“American Veteran” is a top-quality, four-part documentary series produced by PBS’s WGBH that premieres today, October 26, 2021, on Public Broadcasting stations nationwide.
The series is make up primarily of first-person testimony from American veterans from World War II to the Afghanistan War, a group that includes those of us who served in in-country and elsewhere during the Vietnam War.
The show’s producers’ main goal is to let the 93 percent of Americans who did not serve in the military know what it was like putting on the uniform, serving in wartime, and adjusting to life after being discharged.
“American Veteran” also includes a 10-part bi-weekly digital video series that began on the PBS Voices YouTube Channel in September and runs through January 11, 2022—as well as a podcast.
The third TV episode, “The Return,” focuses on what it’s like to integrate into civilian life following a tour of duty. The host of that episode is the actor Wes Studi, who served in the Army in the 3rd Battalion of the 39th Infantry Regiment in the 9th Infantry Division in Vietnam.
More info, including links to the videos and the podcast, and the times and dates of local station’s broadcasts, may be found on the show’s PBS website.
October 26, 2021