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Stories of Service

PBS has joined efforts with trusted public media partners to bring you Stories of Service, a multi-platform initiative that unites powerful stories and conversations around one of our country’s most resilient communities: our military veterans. Below you'll find a collection of Stories of Service specials. Visit the Stories of Service site for more content and information about our related seri

Debt of Honor | Full Episode

55m 19s

Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability through interviews with prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and former Commander of Fort Belvoir, Gregory Gadson.

Episodes

  • Debt of Honor | Full Episode: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Debt of Honor | Full Episode

    S1 E7 - 55m 19s

    Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability through interviews with prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and former Commander of Fort Belvoir, Gregory Gadson.

  • On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Full Episode: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Full Episode

    S1 E5 - 1h 22m

    Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on working-class youth and their communities. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings, Everett and Delia Alvarez, who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one as a POW and the other protesting at home.

  • The Draft | Full Episode: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Draft | Full Episode

    S1 E3 - 54m 50s

    Race, class, culture — the draft in the 1960s and 1970s was a lightning rod that lit up every schism in American society. But ending the draft has produced unintended consequences, creating a citizenry completely disconnected from the soldiers who bear the entire burden of endless wars. The Draft tells the story of how a single, controversial issue continues to define a nation.

Extras + Features

  • Debt of Honor | Preview: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Debt of Honor | Preview

    S1 E7 - 35s

    Take an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability through interviews with prominent disabled veterans, including Representative Tammy Duckworth, former Georgia Senator Max Cleland and former Commander of Fort Belvoir, Gregory Gadson.

  • Debt of Honor | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Debt of Honor | Trailer

    S1 E7 - 3m 9s

    A moving tribute to the history of disabled veterans and an unflinching look at the reality of warfare and disability featuring interviews with some of the country’s most prominent disabled veterans. Narrated by leading scholars in disability studies, history and psychology, the film vividly illustrates the human cost of war.

  • Debt of Honor | Coming Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Debt of Honor | Coming Home

    S1 E7 - 2m 38s

    Disabled veterans Max Cleland, Gregory Gadson and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth share their personal stories about the difficulty of coming home and adjusting to civilian life after being wounded in combat.

  • Debt of Honor | Tammy Duckworth: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Debt of Honor | Tammy Duckworth

    S1 E7 - 3m 45s

    Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth recounts the harrowing story of the day she was injured in Iraq when the helicopter she was flying was hit by a rocket propelled grenade.

  • Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Hatred to Healing: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Hatred to Healing

    S1 E6 - 2m 4s

    Army Air Corps fighter pilot Jerry Yellin, who suffered from PTSD following the war, recounts the story of how a most unlikely family event — the marriage of his son to the daughter of a former kamikaze pilot — helped him recover from the war that haunted him ... finally healing the hatred lingering in his heart.

  • Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Treasure Returned: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Treasure Returned

    S1 E6 - 2m 6s

    Hershel “Woody” Williams returns a Japanese soldier’s flag, which was collected on the battlefield, to Tsuriji Akikusa, the only Japanese survivor able to make the arduous trip to attend the reunion. Incredibly, when Akikusa returns to Japan, he is able to find the flag owner’s son and return the long-lost treasure.

  • Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Trailer: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Iwo Jima: From Combat to Comrades | Trailer

    S1 E6 - 2m 1s

    Follow survivors of perhaps the fiercest battle of WWII as they return to Iwo Jima for a Reunion of Honor on the only battlefield where former enemies come together in shared remembrance. Hosted by Ryan Phillippe.

  • On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Protesting at Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Protesting at Home

    S1 E5 - 2m 44s

    As the war continued in Vietnam, Chicano protestors began organizing at home. Thousands marched to end the war and speak out against what they saw as injustice on the part of their country and communities. One activist, Delia Alvarez, was at political odds with her own brother, a POW in Hanoi.

  • On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Veterans Return Home: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Veterans Return Home

    S1 E5 - 3m 12s

    After serving in Vietnam, many veterans had difficulty returning home. Acclimating to life after combat was not what they’d expected, and some of them still feel traumatized and alienated by their experiences in the war.

  • On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Latinos in WWII: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam | Latinos in WWII

    S1 E5 - 2m 28s

    There’s a long tradition of Latino-Americans serving in the military going back to World War II. For many families, it’s been a way to demonstrate their patriotism and secure their position in society.

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