Veterans Connections

Upcoming Veterans Connections Programming

Monday, May 1, 2017 - 10:00pm
National Bird follows the dramatic journey of three whistleblowers who are determined to break the silence around one of the most controversial current affairs issues of our time: The secret U. S. drone war.
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 7:00pm
April, 1975. During the chaotic final days of the Vietnam War, North Vietnamese forces closed in on Saigon as South Vietnamese resistance crumbled. With the clock ticking and the city under fire, an unlikely group of heroes took matters into their own hands. Airs Friday May 5, 2017 at 7pm on WXXI-World
Friday, May 5, 2017 - 9:00pm
SIGHT: The Story of Vision tells stories of individuals who struggle with vision loss and blindness including, an Iraqi war veteran’s vision loss due to a traumatic brain injury and a woman who is losing both her sight and hearing yet, refuses to stop achieving her dreams.
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 4:00pm
The story’s threads will weave the tale of the journey of humanity that discovered the science; technology and medicine that allows us to understand how sight works, cure diseases of the eye and correct vision.
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 6:00pm
The program profiles Tlingit veterans from Hoonah, Alaska who saw combat during the Vietnam War.  Airs Friday May 26, 2017 at 6-7pm & 9-10pm on WXXI-World
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 1:00pm
The first program in a 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 2:00pm
The second program in a 3-part series features the U.S. involvement in Vietnam and how support begins to waver.
Sunday, May 28, 2017 - 3:00pm
A 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.

Veterans Connections Stories

In an immersive narrative, Ken Burns and Lynn Novick tell the epic story of the Vietnam War as it has never-before been told on film.
NPR Back at Base
NPR Back at Base — along with seven public radio stations around the country — is chronicling the lives of America's troops, where they live.  Listen to Stories.
PBS Stories of Service includes Veterans Coming Home stories of military veterans, their families and communities to help bridge the military-civilian divide.
WXXI is gathering stories told by local men and women who have served their country. Click here to meet Elmer Pankratz, a WWII fighter pilot.

On-Demand Veterans Connections Programming

On-Demand
Take advantage of LiDAR technology to re-create the landscape of D-Day. Watch On-Demand
Get a first look at THE VIETNAM WAR, a ten-part, 18-hour documentary film series directed by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that will air on PBS & WXXI-TV in September 2017.
After war, our veterans enter a new kind of battle. This radio documentary shares deeply moving stories of numerous veterans who served in Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam. And who are trying to put their lives back together at home. How do they heal from the trauma of war, psychologically and spiritually?
On-Demand
StoryCorps and AMERICAN EXPERIENCE partner to bring a collection of interviews with Vietnamese Americans and Vietnam Veterans.
Discover how WWI transformed America through the stories of African-American soldiers, feminist activists, Native-American “code talkers” and others whose participation in the war to “make the world safe for democracy” has been largely forgotten.
This film captures a complex aspect of the Vietnam War: the legacy of Latino veterans and their families during the conflict. Watch On-Demand
Five documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at women in the military.
On-Demand
Enjoy a concert in celebration of the Lincoln Awards, which recognize outstanding achievement and excellence in providing opportunities and support to veterans and military families. Watch On-Demand
On-Demand
Watch On-Demand intimate portraits of America’s military families as they tells stories of pride and patriotism, sacrifice and resilience.
Four documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
Three documentary shorts from the Veterans Coming Home project look at the military-civilian divide in America.
“It’s not what’s missing that’s important,” says wheelchair basketball player Nik Goncin, “it’s what’s there.”  Watch On-Demand
The 442nd Regimental Combat Team was an infantry regiment in the United States Army comprised of Americans of Japanese ancestry. They fought in Italy and France during World War II against the German Army of Hitler's Third Reich, and a reputation for being a crack infantry unit.
What does it take to bring about peace?
Visit the Desert Training Center in the Mojave desert, where one million soldiers prepared to enter WWII.
Despite putting their life on the line for their country, many female veterans recieve less than a hero's welcome when returning to civilian life.
On-Demand
Craft in America: SERVICE episode Documenting craft and the military and the power of the handmade to inspire and heal. Featuring papermaker Pam DeLuco, saddler Eugene Burks Jr., and ceramic artists Ehren Tool, Judas Recendez and Peter Voulkos. (Aired Nov. 2014) Watch On-Demand:
Ground War explores the transformative technological advances that have defined battlefield combat through the ages. From the gladius to the AK-47, from the chariot to the tank, from the trebuchet to the howitzer, and from the battle ramp to the star fort, the series follows the fascinating punch and counterpunch of battle tactics and new technologies. Watch Episodes On-Demand
On-Demand
An examination of what has become all too common among U.S.
Examine the Vietnam War and its impact through interviews conducted on “The Dick Cavett Show.”
Join President and Mrs. Obama for an all-star tribute to the men and women who serve the United States.
This documentary depicts the courage of several women veterans as they transition from active duty to civilian life. 
On-Demand
Reserved To Fight follows four Marines of Fox Company for four years through their postwar minefield of social and psychological reintegration into civilian life.
On-Demand: The Battle of Chosin recounts this epic conflict through the heroic stories of the men who fought it.
Watch this special on-demand, brought to you by Veterans Connections, pieces together a stirring and little-known story of friendship and cooperation.
PBS Student Reporting Labs across the country profiled young people breaking down stereotypes. How does it feel to be the only girl in the room, or boy on the team? Watch On-Demand
On-Demand
Watch On-Demand: Post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD, is a debilitating mental disorder that can occur after a terrifying event.
Elizabeth Black left a promising Pittsburgh art career to join American Red Cross efforts during World War II.
On July 18, 1965, U.S. Navy Commander Jeremiah Denton took off from the aircraft carrier USS Independence leading a 28-plane mission over the city of Thanh Hoa in North Vietnam. Denton’s plane was hit by anti-aircraft fire during the attack, and for the next eight long years, he would battle the North Vietnamese as a prisoner of war in the infamous Hanoi Hilton.
Learn how creative experiences can help heal military soldiers with post-traumatic stress. The recovery process for active duty US soldiers and veterans can seem out of reach, at times leading to attempted suicide and death.
'Portraits for the Home Front' explores Elizabeth Black and her soldier sketches in World War II
Veterans Coming Home is an innovative cross-platform public media campaign and web series exploring the lives of post-9/11 veterans, the divide between them and their communities, and the stereotypes that veterans and civilians hold about each other.
World War II is a watershed event for Latino Americans with hundreds of thousands of men and women serving in the armed forces — but still face discrimination and a fight for civil rights back in the United States. Watch On-Demand (In English & Spanish)
Follow the U.S. sled hockey team as they prepare for the Winter Paralympic Games in Sochi, Russia.  Watch On-Demand
Watch On-Demand: Three veterans set off on a road trip to discover their purpose in the civilian world.
PTSD, survivor’s guilt and reintegrating into civilian life – these stories illustrate the challenges some vets face, and successful ways they overcome.
Three generations of Minnesota's military women share their stories of service from WWII to Vietnam to Afghanistan. 
On-Demand: A 3 part series features the U.S. involvement in Southeast Asia in the '50s and '60s.
Host Mark Siegrist travels with nineteen World War II veterans from around Wisconsin as they return to Pearl Harbor in June of 2012. He captures their memories, stories, thoughts and feelings about the event that catapulted the United States into World War II. For many of the veterans, this is the first time talking about those experiences.
The service of  women in the armed forces has been heroic, their sacrifices profound and their enormous accomplishments largely ignored.
Recounts the stories of these ordinary men who became extraordinary heroes, as they gather one last time.
Learn how the U.S. Navy SEALs morphed into the world’s most admired commandoes.
On-Demand
Head Trauma at War-Local USA examines the link between traumatic brain injuries and PTSD.
Track American women’s increasing participation in war — from Vietnam to the present — as nurses, soldiers, journalists, diplomats and spies.
On-Demand
Hear how a single, controversial issue—who serves in the military—continues to define America. Watch On-Demand

