In anticipation of Memorial Day, join us on Tuesday nights at 7, May 13-27, for a new series produced by best-selling author Wes Moore. The three-part program details Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war — particularly, why are some veterans able to reintegrate easily while others can’t.
Moore searches for answers to this and many other questions by following the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to return to civilian life, establish new identities and, for many, find a new mission.
“Coming Back With Wes Moore” begins with a visit to Bonnie Collins, the mother of one of Moore’s oldest friends and a fellow officer Brian Collins. In the course of the first episode, we learn how, in the previous year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Collins abruptly took his own life. This tragedy inspired Moore to create the film and investigate while some veterans are able to get on with their lives after deployment and others are not.
Over the course of three episodes, “Coming Back” follows Moore as he journeys alongside Army Sergeant And Clark of Denver, Colorado; Army Sergeant Bobby Henline of San Antonio, Texas; Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Letrice Titus of Syracuse, New York; Army National Guard Sergeant Brad Farnsley of Fort Knox, Kentucky; Earl Johnson of Baltimore Maryland; Air Force Staff Sergeant Stacy Pearsall of Charleston, South Carolina; Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Schaumburg, Illinois; Army Sergeant Brian “Taylor” Urruela of Tampa, Florida; and husband and wife Marine Sergeant Christopher Phelan and Air Force Captain Star Lopez of Los Angeles, California.
“Coming Back,” airing Tuesday, May 13, explores the events that prompted Moore to create the series and begins exploring the “lottery” of reintegration into civilian society.
“Fitting In,” airing May 20, follows Moore as he delves into the concept of identity, how it is altered during deployment and how it is altered again when a veteran returns home.
The final episode, “Moving Forward,” airing May 27, examines the veterans’ drive to find a new mission, to contribute and to be a part of something bigger than themselves.
When asked about the purpose behind the series, Moore said, “My hope is that the public can get a glimpse of what the end of the wars means to these brave men and women and to their families. There is more we can do than simply saying ‘thank you for your service.’”
During this three-week series, if you or a veteran in your life appears to be in crisis, additional counselors will staff the Veterans Crisis Line to offer support. Please call or refer others to them, toll-free, at 1-800-273-8255.
Tuesdays, May 13-27, 7 p.m.