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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.

Episode 1: The Crossing

55m 19s

“There is a very stark line between before boot camp and after boot camp,” a veteran recalls. As recruits take the oath to serve, they leave the civilian world to become a soldier, sailor, marine, airman or woman. This is the start of their transformation. Hosted by TV host and Marine Veteran Drew Carey.

Episodes

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

    Episode 4: The Reckoning

    S2021 E4 - 55m 20s

    “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.

  • Episode 3: The Return: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 3: The Return

    S2021 E3 - 55m 19s

    Hollywood war stories mostly end with the hero’s return. In reality, the road back to civilian life is less certain. For some, there were ticker-tape parades; for others, protests, anger and silence. Some veterans return home full of confidence, while others think, “What am I going to do now?” Hosted by actor Wes Studi, Vietnam War Veteran (National Guard) and Native American (Cherokee) activist.

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    Episode 2: The Mission

    S2021 E2 - 55m 18s

    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.

  • Episode 1: The Crossing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Episode 1: The Crossing

    S2021 E1 - 55m 19s

    “There is a very stark line between before boot camp and after boot camp,” a veteran recalls. As recruits take the oath to serve, they leave the civilian world to become a soldier, sailor, marine, airman or woman. This is the start of their transformation. Hosted by TV host and Marine Veteran Drew Carey.

Extras + Features

  • American Veteran Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    American Veteran Preview

    1m 36s

    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.

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

    Tackling Sexual Harassment in the Military

    3m 6s

    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.

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

    Objects That Matter: The Vietnam Vets Memorial Collection

    2m 16s

    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.

  • 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.

  • Basic Training: Surviving Boot Camp: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Basic Training: Surviving Boot Camp

    4m 10s

    In Basic training (boot camp), recruits follow orders without hesitation, or they won’t make it. To stand out, you’d better excel or you’re in for a lot of pain. It’s often easier to remain anonymous, though this can be challenging, because the day-to-day, and especially the drills, are often emotionally and physically extreme. Recruits are under a microscope and a drill instructor misses nothing.

  • Telling Our Story: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Telling Our Story

    2m 22s

    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?

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

    Basic Training: Overcoming the Odds

    3m 44s

    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?

  • ‘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.

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

    Basic Training: We’re in This Together

    2m 17s

    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.

  • 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.

  • In the Heat of Battle: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    In the Heat of Battle

    3m 16s

    In combat, a heightened level of fear and anxiety becomes the new normal. A Veteran remembers going out on patrols where every step could be a booby-trap or an ambush. A WWII vet describes flying through bursting shells as he bombed Berlin. Hear what it’s like to be in a fire-fight, drive through Iraq getting shot at, stage a rescue while battling 25-foot seas, or fly unmanned aircraft.

  • Series Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Series Preview

    30s

    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.

Schedule

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    American Veteran

    The Crossing

    Wednesday
    May 25

    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

    The Mission

    Wednesday
    May 25

    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

    The Return

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour

    Hollywood war stories seem to end in triumph, but in reality the return to civilian life is often less certain; host Wes Studi.
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    American Veteran

    The Reckoning

    Thursday
    May 26

    1 Hour

    Veterans reflect on their service and how veterans and civilians can work together to move America forward; host J.R. Martinez.

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