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Premiering on UNC-TV Tuesdays at 8PM in May!
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COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE, a new three-episode series executive produced by best-selling author and U.S. army veteran Wes Moore, tells the story of his search for answers to some of the most difficult questions facing veterans returning from war. Moore’s journey, spurred by the suicide of one of his oldest friends and a fellow officer, takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – find a new mission. Each episode focuses on a different stage of coming home: “Coming Back” (May 13), “Fitting In” (May 20) and “Moving Forward” (May 27), each airing on UNC-TV at 8PM on their respective nights.
In his own words: Wes Moore
COMING BACK started from my experiences as a soldier fighting in Afghanistan and the feelings of frustration I experienced once I came back to the States. More important, it’s a film that pays tribute to my friend, Brian Collins, a comrade who suffered from PTSD and hid his anguish upon returning home. After a seemingly successful transition back home — a marriage and a promising new career as a paramedic — Brian took his own life.
As we know from recent headlines, PTSD is an illness affecting soldiers nationwide. It doesn’t take a tragedy like what happened in April at Fort Hood to recognize how much our soldiers need help. In COMING BACK WITH WES MOORE, I’ll be introducing viewers to 10 soldiers whose personal experiences are as individual as they are, yet each story shares a common thread in the adverse ways war has affected their lives. This is not a film about the glory of coming home, but we highlight the beauty and complications of the veterans who are coming back to our nation every day. It is a starting point for discussion about how we can better help our service members adjust to life back home.
There is no easy answer to solving the crisis that affects some of our military veterans, but I do know that the numbers are too large to ignore. The United States loses 22 veterans to suicide every day. As the Fort Hood investigation continues, I want to emphasize the need for veteran mental health and support services, while noting that the actions taken at Fort Hood do not translate to the potential behavior of every veteran coping with PTSD.
Fortunately, many veterans have positive stories about their return home. Many have resumed their lives right where they left off. Some even have started nonprofit organizations, businesses or new ventures that make a positive impact on the lives of other veterans and service members. In these cases, veterans are using their stories to serve others.
If you are, or know, a veteran in need of help, call the Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 & Press 1.
You can also visit the NC Division of Veterans Affairs online here.
For more resources related to this program, visit the PBS website here.