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American Veteran

AMERICAN VETERAN is a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience across the arc of American history and exploring the present-day divide between civilian and veteran communities. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, it is a deeply moving story, illuminating the veteran experience and drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture.

American Veteran Promo

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AMERICAN VETERAN is a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience across the arc of American history and exploring the present-day divide between civilian and veteran communities. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, it is a deeply moving story, illuminating the veteran experience and drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture.

Extras + Features

  • Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Military: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Military

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    Anuradha Bhagwati was extremely proud of her work as a Marine Veteran, training new marines in combat skills. When she was assigned a Lieutenant who began harassing the women in her unit, she took action, but the incidents were swept under the rug. Since then, she has worked tirelessly to change the conversation in the U.S. about sexual discrimination, harassment, and assault in the military.

  • Finding a Purpose After Military Service: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Finding a Purpose After Military Service

    2m 36s

    Finding a new normal after military service can be challenging. In 2010, Marine Veteran Jake Wood pulled a team of veterans together to respond to Haiti’s 2010 earthquake. There, they could put their unique skills as servicemen and women to good use, which ultimately helped with their re-integration back into civilian life. Team Rubicon, the organization he founded, now has 125,000 volunteers.

  • Telling Our Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Telling Our Story

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    There’s a communication divide in this country, between people who serve in the military and those who do not. People without military experience can pick and choose, from the media or politicians, what they want to hear about war, and can leave behind the pieces that are difficult or too uncomfortable. But if civilians could think more critically about the war, wouldn’t it help bridge the gap?

  • ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: A Survivor’s Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’: A Survivor’s Story

    3m 13s

    Brandon Anderson served in the army from 2003 to 2008, when the policy was ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ His fiancé at the time was his best male friend, so he was living a double life. When tragedy fell, and his partner was the victim of police violence, Brendan was forced to disclose his sexuality, and given a dishonorable discharge from the army, to which he’d devoted 5 years of his life.

  • American Veteran Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Veteran Preview

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    American Veteran is a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience across the arc of American history and exploring the present-day divide between civilian and veteran communities. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, it is a deeply moving story, illuminating the veteran experience and drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture.

  • On my Own: Navigating Life After the Military: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On my Own: Navigating Life After the Military

    2m 35s

    For some, adjusting to life after the military can be tough, especially for those who appreciated having someone tell them what to do every step of the day, every moment that they were awake. But for many, the military experience provides a tremendous amount of training and transferable skills, not to mention resilience, determination, and confidence.

  • Objects That Matter: The Vietnam Vets Memorial Collection: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Objects That Matter: The Vietnam Vets Memorial Collection

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    Objects were being left at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C., long before the formal dedication in May, 1987. These objects, and the ones still being left today, were initially housed at a facility in Maryland, until Army Vet. Duery Felton, Jr., stepped in. With some other Vietnam Veterans, he helped identify the objects, and The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection was born.

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    Series Preview

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    AMERICAN VETERAN is a four-part documentary series tracing the veteran experience across the arc of American history and exploring the present-day divide between civilian and veteran communities. From the citizen-soldiers returning from the Revolution to today’s warrior class, it is a deeply moving story, illuminating the veteran experience and drawing civilian viewers into an unfamiliar culture.

  • Basic Training: Overcoming the Odds: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Basic Training: Overcoming the Odds

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    Basic Training can be dangerous, and recruits are pushed to the edge mentally and physically. Tom Beaudry was not a strong swimmer when he started basic training with the Coast Guard. Army Veteran Courtney Ruhlman had a fear of heights, and Michael Jackson could not complete the extreme runs required in Marine boot camp. How did these vets overcome their own personal challenges, and push through?

  • Episode 2: The Mission: Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 2: The Mission: Preview

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    Military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways. Veterans’ stories showcase the raw impact of these experiences: A Coast Guard recruit who helped ferry soldiers on D-Day. A pilot who remotely guided bomber drones over Afghanistan. A Marine who became the first Latina general. Hosted by Senator Tammy Duckworth, Iraq War Veteran (Army) and Purple Heart recipient.

  • Basic Training: We’re in This Together: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Basic Training: We’re in This Together

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    Teddy Roosevelt argued that “the tent where soldiers all sleep will rank among the great agents of democratization.” In the chaos of bootcamp it can take time for that kind of thinking to sink in, but recruits soon learn that finding community and understanding with fellow recruits is the only way to survive the rigors of basic training. And relying on fellow recruits can be the key to success.

  • Episode 4: The Reckoning: Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 4: The Reckoning: Preview

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    “Those who went into the service and those who did not, we are two different realities,” a Veteran decides. But Veterans don't all feel the same. Some like “Thank you for your service”; others feel it's “bumper-sticker deep.” Veterans reflecting ask how veterans and civilians can move America forward together. Hosted by J. R. Martinez, Army Veteran, actor, and motivational speaker.

Schedule

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    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Tuesday
    Oct 26

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Tuesday
    Oct 26

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Wednesday
    Oct 27

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Wednesday
    Oct 27

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Saturday
    Oct 30

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
  • Image
    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Sunday
    Oct 31

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Monday
    Nov 1

    1 Hour

    Recruits leave the civilian world as they take the oath to serve in the U.S. military; narrator Drew Carey.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Tuesday
    Nov 2

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Tuesday
    Nov 2

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Wednesday
    Nov 3

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Wednesday
    Nov 3

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Saturday
    Nov 6

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Sunday
    Nov 7

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Sunday
    Nov 7

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.
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    American Veteran: TVSS: Iconic

    American Veteran

    The Mission

    Monday
    Nov 8

    1 Hour

    Stories from veterans illustrate how military life shapes servicemen and women in profound, unexpected ways; host Tammy Duckworth.

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