Today, the United States has nearly 18 million living military veterans, from The Greatest Generation to people coming home from recent tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.
American Veteran, a four-part series created by GBH public broadcast in Boston, illuminates the veteran experience with a stunning range of voices from today and across the arc of American history.
Beginning Tuesday, October 26 at 9 p.m. | Four consecutive Tuesdays
In war and in peace, what veterans have done in America’s name, and how they have been treated when they return, is woven into the fabric of the American story and has had a profound impact on our nation.
For those who have served, from the beginning of the republic to the present, military service has been a transformative experience. What is that experience, and how does it change the men and women who have joined the ranks? And throughout the nation’s history, how have vets been perceived? Sometimes honored, sometimes reviled, ignored or forgotten, veterans may re-enter civilian life to encounter a population that often has little or no knowledge of their experience.
American Veteran will trace the veteran experience from the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class. It’s a deeply moving story, highlighting personal remembrances, drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture and showcasing the evolving relationships between Americans who have served in the military and those who have not.
Every voice featured in American Veteran, from narrators to interviews to scholars, is a veteran’s voice. Every story these veterans relate contributes to our exploration of the shifting relationships, over time and today.