Coming Back with Wes Moore

(Rochester, NY) – Coming Back with Wes Moore, a new series executive produced by best-selling author Wes Moore, airs on WXXI-TV in  three parts on Tuesdays, May 13-27, 2014 at 8 p.m. The series recounts Wes Moore’s search for answers to some of the most difficult questions related to returning from war. Moore’s journey takes him into the personal lives of different soldiers as they attempt to reintegrate into society, establish new identities and – for many – find a new mission.

Over the course of three episodes, Coming Back follows Moore into the lives of Army Sergeant Andy Clark of Denver, CO; Army Sergeant Bobby Henline of San Antonio, TX; Army Reserve Staff Sergeant Letrice Titus of Syracuse, NY; Army National Guard Sergeant Brad Farnsley of Fort Knox, KY; Earl Johnson of Baltimore, MD; Air Force Staff Sergeant Stacy Pearsall of Charleston, SC; Army National Guard Lieutenant Colonel and Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth of Schaumburg, IL; Army Sergeant Brian “Taylor” Urruela of Tampa, FL; and husband and wife Marine Sergeant Christopher Phelan and Air Force Captain Star Lopez of Los Angeles, CA.

“Coming Back with Wes Moore provides a window into the lives of those who have returned home after serving our country in a time of war,” said Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager of General Audience Programming at PBS. “PBS is proud to feature this extraordinary series. It is a statement of thanks to the men and women who have served and continue to serve our nation. And it will contribute to an ongoing conversation about what we as a country — and as family, neighbors and friends — can do to help these soldiers return to civilian life.”

Through the CPB Diversity and Innovation Fund, public media stations are serving the needs of a diverse population and inviting all Americans to share in their stories and ultimate successes.

The series begins with Moore’s visit to Bonnie Collins, the mother of one of Moore’s oldest friends and a fellow officer, Brian Collins. In the first episode, “Coming Back, viewers learn that the previous year, after getting married and beginning a new career, Collins abruptly took his own life. This incident initiates Moore’s desire to learn more about why some veterans can get on with their lives, while some cannot. In “Fitting In, Moore explores the concept of identity, how it’s altered during deployment and how it’s altered again when a veteran returns home.Moving Forward, the final episode, examines the veterans’ drive to find a new mission, to contribute, to be part of something bigger than themselves.

Pictured: Wes Moore has his portrait taken by veteran Stacy Pearsall.
Credit: Courtesy of Stacy Pearsall  



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