Educates, represents, and guides veterans and their families regarding the benefits they have earned

Provides comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families.

Blinded veterans helping blinded veterans through service programs, regional groups, resources, and advocacy before the legislative and executive branches of government

Serves and honors the men and women who are America's veterans

Community support for returning vets with PTSD

Empowes disabled veterans to lead high-quality lives with respect and dignity

Flies heroes to Washington, DC to visit and reflect together at their memorials.

Provides entitlement information and advocacy assistance to military personnel, veterans and their dependents in matters relating to veterans' law

A not-for-profit historical society whose collection and library includes artifacts and material from all eras of the military history of the United States.

Helps veterans through the traditional college processes as well as provides a comprehensive overview of VA educational benefits.

Increases the popularity of their common interests within the community.

Fosters camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts; Serves and advocates on behalf of all veterans.

Offers support that includes: financial, career, social, physical health, mental health, disabilities.

Promotes the welfare of blinded veterans through service programs, groups and benefits.

Assists Ontario County's veterans and their families to identify and apply for benefits

Makes application for and represents veterans, their dependents, widows and orphans for various benefits

Provides assistance to veterans, dependents, and family members on veteran’s benefits

Insures that all veterans and their dependents have access to all benefits to which they may be eligible

Offers opportunities to network with other veteran owned/operated businesses in order to grow your business.

Provides Medical Treatment

Engages veterans and their family members in writing their stories as a part of the American military experience.

Provides assistance and support to veterans and their families through the pursuance of veteran’s benefits and referrals to other agencies for possible assistance.

Resources and tools for military families to use address everyday challenges with young children (English/Espanol)

Serves Veterans and current Military ID card holders through recreation, reintegration, community service, work and internship opportunities at RockVentures and Shared Adventures. 

A collaborative of students, staff, and faculty working to address and raise awareness about moral injury.

Allows Veterans to take advantage of receiving quality health care services closer to home.

Offers free readjustment counseling services for veterans who recently or previously served in the U.S. Armed Forces

100% volunteer organization dedicated to the promotion and economic success of veterans.

Connects veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders

Fosters camaraderie among United States veterans of overseas conflicts. Serves and advocates on behalf of all veterans.

Educates, represents, and guides veterans and their families about the benefits and services they have earned

Maintains a strong, united voice for resolving issues of vital importance to all Vietnam-era veterans

Helps veterans with Traumatic Brain Injury and/or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and their families, regain their lives as happy and productive members of our community

Provides in depth counseling and follow-up service on all benefits claims for veterans, their dependents and children.