WCNY will air "Our Veterans and Their Families: 21st Century Challenges" Monday, May 24 at 9 p.m. on WCNY 24.1 and Sunday, May 30 at 9:30 p.m. on WCNY 24.1. The WCNY-produced documentary focuses on United States veterans and the unique challenges they face in a century that is prevalent with uncertain and perilous times.
"WCNY is proud to produce and air this special for our veterans," said Robert J. Daino, President and CEO of WCNY and Classic FM. "It's always appropriate to pay homage to those who fight for our freedom, and we are pleased to air this show near Memorial Day."
The documentary not only focuses on veterans but also the stories of their families. The broadcast is both studio and field-based with insight from a panel of experts and the subject matter of the documentary covers four areas: Mental Health Needs, Redeployment Stresses, Reintegration Needs, and Special Needs of Female Veterans.
The hour-long show also touches upon specific issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), special needs of injured veterans, reconnecting with family and friends, financial and employment issues, the stress of redeployment, and how female veterans face new and unique challenges and are a growing group in the returning veteran population.
"War tears away at the fabric of families, separating them by thousands of miles and forcing them into desperate realities," said Peter Spartano, Executive Producer of WCNY. "Viewers will meet these soldiers and their families whose words define their experiences and whose experiences offer guideposts for those who follow."
WCNY's Liz Ayers is the moderator for "Our Veterans and Their Families: 21st Century Challenges." The panel of experts consists of John Manring, M.D. Upstate Medical University, Psychiatry Department; Bill Cross, Ph.D., Vietnam Veteran, Family and Marriage Counselor and Professor; Patricia Chase, Director at Syracuse Vets Center; and Former Cpt. Melissa Krul, US Army Iraq War Veteran, Army Wife, and Transition Patient Advocate VA for Western and Upstate New York. Each of these panelists' background reflects their intimate knowledge and experience in working with veterans and understanding the issues at hand.
"Our Veterans and Their Families: 21st Century Challenges" is produced in partnership with Contact Community Services, Inc and Mental Health Association of Onondaga County and funding is provided by Americu, Excelsior College, Green Homes America of Central New York, Harris RF Communications, and Lockheed Martin Employees' Federated Fund.