CPTV to Air New UTC Documentary "Character Defined" Showcasing the Outreach Efforts of Medal of Honor Recipients

Release Date: 03/24/2014

Premieres Tuesday, March 25 at 10 p.m. (repeats Saturday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. & Sunday, March 30 at 10 a.m.)

HARTFORD, Conn. (March 24, 2014) – Connecticut Public Television (CPTV) will air the new documentary Character Defined at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, March 25 – designated as National Medal of Honor Day – with repeats airing at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 and at 10 a.m. on Sunday, March 30.

 
A production of United Technologies Corporation (UTC) in association with CPTV, Character Defined explores how Medal of Honor recipients, the nation’s heroes, are inspiring a new generation to serve. UTC proudly supports the Medal of Honor Foundation and its Character Development Program (CDP), which teaches young people about the significance of service and how they can make a difference in their communities. UTC employees volunteered their time and talent to build the Foundation’s Character Development Program website, and UTC Chairman & CEO Louis R. Chênevert serves on the Foundation’s Board of Directors.
 
The Character Development Program provides a free online curriculum that showcases stories of heroism, service and sacrifice. As part of this program, Medal of Honor recipients speak to middle and high school students across the nation to promote responsible citizenship.
 
Character Defined features interviews with four Medal of Honor recipients – including Col. Jack Jacobs, Col. Bruce Crandall, Major James Taylor and Col. Leo Thorsness – who discuss their involvement with the CDP and what they hope to communicate to the next generation. 
  
Also interviewed in the film are MOH Foundation executives, CDP teachers and curriculum contributors, and students, including student veterans from the Veterans Vocational Training Program (VVTP) at the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN), parent company of CPTV. These VVTP participants discuss what “character” means to them and how this relates to their service to their country.
 
“We are thrilled to be airing Character Defined, as it fits so well with our commitment to honoring those who have given so much by serving our nation,” said Jerry Franklin, president and CEO of CPBN. “What makes this documentary even more exciting for us is the fact that it showcases our own Veterans Vocational Training Program. Character Defined is about building character in yourself and helping others to do the same. By striving to learn new skills and further their educations, that’s exactly what our great student veterans are doing.”
 
UTC supports a long list of military and veteran service organizations throughout the United States. In addition to the Medal of Honor Foundation, UTC supports the future National Museum of the United States Army; the National Museum of the United States Air Force; the National WWII Museum; Operation Homefront; TAPS; Fisher House; The Wounded Warrior Project; The Air Force Academy Endowment Fund; The Navy Marine Corps Relief Society; The US Navy Memorial Foundation; The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation; and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots. UTC Chairman & CEO Louis Chênevert currently serves on the Board of the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation and was honored in 2013 by the USO with the Distinguished Service Award.
 
About Connecticut Public Television
CPTV is a media service of the Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network (CPBN). It is a locally and nationally recognized producer and presenter of quality public television programming, including original documentaries, public affairs shows and educational programming. CPTV has built a reputation as a leader in children’s programming, including playing an historic role in bringing Barney & Friends™, Bob the Builder™ and Thomas & Friends™ to public television. The station offers 11.5 hours of positive, nurturing children’s programs each weekday, reaching 450,000 households each week. The Connecticut Public Broadcasting Network also includes WNPR, an affiliate of National Public Radio, Public Radio International and American Public Media. WNPR serves 276,000 listeners weekly in Connecticut, New York and Rhode Island with news and information. Its award-winning local programming includes The Faith Middleton Show, The Colin McEnroe Show and Where We Live. CPBN also includes two affiliate channels: CPTV4U, a 24/7 television channel featuring award-winning drama, news and talk programming, concert performances, independent films, nature shows, British comedy and more; and CPTV Sports, Connecticut’s only 24-hour local sports network, covering statewide high school, college, semi-professional and professional sports. CPBN also houses the Learning Lab, home to the Journalism & Media Academy Magnet School satellite campus and the Veterans Vocational Training Program. For more information, visit CPTV.org
 
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