On the 11th hour of the 11th day of November almost 100 years ago, German and Allied soldiers implemented an armistice and ended the greatest war the world had ever witnessed. Celebrate Veteran’s Day (née Armistice Day) and honor both soldiers and country with a night of special programming on KLRU-Q.
At 8 p.m., Ice Warriors – USA Sled Hockey portrays the US Sled Hockey team preparing for and competing in the 2014 Sochi Paralympic Games. Their personal stories are riveting, from a teenager making his debut to four military “wounded warriors,” proud to represent America in Paralympic sports.
Healing the Warrior’s Heart examines the emotional trauma of war through the prism of Native American tradition and ceremony. The program – which airs at 9 p.m. – reveals the central role that military service plays in Native life and explores the spiritual traditions that help returning American Indian soldiers reintegrate into society. These traditions hold lessons for the nation as we seek to bring comfort and healing to veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, or PTSD.
Then at 10 p.m., examine the Latino experience during a war that placed its heaviest burden on the working class in On Two Fronts: Latinos & Vietnam. Framing the documentary are memoirs of two siblings who stood on opposite sides of the Vietnam War, one a POW and the other a protestor at home.
Wrap up the night with In Their Words: Songwriting With Soldiers at 11:30 p.m. Learn how creative experiences can help heal military 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. Follow how one group of volunteers and professional songwriters work with soldiers to offer an immersive retreat for them to write songs about their military experience and even a chance at healing.
KLRU-Q is broadcast channel 18.3. It is also available to digital cable subscribers of Grande on 284 and Time Warner on 20.