Veterans Coming Home Project

Coming Home Project

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Through April, May and June of 2014, CPTV and WNPR present "The Coming Home Project"--special programming that tells stories of veterans in transition and the issues that matter to them and their families.

Support for the "Coming Home Project" comes from Oak Hill, provider of services and solutions for people with disabilities.




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On CPTV Tuesday, April 29, 2014, at 10 p.m.

On CPTV4U Monday, May 12 at 12:00p.m.


When women serve in the U.S. military, they risk their lives to protect America's freedoms. What they come home to, however, is less than a heroes welcome. Many face homelessness, joblessness, poor service at the VA and the psychological and physiological impacts of post-traumatic stress disorder and military sexual trauma. The documentary "War Zone/Comfort Zone" uncovers the silent suffering of those veterans, as well as the struggle of two women — Shalini Madaras of Wilton and Joy Kiss of Milford — to establish transitional, supportive housing for female veterans.



Wednesday, April 30, 2014, at 10 p.m.

CPTV4U on Monday, May 5 at 12:00p.m.

"Battlefield Medicine" moves from the trauma wards of the Camp Bastion field hospital in Afghanistan, to cutting edge medical research labs, to reveal the innovations that are shaping medical treatment in the 21st century. The program highlights the medical pioneers behind procedures that have seen the survival rate amongst injured servicemen and women rise to 90%. Designed for the war zone, these developments are already making waves in emergency rooms, from spray-on skin cells to heal burns, to innovative surgical techniques like rebuilding damaged hands from scratch – using rib bones. BATTLEFIELD MEDICINE offers a fascinating insight into the remarkable working lives of medical professionals in extraordinary circumstances, looking at how today's warfare is helping to create tomorrow's treatments.



On CPTV Sunday, May 11, 2014, at 10 a.m.

On CPTV4U Monday, May 19 at 12:00p.m.

Army veteran Derek Pelletier and National Guard veterans John DiRaimo, Brian Santos and Sean Judge share their combat experiences, and their lives back in the civilian world. Massachusetts resident Pelletier, twice honored with the Bronze Star, continues to suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, as do Rhode Islanders DiRaimo and Judge. Santos, who served with Judge, has followed a different path, becoming a New Jersey state trooper and marrying. Their interwoven stories illustrate the human toll of a war fought by a tiny fraction of Americans serving in an all-volunteer military.



On CPTV Tuesdays, May 13-27, 2014, at 8 p.m.

On CPTV4U Thursdays, May 15-29, 2014, at 8:00p.m.

This three-part special personalizes the experiences of returning veterans and celebrates the lives of this group of exceptional people. The special, hosted by combat veteran and New York Times best-selling author Wes Moore, is slated to premiere in May 2014 on PBS. "Coming Back with Wes Moore" tells the personal stories of returning U.S. veterans, the challenges they face readjusting to life at home and their courageous efforts to overcome obstacles in the quest to forge lives of meaningful service in their communities. The program adds touching and humanizing context to the reintegration process of our service men and women.



CPTV’s Learning Lab talks with Wes Moore

This interview was produced, shot and conducted by members of the inaugural Institute for Advanced Media class and Learning Lab Fellows.





On CPTV Monday, June 16 at 10:00p.m.

On CPTV4U Wednesday, June 18 at 9:00p.m.

Explore how Connecticut supported the war effort and accelerated a social revolution in the process. Just about every conceivable weapon or implement used in the war effort – including airplanes, guns, bullets, life rafts and more – were manufactured in Connecticut. But behind this arsenal stands the untold story of a state that overcame things well beyond the well-worn tales of rationing and shortages of consumer goods. Food was scarce, and the state came within hours of invoking its wartime evacuation powers to move people who were freezing in homes left without coal or oil for heat because of wartime demands.



On CPTV Sunday, May 25, 2014, at 8 p.m.

On CPTV4U at 9:30 p.m. 

