Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) DOCUMENTARY SERIES, THE VIETNAM WAR 

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) DOCUMENTARY SERIES, THE VIETNAM WAR 

VA has sent guidance to the field regarding the upcoming PBS Documentary Series on the Vietnam War to air between September 17 and September 28 at 8:00 p.m. VA is coordinating with the PBS host station WETA in Arlington, VA to support outreach efforts to Vietnam Veterans and their families. Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s ten-part, 18-hour documentary series, THE VIETNAM WAR, tells the epic story of one of the most consequential, divisive, and controversial events in American history as it has never before been told on film.  Visceral and immersive, the series explores the human dimensions of the war through revelatory testimony of nearly 80 witnesses from all sides — Americans who fought in the war and others who opposed it, as well as combatants and civilians from North and South Vietnam.

PBS will provide an outreach and public engagement program, providing opportunities for communities to participate in a national conversation about what happened during the Vietnam War, what went wrong and what lessons are to be learned. VA is not an official sponsor or endorser of PBS; however, this PBS outreach initiative affords the department an opportunity to tell how VA cares for Veterans.

The director of VA’s Readjustment Counseling Service will avail the department’s 300 Vet Centers and 80 Mobile Vet Centers (Clinical and outreach staff) to participate in local PBS station outreach events with the objective to ensure Vietnam Veterans are aware of VET Center services, and provide direct counseling on site, if required.

PBS’ lead outreach coordinator affirmed there is NO solicitation for paid VA sponsorships; rather, PBS is compiling VA crisis action line and local VET Center information to share with nation-wide PBS affiliates.

VA is also a major commemorative partner with the Department of Defense 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Program and participation in PBS outreach forums provides opportunities to thank Vietnam Veterans and their families for service to our nation.  The commemoration honors all Veterans who served between November 1, 1955 to and May 15, 1975 worldwide.  More than 9 million served during this period and about 7 million Vietnam era Veterans are living today.  A majority of our regional offices, national cemeteries and VAMC continue to support these commemorative events.  To learn more, please visit:  http://www.vietnamwar50th.com/

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