and -operated public television and radio stations nationwide, and is the largest single source of funding for research, technology, and program development for public radio, television and related online services.

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