2017 Veteran’s Day Programming on KLRU

Stories of Service

Decibel’s Stand Down Helping Homeless Vets watch now. As we honor those who’ve served our country, we salute the veterans and volunteers at VFW Post 856 who open their doors and their hearts to help homeless vets every year.

Take Me Home Huey airs Saturday, November 11 at 4:30 pm. Take Me Home Huey portrays the journey of a Medevac helicopter, shot down in 1969 during a medical rescue in Vietnam, as it is resurrected from a “boneyard” in Arizona and transformed into colorful sculpture by artist Steve Maloney. As the iconic Huey 174 morphs from wounded war bird into vivid sculpture, viewers witness the power of art to heal surviving soldiers and families of the fallen.

Texas Welcomes Them Home: The Making of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument by Pat Fries repeats on Saturday, November 11 at 5:30 pm. When the nation called them to Vietnam, the Lone Star State sent thousands of its young men and women to serve and fight in a long and controversial war that would leave the nation divided and its veterans unrecognized. Four decades later, a group of those veterans banded together for one last mission – to build a monument honoring Texas Vietnam Veterans on the state Capitol grounds. From the sculpting process to the creation of a sacred memorial that rests in the monument’s heart to the dedication, their journey would take nearly as long as the war itself, and result in a long overdue tribute to a generation.

On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam airs on Tuesday, November 14 at 10:00 pm.  Examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protester at home.

ATX Together: Lesson from Vietnam airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10 pm. Using the experiences and issues of the Vietnam War, teens and boomers discuss the role of citizenship and service both then and now.
Austin Revealed airs Tuesday, November 21 at 10:30 pm. Central Texans share their experiences during the Vietnam War. Through firsthand accounts, hear from veterans, immigrants from South Vietnam, protestors and others as they recount their lives before, during and after the war. Their perspectives are as much alike as they are different.