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Special Memorial Day programs tell the stories of U.S. Armed Forces war veterans

BOSTON, May 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In honor of returning veterans and in remembrance of those who bravely fought and died for our country, WORLD Channel will feature exclusive films that illustrate stories of these brave men and women today and throughout history. This special focus programming, exclusive to WORLD Channel, includes America Reframed: Reserved to Fight and Local USA: PTSD: Bringing The War Home. Following the airing of America Reframed: Reserved to Fight, host, Natasha del Toro, Huffington Post's senior military correspondent, David Wood, and military veteran, Kristen L. Rouse, will discuss moral injury and the issues facing soldiers coming home from war.

Monday, May 26: Local USA: PTSD: Bringing the War Home spotlights those affected by war-related post-traumatic stress disorder: a devastating injury pushes one former soldier into the dark, the family of a Navy Seal tells his tragic story, a woman rebuilds her post-war life, and a program at the City College of San Francisco committed to rehabbing veterans.

Tuesday, May 27: America Reframed: Reserved to Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company, Marine Reserve Unit 2/23, for four years after they return home from front-line combat in Iraq to navigate a minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life. The return to their communities proves as formidable a battle as the more literal firefights of previous months. Living among loved ones who don't yet understand them and how they have changed, contending with a media focused on the politics, rather than the human experience of war, and suffering from a psychological disorder that is difficult to acknowledge, these young veterans grapple to find purpose and healing.

Both programs support of the public media initiative "Stories of Service" initiative, recently announced by PBS and CPB.

"As we take time to reflect on the sacrifices of our service men and women this Memorial Day, WORLD's special focus programming gives viewers a chance to learn about the challenges soldiers and their loved ones face before, during and after combat," says Chris Hastings, executive producer, WORLD Channel.  

Tune-in to WORLD Channel for more global perspectives and stories throughout the month of May. Check local listings. Look for more "Stories of Service" programming from PBS and local stations on WORLD Channel all year long. You can also join in on the conversation by visiting the WORLD on Facebook and on Twitter. For more information and a complete listing of WORLD Channel programming, visit www.WORLDchannel.org

About WORLD Channel:
The WORLD Channel is a 24/7, multicast channel dedicated to delivering the best of public television's nonfiction, news and documentary programming as well as a growing schedule of original content from independent producers and communities of difference. The complementary website, www.WORLDchannel.org, expands on broadcast topics and fuels content across social media, providing opportunities for broad and diverse audience interaction. WORLD Channel is produced by WGBH/Boston, in partnership with American Public Television and WNET/New York, and in association with the Public Broadcasting Service and the National Educational Telecommunications Association. Funding for WORLD Channel is provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and the Ford Foundation. Additional funding for "America ReFramed" is provided by the MacArthur Foundation.

About WGBH:
WGBH Boston is America's preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web. Television channels include WGBH 2, WGBX 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH Boston Public Radio; 99.5 WCRB Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. Find more information at wgbh.org.

About American Documentary, Inc.:
American Documentary, Inc. (AmDoc) is a multimedia company dedicated to creating, identifying and presenting contemporary stories that express opinions and perspectives rarely featured in mainstream media outlets. AmDoc is a catalyst for public culture, developing collaborative strategic engagement activities around socially relevant content on television, online and in community settings. POV is AmDoc's signature series produced for PBS.

Contact:   
Mandy Miller, 
National Marketing, WGBH
617.300.5334
mandy_miller@wgbh.org      

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