On the eve of Memorial Day, join a night of remembrance featuring an all-star line-up performing with the National Symphony Orchestra. The 25th annual broadcast of the "National Memorial Day Concert" airs live from the West Lawn of the U.S. Capitol before a concert audience of hundreds of thousands, millions more at home, and to our troops around the world on the American Forces Network.



On CPTV on Monday, June 23 at 10:00p.m.

On CPTV4U on Wednesday, June 25 at 9:00p.m.

More than 210,000 Connecticut men and 3,300 women saw service in World War II, including 75,000 volunteers. Connecticut residents served at Pearl Harbor and engaged the enemy in land, sea and air battles throughout the conflict. They took part in the North Africa campaign, invaded Italy, crawled over the volcanic ash of Iwo Jima, stormed Okinawa and waded ashore at Normandy. Almost 2,600 were killed in action, and nine earned the Congressional Medal of Honor. Follow the heroic and often-tragic experiences of these men and women from through interviews, extraordinary personal letters and vivid combat footage.



On CPTV Monday, June 30 at 10:00p.m.

On CPTV4U June 25 at 10:00p.m.

“Heroes” tells the stories of some of these 2,500 men from Connecticut who were killed in action during World War II. This film includes staged readings of obituaries, letters, life stories, poems and personal remembrances penned during the war by friends or relatives who reacted to their loss by committing their emotions to paper.



On CPTV Monday, June 16 at 11:30p.m.

On CPTV4U on Thursday, May 8 at 9:30p.m.


"Aeromedical" documents the life-and-death struggle that takes place in the skies above Europe on Aeromedical evacuation missions, and tells the storied history of these life-saving flights. The US Air Force regularly runs aeromedical evacuation missions carrying wounded soldiers from current battlegrounds to the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Germany, often within hours of their injury. From there, the most seriously wounded are transported to major US military hospitals, where they can arrive within three days of their initial injury. The survival rate is an astounding 98%. It has taken nearly 100 years, starting in 1918 with the first aeromedical rescue in a Curtis JN-4H Jenny bi-plane, to perfect this combination of medicine and aviation.




On CPTV Thursdsay, June 26 at 10:00p.m.

On CPTV4U Monday, June 30 at 12:00p.m.


Three million Americans served in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. Most veterans are reluctant to speak of war experiences, but Vietnam veterans have been even more reluctant because of the controversy surrounding their war and the often hostile reception on their return. They put away their uniforms and tried to put away their memories, but these are memories that cannot be put away. "Vietnam War Stories" shares these personal memories of service and sacrifice, and gives us insight into the experience of war.



POV: “Where Soldiers Come From”

On CPTV Sunday, June 22 at 10:00a.m.

On CPTV4U Thursday, May 8 at 8:00p.m.


From a snowy, small town in northern Michigan to the mountains of Afghanistan, this film follows the four-year journey of childhood friends who join the National Guard after graduating from high school. As it chronicles the young men's transformation from restless teenagers to soldiers looking for roadside bombs to 23-year-old combat veterans trying to start their lives again, the film offers an intimate look at the young Americans who fight our wars, the families and towns they come from – and the way one faraway conflict changes everything.



WELL READ: “What It’s Like to Go to War”

On CPTV Sunday, June 15 at 11:00a.m.

On CPTV4U Monday, June 30 at 1:00p.m.


"Well Read" opens up a world of ideas through host Terry Tazioli's discussions of the latest books and his conversations with noted authors. Following each interview, Seattle Times book editor Mary Ann Gwinn (former VP of the National Book Critics Circle) joins Tazioli to explore the literary themes of that week's book and to recommend related authors and other reading material. In this episode, author Karl Marlantes shares his views that soldiers are well trained to kill, but less well trained to live with it afterward. He writes from personal experience as a decorated Vietnam vet.



NOVA “D-Days Sunken Secrets”

On CPTV Wednesday, May 28 at 9:00p.m.

On CPTV4U Friday, May 30 at 8:00p.m.




On CPTV Tuesday, June 17 at 10:30p.m.


On CPTV4U Thursday, June 19 at 10:00p.m.