American Veteran: The Crossing On-Demand

American Veteran: The Crossing On-Demand

Mon, 01/31/2022 - 11:00pm - 11:59pm

Photo of enlisted personnel at Bootcamp

Watch Episode 1 of  American Veteran: The Crossing On-Demand through 1/31/2022.

The premiere episode, The Crossing, aired Tuesday, October 26. As recruits take the oath to serve, they leave the civilian world to become soldiers, sailors, marines, airmen, or women and their transformation begins. “There is a very stark line between before boot camp and after boot camp,” one veteran recalls. Hosted by Drew Carey.

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American Veteran, a four-part series, premieres Tuesdays, October 26-November 16, 2021 at 9 p.m. on WXXI-TV. Each episode is hosted by a veteran: former Marine and TV host Drew Carey; Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Iraq War Army veteran and Purple Heart recipient; Wes Studi, a Vietnam War veteran (National Guard) and Native American (Cherokee) activist; and J. R. Martinez, an Army veteran, actor, and motivational speaker.

The production team, led by Insignia Films, interviewed a diverse group of nearly 50 veterans— young and old, enlisted and officers, men and women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and those whose service left them with physical disabilities or PTSD. In each episode, veterans reflect on and share their personal experiences in the military, from boot camp to service in war and peacetime to return to civilian life.

The broadcast of the American Veteran series is made possible locally with support from: